Monthly Archives: June 2017

On This Day June 30th in Rock & Roll History

On this day June 30, 1957 Buddy Holly is set to record a song about his niece, Cindy Lou. But Jerry Allison, the drummer for Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets, convinces Buddy to change the title to his girlfriend’s name, … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 Records of the Day

Other than Chubby Checker no one had more success with the Twist than Joey Dee and the Starliters. When they became the house band at New York’s Peppermint Lounge it was pure pandemonium, attracting celebrities from John Wayne to Jackie … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 Record of the Day

As a boy, Johnny Guitar Watson promised his grandfather he wouldn’t play “the devil’s music.” Oops! He began touring with Larry Williams of “Boney Maronie” fame. He also played with Little Richard and Frank Zappa. With his Fender Stratocaster, he … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 Records of the Day

It all started for Bobby Darin in 1958 with the million-seller “Splish Splash,” a song Darin said he wrote in less than 15 minutes. The list of hits that followed seems endless with such classics as “Dream Lover,” “Beyond the … Continue reading

June 26, 2017 Record of the Day

Roger Waters, along with Nick Mason, founded the Rock band Pink Floyd in 1965. The band went on to have some of the greatest concept albums of all time including “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” As a … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 Record of the Day

Carole King and husband Gerry Goffin wrote a song that she later regretted, saying she was sorry she ever had anything to do with it. That song was “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss).” It was recorded … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 Records of the Day

“Good Morning, School Girl” was a blues single by Sonny Boy Williamson in 1939 and since then has been covered numerous times as “Good Morning, Little School Girl.” Those giving it their own special treatment include Muddy Waters, the Yardbirds, … Continue reading

On This Day June 23rd in Rock & Roll History

On this day June 23, 1972 Smokey Robinson appears in concert for the last time with his group, the Miracles with whom he has 27 top-40 hits. Their 1961 single, “Broken Hearted,” is now worth up to $200.00 with picture … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 Records of the Day

Sarah Vaughan’s career took off in 1943 when the Apollo Theater asked her to be the opening act for the legendary Ella Fitzgerald. It was Dave Garroway, one of the early hosts of the “Today” show that gave her the … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 Records of the Day

The most successful album for Van Halen is “1984.” The single “Jump” from the album is Van Halen’s only # 1 hit. With over 12 million copies sold, the value for “1984” is no more than $10.00 but “Jump” was … Continue reading