Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 31, 2014 Record of the Day

Joe Cooke was one of Rock N Roll’s first singers to use a falsetto voice, well before Frankie Valli made the style famous. With Little Joe and the Thrillers, he had a hit with “Peanuts” before the Four Seasons had … Continue reading

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December 30, 2014 Record of the Day

The Platters was without a doubt the most prolific and successful Doo Wop group of the early Rock and Roll era. The hits started in 1955 with “Only You.” That was followed by more classics like “The Great Pretender,” “My … Continue reading

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December 29, 2014 Record of the Day

In 1969 Pink Floyd provided the soundtrack music for the movie “More.” This was the first album on which founding band member Syd Barrett did not appear. “More” is a film that deals with heroin addiction along with other drugs … Continue reading

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December 28, 2014 Records of the Day

In the mid-1960s Wilson Pickett was the soul of Soul music with such hits as “In the Midnight Hour” and “Mustang Sally.” In 1991 he was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Pickett first tasted success as … Continue reading

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December 27, 2014 Record of the Day

After starring in several beach movies with Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello recorded a Surf album in 1965. Among the songs are Beach Boys covers like “Surfin’,” “Surfin’ Safari,” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” There are also Jan & Dean covers of “Ride … Continue reading

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December 26, 2014 Record of the Day

Among the many one-hit wonders of the early Rock N Roll era was Phil Phillips. His giant hit “Sea of Love” reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 and spent 3 months on the Billboard top-40. The song … Continue reading

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December 25, 2014 Record of the Day

It seems like every super star and super group recorded a Christmas song and album. The Supremes were no exception. In 1965 Motown released the album “Merry Christmas” by the Supremes. This was also their first album where original Supremes … Continue reading

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December 24, 2014 Record of the Day

In 1958 after a very successful career at Sun records, Carl Perkins, who gave Rock N Roll one of its all-time classics with “Blue Suede Shoes,” jumped to Columbia records where his friend Johnny Cash would soon follow. Carl Perkins’ … Continue reading

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December 23, 2014 Record of the Day

One of the earliest hits of the Rock N Roll era came in 1953 when Faye Adams recorded “Shake a Hand.” It was the legendary Ruth Brown who discovered Faye Adams and got her a contract with Herald records. “Shake … Continue reading

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December 22, 2014 Records of the Day

In the early 1960s the Cinnamon Cinder Club in North Hollywood was owned by TV game-show host Bob Eubanks. The Pastel Six was the house band when they recorded their only hit “Cinnamon Cinder.” Despite the lack of promotion from … Continue reading

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