Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 30, 2016 Records of the Day

In 1959 a young Neil Sedaka first broke the top 10 with a song about his girlfriend, Carol Kline. She would later change her name to Carole King and go on to have one of the greatest musical careers of … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 Record of the Day

On January 14, 1973 Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawaii” was a concert broadcast live via satellite from the Honolulu International Center, but wasn’t shown in the U.S. until April 4 as the original date was the same as the Super Bowl. … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 Records of the Day

Sam Cooke set the pace for the soul singers to follow. His first hit “You Send Me” went all the way to number 1 in 1957. Then a deluge of smashes followed like “Only Sixteen,” “Wonderful World,” and “Chain Gang.” … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 Record of the Day

Not every Surf music record is worth money but many are, especially from the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, the Surfaris, and the Astronauts. One of the lesser-known Surf music albums is “Surfin’ Wild” by Jim Waller and the Deltas. They … Continue reading

April 26, 2016 Record of the Day

Although Roy Orbison had some minor success with Sun records it wasn’t until he signed with Monument records that he gained superstar status. On Monument the hits came fast like “Only the Lonely,” “Crying,” and the monster smash “Pretty Woman.” … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 Records of the Day

Ruth Brown was one of the most popular and successful female Rhythm & Blues performers of the 50s. Her 11 years of record sales for Atlantic records made the label known as “The house that Ruth built.” Her first big … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 Records of the Day

The 4 Seasons with Frankie Valli had some of the biggest hits of the 1960s beginning with “Sherry.” Other classics followed like “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk like a Man.” The “Sherry” album, released on Vee Jay records in 1962, … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 Record of the Day

Sam Phillips, the man who unleashed Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash on an unsuspecting world in the 1950s, was big into 45s but not so much albums. He issued only 8 albums on Sun records’ sister … Continue reading

April 22, 2016 Record of the Day

Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley were the only teen idols of the 50s and 60s to never appear on “American Bandstand.” Elvis’ manager, Col. Tom Parker, wouldn’t allow it and Ricky didn’t need it as he had all the exposure … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 Record of the Day

The Remains were never a successful band in the sense that they never had a hit record. But what they did have was a huge following in the Boston area, big enough to be an opening act for the Beatles in … Continue reading