Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 31, 2015 Record of the Day

Diane Renay was another Philadelphia success story along with the city’s other stars like Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell. She had her one big hit when she was seventeen. “Navy Blue” hit Billboards’ top 10 in February of 1964. The single … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 Record of the Day

Rare Earth was Motown’s first successful all-white band and recorded on Motown’s Rare Earth record label. They had a run of hits in the early 1970s like “I Just Want To Celebrate” and a cover version of the Temptations’ “Get Ready.” … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 Record of the Day

Records you should know about are those most people have never heard of, but should. Johnny Powers is not a name that is well known today but back in the 1950s he was a Rockabilly artist who sounded a lot … Continue reading

December 28, 2015 Record of the Day

“Strutter” is a song written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Released as a single by Kiss in 1974 with “100,000 Years” on the flip side, it failed to make the charts. Peter Criss, the original drummer for Kiss, said … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 Record of the Day

“Plains, Trains, and Automobiles” is one of those movies that has become a Thanksgiving tradition to watch. It’s the story of Steve Martin trying to get home in time for the holiday while traveling with John Candy. In one part … Continue reading

December 26, 2015 Record of the Day

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas was Motown’s second most popular and successful girl-group of the sixties. Martha Reeves states in her autobiography that she and the Vandellas could have been more successful but were held back because Barry Gordy was … Continue reading

December 25, 2015 Record of the Day

What’s the most valuable Christmas record of all time? It’s the 1957 “Elvis Christmas Album” on RCA identified by the catalog number LOC-1035 that appears on the cover. The common black vinyl copies are worth up to $600.00. The gold … Continue reading

December 24, 2015 Record of the Day

Vee Jay records issued most of the Beatles’ hits before they signed with Capitol Records. Those Vee Jay hits include “Please Please Me,” “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” and “From Me to You.” In 1964 Vee Jay printed … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 Records of the Day

Linda Scott hit the charts twelve times in the early to mid-1960s. Her biggest hit came in 1961 with “I’ve Told Every Little Star.” It sold over a million copies. An original 45 on Canadian American records is worth up … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 Record of the Day

The Marvelettes was one of Motown’s most successful girl groups with hits like “Please Mr. Postman” and “Beechwood 45789.” But in 1962 they released an album where they covered the hits of other stars of the day. There are two … Continue reading