Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 20, 2016 Records of the Day

When Marvin Gaye came to Motown he wasn’t interested in the commercial top 40 sound that the label and the country were into. Influenced by Nat King Cole he wanted his music to sound more adult. A compromise was reached. … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 Records of the Day

The Del-Vikings was one of the most successful racially integrated groups in the early history of Rock N Roll. Their first top-10 hit came in 1957 with “Come Go with Me.” That was quickly followed by “Whispering Bells.” Many of … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 Record of the Day

In 1967 Elektra records released the debut album by the Doors. The first single from the album was “Break on Through (To the Other Side).” It was an instant flop, never cracking the Billboard Hot 100. However, over the years … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 Records of the Day

The Clovers are one of the best loved Doo Wop groups of the early Rock N Roll era. Like many of the black artists of that time, a lot of their releases became more popular as cover versions by white singers. Bobby Vee … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 Record of the Day

The “Bad” album from Michael Jackson has sold over 30 million copies and produced several number 1 hits like “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man in the Mirror.” For an album that sold that many copies it’s still … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 Records of the Day

In 1959 “(Goin’ to) Kansas City” by Wilbert Harrison hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2001 the song was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Recognized as one of the songs that shaped Rock N … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 Records of the Day

The Crystals, best known for hits like “Then He Kissed Me” and “Da Do Ron Ron,” first tasted success in 1962 with “There’s No Other like My Baby,” now worth up to $40.00. Their first album “The Crystals Twist Uptown” … Continue reading

April 13, 2016 Record of the Day

Among Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Albums of All Time is “Having a Rave Up” by the Yardbirds. It’s been called a “bridge between beat groups and psychedelia.” Although Eric Clapton has four songs on the record, he is not … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 Records of the Day

EPs can be more collectible than 45s, 78s, or albums. An EP (extended play) is a 7 inch album, usually with two songs on each side of the record. In 1956 Carl Perkins wrote and recorded a true Rock N Roll classic … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 Record of the Day

American International Pictures released several “Beach” movies in the mid-1960s, most of them with a regular cast of Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and funny man Don Rickles. Rock N Roll, comedy, and bikinis were a sure formula for success. The 1964 … Continue reading