Monthly Archives: September 2014

September 30, 2014 Record of the Day

In 1996 Johnny Depp and Billy Bob Thornton starred in the movie “Dead Man.” The music is provided by Neil Young, and on the album there is nothing but instrumentals and some poetry reading by Johnny Depp. Besides his guitar … Continue reading

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September 29, 2014 Record of the Day

The first big hit for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, came in 1967 with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” The song is listed among the biggies on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All … Continue reading

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September 28, 2014 Records of the Day

In the early days of Rock N Roll many artists had hits with the same song such as “I’m Walkin’” for both Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson. Little Richard and Pat Boone each had hits with “Tutti Frutti.” Elvis and … Continue reading

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September 27, 2014 Record of the Day

The song that first made the Bee Gees a “disco” band was “You Should Be Dancing,” hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. The song is also part of the soundtrack from “Saturday Night Fever.” The 45, released … Continue reading

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September 26, 2014 Record of the Day

Among the biggest hits for Connie Francis came in 1959 with the release of “Lipstick on Your Collar.” It hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The flip-side “Frankie,” about Frankie Avalon, also went top-10 making the single the most … Continue reading

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September 25, 2014 Record of the Day

Otis Blackwell wrote some of the greatest hits of the early Rock N Roll era including “Great Balls of Fire” for Jerry Lee Lewis and “Don’t Be Cruel” and “All Shook Up” for Elvis Presley. Blackwell’s first song to become … Continue reading

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September 24, 2014 Record of the Day

The Chocolate Watch Band broke out of San Jose, California in the mid-60s. Their music was a mix of Garage Rock and Psychedelic Rock. Heavily influenced by the Rolling Stones, they found little commercial top-40 appeal but were good enough … Continue reading

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September 23, 2014 Record of the Day

One of the few Elvis movie soundtracks to hit #1 on the Billboard album charts in the mid-60s was “Roustabout.” Also starring the legendary Barbara Stanwyck, the album featured no hit singles, unlike most Elvis films. Released on RCA, the … Continue reading

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September 22, 2014 Record of the Day

One of the most unusual ways to promote an album happened in 1968 when the Waleeco Candy Company hired a Boston band to cut a commercial. The band known as Flat Earth Society has been recognized over the years as … Continue reading

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September 21, 2014 Record of the Day

Ray Bloch and his orchestra first became famous as the band who played for performances on the “Ed Sullivan Show” when it was known as “Toast of the Town.” The band also played for the “Jackie Gleason Show.” Gleason would … Continue reading

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