Monthly Archives: June 2016

June 30, 2016 Records of the Day

One of the many Motown girl groups was the Marvelettes, perhaps best known for their top-10 smash “Please Mr. Postman,” which was later covered by the Beatles. Their second top-10 hit came a year later with “Playboy,” which can now … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 Record of the Day

It is generally believed that the most popular Big Band leader of the 30s and 40s was Tommy Dorsey. Until Elvis came along, Dorsey was RCA’s biggest selling recording star. Ironically, it was Tommy’s brother, Jimmy, who showcased Elvis in … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 Records of the Day

A preacher at the age of nine, Solomon Burke was a pioneer in Soul music. Mick Jagger covered three of Burke’s songs on early albums by the Rolling Stones. Ironically, it was a Country song “Just out Of Reach (Of … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 Records of the Day

In 1967 the Box Tops went all the way to #1 with “The Letter ” thanks to lead singer Alex Chilton. The 45 on Mala records is worth no more than $15.00. In 1968 the band reached #2 with “Cry … Continue reading

June 26, 2016 Record of the Day

One of the most successful instrumental bands of the late 50s and early 60s was Johnny & The Hurricanes. With Johnny Paris on sax and Paul Tesluk playing organ they churned out a number of hits like “Red River Rock,” … Continue reading

June 25, 2016 Record of the Day

In 1963 Dimension records released the album “The Dimension Dolls.” On the album are the labels’ best known female stars including the Cookies singing “Chains,” a song later covered by the Beatles. There’s also Little Eva with her monster hit “Locomotion.” … Continue reading

June 24, 2016 Record of the Day

In 1968 Elvis starred with Nancy Sinatra in the movie “Speedway.” Elvis played a race car driver while Nancy was an IRS agent trying to collect his back taxes. The film also featured NASCAR drivers like Richard Petty and Cale … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 Records of the Day

Perhaps the most unsual group to record for Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis, was the Prisonaires. They just happened to be inmates at the Tenneessee State Penitentiary in Nashville. Their biggest hit came in 1953 with “Just Walkin’ … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 Records of the Day

“Do You Love Me” was a song written by Barry Gordy for the Temptations. But when the Temptations were late for a recording session, Gordy gave it the Contours to record. They had a hit with it in 1962 and, thanks … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 Record of the Day

Ricky Nelson had nine top-10 singles in a row in the late 1950s. But the Rockabilly influence began to fade by the end of the decade, and Ricky’s music gave way to the softer more polished sounds of the early … Continue reading