Monthly Archives: July 2015

July 21, 2015 Record of the Day

Among the girl-groups of the 60s who had a short-lived but very successful chart-run was the Dixie Cups. When Phil Spector refused to let the Ronettes release “Chapel of Love,” it was given to the Dixie Cups and the rest … Continue reading

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July 20, 2015 Records of the Day

Tone-Loc is the first black artist to have a number one album on the pop charts. “Loc-ed After Dark” contains the smash single “Wild Thing.” He is best known for his hit “Funky Cold Medina,” which is worth no more … Continue reading

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July 19, 2015 Record of the Day

Dion is one of the most successful singers to leave a successful group, the Belmonts, and become even more successful as a solo artist. In 1989 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His biggest hit … Continue reading

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July 18, 2015 Records of the Day

“Earth Angel” by the Penguins was one of the earliest hits of the Rock and Roll era. Released on DooTone records in 1954, it has sold over 10 million copies. On a maroon label, the 45 is worth up to … Continue reading

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July 17, 2015 Record of the Day

The Troggs weren’t really one-hit-wonders but the success of their biggest hit “Wild Thing” in 1966 was so huge that it makes their lesser hits like “With a Girl Like You” and “Love is All Around” seem insignificant. The Troggs … Continue reading

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July 16, 2015 Records of the Day

One of the true pioneers of Rock and Roll was Bo Diddley, the name given to him by a grammar school classmate. He was the only recording artist to have a hit named after himself. That song “Bo Diddley” by … Continue reading

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July 15, 2015 Records of the Day

Uriah Heep was a rock band formed in London who took their name from a character in a Charles Dickens novel. The group has sustained multiple personnel changes over the years. They found most of their fame in the 1970s. … Continue reading

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July 14, 2015 Record of the Day

Yvonne De Carlo will probably not be remembered so much as a serious actress in classics like “The Ten Commandments,” where she played the wife of Moses (Charlton Heston). Because of the popularity of the TV horror-spoof “The Munsters,” we … Continue reading

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July 13, 2015 Records of the Day

Girl-groups such as the Shirelles and the Supremes have played a big part in the storied history of Rock and Roll. One of the earliest and most loved was the Chantels who with Arlene Smith at the front mike gave … Continue reading

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July 12, 2015 Record of the Day

In the 1980s Stevie Ray Vaughn established himself as the premier Blues guitarist of the day. Vaughn’s band, Double Trouble, was the first unsigned group to play the Montreau Jazz Festival. In 1985 he became the first while bluesman to … Continue reading

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