Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 21, 2015 Records of the Day

Arthur Alexander was one of those recording artists who should have been given more credit for his impact on those to follow. In 1962 he had his first hit with “You Better Move On,” which is valued up to $25.00. It … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 Record of the Day

“Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan was a top ten hit in 1965 and one of the rare occasions were the words in the title are never mentioned in the song. Dylan once lived on 4th street in Manhattan. He … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 Records of the Day

Like many Blues artists of the day, Elmore James was influenced by the legendary Robert Johnson. In turn, Elmore James made a huge impression on Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and Jeremy Spencer of Fleetwood Mac. James has more … Continue reading

October 18, 2015 Records of the Day

Like many performers, Jewel Akens began singing in church before beginning his career with a 1950s group called the Four Dots who employed Rock N Roll icon Eddie Cochran as their guitar player. In 1964 Akens had a top ten … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 Record of the Day

The stories of kids and their dogs have long been a popular theme for Hollywood. There have been numerous films about Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Old Yeller, and others. In 1959 20TH Century Fox released the movie “A Dog of … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 Record of the Day

Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five had many hits in their star-studded career. The first record came in 1968 when Joe Jackson convinced Gordon Keith of Steeltown records to come see his sons perform. Reluctantly, he went and was more … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 Records of the Day

One of the many one-hit-wonder groups on the 1960s was the Ad-Libs, a quintet out of Bayonne, New Jersey. Formed in 1964, they had their biggest success in 1965 with the top-ten hit “The Boy from New York City.” Released … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 Records of the Day

The Impressions had their first big hit in 1958 with “For Your Precious Love” with Jerry Butler as lead singer. More hits followed after Butler left to pursue a solo career. In 1961 came the groups’ next big hit “Gypsy … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 Record of the Day

It’s hard to believe that Ritchie Valens was only seventeen when he died in that fateful plane crash along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper just after charting with the two-sided hit “Donna” and “La Bamba.” His first album, … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 Record of the Day

“California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and Papas is one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 100 songs of all time. The song was first recorded by Barry McGuire with back up by the Mamas and Papas. But it’s their version that will … Continue reading