Monthly Archives: November 2014

November 20, 2014 Record of the Day

The Marcels was a Doo Wop group that took their name from the “marcel wave,” a popular hairstyle of the early 1960s. Their first hit “Blue Moon” was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 smash. It is included in the Rock … Continue reading

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November, 19, 2014 Records of the Day

In the 1950s it wasn’t unusual for record companies to use beautiful actresses to showcase their album covers, especially when a picture of the recording artist wouldn’t help the sales. Such is the case for two albums by Enoch Light … Continue reading

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November 18, 2014 Record of the Day

Known as the “king of the blues,” B.B. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Now well into his 80s, King continues to perform as many as 100 concerts a year. The B.B. stands … Continue reading

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November 17, 2014 Record of the Day

The “Elvis movie formula” began with his second film “Loving You.” The Elvis character rises from rags to riches to fame and fortune and all the troubles that come with it. This theme was repeated in his next two movies … Continue reading

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November 16, 2014 Record of the Day

In 1965 Barbara Lewis had a hit with “Baby I’m Yours.” But it almost never happened. Barbara didn’t like the song. Take after take, her heart just wasn’t in it; that is until her manager told her his little daughter … Continue reading

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November 15, 2014 Record of the Day

“Dazed and Confused” was a song Jimmy Page played with the Yardbirds in their live performances. When he joined Led Zeppelin, the group recorded and released it on their 1969 debut album. Due to the demand from radio, Atlantic records … Continue reading

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November 14, 2014 Records of the Day

In the late 1950s the New York and New Jersey area produced a plethora of Doo Wop groups, many of whom were one-hit wonders. A great example would be the Knockouts who in 1959 scored with “Darling Lorraine.” Released on … Continue reading

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November 13, 2014 Record of the Day

In 1970 Apple records released the John Lennon single “Mother.” It wasn’t much of a hit, reaching only #43 on the Billboard Hot 100. Abandoned by his father and even though he didn’t live with his mother, the two were … Continue reading

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November 12, 2014 Record of the Day

Brenda Lee charted 47 times in the 1960s. She is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. It would take Madonna to break her record of nine consecutive top-10 … Continue reading

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November 11, 2014 Record of the Day

James Brown may have had many children but in 1973 he became a surrogate father to 18 year old Alfred Sharpton. It was James who convinced young Alfred to shorten his first name to Al. Eventually Al became James Brown’s … Continue reading

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