May Wells was crowned “Queen of Motown.” Her first hit came in 1962 with “The One Who Really Loves You.” Her biggest hit is the # 1 Billboard chart-topper “My Guy.” Her 1962 hit “You Beat Me to the Punch” was nominated for a Grammy, making Mary Wells the first Motown star to be nominated. Released on Motown records, the single is worth up to $60.00 and the picture sleeve can add another $200.00 to the value.
There were a lot of novelty records about the Beatles in the 1960’s. Among them was a song called “We Love You Beatles” by the Carefrees. The song was based on the “Bye Bye Birdie” song “We Love You Conrad” for the Conrad Birdie character. “We Love You Beatles” hit the top-40 and with its picture sleeve is worth up to $100.00 The album by the Carefrees, called “We Love You All,” contained their Beatles tribute. Released on London records in 1964, the album can get you $400.00 today.
On this day September 29, 1958 the song on top of the charts is one written by a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. His name is Charles Dawes. His composition of “Melody in A Minor” was written in 1912. In 1958 lyrics and a rock and roll beat were added and gave Tommy Edwards a #1 hit with “It’s All in the Game.” A copy of the 45 is worth up to $50.00 while a copy on a 78 can sell for $150.00 today.
John D Loudermilk wrote some of the biggest hits of the early Rock N Roll era. His first, “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” was the first big hit for George Hamilton IV. Loudermilk also wrote “Ebony Eyes” for the Everly Brothers, “Indian Reservation” for Paul Revere and the Raiders, and “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)” for Sue Thompson. Eddie Cochran had his first hit in 1957 with Loudermilk’s “Sittin in the Balcony.” Loudermilk also had a hit with the same song. Recording as Johnny Dee, he released his version on Colonial Records. A copy with picture sleeve is worth up to $150.00 today.
Due to riots and fights at their European concerts, the Kinks were not at first welcomed in the U.S. The title of their 1966 album “The Kink Kontroversy” refers to the problems they were experiencing. Fronted by brothers Dave and Ray Davies, the Kinks went on to become one of the most prolific hit-makers of the British Invasion. Released on Reprise records, a stereo copy of “The Kink Kontroversy” is worth up to $25.00 but a mono copy can sell for $125.00 today.
Danny and the Juniors topped the charts in 1957 with “At The Hop,” one of the best known hits of the early Rock N Roll era. They followed up in 1958 with another Rock N Roll anthem, “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay.” Most say the kind of Rock N Roll they sang about ended somewhere in the mid-1960’s when “Rock” by itself described the music of the day. The 45, released on ABC-Paramount, is worth up to $25.00 but the 78 rpm version of “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay” can sell for $150.00 today. Both versions are shown here.
Mariah Carey first hit gold in 1990 with 4 consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. With a five octave vocal range, she has sold over 65 million records. With five Grammies, she was the best-selling recording artist of the 1990’s. Her single “We Belong Together” was named song-of-the decade for 2000-2009.” In 2008 Sky Forward Records released her album, “The Acapella Album.” A vinyl copy is now worth up to $200.00.
Bill Anderson is one of the most successful and prolific songwriters in the history of Country music. Known as Whisperin’ Bill because of his singing style, he had seven # 1 hits on the Country charts and in 1963 went top-10 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his best known single, “Still.” The 45 is worth no more than $10.00 but his first single “City Lights,” released on TNT records in 1958, can sell for $150.00 today.
Otis Williams and the Charms was one of the most popular of the Doo Wops groups of the 1950’s. They scored their biggest hit in 1954 with the million-seller “Hearts of Stone,” which is now worth up to $100. More hits followed like “Ling Ting tong” and “Ivory Tower.” Otis Williams also sang Soul music in the 60’s and even Country music in the 70’s. The EP “Hits By The Charms,” released on Deluxe records in 1955, is worth up to $600.00 today.
On this day September 22, 1958 Private Elvis Presley along with the 3rd armored division sails for Germany. RCA released an EP for the occasion called “Elvis Sails.”
It contains no music, just interviews of the young and future king including one at the Brooklyn Army Terminal on September 22, 1958 and one on the USS Randall. The “Elvis Sails” EP can sell for $200.00 today.