Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 20, 2014 Record of the Day

Talk about a marketing scheme! When Dunhill records was churning out hits with the Mamas and Papas like “Monday Monday” and “California Dreamin’,” they hit upon the idea of trying to capitalize on their stars with a group called the … Continue reading

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June 19, 2014 Records of the Day

Jan and Dean was one of the most popular duos of the late 50s and throughout the 60s. They are best known for their hits on Liberty records such as “Surf City,” which reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot … Continue reading

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June 18, 2014 Record of the Day

Charles Brown was a Blues artist best known for hits like “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Driftin Blues.” Among those naming him as being an influence on them were Ray Charles, Ivory Joe Hunter, and Percy Mayfield. Brown’s million-seller “Please Come … Continue reading

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June 17, 2014 Record of the Day

When it comes to singing cowboys, there was none more successful than Gene Autry. With 93 movies under his belt, he also starred in a long-running TV show. And he owned radio and TV stations and was a long-time owner … Continue reading

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June 16, 2014 Record of the Day

The Pop-Eye was a popular dance craze of the early 60s along with the Twist, the Pony, and the Mashed Potatoes. In 1962 the Mar-Keys got in on the fad with their album “Do the Pop-Eye.” They were the original … Continue reading

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June 15, 2014 Records of the Day

“Earth to Major Tom.” David Bowie records can be very collectible. Bowie has been a major part of Rock history since the release of “Space Oddity” in 1969. His debut album “David Bowie,” released on Deram records in 1967, is … Continue reading

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June 14, 2014 Record of the Day

Here’s a trivia question. Who was the first white solo artist to record for Motown? That would be Debbie Dean. She was signed by Motown founder Barry Gordy in the early 1960s. Her first single was “Don’t Let Him Shop … Continue reading

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June 13, 2014 Record of the Day

In 1961 Gary U.S. Bonds hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Quarter To Three.” Reportedly, Gary and his band were celebrating their first hit “New Orleans” when someone turned on a tape recorder and captured live the band … Continue reading

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June 12, 2014 Record of the Day

Bob Crane began his career in 1956 as a Dee Jay on a Los Angeles radio station. In 1961 he started doing bit parts on TV. It was Donna Reed who first recognized his acting potential and he was given … Continue reading

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June 11, 2014 Records of the Day

Big Brother and the Holding Company were spawned in the psychedelic era, and when they latched on to Janis Joplin who was choosing to join them or the 13th Floor Elevators, they would become a part of the legend and … Continue reading

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