Monthly Archives: May 2016

May 21, 2016 Records of the Day

Eddie Burns was part of the Detroit Blues scene of the late 1940s and early 1950s. He started out as a session man for the legendary John Lee Hooker. Eddie might have had a bigger name if he had toured more … Continue reading

May 20, 2016 Records of the Day

The Rip Chords, made up of Bruce Johnson and Terry Melcher, were heavy into the California Surf music scene of the early to mid-60s. Johnson later joined the Beach Boys. Melcher, son of Doris Day, died in 2004. Among the … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 Record of the Day

Madonna has sold over 300 million records and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. Inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, Madonna is the number 1 best-selling recording artist of the 20th century. … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 Records of the Day

Taking their name from a restaurant in Queens, NY the Shangri Las, made up of two sets of sisters, were one of the most popular white girl-groups of the mid-1960s with their songs of teen melodrama like “Give Him A … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 Record of the Day

Gospel music played an important part in the life and career of Elvis Presley. He grew up with Gospel music and would often sing it to warm up for recording sessions. His own personal record collection contained many Gospel artists. And … Continue reading

May 15, 2016 Record of the Day

Rod Bernard was a pioneer in “Swamp Rock,” which is a combination of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Country, and Cajun music. Mostly influenced by Elvis and Fats Domino, Rod Bernard’s biggest hit “This Should Go on Forever” earned him … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 Records of the Day

“You Really Got Me” was the song that launched the career of one of the most prolific hit-makers of the 60s and 70s. This classic by the Kinks pioneered much of the Heavy Metal and Punk Rock to follow. The … Continue reading

May 13, 2016 Record of the Day

The son of a Methodist minister, Donald Byrd was born in Detroit and performed with Lionel Hampton before graduating high school. He would later play with Jazz greats Art Blakey and John Coltrane before starting his solo career. Many of … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 Records of the Day

Warren Zevon created a howling hit with a little help from his friends, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac. Included on Zevon’s album, “Excitable Boy,” “Werewolves Of London” hit the Billboard charts in April of 1978. The 45 … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 Records of the Day

You can thank John Wayne for one of Rock N Roll’s greatest hits. A young Buddy Holly sat in a darkened movie theater watching the western classic “The Searchers.” In the film when Wayne, in his distinctive style says, “That’ll be the … Continue reading