Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 21, 2016 Records of the Day

Little Richard calls himself the “architect of Rock N Roll.” It’s hard to argue against it. He was as important to the birth of 1950s Rock N Roll as any including Elvis, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry. His second album for … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 Record of the Day

Legendary actor/dancer Fred Astaire called Frances Ethel Gumm “the greatest entertainer who ever lived” and for forty years she lived up to his praise, not just in the U.S. but throughout the world in front of movie audiences, on stage, and … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 Records of the Day

“Sailor” was the second album from the Steve Miller Band. It features songs written by Miller and band member, Boz Scaggs. The album made Billboards’ top 25 in 1968. It contained hits like “Living in the U.S.A.” and “Dime-A-Dance Romance,” neither now … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 Record of the Day

George Martin is a name every Beatles fan knows well. Some call him the “fifth Beatle” as he was the producer on most of their albums. It was Martin who molded the raw talent of the Beatles into the polished … Continue reading

December 17, 2016 Record of the Day

Albums with various songs by various artists can be collectible. In 1975 RCA released the compilation album “Disco-Funk.” The album features, among others, Lillian Hale singing “Don’t Boom Boom” and the People performing “Party is a Groovy Thing.” There’s also … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 Record of the Day

The Penguin is one of Batman’s biggest foes. He is cunning and deceiving, and few realize his true motives until it’s too late. Played by Burgess Meredith on the TV version of Batman, the Penguin held a high tech umbrella … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 Records of the Day

Clyde McPhatter got his start with the Dominoes and can be heard on their classic “Sixty Minute Man.” Not earning enough with the Dominoes he moved on to join the Drifters where he can be heard singing lead on “Honey … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 Record of the Day

John Cougar Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. You can quibble about some of those who have been added but there’s no question that Mellencamp belongs there. With 40 million records sold and … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 Records of the Day

Martha and the Vandellas placed 26 singles on the charts. Among the biggest are “Nowhere to Run” and “Dancing in the Street.” Their first big hit came in 1963 with “(Love is Like a) Heat Wave.” It was not only … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 Record of the Day

In 1964 the Beatles hit America like a tornado. Record labels were rushing to get the rights to the Fab Four, so much so that the boys recorded for Vee-Jay, Swan, Tollie, and M-G-M records before Capitol records finally landed the golden … Continue reading