Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 20, 2015 Record of the Day

Xavier Cugat, one of the most famous band leaders of the 20th century, was a New Years Baby; born Jan.1, 1900 and known as “The Rumba King.” It was Enrico Caruso who discovered him and brought him to the U.S. … Continue reading

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June 19, 2015 Record of the Day

Buddy Miles had an extensive, interesting career. He played with Jimi Hendrix and sang lead vocals for the California Raisins, the Claymation group from the commercials. Before he formed his own band, the Buddy Miles Express, he played with Wilson … Continue reading

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June 18, 2015 Records of the Day

The Crystals was the first group that famed record producer Phil Spector signed to his Philles record label. Their only #1 hit came in 1962 with “He’s a Rebel,” written by Gene Pitney. In one of Rock and Roll’s great … Continue reading

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June 17, 2015 Record of the Day

It’s an irony if not complete injustice that the only music the King of Rock and Roll ever won Grammies for was Gospel. The first came in 1957 with the release of the RCA EP “Peace in the Valley.” An … Continue reading

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June 16, 2015 Record of the Day

Singer/songwriter Jim Croce was a major star in the early 1970s with smash hits like “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” and “Time in a Bottle.” His hit “I Got a Name” sold over a million … Continue reading

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June 15, 2015 Record of the Day

David LaFlamme once played violin with the Utah Symphony. In the late 60s he formed the band “It’s A Beautiful Day,” an early example of what became known as New Age music. Eventually, LaFlamme would be tossed out of the … Continue reading

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June 14, 2015 Record of the Day

“Rockin’ Robin” by Bobby Day was released in 1958 and is one of those songs everyone from 8-80 seems to know. The fact that it was made a hit again in 1972 by Michael Jackson doesn’t hurt its lasting popularity. … Continue reading

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June 13, 2015 Record of the Day

The Crests was one of the most successful Doo Wop groups of the 50s and 60s. With Johnny Maestro singing lead they scored their first big hit in 1958 with “16 Candles,” followed by “The Angels Listened In” and “Trouble … Continue reading

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June 12, 2015 Record of the Day

The Marvelettes was one of Motown’s most popular girl-groups. Their first hit “Please Mr. Postman” was written by William Garrett, a real mail carrier. It was Motown’s first #1 record. The song stayed on the charts for almost 6 months. … Continue reading

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June 11, 2015 Records of the Day

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup might be best known as the guy, who wrote and first recorded “That’s All right,” which became the first single in the unending career of Elvis Presley. The Elvis 45 on the Sun record label from … Continue reading

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