Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 18, 2017 Record of the Day

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love the music of Sam Cooke. Between 1957 and 1964 he had 30 singles that made the Billboard Hot 100. Cooke was also a music publisher and record label owner, which was rare … Continue reading

On this day February 17 in Rock and Roll History

On this day Feb. 17, 1966 work begins on what would be the most expensive 45 to record up to that date in the history of Rock and Roll. It takes 11 recording sessions to complete. It would become a … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 Records of the Day

One-hit wonders, Question Mark & The Mysterians, might have had just one hit but it has become a Rock N Roll classic. With “96 Tears” they were the first Latino Rock band to have a top 40 hit in the U.S.  Question … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 Record of the Day

“The Velvet Underground & Nico” on Verve records featured among others, Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico. Born Christa Paffgen, her gloomy, monotone voice made the music unique. The single from the album was “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” Released in 1966, the … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 Record of the Day

What was the first Rock N Roll record? No one can say for sure but many believe it was “Rocket 88″ by Jackie Brenston (with Ike Turner on guitar). Released on Chess records in 1951 on a 78 RPM its worth … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 Records of the Day

R. Dean Taylor was a record producer at Motown in 1970 when he wrote and recorded a top-10 Billboard hit on Motown’s Rare Earth record label. “Indiana Wants Me” tells the story of a fugitive being urged to give himself … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 Record of the Day

By 1966 Elvis movies were so formulated that Elvis wasn’t anxious to do them. An example would be “Spinout.” The single of “Spinout” barely cracked the top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The soundtrack album was released by RCA in … Continue reading

February 11, 2017 Records of the Day

Joanie Sommers’ first hit came in 1960 with “One Boy” from the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” But her biggest hit “Johnny Get Angry” hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. She later became a popular guest on TV … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 Records of the Day

The Olympics first found fame in 1958 with the top-10 hit”(My Baby Loves The) Western Movies.” It was a Doo Wop novelty song based on the popular TV westerns of the day. Next up was their dance-craze hit “(Baby) Hully Gully.” … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 Record of the Day

“Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” a title taken from “The Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Graham, was the debut album for Pink Floyd. Rolling Stone magazine includes it on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All … Continue reading