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Tracks are listed in chronological order by year, then alphabetically.

Listings do not reflect proper order by month or day: later oft precedes earlier.

Not on this page? See history tree below.


Featured on this page loosely in order of first recording or record release (as possible):


Memphis Slim    Muddy Waters   Jimmy Witherspoon    Little Walter    John Lee Hooker

Bobby Bland    Elmore James    Howling Wolf    Otis Rush



Tennessee Ramblers    Moon Mullican    Chet Atkins    Lloyd Cowboy Copas    Hank Williams Sr.

Mac Wiseman    Webb Pierce    Marty Robbins    Roy Clark   George Hamilton IV    Buck Owens

Mickey Gilley



Helen Humes    Buck Clayton    Nat King Cole    Ella Mae Morse    Dinah Washington

Hadda Brooks    Grady Martin    Jimmy Forrest


Appendix: Genre Popular


Herb Alpert    Ann-Margret    The Archies   The Association
Burt Bacharach    Madeline Bell   Pat Boone    Bread
The Carpenters    David Cassidy   The Castells    Petula Clark    Rita Coolidge    The Cowsills    The Crew Cuts
Neil Diamond
Jose Feliciano    Fifth Dimension    The Four Lads    The Four Voices    Connie Francis
Lesley Gore    Robert Goulet
Lee Hazlewood    Engelbert Humperdinck
Shirley Jones    Tom Jones
Carol King    Kirka
Lennon Sisters
Henry Mancini   Barbara McNair    Mitch Miller
Wayne Newton
Gilbert O'Sullivan
The Partridge Family   PJ Proby    Gary Puckett
Boots Randolph    Helen Reddy    Righteous Brothers
Linda Scott    Carly Simon    Nancy Sinatra    Dusty Springfield    The Springfields    Barbra Streisand
The Three Chuckles    Tiny Tim
Leslie Uggams    The Union Gap
Bobby Vinton
Dionne Warwick    Lawrence Welk



Featured on this page loosely in order of first recording if not record release (as possible).

Names are alphabetical, not chronological, per year:


1928 Lawrence Welk
1939 Mitch Miller
1944 Andy Williams
1946 Henry Mancini
1947 Percy Faith
1949 Petula Clark
1951 The Four Lads
1953 The Crew Cuts
1954 Pat Boone    The Three Chuckles
1955 The Four Voices    Connie Francis
1956 Lennon Sisters
1957 Shirley Jones    Barbara McNair
1958 Carol King    PJ Proby    Boots Randolph    Dusty Springfield    Leslie Uggams
1959 Engelbert Humperdinck    Linda Scott    Dionne Warwick
1960 Robert Goulet    Lee Hazlewood    Bobby Vinton
1961 Herb Alpert    Ann-Margret    The Castells    Nancy Sinatra    The Springfields
1962 Neil Diamond    Barbra Streisand
1963 Madeline Bell    Lesley Gore    Wayne Newton    Righteous Brothers
1964 Jose Feliciano
1965 The Association    Burt Bacharach    The Cowsills    Tom Jones
1966 Fifth Dimension    Tiny Tim
1967 Kirka    Gilbert O'Sullivan    Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
1968 The Archies    Helen Reddy
1969 Bread    The Carpenters    Rita Coolidge
1970 David Cassidy    Partridge Family


Tracks are listed in chronological order by year, then alphabetically.

Listings do not reflect proper order by month or day: later oft precedes earlier.

Not on this page? See history tree below.


First issue 'Billboard'   1894

Source: Wikiwand
On this page we explore early rock and roll as performed by musicians of other musical genres such as the blues, country western and jazz. Because the thing about rock and roll is that it arose not only from boogie woogie and the broader spectrum of rhythm and blues (growing out of swing and blues, then jump blues), but came from everywhere. Some of the musicians below were greatly influential to the development of rock music, though the reason this page is made is because they largely kept to the genres for which they were known. That is, you wouldn't normally look for them in a Rock bin at the record shop. Also on this page is a Popular Genre Appendix. We call it such because, though some of the musicians listed therein might have gotten categorized as rock, as well as many not, such was only peripherally. Thus much of the popular music in the appendix is little related to rock. As well, popular music is a variety pack, a tray for the everyday as well as the stray. Proving it to be a bag of mixed marbles (at least to me) are these hams busking for a record deal. Popular music has also produced not a few prodigies. Witness Little Boy Blue, performing in public for the first time at only two days old. Here are some creatures making the biggest fuss they can to be popular, but somehow there's music in it. Then there's this band called The Frogs. An appendix of the popular genre otherwise makes place for musicians who should be mentioned in a history of music such as this but don't squeeze well into the genres that it covers. Not a few of them were hugely popular, commenting upon the culture. It behooves us, then, to briefly look at the popular genre, largely in the United States, from the fifties up to musicians who recorded before 1970. A number of popular performers are also listed in folk and modern vocal jazz. Modern Classical contains a few composers who applied the classical orchestra to popular uses for film. 'Billboard' magazine, the major thermometer of musical popularity with which most are acquainted, was founded in 1894, originally producing posters as an advertising firm. It published its first hit parade of sheet music in 1936, its first charts for records in 1940. As for the most popular music in the United States and globally per any genre one might view this list of diamond LP sales.




See Rock 1 for blues, jump blues and R&B musicians instrumental to the development of rock and roll.

First recording in 1940, Memphis Slim (Peter Chatman) became one of the most highly regarded pianists in American music. Among titles from his first session on August 6 of '40 were 'The Jive Blues' and 'Blues at Midnight'. Slim held a minimum of a prolific 141 sessions during his career. But one example from amidst was his album, 'At the Gate of Horn', recorded live in Chicago on August 18, 1959. His final recordings were released posthumously as 'The Paris Sessions' in 1989. Main entry for Memphis Slim in Blues 4.

Memphis Slim   1958

   Gotta Find My Baby


Birth of the Blues: Memphis Slim

Memphis Slim

Source: Blues Everyday



One great influence on rock music was blues guitarist Muddy Waters, first recording in 1941 with 'Country Blues' and 'I Be's Troubled'. Albeit Waters was mainly a bluesman, in his later career he worked with numerous rock musicians. The four songs below were elected into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as among the '500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll'. Main entry for Muddy Waters in Blues 3.

Muddy Waters   1950  

   Rollin' Stone

Muddy Waters   1954  

   Hoochie Coochie Man

Muddy Waters   1955  

   Mannish Boy

Muddy Waters   1957  

   Got My Mojo Workin'

Muddy Waters   1960

   Got My Mojo Workin'

      Live television performance


Birth of Rock and Roll: Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

Source:  Morrison Hotel Gallery

Birth of Rock & Roll: Jimmy Witherspoon

Jimmy Witherspoon

Photo: Concord Music Group

Source: Black Kudos


Vocalist, Jimmy Witherspoon, largely jump blues (up-tempo blues), first recorded in 1945 with jazz pianist and bandleader Jay McShann: 'Confessin' the Blues' and 'Hard Working Man Blues'. He would attend at least 141 sessions [Lord's Disco] for up to nearly seventy albums until the latter nineties, he dying of cancer in 1997. 'Steamroller', below, is a good example of blues rock. Main entry for Witherspoon in Blues 4.

Jimmy Witherspoon   1947

   Money Is Getting Cheaper

       Composition: Jimmy Witherspoon

Jimmy Witherspoon   1950

   I'm Just a Ladies Man

       Composition: Jake Jordan

Jimmy Witherspoon   1957

   All Right Miss Moore

       Composition: Jesse Stone

Jimmy Witherspoon   1965

   Love Me Right

       Composition: Cherry Foster/Walter Jessup

Jimmy Witherspoon   1971


      With Eric Burden

      Composition: James Taylor


  Pianist and vocalist Sunnyland Slim (Albert Luandrew) is said to have first found himself on record in 1946 with Jump Jackson. He put together his own band the same year, which first recording was 'Illinois Central' with 'Sweet Lucy Blues' B side, released the next year in 1947 (Tracks below are in alphabetical order). Luandrew was identified on his first releases only as "Doc Clayton's Buddy", but assumed the name "Sunnyland Slim" the same year due to frequent performances of a tune called 'Sunnyland Train'. Main entry for Sunnyland Slim in Blues 4.

Sunnyland Slim   1947

   She Ain't Nowhere

Sunnyland Slim   1951

   When I Was Young

Sunnyland Slim   1953


   Shake It Baby

Sunnyland Slim   1961

   Shake It


Birth of Rock and Roll: Sunnyland Slim

Sunnyland Slim

Source: Mapleshade Records

Birth of Rock and Roll: Little Walter

Little Walter

Source: Bon Corretore


Bluesman, Little Walter, was among the first to amplify harmonica, holding the instrument to the microphone. His first recordings, 'Ora-nelle Blues'/'Just Keep Loving Her' were released in 1947 (Ora Nelle 701). Below are a couple examples of Little Walter's contributions to the rock and roll beat. The Rolling Stones did a few covers of Walter as recently as 2016: 'Hate to See You Go' (Walter), 'I Got to Go' (Walter) and 'Just Your Fool' (Buddy Johnson). Both titles below reached Billboard's #1 spot in R&B, he placing 12 others in the Top Ten between '52 and 1958. Walter died ten years later in Chicago after a fight at a performance in 1968. Main entry for Little Walter in Blues 4.

Little Walter   1952


       Composition: Little Walter

Little Walter   1955

   My Babe

       Composition: Willie Dixon



First recording in 1948 (: Boogie Chillen'), blues guitarist John Lee Hooker worked with a number of rock musicians from Canned Heat to Carlos Santana later in his career. Main entry for Hooker in Blues 3. Also under Ry Cooder in Folk Music.

John Lee Hooker   1952

   Rock Me Mama


Birth of Rock & Roll: John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker

Photo: Brian Smith

Source: VeV



Blues soul singer, Bobby Bland, first showed up on record shelces in 1951 with 'Booted' and 'I Love You Til the Day I Die' per Chess 1487. A major R&B vocalist during the sixties and seventies, Bland was another early contributor to rock n roll via R&B. Main entry for Bobby Bland in Blues 4.

Bobby Bland   1951

   Dry Up Baby

      Composition: Bland

Bobby Bland   1952

   Good Lovin'/Drifting from Town to Town

      Compositions: Bland/Jules Taub

Bobby Bland   1963

   Farther On Up the Road

      Composition: See Wikipedia

Bobby Bland   1964

   Ain't Doing Too Bad   Pt 1

      Composition: Deadric Malone (Don Robey)

   Ain't Doing Too Bad   Pt 2

      Composition: Deadric Malone (Don Robey)


Birth of Rock & Roll: Bobby Bland

Bobby Blue Bland

Source: Last FM


Birth of the Blues: Elmore James

Elmore James

Photo: Michael Ochs Archive

Source: Black & Blue


Elmore James, a Delta blues guitarist, James' first recordings are thought to have been on January 4, 1951, in Jackson, MS, backing Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller) on 'Eyesight to the Blind'/'Crazy About You Baby' (Trumpet Records 129). On August 5 Williamson supported James on Catfish Blues'/'Dust My Broom' (Trumpet 146). James' blues were an influence to several later rock musicians such as Brian Jones (Rolling Stones), Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac) and Jimi Hendrix. Main entry for Elmore James at Blues 3.

Elmore James   1961

   Shake Your Money Maker

     Composition: See Wikipedia



Howling Wolf, guitar and harmonica, first recorded in 1951, 'Moanin' At Midnight' and 'How Many More Years'. The first three songs below were elected into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as among the '500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll'. Main entry for Howlin' Wolf in Blues 3.

Howlin' Wolf   1956

   Smokestack Lightning

Howlin' Wolf   1960


Howlin' Wolf   1962

   The Red Rooster

Howlin' Wolf   1964

   Shake It For Me


 Birth of the Blues: Howling Wolf

Howlin' Wolf

Source: 10 Mania


Otis Rush released his first single, 'I Can't quit You', in 1956. He issued his first album, 'Mourning In The Morning', in August of 1969. Main entry for Otis Rush in Blues 3.

Otis Rush   1956

   Sit Down Baby

      Composition: Willie Dixon

   Violent Love

      Composition: Willie Dixon

Birth of the Blues: Otis Rush

Otis Rush

Source: Chicago Blues Guide


Birth of Country Western: Tennessee Ramblers

Tennessee Ramblers

Source:  Hillbilly Music

Country Western

The Tennessee Ramblers, based in North Carolina, had little to do with Tennessee. (That was the bluegrass band by the same name to be found in A Birth of Bluegrass Music.) The Ramblers were among the first country swing bands, formed in 1928 by Dick Hartman. As they toured they performed at various radio stations like Pittsburg's KDKA. It's thought that Cecil Campbell (banjo/steel guitar), Kenneth Pappy Wolfe (fiddle) and Harry Blair (guitar/vocals) joined the band in 1932-33. Russell's 'Country Music Records' guesses Jack Gillette also on fiddle for their first recordings in 1935. They also performed in films with Gene Autry and Tex Ritter. Gillette led the group upon Hartman's departure in 1938. Cecil Campbell took over in '46 and led the group into the early seventies. As a country swing band it was perhaps inevitable that they would experiment a wee bit with rock and roll, though it remained a solid country western group with Campbell's steel guitar the main feature throughout the existence of the band. Main entry for the Ramblers in Country 3.

Tennessee Ramblers   1957

   Rock and Roll Fever

      Composition: William Lear/Cecil Campbell



Pianist Moon Mullican, who first recorded in 1936, early aligned country western with everything from the blues to boogie woogie to rock and roll. Main entry for Moon Mullican in A Birth of Country Western.

Moon Mullican   1951

   Cherokee Boogie (Eh-Oh-Aleena)

   Rheumatism Boogie

Moon Mullican   1956

   Honolulu Rock-A Roll-A

   Seven Nights to Rock

Moon Mullican   1958

   Moon's Rock


Birth of Rock and Roll: Moon Mullican

Moon Mullican

Source:  F.U.N.K.


Birth of Rock & Roll: Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins

Source:  NoNaMe


Extraordinarily talented country guitarist, Chet Atkins, played in all variety of genres from classical to folk to jazz and beyond. His first recordings were with Red Foley in 1946 in New York City: 'Till the End of Time' (Decca 46058), 'Atomic Power'/'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Decca 46014), 'Foggy River'/'Lay Down Your Soul' (Decca 46024) and 'Old Shep' (Decca‎ 46052). September of 1946 saw 'Guitar Blues' and 'Brown Eyes Cryin' in the Rain' recorded as Chester Atkins per Bullet 617. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1950 as an accompanist for Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters. His recording of 'Mr. Sandman' alighted at the #13 spot on Billboard's Country chart in January of 1955. 'Yakety Axe' reached #4 in July of '65. Though one hesitates to call those rock they bounce that direction along the popular vein. (The Coasters had issued 'Yakety Yak' in 1958 prior to Boots Randolph's 'Yakety Sax' the same year.) Among the most highly regarded of American guitarists, Atkins little pursued rock and roll, though he was instrumental in launching the careers of the Everly Brothers. He also briefly produced Elvis Presley. A major name in the Nashville hillbilly sound, Atkins was also a major producer of a long stream of country western artists from Hank Snow and Porter Wagoner to Skeeter Davis and Waylon Jennings. Main entry for Chet Atkins.

Chet Atkins   1955

   Mr. Sandman

      Live performance 1954

     Composition: Pat Ballard

Chet Atkins   1965

   Yakety Axe

      Filmed live at the Grand Ole Opry

     Composition: Boots Randolph/James Rich:

     'Yakety Sax'   1958

      Inspiration: 'Yakety Yak' by the Coasters   1958



There was a time when to embrace rock and roll could be detrimental to the careers of country western musicians. But Lloyd Cowboy Copas was a country western musician, first recording in 1946, who defied convention to dive into rock & roll on occasion. (Visit  Main entry for Cowboy Copas in A Birth Of Country Western.

Cowboy Copas   1958

   Circle Rock


Birth of Rock & Roll: Lloyd Cowboy Copas

Lloyd Cowboy Copas

Source:  The Pogues


Birth of Rock & Roll: Hank Williams

Hank Williams Sr.

Photo: The Tennessean

Source:  MP3 XL


Hank William's honky tonk sound was early countrified rockabilly. 'Move It On Over', obviously a rocker, was a huge success for Williams in 1947. Williams' career was a brief one, yet of strong influence on early rock n roll by way of rockabilly, the white country (honky) approach to rock n roll that wasn't otherwise largely black R&B. He was later voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an influence. Main entry for Hank Williams in A Birth of Country Western. See Hank Williams Jr. as well.

Hank Williams Sr.   1947

   Move It On Over



Birth of Rock and Roll: Mac Wiseman

Mac Wiseman

Source:  CMT

Born in 1925 in Virginia, Mac Wiseman, upright bass and guitar, began his music career as a disc jockey for WSVA radio in Harrisonburg, Virginia, upon studying music at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He began his career as a musician playing upright bass for country singer Molly O'Day. Wiseman first recorded soon after in 1948 with the Foggy Mountain Boys, formed that year by Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt upon their leaving Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. Those were issued in '49 as 'God Loves His Children' (Mercury 6161), 'I'm Going to Make Heaven My Home' (Mercury 6161) and 'We'll Meet Again Sweetheart' (Mercury 6161). In 1949 he joined Monroe's Blue Grass Boys on 'Can't You Hear Me Callin''/'Travelin' Down This Lonesome Road' (Columbia 20676). Forming his own band the same year, they recorded 'From the Manger to the Cross', 'A Broken Heart to Mend' and 'Grey Eagle' in Bristol, Tennessee in 1950, those unissued until 1988 on 'Live Again! WCYB-Bristol Farm and Fun Time'. His first name plates to issue went down on May 23 of 1951: 'Little White Church'/'I'm a Stranger' (Dot 1075) and ''Tis Sweet to Be Remembered'/'Are You Coming Back to Me' (Dot 1062). Wiseman's first 12" LP, ''Tis Sweet to Be Remembered', was issued in 1957 (preceded by 'Songs from the Hills' in the UK in 1956 on 10"). Wikipedia has him leading or co-leading above fifty more albums until his most recent, 'I Sang the Songs', in 2017. He had collaborated with Merle Haggard on 'Timeless' shortly before the latter's death in 2016.  Wiseman was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Country Western Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Main entry for Mac Wiseman in Bluegrass Music.

Mac Wiseman   1957

   Step It Up and Go

     Music: Blind Boy Fuller

      Lyrics: James Long Sr.



Webb Pierce was another country western musician who liked the upbeat movement of rock and roll, rockabilly in particular. He first recorded in 1949. Main entry for Webb Pierce in A Birth Of Country Western.

Webb Pierce   1959

   I Ain't Never

Webb Pierce   1960

   Bye Bye Love

   No Love Have I


Birth of Rock & Roll: Webb Pierce

Webb Pierce

Source:  Martin Vintage Guitars


Birth of Rock and Roll: Marty Robbins

Marty Robbins

Source: VK

Born in Glendale, Arizona, in 1925, Marty Robbins, who played both guitar and piano, began his musical career in Phoenix. He had taught himself guitar while in the Navy in the Solomon Islands during World War II. Upon discharge he played gigs in Phoenix, quickly acquiring his own radio show on KTYL. He then just as quickly acquired his own television show on KPHO. It was Little Jimmy Dickens, making a guest appearance on the latter, who gained Robbins his debut recording contract in 1951, releasing 'Love Me Or Leave Me Alone' (removed from YouTube). But Robbins didn't strike ore until 1959 with 'El Paso'. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1982. Robbins was also a race car driver, competing in 35 NASCAR races, finishing in the top ten six times. His last race was in 1982, a month before his death upon heart attack in December that year. Main entry for Marty Robbins in A Birth of Country 3.

Marty Robbins   1954

   That's All Right

Marty Robbins   1955


   Mean Mama Blues

   Pretty Mama

   Tennessee Toddy

Marty Robbins   1956

   Respectfully Miss Brooks

Marty Robbins   1957

   Teenage Dream

Marty Robbins   1958

   She Was Only Seventeen

Marty Robbins   1959

   Cap and Gown



Birth of Rock & Roll: Roy Clark

Roy Clark

Source:  Ranch Party Round Up


Born in 1933 in Virginia, guitarist Roy Clark made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry at age seventeen. He is thought to have first recorded as a session guitarist in 1953 (age 20). Clarke began releasing singles in 1954, 'Mysteries Of Life'/'Sugar Coated' his first, but no tracks are found for him until 1958. Clark released his first album, 'The Lightning Fingers Of Roy Clark', in 1962 (a televised version below). Clarke and Buck Owens would become hosts of the television show, 'Hee Haw', in 1969. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Main entry for Roy Clark in A Birth of Country 3.

Roy Clark   1958

   Please Mr. Mayor



  Born in 1937 in North Carolina, George Hamilton IV was a student at the University of North Carolina when he released his first record in 1956: 'A Rose and a Baby Ruth' b/w 'If You Don't Know' Hamilton's early music was rock n roll oriented. But he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1960. His most recently released album was in 2011: 'In The Heart Of Texas'. More of Hamilton's career in country western at A Birth of Country Western.

George Hamilton IV   1956

   A Rose and a Baby Ruth

   If You Don't Know

George Hamilton IV   1957

   High School Romance

   Only One Love


Birth of Rock & Roll: George Hamilton IV

George Hamilton IV

Source: Metro Lyrics


Birth of Country Western: Buck Owens

Buck Owens

Source: Start


Buck Owens began his recording career in 1951 as a session guitarist for Capital Records in Hollywood. He released his first single in 1956 ('Down On the Corner of Love' with 'Right After the Dance' B side). The next year he experimented with the release of a rockabilly record ('Hot Dog') under the pseudonym Corky Jones before returning to country western and a stellar musical career. Though Owens little strayed beyond country western there is that in his music which tells he'd have made a great rock and roll musician. Main entry for Buck Owens in Country 3.

Buck Owens   1957

   Hot Dog

Buck Owens   1969

   Johnny B. Goode

      Composition: Chuck Berry



Country pianist Mickey Gilley began his career as a boogie woogie musician. Indeed, as a child he played piano with Jerry Lee Lewis (as well as Jimmy Swaggart, who played piano as a youth before later becoming a Pentecostal pastor). Among Gilley's first recordings were 'Call Me Shorty' and 'Come On Baby' in 1958. For the more countrified Mickey Gilley see A Birth of Country Western (or 'What Is It', below, the B side of 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy'.)

Mickey Gilley   1958

   Call Me Shorty

   Come On Baby

Mickey Gilley   1976

   Lawdy Miss Clawdy/What Is It


Birth of Rock & Roll: Micky Gilley

Mickey Gilley

Source: Bands In Town




See Rock 1 for swing jazz and R&B musicians instrumental to the development of rock and roll.

Born in 1913, Helen Humes first recorded with blues guitarist Sylvester Weaver in 1927 (age 14). But her big break didn't arrive until 1937 when she joined Harry James' big band. The next year she replaced Billie Holiday in the Count Basie Orchestra. The song, 'They Raided the Joint', below, is a good example of the early contributions swing jazz made to rock and roll, released in 1947. Main entry for Helen Humes in Swing Jazz Song.

Helen Humes   1947

   They Raided the Joint


Birth of Swing Jazz: Helen Humes

Helen Humes

Source: Data B

Birth of Swing Jazz: Buck Clayton

Buck Clayton

Source: Nicole Mones


Arranger and trumpeter Buck Clayton formed his first band in 1929 upon graduating from high school. Five years later he took off for Shanghai and played jazz with Chinese musicians. Upon his return he first recorded with Count Basie on January 21, 1937, in NYC: 'Honeysuckle Rose', 'Pennies from Heaven', 'Swingi' at the Daisy and 'Roseland Shuffle'.While he was with Basie he also recorded with Teddy Wilson, therefore Billie Holiday as well. His first recorded solo was the same year with Count Basie ('Swingin’ at the Daisy Chain'). Clayton was a serious jazzman a world apart from rock and roll. Though the track below is quite late (1955), and in retrospect for Clayton, it is too perfect an example of swing jazz leaning toward rhythm and blues, which later gave rise to rock and roll, to not include on this page. Main entry for Buck Clayton in Swing Jazz 1.

Buck Clayton   1955

   Rock-A-Bye Basie

      With Coleman Hawkins



Nat King Cole, both a fine pianist and singer, was another serious jazzman who lived a world apart from rock and roll. The great success of  'Route 66' released in 1946, however, is swing with an uh-oh-too-late-now rock & roll beat. (It is principally beat by which the Oxford Dictionary of Music has in the past distinguished rock and roll from other forms of music.) Main entry for Nat King Cole in Modern Jazz Song.

Nat King Cole   1946

   Route 66

      Composition: Bobby Troup

Nat King Cole   1960

   Send For Me

Nat King Cole   1961

   Mr. Cole Won't Rock and Roll


Birth of Rock & Roll: Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole   1965

Photo: William P. Gottlieb

Source: Circulo de Estudios



Born in 1924 in Mansfield, Texas,  Ella Mae Morse was but 17 when she joined the band of boogie woogie pianist Freddie Slack and made her first recording, 'Cow Cow Boogie' (1942). That was also Capitol Records' first gold disc. Although Morse last recorded in 1957 she continued working nightclubs on both coasts into the nineties, such as Michael's Pub in New York and Ye Little Pub, the Cinegrill and the Vine St. Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. She also appeared at Disneyland for several years with the Ray McKinley Orchestra and toured Australia. Morse died in 1999 of heart failure in Bullhead, Arizona. Morse is an excellent example of transition from boogie woogie and swing toward rock and roll. Indeed, some consider her the first rock vocalist. Main entry for Ella Mae Morse in Swing Jazz 2.

Ella Mae Morse   1947

   Get Off It and Go

Ella Mae Morse   1951

   Okie Boogie

Ella Mae Morse   1952

   The Blacksmith Blues

Ella Mae Morse   1953

   Rock Me All Night

Ella Mae Morse   1955

   Razzle Dazzle

Ella Mae Morse   1956

   Rock and Roll Wedding


Birth of Rock n Roll: Ella Mae Morse

Ella Mae Morse

Photo: Getty Images

Source: OK Music


Birth of Modern Jazz: Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington

Source: ladybret


Bluesy jazz singer Dinah Washington released her first recording, 'Evil Gal Blues', in 1944 with Lionel Hampton. (That and 'Salty Papa Blues' can be found at Dinah Washington Blues.) Like Nat King Cole above, Washington's realm was jazz, she never pursuing rock and roll although her 1948 release, 'Am I Asking Too Much', was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as among the '500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll'. She also dipped her toes in rock a wee bit in 1960 with Brook Benton. Washington died at the relatively young age of 39 due to an accidental drug overdose. Main entry for Dinah Washington in Modern Jazz Song.

Dinah Washington   1960

   A Rockin' Good Way

      With Brook Benton

       Composition: Brook Benton/Luchi DeJesus



Born in 1916 and raised in Los Angeles, versatile pianist Hadda Brooks made a reputation for herself as the Queen of Boogie Woogie. Boogie woogie was the southern equivalent of ragtime, likely developing out of eastern Texas. Brooks' first single, 'Swingin' the Boogie', was in 1945. She died in Los Angeles in 2002. Brooks didn't pursue rock and roll per se, her boogie woogie largely in the context of jazz. More boogie woogie by Hadda Brooks. The main entry for Hadda Brooks is in Modern Jazz Piano.

Hadda Brooks   1947

   That's My Desire

   Rockin' the Boogie


Birth of Rock & Roll: Hadda Brooks

Hadda Brooks

Source: Lileks


Birth of Rock & Roll: Grady Martin

Grady Martin

Source: From the Vaults


Born in 1929 in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, phenomenal jazz guitarist Thomas Grady Martin was also a country western musician who liked to work in both genres. Martin got his professional break early, performing regularly for WLAC radio in Nashville at age fifteen. Several years later in '49 he joined Red Foley on 'Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy' for release in January of 1950. In 1951 Martin put together a band called the Slew Foot Five and made his first recordings as a leader that year ('Bully Of the Town', below, among them). The early fifties saw sessions with such as Bing Crosby and Burl Ives, as well as recordings with his band now called the Winging Strings. During the latter fifties Martin became a Nashville A-Team session guitarist, thereat to participate in titles by such as Marty Robbins and Johnny Horton. In 1964 he contributed to jazz trombonist, Kai Winding's 'Modern Country'. Others employing his talents in '64 were Roy Orbison and Lefty Frizzell. 1966 found him on clarinetist, Pete Fountain's, 'Mood Indigo'. He appeared on Joan Baez' 'Any Day Now' in '68 and 'David's Album' in '69. In the seventies he worked with such as J J Cale, Sammi Smith, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Kris Kristofferson. In 1978 Martin traded session work for the road to tour with Jerry Reed. He's also said to have joined Willie Nelson's band that year, with which he worked until retirement in 1994 for health reasons. In the meantime he'd supported the jazz group, the Four Freshmen, on 'Graduation Day' in 1982, then shifted back to country the next year on Merle Haggard's 'That's the Way Love Goes'. Martin died of heart attack in 2001 in Lewisburg, Tennessee, leaving a legacy of nearly 400 sessions. Most of the tenor sax on the recordings below is by Dutch McMillin. (See also Grady Martin Country and Grady Martin Jazz.)

Grady Martin   1950

   Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy

      With Red Foley

Grady Martin   1954

   When My Dream Boat Comes Home



The first name recording as a band leader made by jazz saxophonist Jimmy Forrest was 'Night Train' in 1952. He had laid his first tracks ten years earlier with veteran saxophonist, Andy Kirk. Main entry for Jimmy Forrest in Modern Jazz Saxophone.

Jimmy Forrest   1952

   Night Train

Jimmy Forrest   1956

   Cocktails For Two



Birth of Rock & Roll: Jimmy Forrest

Jimmy Forrest

Source: Papy Blues


Popular Music: Lawrence Welk

Lawrence Welk

Source: A.V. Club


This appendix of the popular genre presently begins with Lawrence Welk due largely to his television program, 'The Lawrence Welk Show' syndicated from 1951 to 1982. Popular music was very the offspring of Broadway, film television: entertainment, as compared to popular music in Brazil, which would be a political movement. The 'Lawrence Welk Show' was television that everyone had heard of but no one watched, it being intentionally old fashion per the great American songbook. That is, Welk was hugely popular with older audiences. (There is one rock n roll number, 'Wah Wahtusi', in all the list below.) Welk was born in Strasburg, North Dakota, in 1903. His was a family of farmers which had come a long  way from an upturned wagon plastered in sod to when Welk's father purchased a $400 mail order accordion for him, that equivalent to above $4,000 now. The deal was that Welk repay his father by age 21 which he did, working as a farmer. He then took off to play in various bands. He formed his own bands, the Hotsy Totsy Boys and the Honolulu Fruit Gum Orchestra, also working in radio for WNAX in Yankton, SD. He graduated from the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1927. What distinguished Welk from sweet hotel jazz bands like Benny Goodman's was champagne hotel jazz bands, a light and bubbly approach arising in the twenties. Welk's first issues are thought to have been for Gennett in 1928, among them, 'Doin’ the New Lowdown' (6697) and 'Spiked Beer' (6712). Those were also issued on Champion. Recordings for Vocalion appeared from '38 to 1940, Decca spinning his carousel in 1941. He toured the nation with his Novelty Orchestra in the forties, also appearing in Soundies. Welk backed Spade Cooley in 1945 on 'Shame On You', then had his own radio program per 1949 through '51, sponsored by Miller High-Life. 'The Lawrence Welk Show' premiered in 1951, broadcast from the Aragon Ballroom in Venice Beach by KTLA in Los Angeles. That ballroom dance program remained in business until 1982. For someone big on champagne and beer Welk ran a clean, highly conservative operation: no comedians, no short skirts, no sponsors of alcohol or cigarettes. Though beer disappeared champagne remained in the form of the Champagne Ladies. There was also a bubble machine to immerse one's mind, making carbonated drinks unnecessary. The most notable of Welk's entourage were the Lennon Sisters, working with Welk from '55 to 1968. The Sisters are thought to have released their first records in 1956 with Welk, such as 'Hi! To You' bw 'Mickey Mouse Mambo' and 'Graduation Day' bw 'Toy Tiger'. They issued the album, 'Let's Get Acquainted' in 1957, commencing a recording career with well above twenty LPs to their catalogue. Other longtime members of Welk's crew were the highly talented pianist, Jo Ann Castle, from '59 to '69, and vocalists, Bobby Burgess and Barbara Boylan in '61, Boylan replaced in '67 by Cissy King until 1978. Welk retired to live with his wife in 1982, dying in 1992 in Santa Monica, California. Welk fairly personified popular music during the decades he pumped out his show week after week without missing a beat, the enormity of his popularity reflected in the length of the list below. Per such, all titles from 1951 onward are either from or whole broadcasts of 'The Lawrence Welk Show' unless otherwise indicated. They go unnoted to avoid repeating the fact. The Lennon Sisters are noted either by their own recordings or under Lawrence Welk titles. A few of Welk's guest Champagne Ladies, as well as Jo Ann Castle, also feature in selections below.

Lawrence Welk   1928

   Spiked Beer

Lawrence Welk   1938

   Bubbles In the Wine

   Colorado Sunset

Lawrence Welk   1939

   Medley with Lois Best


Lawrence Welk   1951

   Bye Bye Blues

      KTLA telecast

   Canadian Capers

      KTLA telecast

   High Life Polka

      Vocals: Larry Hooper & Roberta Linn

   If I Had My Way

      Vocal: Dick Dale

   Lady of Spain

Lawrence Welk   1955

   Lawrence Welk & His Champagne Music

Lawrence Welk   1956

   Dakota Polka

      Recorded 1950

      LP: 'Music for Polka Lovers'

   Hi to You!

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

   Johnson Rag

   Mickey Mouse Mambo

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

   Tonight You Belong to Me

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

Lennon Sisters   1956

   Graduation Day

   Mickey Mouse Mambo


Lawrence Welk   1957

   My Blue Heaven

Lennon Sisters   1957

   Let's Get Acquainted

      LP: 'Let's Get Acquainted'


      'Mickey Mouse Club'

Lawrence Welk   1959

   I`m Forever Blowing Bubbles

   Maple Leaf Rag

      Piano: Jo Ann Castle

Lawrence Welk   1960

   Amost Like Being In Love

      Vocals: Patty Lorraine & Larry Dean

   Dodge Commercial

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

   Them There Eyes

      Vocal: Patty Clark

Lawrence Welk   1961


      LP: 'Calcutta!'

Lawrence Welk   1962

   Baby Elephant Walk

      LP: 'Baby Elephant Walk'

   Wah Wahtusi

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

Lawrence Welk   1963

   Blame It On the Bossa Nova

   Canadian Sunset

      Vocal: Norma Zimmer

   Scarlett O'Hara

      LP: 'Scarlett O'Hara'

Lawrence Welk   1964

   French Show

   Hello Dolly

      Piano: Jo Ann Castle


      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

   Lonely Goatherd

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

Lawrence Welk   1965

   Lonely Goatherd

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

   Piano Roll Blues

      Piano: Jo Ann Castle

Lawrence Welk   1966

   Over the Rainbow

      Vocal: Patti Lorraine

   Sweetheart Tree

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

  Tumbling Tumbleweeds

      Vocals: Lennon Sisters

   Winter Music & Fun

Lawrence Welk   1968

   Country and Western

Lawrence Welk   1972

   Childhood Memories

Lawrence Welk   1973

   Big Band Days

Lawrence Welk   1974

   Grammy Show

Lawrence Welk   1981

   Henry Mancini

   Salute to Senior Citizens

Lawrence Welk   1982

   Big City USA


Popular Music: Lennon Sisters

The Lennon Sisters

Source: Really Good Swimmah


Mitch Miller something epitomizes the popular genre for his television program, 'Sing Along with Mitch' from '61 to '64, a highly popular broadcast that everyone knew about but no one watched, addressing nostalgic music out of the great American songbook. Marching Miller could at times be so staid that at times he made Lawrence Welk look like wild child, Iggy Pop. At other times he could be a pretty hep cat. Born in Rochester, New York, in 1911, to Jewish parents, Mitch first played oboe professionally at age fifteen with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He would also play English horn. In 1932 he graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. He worked with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra until moving to NYC to sign up with CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) to work in radio. He also worked on Broadway, supporting the 1935 premier of 'Porgy and Bess'. Miller participated in the broadcast of Orson Welles' 'The War of the Worlds' on Sunday, October 30, 1938. That was the 17th episode of the CBS series, 'Mercury Theatre on the Air'. It was eventually released on vinyl in 1968 by Manheim Fox Enterprises. Miller then joined Alec Wilder's Octet, he with that ensemble for the December 19 recording of titles like 'A Debutante's Diary' and 'Concerning Etchings'. Sessions in March and June of 1939 with Wilder yielded such as 'Such a Tender Night' and 'Sea Fugue Mama'. Wilder would be an important figure in Miller's career, they working together numerously into the early fifties. It was 1939 when CBS acquired the American Record Company and changed its name to Columbia, Miller beginning to do session work that year. His first customer is thought to have been Maxine Sullivan on August 22, 1939 for such as 'Jackie Boy' and 'Turtle Dove'. A month later he would back Mildred Bailey for the first time with Wilder's orchestra, coming up with 'Don't Dally With the Devil', 'Ain't That Good News?' and 'Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child'. Numerous sessions were held with Bailey per Wilder into 1940, he to play oboe for her again on September 1, 1944, per a CBS broadcast of 'Music 'Til Midnight' in NYC to record such as 'Lover Come Back to Me' and 'St. Louis Blues'. Among the highlights of his association with Wilder was 'Frank Sinatra Conducts Alec Wilder' in December of 1945. Miller was featured on English horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra for its December 1947 RCA Victor recording of Jean Sibelius' Swan of Tuonela' under Leopold Stokowski. He arranged and recorded oboe with one of the vocal giant, Dinah Washington, on August 25, for 'I'll Wait' and 'It's Too Soon to Know'. The next year he directed his orchestra to back her on 'I Challenge Your Kiss' released per Mercury 8150. Also in 1949 Miller participated on oboe in the taping of 'Charlie Parker with Strings', not issued until 1995. It was the latter forties that Miler became an A&R (Artists and Repertoire) man for Mercury Records, then Columbia in 1950. Miller there handled the careers of a load of big-name popular vocalists such as Patti Page and Frankie Laine, he also credited with the discovery of Aretha Franklin, she a blues pianist at the time. He likely wouldn't have signed her upon her turn to R&B because Miller lost no love on rock, believing it to be conformist, mediocre "baby food" concerning which, as a producer, he passed off Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and the Beatles, the last landing at Capitol Records instead. (Miller did offer Presley a contract but Presley's manager wanted too much.) 1950 also saw Miller issuing records as Miller and His Orchestra and Mitch Miller and the Gang. 'Tzena, Tzena, Tzena' saw issue in 1950. Other successes in the fifties followed such as 'The Yellow Rose of Texas' in 1955, selling over a million copies in the United States alone. 'Air Force Blue' was released for the United States Air Force in 1957. 'The Children's Marching Song' ('Nick Nack Paddy Wack') surfaced in 1958, as well as 'The River Kwai March/Colonel Bogey March' which remained on Billboard's charts for seven months and a week. It was also 1958 when Miller's first 'Sing Along with Mitch' LPs began to appear. He'd already issued ten of them by 1961 when it was time to become a household name with the television program, 'Sing Along with Mitch', running until '64. One of that program's major features was vocalist, Leslie Uggams. After 'Sing Along with Mitch' Miller led sing alongs in various venues, hosted television programs and conducted orchestras, including the Boston Pops. He also continued issuing 'Sing Along' LPs into the eighties. Miller received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, the same year his wife of 65 years, Frances Alexander, died. His own death arrived in July of 2010 in NYC. Per 1946 below, titles are from the album, 'Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder'.

Mitch Miller   1946

   Air for Oboe

      Recorded 1939

   Seldom the Sun

      Recorded 1939

Mitch Miller   1947

   The Swan of Tuonela

      The Philadelphia Orchestra

      Conducting: Leopold Stokowski

      Composition: Jean Sibelius

Mitch Miller   1949

   If I Should Lose You

      LP: 'Charlie Parker With Strings'

      Not issued until 1995

Mitch Miller   1950

   Tzena Tzena Tzena

Mitch Miller   1955

   Yellow Rose of Texas

Mitch Miller   1957

   Air Force Blue

      US Air Force recruiting film

Mitch Miller   1958


      LP: 'More Sing Along With Mitch'

   By the Light of the Silvery Moon

      LP: 'Sing Along With Mitch '

   Children's Marching Song

      'Nick Nack Paddy Wack'

   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

      LP: 'Christmas Sing-Along With Mitch'

   Joy to the World

      LP: 'Christmas Sing-Along With Mitch'

   River Kwai March/Colonel Bogey March

Mitch Miller   1960

   Sentimental Sing Along With Mitch


Mitch Miller   1961

   I Found a Million Dollar Baby

      LP: 'TV Sing Along With Mitch'

   It's Only a Paper Moon

      LP: 'TV Sing Along With Mitch'


      'Sing Along with Mitch'

      Sax: Vincent Abato

Mitch Miller   1964

   George Burns

      'Sing Along with Mitch'

   Milton Berle

      'Sing Along with Mitch'

   Shirley Temple

      'Sing Along with Mitch'


Popular Music: Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller

Photo: Don Humstein

Source: All Music


Pop crooner Andy Williams was born in 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa, and forever thereafter had corn in his teeth. Williams first performed professionally in 1938 on radio as one of the Williams Brothers, a vocal quartet with his older brothers Bob, Don and Dick. After a move to Los Angeles in 1943 the Williams Brothers released 'Swinging On a Star' the next year with Big Crosby. They also began to appear in films that year: 'Janie' and 'Kansas City Kitty'. Williams' debut solo releases were six unpopular tracks for RCA in 1953. He found smiling easier, however, when 'Canadian Sunset' reached #7 on the charts in 1956, then 'Butterfly' #1 in 1957. 'Are You Sincere' reached #3 in 1958. Though there is no documented evidence of such, one contributing factor may have been his chewing of Doublemint gum, launched by Wrigley in 1914. The sixties and seventies were especially strong decades for Williams as he stacked gold records, performed in nightclubs such as in Las Vegas, and made numerous film and television appearances. 'Can't Get Used to Losing You' rose to #2 in 1963. Three of his albums went platinum: 'The Andy Williams Christmas Album' ('63), 'Merry Christmas' ('65) and 'Love Story' ('71). During the nineties Williams opened the Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri, a major musical venue ever since. Among his last titles were recorded there in 1993, issued variously. Williams was a serious golfer and was fond of Navajo blankets, his collection estimated to be worth nigh a million dollars. His first dentist remains unknown. He may not have needed one, the first toothpick manufacturing machine having been invented in 1849 by one Marc Signorello. Williams passed away of bladder cancer on September 25 of 2013 in Branson, Missouri.

Andy Williams   1944

   Swinging On A Star

    Williams Brothers with Bing Crosby 

Andy Williams   1956

   Canadian Sunset

   Walk Hand In Hand

Andy Williams   1957


Andy Williams   1961

   Moon River

      Composition: Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer

Andy Williams   1962

   A Summer Place

Andy Williams   1963

   Days Of Wine and Roses

      Filmed live

   Days Of Wine and Roses

      Studio version

   It's A Most Unusual Day

Andy Williams   1967

   Music To Watch Girls By


Birth of Modern Jazz: Andy Williams

Andy Williams

Source: Naver/Jane Kerry


Birth of Classical Music: Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini

Source: Note Discover
Henry Mancini might have been listed higher on this page under jazz, but that he greatly expanded beyond that. He was a pianist born in 1924 in Cleveland and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Mancini is placed under the popular category because he belongs in the soundtrack genres for film and television which don't exist in these histories. The film industry quickly came to be another limb of classical music insofar as the application of orchestra to drama, like opera had been for the last three hundred years. Those who composed for the new screen mediums, however, weren't especially of classical orientation like John Towner Williams. (Broadway musicals, as well, had other origins than classical music, albeit operatic, as well as jazz, influences began to appear in the thirties.) Mancini is a preeminent example of the orchestra applied to popular film scores. He also composed at least one work of a traditionally classical nature, the orchestral suite, 'Beaver Valley '37' (below). Mancini took up piccolo at age eight, then switched to piano at age 12. Attending Juilliard after high school, he was drafted into the Army a year later, his tour in southern Germany liberating a concentration camp. After service he found work arranging and performing piano for jazz bandleader, Tex Beneke, who was running the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra (Miller having died in '44.) Mancini replaced, pianist, Vince Lashied, for unissued recordings at the Hollywood Palladium on June 4, 1946, for such as 'Moonlight Serenade'. His next session with Beneke in Chicago on July 16 yielded 'The Woodchuck Song', 'Passe', etc.. Beneke would be Mancini's engine into 1952, last recording transcriptions for Thesaurus in NYC early that year, titles like 'Charmaine' and 'Tea For Two', et al. They reunited for a couple radio broadcasts in January of 1958 at the Hotel Statler in NYC, 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' and 'What's New' getting issued on Hep E 8. During Mancini's period with Beneke he married Virginia O'Connor in 1951, she a member of Mel Torme's Mel-Tones. It was 1952 when Mancini joined Universal Pictures, writing more than a hundred scores for that outfit in the next six years. His debut movie score was for Abbot & Costello's 'Lost in Alaska', released in 1952. Other films of note during those years were 'The Glenn Miller Story' ('54) and 'The Benny Goodman Story' ('56). Mancini is given an unconfirmed debut name release date of 1956 per 45cat, which has Mancini issuing 'Four Girls In Town' December of '56, backed by 'Cha Cha Cha for Gia'. 'Four Girls In Town' (unfound) was the theme to the film of the same title issued in early '57. Mancini's next 7" vinyl was released in April of '57 by Liberty as well: 'Big Band Rock and Roll' bw 'Hot Rod'. He released the EP soundtrack album, 'Peter Gunn', in September of '58 before issues of the Warner Bros. Military Band that year: 'The Star Spangled Banner' and 'Stars and Stripes Forever' on 45 (7") in October, followed the next month by what was Mancini's first LP album, a collection of Sousa marches titled 'Sousa in Stereo'. (John Philip Sousa, born 1854, was a military composer and conductor for the U.S. Marines.) His LP, 'The Music from Peter Gunn', won the first Album of the Year Grammy Award in 1959. Eight of Mancini's more than ninety record albums, ranging from big band jazz to cinematic pieces to pop, sold gold (500,000). He conducted more than 50 performances a year, some 600 concerts at his baton before he was through. Mancini died in 1994 of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles, having written some of the most beloved compositions of 20th century America for America's sovereign of the arts, cinema. Mancini is listed below per title alphabetical rather than year.

Henry Mancini

 Beaver Valley ’37

1978   Orchestral suite

Ottumwa SO/David Sharp

 Big Band Rock and Roll


 Breakfast At Tiffany's


    Soundtrack suite including 'Moon River'

 Cha Cha Cha for Gia

1956   B side to first name release


1963   Soundtrack suite

 The Days of Wine and Roses

    1962   Film theme

 Hot Rod


 Mr Lucky Goes Latin

    1961   Album

 Peter Gunn

1958   Soundtrack

    Conductor: Henry Mancini

 The Pink Panther/Baby Elephant Walk

1963   Film: 'The Pink Panther'

    1962    Film: 'Hatari'

    Film themes   Live performance

    Conductor & piccolo: Henry Mancini

 Stars and Stripes Forever

1958   U.S. National March

     Composer: John Philip Sousa    1897

 The Woodchuck Song

1946   With Tex Beneke

       Thought Mancini's 1st issued recording


  Born in 1908 in Toronto, Ontario, Percy Faith was an arranger, composer and conductor in whom could be found a jazz lean, but he was more representative of easy listening. That is, no history of popular music would be complete without mention of "elevator" or "mood" music, and Faith was that department's leading figure. Faith first worked professionally as a child, playing piano or violin at theaters. Some time between then and 1933 he began orchestrating for radio. His first major employment in radio was with CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) in 1933 where he broadcasted live until 1940. In 1940 the Office of the Coordinator of Interamerican Affairs began broadcasting anti-Nazi propaganda in South America. That would evolve into the first Voice of America broadcast in Asia in 1941, Germany in 1942, then worldwide by the end of World War II (39 transmitters in forty languages). No dates or titles for Faith's early recordings for Voice of America are thus far found for this history. Faith also recorded for the Melody Hour (the Carnation Contented Hour renamed for the war effort) during the war, which program was broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio Service as well. Faith also wrote film scores. He died of cancer on February 9 of 1976 in Encino, California.

Percy Faith   1947


      'The Melody Hour' with Buddy Clark January 6


      'The Melody Hour' with Buddy Clark June 23

Percy Faith   1951

   Deep Purple

      With Sarah Vaughan

Percy Faith   1953

   April in Portugal

      Album: 'Continental Music'


   Song From Moulin Rouge

      With Felicia Sanders

   You're Not In My Arms Tonight

      With Guy Mitchell

Percy Faith   1954

   Caribbean Night

Percy Faith   1956


      Collaboration with Mitch Miller


      Album: 'Passport To Romance'

   Sierra Madre (Luna Gitana [Gypsy Moon])

      Album: 'Passport To Romance'

Percy Faith   1957

   The Man I Love

Percy Faith   1960

   Theme For Young Lovers

   Theme From A Summer Place

Percy Faith   1962


Percy Faith   1965

   I Could Have Danced All Night

Percy Faith   1972

   Bach's Lunch

Percy Faith   1973

   Beautiful Obsession

Percy Faith   1976

   Ding Dong


Birth of Modern Jazz: Percy Faith

Percy Faith

Source: Percy Faith Pages

  Petula Clark was born in 1932 in Epsom, Surrey, England. Hers was a double career as an actress and vocalist though she began her career at age nine ('41) for BBC radio. She happened to be at the station with her father when gap time needed filling. She then sang 'Mighty Lak' a Rose' during an air raid (World War II). She would sing for radio some 500 times during the War, also touring with the actress, Julie Andrews (: 'The Sound of Music' 1965), Andrews only three years older. (Andrews would be in this history could we presently be that extensive. She made some spectacular recordings but was largely an actress.) Clark was performing at London's Royal Albert Hall when she got figured for film by director, Maurice Elvey, casting her in her first role per 'Medal for the General' in 1944. She would partake in over thirty films during her career, also acting for television. Her initial television spot was on the BBC variety show, 'Cabaret Cartoons', in 1946. Her initial single was 'Put Your Shoes On, Lucy' bw 'There's a House In the Sky' in 1949 for Columbia. Clark's website has her recording 12 titles in 1949, two of them unreleased demos for the Rank label: 'Doodle-Oodle-Day' and 'It's Not for the Want of Trying'. Clark couldn't, nevertheless, obtain a good contract, but her father wanted her on record, so in 1949 he founded Polygon Records to that purpose with record producer, Alan Freeman. (Polygon was sold in '55, becoming Pye Nixa Records.) Clark's first eight titles with Polygon were issued in 1951, the first being 'May Kway' bw 'Clickety Clack' in May. She began her career in France at the Olympia in Paris and would soon move across the Channel. In 1964 she issued 'Downtown' in four languages. Upon Warner Brothers acquiring rights in the States it topped Billboard at #1 in January of '65. Already long a major name in Europe (having issued fifteen albums since her first EP in 1955: 'Petula Clark Sings For Children's Choice'), she now began another rather spectacular career in the States. 'I Know a Place' saw Billboard's #3 tier in '65 as well. Then 'My Love' was issued the same year to climb to #1. In 1966 'I Couldn't Live Without Your Love' rose to Billboard's #9. Clark's last titles to claim Billboard's Top Ten were in 1967: 'This Is My Song' (#3) and 'Don't Sleep in the Subway' (#5). Much of the remainder of her career was spent touring extensively in Europe, the United States and internationally. She made her last appearance in film in 'Never Never Land' per 1980. She put television to bed with 'Sans Famille' ('An Orphan's Tale') the next year. Wikipedia has Clark good for eleven EP albums for Pye and Warner Bros from '64 to '68. As for LPs, Discogs has her at about 27 studio and live albums, her latest released in 2013: 'Lost In You'. She's sold more then 68 million records. Clark's was a highly active career with little R&R. It's known she liked to ski. Clark currently divides her time between quarters in England, France and Switzerland.

Petula Clark   1949


      Film: 'The Huggetts Abroad'

   It's Not for the Want of Trying

      Film: 'Don't Ever Leave Me'

   Put Your Shoes On, Lucy

   Silver Dollar

Petula Clark   1954

   The Little Shoemaker

Petula Clark   1955

   Mighty Lak a Rose


Petula Clark   1964



Petula Clark   1965

   Call Me

   I Know a Place


Petula Clark   1966

   I Couldn't Live Without Your Love

   The Life and Soul of the Party

Petula Clark   1967

   Don't Sleep in the Subway


      'Dean Martin Show'

Petula Clark   1972

   All I Have To Do Is Dream

      Telecast with Bobby Darin

Petula Clark   2003

   Sign of the Times

      Filmed at the Olympia Paris

Petula Clark   2013




Popular Music: Petula Clark

Petula Clark   1968

Source: Pop History Dig
Popular Music: The Four Lads

The Four Lads   1969

Source: Planet Estambul
Formed in Toronto, Ontario, The Four Lads began giving performances in 1950. Original members of the vocal quartet were Corrado Codarini (bass), James Arnold (lead), Frank Busseri (baritone/manager) and John Toorish (tenor). They were hired by Mitch Miller in NYC as a backup group, among their first appearnces on vinyl being with Johnnie Ray in 1951: 'Cry' and 'The Little White Cloud that Cried'. The lads made their debut release in 1952 with 'The Mocking Bird' bw 'I May Hate Myself In the Morning'. That breached the Top Forty at #23, the Lads releasing numerous titles that would see the Top Forty into 1958. Those that placed in the Top Ten were:

   October #10 US
   September #7 US
'Moments to Remember'
   September #2 US
'No, No, Not Much'
   January #2 US
'Standing on the Corner'
   April #3 US

'Who Needs You'
   January #9 US
'Put a Light in the Window'
   December #8 US

'There's Only One of You'
   April #10 US

Codarini was replaced in 1962 by Johnny D'Arc. Toorish was replaced in the seventies by Sid Edwards. D'Arc died of lung cancer in 1999 in Sacramento. Codarini died in 2010 in Concord, North Carolina. Busseri yet leads a version of the Four Lads to this day.

The Four Lads   1951


      Backing Johnnie Ray

   The Little White Cloud that Cried

      Backing Johnnie Ray

The Four Lads   1952

   The Mocking Bird

The Four Lads   1953

   Istanbul (not Constantinople)

The Four Lads   1954


The Four Lads   1955

   Moments to Remember

The Four Lads   1956

   No Not Much

   Standing on the Corner

The Four Lads   1957

   Put a Light In the Window

   Who Needs You

The Four Lads   2014


      Filmed live



Vocal harmony ranges from a cappella (without instruments) chorals of classical or religious music to ragtime-related barbershop quartets to the beach rock of such as the Beach Boys. The Crew Cuts were a Canadian band often associated with doo wop. Though they did do some doo wop they were really simply a pop group that specialized in four-part harmony, alike the Four Lads, for instance, but with a greater rock & roll lean. Originally called the Four Tones when they formed in 1952, the Crew Cuts were first recorded in 1953 when they appeared on Arthur Godfrey's radio and television show, 'Talent Scouts'. They also made their first recording that year for Thrillwood Records: 'Chip, Chip Sing A Song Little Sparrow' (unfound). It is said the Crew Cuts named themselves such to disassociate themselves from long-hair music (what classical was sometimes called at the time) and better identify with the zeitgeist of the counter culture. As wheels turn, upon the British invasion of rock music only a decade later it would become the other way around.

The Crew Cuts   1954

   Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby


The Crew Cuts   1955

   Earth Angel

      Original composition: The Penguins

   Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)

The Crew Cuts   1956

   Young Love

The Crew Cuts   1959

   Cruising Down the River

   Kentucky Babe

   My Melancholy Baby


Popular Music: The Crew Cuts

The Crew Cuts



One would be hard-pressed to say squeaky-clean crooner Pat Boone ever indulged in rock and roll. But a few of the tracks below reveal something of the influence of rock on popular music, howsoever tamed.  Be as may, born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1934, Boone was twenty years old when he first recorded in 1954 for Republic Records. He later became a familiar spokesman for General Motors, succeeding Dinah Shore's spot in singing the praises of the Chevrolet. Boone was jealous over his family image as a devout conservative Christian. His career consisting much of gospel music, he was careful in his choices of both music and the acting roles that he assumed. Yet in 1997 Boone released the album, 'In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy'. His mix of angel with devil was an interesting experiment that got him temporarily dropped from the 'Gospel America' television program. Boone was elected into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2006. As of this writing, Boone resides with his wife, Shirley, in Beverley Hills. As often, we include songs not only pertinent to genre but those revealing the greater range of a musician's career.

Pat Boone   1954

   I Need Someone

Pat Boone   1956

   Friendly Persuasion

   Ill Be Home

Pat Boone   1957

   April Love


Pat Boone   1959

   For a Penny

   Wang Dang Taffy Apple Tango

Pat Boone   1960

   Many Dreams Ago


Pat Boone   1962

   Speedy Gonzales

   Ten Lonely Guys

Pat Boone   1997

   Holy Diver

    Original: Ronnie James Dio (of Black Sabbath fame)

   No More Mr. Nice Guy

    Original: Alice Cooper

   No More Mr. Nice Guy

    Original: Alice Cooper    Television performance

   Paradise City

    Original: Guns n Roses

   Smoke On the Water

    Original: Deep Purple

   You've Got Another Thing Coming

    Original: Judas Priest


Popular Music: Pat Boone

Pat Boone

Source: Rock en Mexico

Popular Music: The Three Chuckles

The Three Chuckles

Source: Discogs


The Three Chuckles named themselves after a sugar-sprinkled jelly candy. Often associated with doo wop, there was actually little Harlem, so to speak, about them. The Three Chuckles were simply a popular three-part harmony group with an inclination toward the rock of their period. Their first single ('Runaround' backed by 'At Last You Understand') was released in 1954.

The Three Chuckles   1956

   The Angels Sing

   It's Been A Long, Long Time

   Tell Me

The Three Chuckles   1957

   Gypsy In My Soul


  The Four Voices were a vocal ensemble sometimes called a doo wop group although there was less deep-rooted rhythm and blues about them than simply pop harmony that was doo-wop fashioned on individual occasions. The Four Voices arrived to their first recording contract after an appearance on Arthur Godfrey's radio and television program, 'Talent Scouts'. This resulted in their first record release in 1955 ('Honest Darling' with 'Hey Honey', followed by 'The Big Eyes' with 'Darling, Thanks to You', none found).

The Four Voices   1956

   Honest Darling


   Lovely One

The Four Voices   1957

   Such a Shame

The Four Voices   1958

   Dancing With My Shadow

The Four Voices   1960

   Sealed With a Kiss


Popular Music: The Four Voices

The Four Voices

Source: Doo-Wop Blogg

Popular Music: Connie Francis

Connie Francis

Source: Getty Images

Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1934, popular singer Connie Francis (Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero) was a girl of Italian heritage with an accordion, until advised to lose the instrument and just sing. Though she didn't stick with it, she early had a rock and roll sense of things. Her first record release in 1955 ('Freddy' with 'Didn't I Love You Enough' B side) was not received well. But she was only about seventeen, and in a few more years she would be on her way to becoming a household name in modern American music. In 1957 her duets with Marvin Rainwater, ''The Majesty of Love' b/w 'You, My Darlin' You', reached Billboard's Hot 100. Her October 1957 recording of 'Who's Sorry Now?' topped charts in the UK at No. 1 and in the US at No. 4 in April the next year. Her recordings breached the Top 40 eight more times by 1960. Her 1959 album, 'Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites', reached the No. 4 spot in the United States as well. In 1960 she took the No. 1 tier on the US charts twice in a row for 'Everybody's Somebody's Fool' and 'My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own'. Recording 'Everybody's Somebody's Fool' in German, it became one of total of seven of her songs to reach No. 1 in Germany. Starting with 'Many Tears Ago' in 1960, Francis began recording in numerous languages, she fluent to some degree in Spanish and Italian. Though she had previously lent her voice to singing parts in films, in 1961 she accepted her first movie role in 'Where the Boys Are'. By the mid sixties Francis was an international star, popular even in the Soviet Union where rock n roll wasn't welcome. But like other artists who carried the ball, sort of, during rock's rather lame period in the early sixties (making it ripe for the British Invasion), the arrival of the Brits spelled the end of Francis' explosion of a career. Her last song to attain to the Top 40 was 'Be Anything (But Be Mine)' in 1964. Francis was, however, far from finished, continuing to record and perform into the new millennium, even as of this writing. During those those years Francis endured a number of trials: being raped at a Howard Johnson's motel in 1974 (lawsuit against that chain for inadequate security worth $2.5 million), nasal surgeries in 1977 that required retraining her voice, a Mafia hit in 1981 which victim was her brother, George, followed by manic depression that put her out of commission for several years during the eighties. Francis has written three autobiographies: 'For Every Young Heart' (1963), 'Who's Sorry Now?'' (1984) and 'Among My Souvenirs' (awaiting publishing as of this writing).

Connie Francis   1955


   Didn't I Love You Enough

Connie Francis   1957

   Who's Sorry Now

Connie Francis   1958


Connie Francis   1959

   Lipstick On Your Collar

Connie Francis   1960

   Never On Sunday

Connie Francis   1961


Connie Francis   1962

   Don't Break the Heart That Loves You

Connie Francis   1965

   La Vie En Rose

Connie Francis   1966

   The Shadow Of Your Smile

Connie Francis   1967

   Born Free


Popular Music: Barbara McNair

Shirley Jones   1962

Popular Music: David Cassidy

David Cassidy

Source: Russ & Gary's
Shirley Jones was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, in 1934. She landed her first role in television in 1950: 'Fireside Theatre' (also known as 'Jane Wyman Presents' or 'The Jane Wyman Show'). Intent upon becoming a Broadway star she landed her first role in letter 1953 as a nurse in 'South Pacific', with which cast she remained until the show closed in January of 1954. She was also a chorus girl in 'Me and Juliet' which began its run in 1953. Her career broke out upon being cast for the lead role in the film musical, 'Oklahoma!', in 1955. Such as 'Carousel' ('56), 'April Love' ('57) and 'The Music Man' ('62) followed. It was while filming 'Oklahoma!' that she met popular entertainer, Jack Cassidy, who had had a son named David with actress, Evelyn Ward. Jones' marriage to Jack would produce Shaun, Patrick and Ryan Cassidy. In 1957 Jack and Shirley released 'Speaking of Love' together. They also appeared on the recorded release of the musical, 'Brigadoon', that year. Jones released her first name vinyl later that year, 'Clover in the Meadow' bw 'Give Me a Gentle Girl', both from the film, 'April Love'. In 1969 she turned down the role of the mother, Carol Brady, for the television sitcom, 'The Brady Bunch'. But the next year she would come to large renown as the widowed mother in 'The Partridge Family' television sitcom. The program ran four seasons and made the Partridge Family a household name until David Cassidy tired of bubblegum pop and quit to pursue his own solo career. The Partridge Family consisted of Jones, David Cassidy (lead born 1950), Susan Dey (keyboards born 1952), Danny Bonaduce (guitar born 1959), Suzanne Crough (percussion) and Jeremy Gelbwaks (drums). Gelbwaks was replaced by Brian Forster after the first season. David had made his professional debut in the Broadway musical, 'The Fig Leaves Are Falling', in 1969. He'd begun his long career in television per 'The Survivors' the same year. 'The Partridge Family Album' was released in 1970 to exceed a million copies. Five more followed to sell a million copies each, the last to tally thereat being 'Notebook' in 1972. The group issued its eighth and last LP in 1973: 'Bulletin Board'. Jones and Jack Cassidy divorced in 1974, about the time he began exhibiting bipolar behavior. He died two years later, falling asleep on his couch with a lit cigarette. David Cassidy had issued his first name vinyl in 1971: 'Cherish' bw 'All I Wanna Do (Is Touch You)'. The LPs, 'Cherish' and 'Rock Me Baby' followed in 1972. He would release 12 studio albums, three live LPs and two soundtracks into the new millennium. Dey would move onward to a career in television and film, Bonaduce in film, television and radio. He had released several titles in 1972 (age 13) that would be found on his 1973 album, 'Danny Bonaduce'. Jones went on to a full career in theatre and television. She appeared in the film, 'Beyond the Poseidon Adventure', in 1979. She issued the first of several solo LPs in 1989: 'Silent Strength'. Her latest issue was 'A Tribute to Richard Rodgers' in 2011. All members of the Partridge Family are yet living with the exception of little Suzanne Crough who died of ventricular dysplasia in 2015.

Shirley Jones   1955

  People Will Say We're In Love

    Film: 'Oklahoma!'

Shirley Jones   1956

  If I Loved You

    Film: 'Carousel'

Shirley Jones   1957

  Almost Like Being in Love

    'Brigadoon' with Jack Cassidy

  Clover in the Meadow

    Soundtrack: 'April Love'

  Give Me a Gentle Girl

    Soundtrack: 'April Love'

  Heather On the Hill

    'Brigadoon' with Jack Cassidy

  Waitin' For My Dearie

    'Brigadoon' with Jack Cassidy

  Will You Remember

    LP with Jack Cassidy: 'Speaking Of Love'

Shirley Jones   1958

  If I Loved You

    Filmed with Frank Sinatra

Shirley Jones   1959

  It Might As Well Be Spring

    'Danny Thomas Show'

Shirley Jones   1962

  Till There Was You

    Soundtrack: 'The Music Man'

Partridge Family   1970

  Brand New Me

    LP: 'The Partridge Family Album'

  Come On Get Happy

    Theme song of 'The Partridge Family'

  Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque

    LP: 'The Partridge Family Album'

  Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted

    LP: 'The Partridge Family Album'

David Cassidy   1971


Partridge Family   1971

  I'll Meet You Halfway

    Telecast   LP: 'Up to Date'

  I Woke Up In Love This Morning

    Telecast   LP: 'Sound Magazine'

  One Night Stand

    LP: 'Sound Magazine'

Partridge Family   1972

  Friend and a Lover

    LP: 'Notebook'

  If You Ever Go

    LP: 'Shopping Bag'

  Walking in the Rain

    LP: 'Notebook'

Danny Bonaduce   1973


    LP: 'Danny Bonaduce'

  Feelin' Groovy

    'Hollywood Palace'

  I'll Be Your Magician

    LP: 'Danny Bonaduce'

Partridge Family   1973

  How Long Is Too Long

    LP: 'Bulletin Board'

  It Means I'm in Love with You

    LP: 'Crossword Puzzle'

  Money Money

    LP: 'Bulletin Board'

  One Day At a Time

    LP: 'Crossword Puzzle'

  Roller Coaster

    LP: 'Bulletin Board'


    LP: 'Crossword Puzzle'

David Cassidy   1974

  Rock Me Baby

    Filmed live

Shirley Jones   1989

  Declare the Glory of Our King

    LP: 'Silent Strength'

  Silent Strength

    LP: 'Silent Strength'

David Cassidy   2014


    Filmed live

  Come On Get Happy

    Filmed live

David Cassidy   2016

  Live On Tour

    Filmed live


Popular Music: The Partridge Family

The Partridge Family   1972

Source: Music Cultures
Popular Music: Barbara McNair

Barbara McNair

Source: MEMIM
Barbara McNair was born in Chicago in 1934. Strongly jazz and R&B oriented, she took to the atmospheres of popular as well. She began singing as a child in church and school. Later studying at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, her career was afterward jumpstarted by an appearance on Arthur Godfrey's 'Talent Scouts'. Unfortunately we can't find the date for that, but it landed her at nice clubs in California like the Purple Onion in San Francisco and the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles. Her first 7" was 'Bobby' bw 'Till There Was You' in 1957. The next year she debited on Broadway in 'The Body Beautiful'. Her first album, 'Front Row Center', appeared in 1959. McNair was the rage of television variety shows from Steve Allen's to Ed Sullivan's. In the meantime  she appeared on 'General Hospital' in 1963, beginning a career in film that year as well per 'Spencer's Mountain'. 'Playboy' magazine had her posing nude in 1968. McNair is well-known for her second of four marriages to Rick Manzie, as he was murdered in a Mob related incident in their home in Las Vegas in 1976. Together with several films McNair issued six or seven LPs, her last in 1969: 'The Real Barbara McNair'. She hosted the 'Barbara McNair Show' for three seasons from'69 through '71. Her acting career would be considerably more extensive, filling roles in such as 'I Spy' ('67) and 'Mission Impossible' ('73) as well as in films like 'Stiletto' ('69), She appeared in her last film. 'Neon Sign' in 1996. Beyond music McNair liked to stay fit with tennis and skiing. She died in February 2007 of throat cancer in Los Angeles.

Barbara McNair   1957


  My World Is Empty Without You

  Till There Was You

Barbara McNair   1959

  Hello Young Lovers

    LP: 'Front Row Center'

  Old Devil Moon

    LP: 'Front Row Center'

Barbara McNair   1961


Barbara McNair   1964

  What Are You Afraid Of?

    LP: 'The Livin' End'

  When In Rome

    LP: 'The Livin' End'

Barbara McNair   1965

  Baby A Go Go

Barbara McNair   1966

  Here I Am Baby

    LP: 'Here I Am'

Barbara McNair   1967

  Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea

    'Dean Martin Show'

Barbara McNair   1969

  The Real Barbara McNair


Barbara McNair   1971

  Let Me Fix It

    Filmed with Brook Benton


  Carol King was born in Manhattan in 1942 to Jewish parents, her father a fireman, her mother a teacher. She was at the piano at age four and performed at age eight on 'The Horn and Hardart Children's Hour'. King was yet in high school when ABC issued 'The Right Girl' bw 'Goin' Wild' in 1958. She issued 'Baby Sittin' bw 'Under the Stars' in '59, the same year she met songwriter, Gerry Goffin, at Queens College in NYC and married him at age seventeen. Their initial collaboration is thought to have been 'Short Mort' bw 'Queen of the Beach' per 1959. King first breached Billbord's Top Forty with 'It Might As Well Rain Until September' at #22 in 1962. Her first of 25 albums, 'Writer', was issued in 1970. A decade of spinning wheels got traction in 1971 and took off like a GTO with the album, 'Tapestry', containing 'It's Too Late'. That album would go platinum, as did her next that year, titled simply 'Music'. Her next five LPs all accomplished gold: 'Rhymes and Reasons' ('72), 'Fantasy' ('73), 'Wrap Around Joy' ('74), 'Thoroughbred' ('76) and  'Simple Things' ('77). The last, interestingly, made 'Rolling Stone' magazine's Worst Album list that year. Not a lot of musicians move to Idaho, which is what King did in 1977 as she transitioned from hot potato to warm, until the issue of 'The Living Room Tour' 28 years later in 2005. Also getting retailed at Starbucks coffee shops, that LP came to #17 on Billboard. 'Live at the Troubadour' would do even better in 2010, going gold, that a collaboration with James Taylor who had backed her on the LPs, 'Writer' and 'Thoroughbred', decades afore. 'Live at the Troubadour' was the result of the 'Troubadour Reunion Tour', grossing $59 million plus with some 700,000 tickets sold. 2012 was also a big year for King. As a Democrat concerned about the environment she campaigned for Obama that year. (She had campaigned for John Kerry in 2003.) She was also received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress. Her autobiography, 'A Natural Woman', was published in 2012 as well. In December 2015 King was honored by the Kennedy Center.

Carol King   1958

  Goin' Wild

  The Right Girl

Carol King   1959

  Short Mort

  Under the Stars

Carol King   1970

  So Far Away

    Filmed with Charles Larkey & James Taylor

Carol King   1971

  I Feel the Earth Move

    LP: 'Tapestry'

  It's Too Late

    LP: 'Tapestry'

  It's Too Late

    Filmed live

  So Far Away

    LP: 'Tapestry'

  You've Got a Friend

    LP: 'Tapestry'

Carol King   1972

  Come Down Easy

    LP: 'Rhymes & Reasons'

  The First Day In August

    LP: 'Rhymes & Reasons'

  Gotta Get Through Another Day

    LP: 'Rhymes & Reasons'

  My My She Cries

    LP: 'Rhymes & Reasons'

Carol King   1981

  One Fine Day

    Filmed live

Carol King   1982

  Locomotion/One Fine Day

    'Dave Letterman Show'

Carol King   1993

  Colour of Your Dreams Tour

    Filmed concert

Carol King   2010

  It's Too Late

    Troubadour Reunion Tour

    Filmed with James Taylor


    Troubadour Reunion Tour

    Filmed with James Taylor

  Way Over Yonder

    Troubadour Reunion Tour

    Filmed with James Taylor

Carol King   2014

  So Far Away

    Musical: 'Beautiful'


    Musical: 'Beautiful'


Popular Music: Carol King

Carol King

Source: El Temps Passa
Popular Music: PJ Proby

PJ Proby

Source: Wiki Visually
PJ Proby was born James Marcus Smith in Houston in 1938. He attended military academies as a youth (with which threat my own parents kept me in check). Upon graduation Proby went to California to act. Which he did until a bit of mischief concerning Elvis Presley, beer and a common bed partner found him chauffeuring for Paul Newman instead. His first issue was as Jett Powers in 1958: 'Go, Girl, Go'/'Teen Age Quarrel'. He followed that the next year with 'Loud Perfume'/'My Troubles'. His first release as PJ Proby was in 1961: 'Try to Forget Her'/'There Stands the One'. Starting with those, his recordings with Liberty through 1972 are available on the 2008 release of 'Best of the EMI Years 1961-1972'. He assumed PJ Proby as a stage name as suggested by songwriter, Sharon Sheeley, who had had a boyfriend by that name in high school. In 1963 Proby issued 'Wicked Woman'/'Darlin'' as Orville Woods. His debut album, 'I Am P. J. Proby', followed in 1964, the same year he moved to Great Britain. Great Britain, all going spectacularly as he recorded and toured until a bit of mischief in January of 1965, his pant leg splitting from knee to “the most intimate part of Mr Proby’s anatomy” per one paper. Talk about shocking, but Proby got off with a warning, until three nights later his pants tore again. Promptly finding himself banished from theatre and television in the UK, he nevertheless continued with his recording career. Proby wasn't well-known in the United States. His only song to breach Billboard's Top Thirty was 'Niki Hoeky' in 1968. Which would have been great if not for all the mischief, “wine, women, yachts, Lear jets and a fleet of Rolls Royces” bringing him to bankruptcy in 1968 as well. By the eighties Proby was doing the club circuit, albeit in 1997 he toured  in the role of the Godfather with The Who in the production of 'Quadrophenia'. Proby has released some 25 albums since during his career. His latest is thought to have been 'The Enigma in Gold Volume 2' in 2014, following the fist volume the year before. (Proby's fourth album in 1966 had been titled 'Enigma' as well.) He is yet active touring to this date.

Jett Powers   1958

 Go, Girl, Go

  Teen Age Quarrel

Jett Powers   1959

 Loud Perfume

  My Troubles

PJ Proby   1961

 Try to Forget Her

Orville Woods   1963

 Wicked Woman/Darlin'

PJ Proby   1964

  Hold Me


  You'll Never Walk Alone


PJ Proby   1965

  That Means a Lot


  There Stands the One

PJ Proby   1966

  I Can't Make It Alone


PJ Proby   1967

  Niki Hoeky

    LP: 'Enigma'

  Out of Time

    LP: 'Enigma'

PJ Proby   1969

  Jim's Blues

    Guitar: Jimmy Page

PJ Proby   1970

  Today I Killed a Man

PJ Proby   1978

  Elvis Medley

    Live at the Astoria Theatre London

PJ Proby   1983


    'Greatest Hits'

PJ Proby   2013


    Filmed live

PJ Proby   2014


    LP: 'The Golden Enigma Volume 2'


  Boots Randolph was born in 1927 in Paducah, Kentucky, but attended high high school in Evansville, Indiana. He played sax, trombone and vibraphone in the US Army. Upon discharge he headed for Deactur, Illinois, where he played with the Kopy Kats for six years from '48 to '54. He would eventually form his own band but it was as a session player for Chet Atkins at RCA that his recording career began in 1958. He that year performed instrumentals and vocals on his first name release, 'Difficult'/'I'm Gettin' Your Message Baby'. His debut album in 1960 was 'Boots Randolph's Yakety Sax'. 'Yakety Sax' per 1963 was Randolph's only title to breach the Top Forty at #35 on Billboard's Hot 100. He otherwise did well in Adult Contemporary through the sixties, but would become a peripheral figure through the remainder of his career regardless of the numerous albums he released. His final of well over forty was 'A Whole New Ballgame' in June of 2007, nine days after his death on June 3 in Nashville, Tennessee, of brain hemorrhage.

Boots Randolph   1958



   I'm Gettin' Your Message Baby


Boots Randolph   1960

   Boots Randolph's Yakety Sax


Boots Randolph   1964

   Yakkety Sax

     'Jimmy Dean Show'

Boots Randolph   1965

   Sweet Talk


Boots Randolph   1966

   The Fantastic Boots Randolph


Boots Randolph   1987

   I Can't Stop Loving You

     Filmed live

Boots Randolph   2006

   Live at Venice Theatre

     Filmed concert

Boots Randolph   Unknown


     Filmed with Pamela Lind


Popular Music: Boots Randolph

Boots Randolph

Source: Alexander Mordium
Popular Music: Carly Simon

Carly Simon

Source: Celebs Net Worth
Born in 1945 in Bronx, Carly Simon was raised Catholic. Her father, Richard, had cofounded Simon & Schuster, the monstrous publishing house, in 1924. Simon began stuttering at age eight, to discover that she could sing without stammering, so she began to write songs. She began her professional career with her older sister, Lucy, in the Simon Sisters in 1964, the pair issuing 'Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod'/'So Glad I'm Here' for Kapp in 1964. The Simon Sisters issued three albums: 'Meet the Simon Sisters' ('64), 'Cuddlebug' ('64) and 'The Simon Sisters Sing the Lobster Quadrille and Other Songs for Children' ('69) before Lucy quit the duo to raise a family with psychoanalyst, David Levine, whom she had married in 1967. Simon went on to work with Elephant's Memory for half a year, then recorded  'Long Term Physical Effects' for the film, 'Taking Off'. Simon's debut album, 'Carly Simon', was issued in 1971. The LP ranked at #30 on Billboard's chart but wouldn't go gold as did her next the same year, 'Anticipation', also at #30. She blew off the roof in '72 with 'No Secrets' commanding Billboard's chart at #1 to go platinum. 'Hotcakes' in '74 charted at #3 and would go gold. 'Playing Possum' in 1975 rose to Billboard's #10 spot. Her seventh LP, 'Boys In the Trees', per 1978 also climbed to #10, but would last, eventually attaining platinum. She tread water through the eighties until 1987, 'Coming Around Again' to go platinum. Simon has issued Top Ten and Top Twenty albums into the new millennium, 'Into White' per 2007 achieving #7. Her most recent issue was in 2009: 'Never Been Gone'. Simon was married to folk musician, James Taylor from 1972 to '81. In 2009 Bernie Madoff was convicted of stealing $18 billion dollars largely from banks and Jewish charities (he Jewish himself) in a Ponzi scheme. The next year Kenneth Starr was convicted of the same as an investment advisor promising 28% returns. His fraud was worth only around thirty-four million, but his victims turned out to be a long list of individual celebrities, Simon among them, losing an undisclosed amount in the millions. Others who got burned by Starr were Bunny Mellon, Barbara Walters, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Candice Bergen, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Henry Kissinger and Caroline Kennedy. Also taken were Pete Peterson of the Blackstone investment firm, Donald Marron, chairman of Citibank, and Howard Stringer, chairman of Sony. One of those in that list was the topic of Simon's 'You're So Vain', in 1972, Beatty having been Simon's boyfriend for a brief a time. Thanks to Betty Simon's song got her elected into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. She'd already been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994. An honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music followed in 1998. Her memoir, 'Boys In the Trees', was published in 2015. Per 1969 below, 'The Simon Sisters Sing for Children' ('73)is a later issue of 'The Simon Sisters Sing the Lobster Quadrille and Other Songs for Children' ('69). Per 1987 below, all edits are from Simon's concert at Martha's Vineyard.

The Simon Sisters   1964



  So Glad I'm Here

  Turn Turn Turn


The Simon Sisters   1968

  Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod


The Simon Sisters   1969

  The Lobster Quadrille

     LP: 'The Simon Sisters Sing for Children' 1973

  The Owl and the Pussycat

     LP: 'The Simon Sisters Sing for Children' 1973

Carly Simon   1971


     LP: 'Anticipation'


     Filmed live

  Long Term Physical Effects

     Soundtrack: 'Taking Off'

  That's The Way I Always Heard

     Filmed live

Carly Simon   1972

  You're So Vain

     LP: 'No Secrets'

Carly Simon   1974

  Haven't Got Time For the Pain

     LP: 'Hotcakes'

Carly Simon   1975

  Playing Possum

     LP: 'Playing Possum'

Carly Simon   1977

  Nobody Does It Better

     Soundtrack: 'The Spy Who Loved Me'

Carly Simon   1978

  Boys In the Trees

     LP: 'Boys In the Trees'

Carly Simon   1987


 Itsy Bitsy Spider

 The Spy Who Loved Me

 The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of


  Though born in 1939 in West Hampstead, North London, Dusty Springfield came to much renown in the United States as well. Spingfields' given name was Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, she acquiring "Dusty" as a tomboy in neighborhood football games. Springfield began both her professional and recording career in 1958 with the Lana Sisters, a trio consisting of herself, Lynne Abrams and Riss Chantelle. Their debut release was 'Chimes of Arcady'/'Ring-A My Phone' in September that year for Fontana. The Lana Sisters issued 12 titles to their last, 'Two-Some'/'Down South', in November of 1960. She then formed the Springfields with her brother, Tom, and Tim Field, the latter replaced by Mike Hurst some time prior to the April 1962 release of the single, 'Silver Threads and Golden Needles. The Springfields' initial issue was 'Dear John'/'I Done What They Told Me To' in May of 1961. The trio was hugely popular, releasing numerous titles to 'If I Was Down and Out'/'Maracabamba' in January of 1964. They also released three albums: 'Kinda Folksy' ('61), 'Silver Threads and Golden Needles' ('62) and 'Folk Songs from the Hills' ('63). A Springfields anthology exists titled 'On an Island of Dreams', issued in 2007. Hurst has led a new trio since 2011 to the present day with Alice Pitt-Carter and Andy Marlow. As for Springfield, she released her debut solo name title in December of 1963: 'I Only Want to Be with You'/'Once Upon a Time'. She released three albums in 1964: 'A Girl Called Dusty', 'Stay Awhile/I Only Want to Be with You' and 'Dusty'. Her fame in the States received a big boost when she invaded them, Tennessee in particular, in 1968 to sign up with Atlantic for the '69 issue of 'Dusty in Memphis'. In the process she was instrumental in getting Led Zeppelin signed up to Atlantic. Springfield issued her twentieth and last studio LP in 1995: 'A Very Fine Love'. Her last recording was an ad for an insurance company, 'Someone to Watch Over Me', included on the posthumous LP per 2000: 'Simply Dusty'. Her last performance was in December of '95 on the television special, 'Christmas with Michael Ball'. Springfield missed her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 by two weeks, she dying of breast cancer in March the prior month in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

The Lana Sisters   1958

  Ring A My Phone


  (Seven Little Girls) Sitting In the Back Seat


The Lana Sisters   1960

  You've Got What It Takes


The Springfields   1961

  Ballin' The Jack


  Breakaway/Good News

  Cielito Lindo


  Dear John/I Done What They Told Me To



The Springfields   1962

  Island of Dreams


  Silver Threads and Golden Needles

Dusty Springfield   1963

  I Only Want to Be with You

     Telecast   Date estimated

  Once Upon a Time

Dusty Springfield   1967

  If You Go Away


  My Lagan Love


  Nowhere to Run


Dusty Springfield   1968

  Son of a Preacher Man


Dusty Springfield   1969

  Dusty in Memphis


  The Windmills of Your Mind

     DVD: 'Dusty in Deutschland' 2012

Dusty Springfield   1979

  Baby Blue

     'Tele Bingo'

Dusty Springfield   1995

  Wherever Would I Be

     LP: 'A Very Fine Love'   With Daryll Hall


Popular Music: Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield

Source: Da Tu Opinion
Popular Music: Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams

Source: Ticket Master
Leslie Uggams was born in 1943 in Harlem. A child star, she first appeared on television in the series, 'Beulah'. The next year she began opening for such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington at the Apollo Theater. That was followed by appearances on variety shows such as 'The Milton Berle Show', 'The Arthur Godfrey Show' and 'Your Show of Shows'. 45cat has Uggams issuing 'Ice Cream Man' bw 'I'm Old Enough' for Roulette in May of '58. That was followed in July of '59 by 'One More Sunrise' and 'The Eyes of God', the latter finding its way onto Uggams' debut LP, 'The Eyes of God', that year. As for television, Uggams appeared on 'The Lawrence Welk Show' before being hired by Mitch Miller on whose 'Sing Along With Mitch' television program she would famously perform from '61 through '64. Uggams would appear on every other television show in existence during her career, hosting her own in 1969. She has also worked on Broadway and appeared in numerous films since 1962's 'Two Weeks in Another Town'. Having led a varied career, Uggams has recorded enough to maintain presence in that medium over the years, yet has a catalogue of only fifteen LPs. Her latest releases were 'Uptown Downtown' in 2012 and 'Wishing You a Happy New Year' the next year. Uggams was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut in 2015. She yet pursues a full stage career, though most recently tours about the nation. Samples of Uggams on
Sing Along With Mitch' under Mitch Miller.

Leslie Uggams   1952

   TV Teen Club

     Telecast with Paul Whiteman

Leslie Uggams   1954

   You're Too Tall and I'm Too Small

     'Your Show of Shows'

Leslie Uggams   1958

   Ice Cream Man

Leslie Uggams   1959

   The Eyes of God

     LP: 'The Eyes of God'

   One More Sunrise

Leslie Uggams   1968

   River Deep, Mountain High

Leslie Uggams   1969

   Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon


Leslie Uggams   1970


     Telecast with Tom Jones

Leslie Uggams   1993

   If He Walked Into My Life

     Filmed live


  Engelbert Humperdinck ("Hi! I'm Engelbert Humperdinck!" "Hump er Dinck, eh? Let me know when you make up your mind.") was born Arnold George Dorsey in Madras, British India (now Chennai, India) in 1936. About age 17 he acquired the stage name, Gerry Dorsey, first recording as such for Decca in 1959: 'Crazy Bells' bw 'Mister Music Man'. That was followed the same year by 'I'll Never Fall In Love Again' bw 'Every Day Is a Wonderful Day' for Parlophone. In 1965 Dorsey traded his stage name for Engelbert Humperdinck after the German opera composer ('Hansel and Gretel' 1893) of the same name. His first releases as Humperdinck were in 1966: 'Stay' bw 'Come Over Here' and 'Dommage, Dommage (Too Bad, Too Bad)' bw 'When I Say Goodnight'. His album, 'Release Me', followed in 1967. That took a powerful Billboard position at #7. His next LP, 'The Last Waltz', also came on strong at #10 the same year. 'A Man Without Love' and 'Englebert' both rose to #12 in '68 and '69, then 'Engelbert Humperdinck' attained to #5 in 1969. Several albums followed until his last to gain a Top Twenty position in 1976, 'After the Lovin'', at #17. During the eighties Humperdinck played Las Vegas in addition to a heavy tour schedule of some 200 performances per year. He's toured ever since and yet sells out shows to this date. Recipient of numerous awards, in 1989 he acquired both a Golden Globe Award and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame (located on both Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street). He received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Leicester in 2006. Discogs has sixty albums by Humperdinck catalogued including collections, his latest in 2014: 'Engelbert Calling'. Humperdinck has sold more than 150 million records. Beyond music, he was Catholic and a real estate investor. One of his properties, purchased in the seventies, was Jane Mansfield's famous Pink Palace with pink lights, pink swimming pool and fountain for pink champagne. He sold it in 2002 for four million dollars and it was razed by developers.

Gerry Dorsey   1959

 Crazy Love

 Every Day Is a Wonderful Day

 I'll Never Fall In Love Again

Gerry Dorsey   1961

 Big Wheel

 The Sentimental Joker

Gerry Dorsey   1964

 Baby I Do

 Take Your Time

Gerry Dorsey   1965

 Baby Turn Around

 If I Could Do the Things I Want To

Engelbert Humperdinck   1966

 Domage Domage

    Music video

Engelbert Humperdinck   1967

 Release Me

    Music video

Engelbert Humperdinck   1969



  Quando Quando Quando

    'Hollywood Palace'

  Spanish Eyes


Engelbert Humperdinck   1970

  Live with Dean Martin

    'Dean Martin Show'

Engelbert Humperdinck   1990

  Live at the Birmingham Hippodrome

    Filmed concert

Engelbert Humperdinck   2000

  Live at the London Palladium

    Filmed concert

Engelbert Humperdinck   2006

  Live In Concert

    Filmed concert

Engelbert Humperdinck   2010

  Live In Concert

    Filmed live

Engelbert Humperdinck   2014

  Engelbert Calling



Popular Music: Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck

Source: The Guardian

Popular Music: Linda Scott

Linda Scott

Photo: Canadian American Records

Source: Sixties Heartbeat

Linda Scott, born in Queens in 1945, made her recording debut as Linda Sampson in 1959. While yet in high school Linda traded Epic for Canadian-American Records, changed her name from Sampson to Scott, and won a gold disc in 1961 for 'I've Told Little Every Star'. Not bad for a teenager barely licensed to drive and more big scores to rapidly occur. Linda pursued rock music something along the vein of Brenda Lee while absenting Lee's more commanding oomph. Her last song to chart was in January 1964 ('Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed'), the same month The Beatles initially charted in the United States, announcing the revival of rock and roll out of its comparative malaise during the early sixties. Scott laid her final tracks in 1967, 'They Don't Know You' b/w 'Three Miles High', though she continued her career into the early seventies until retiring to study theology. As indicated below, Scott really was in between, popular and rock n roll, that is.

Linda Scott   1959

   In-Between Teen

Linda Scott   1961

   Little Star

Linda Scott   1962

   I'll Walk Alone

   Never In a Million Years

Linda Scott   1963

   My Heart

Linda Scott   1964

   This My Prayer

Linda Scott   1965

   If I Love Again

   You Baby


Popular Music: Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick

Source: Jazz Wax
Marie Dionne Warwick crossed over from R&B to popular so well that we've placed her on this page to relieve R&B. She was born in East Orange, New Jersey, in 1940. Her father was a CPA also variously employed. Her mother was manager of the gospel group, the Drinkard Singers, replacing the Drunkard Sisters who had fallen down a flight of stairs, got sent to detox and were never heard from again. Warwick first began singing with the New Hope Baptist Church Choir, then with the Drinkard Singers. She formed the Gospelaires (not to be confused with the male vocal group about to arrive on the scene) in 1958 while yet in high school, the group first performing at the Apollo Theater in 1959 with the Drinkard Singers. It was at that time that Warwick and the Gospelaires began doing session work. Warwick's sister, Dee Dee, would later form the Sweet Inspirations out of the Gospelaires. Upon graduating from high school in 1959 Warwick attended the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, on scholarship. As mentioned, Warwick was recording as a studio backup vocalist in 1959. She is said to have backed undetermined titles by Sam Taylor, Ben E King, Chuck Jackson, Dinah Washington, Ronnie Hawkins, and Solomon Burke. Her earliest known recording, at least by me, was with the Drifters, they releasing 'Mexican Divorce' in February of 1962 on which she sang backup. Songwriter, Burt Bacharach, was at that session. He had her make a demo and got her signed up to Scepter Records for the issue of 'Don't Make Me Over'/'I Smiled Yesterday' that year. She released her debut album, 'Presenting Dionne Warwick' in '63. Though Warwick's albums would perform plenty well on Billboard's US into the eighties, it was the R&B charts at which few of her peers were her rivals. (Only Aretha Franklin placed more titles on the Billboard Hot 100.) Her first Top Ten LP was 'Make Way for Dionne Warwick' in 1964 rising to #10 on the R&B. Her first of five gold albums (one live) into the eighties was 'Here Where There Is Love' in 1966. During the early seventies she spelled her name "Warwicke" for reasons of astrology. Both 'Dionne' in '79 and 'Heartbreaker' in '82 would go platinum. She founded the Warwick Foundation in 1989 to benefit AIDS victims. In 2002 she saw the inconvenience of arrest at the Miami International Airport for 11 joints in her lipstick container. Later that year, she was made Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Warwick's memoirs published in 2011, 'My Life, As I See It', didn't include her bankruptcy in 2013. With earnings and expenses approaching $21,000 per month, Warwick cited previous bad business management as the reason she couldn't pay $10,000,000 in taxes to the IRS and the state of California. With 38 studio albums to boast, Warwick's latest to be recorded was 'Feels So Good' in 2014. She currently maintains a Facebook page. Per below, 'Presenting Dionne Warwick' contains her debut singles.

The Drifters   1962

 Mexican Divorce

Dionne Warwick   1963

 Don't Make Me Over


 Presenting Dionne Warwick


Dionne Warwick   1964

  Anyone Who Had a Heart

  Walk On By

    Composition: Burt Bacharach

Dionne Warwick   1967

 Don't Make Me Over


 I Say a Little Prayer


Dionne Warwick   1968

 Do You Know the Way to San Jose

 (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls

Dionne Warwick   1969

 April Fools

 I'll Never Fall In Love Again

Dionne Warwick   1979

 I'll Never Love This Way Again


Dionne Warwick   1982



Dionne Warwick   1983

 Live In Concert

   Filmed concert

Dionne Warwick   1985

 Finder of Lost Loves

Dionne Warwick   1983

 Live In Japan

   Filmed concert

Dionne Warwick   2000

 I'll Never Love This Way Again

   Filmed live

    'Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration'

Dionne Warwick   2005

 Live In Concert

    Filmed concert


Popular Music: Lee Hazlewood

Robert Goulet

Photo: Don Hunstein/Sony Music Archive

Source: Broadway World
Born in 1933 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Robert Goulet walked a triple path as an actor in film and theatre and a recording artist. Upon his father's death at age thirteen his mother took him and his sister to live in Alberta, Canada, where he studied voice in Edmonton and became a radio announcer with CKUA Radio while in high school. He then studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Goulet began working in theatre in 1951 per 'Visit to a Small Planet' and 'Thunder Rock'. He began appearing on television in 1952 per 'Pick The Stars'. He started appearing in musicals in 1959: 'Pajama Game', 'Bells Are Ringing' and 'Dream Girl'. 'South Pacific', 'Meet Me in St. Louis' and 'Carousel' followed the next year along with 'Camelot' on which recording he would appear that year. That led to mass exposure on national television programs like 'Danny Thomas Show' and the 'Ed Sullivan Show'. In 1961 Goulet released his first 7": 'I'm Just Taking My Time' bw 'One Life'. 1962 saw Goulet contributing voice with Judy Garland to the animated film, 'Gay Purr-ee'. He also issued his initial three albums that year: 'Always You', 'Sincerely Yours' and 'Two of Us'. Averaging three LPs a year into the latter sixties, his popularity as a recording artist tapered off in the early seventies as he continued to work in film and theatre. He would become a fixture on Broadway, then in Las Vegas. 1970 saw him cast in the film, 'Underground', 1988 in 'Beetlejuice', 2006 in the sitcom, 'King of Queens'. Having issued upward to nearly forty albums, 'In a Mellow Mood' was issued in 2006, the year before Goulet's death in Los Angeles of pulmonary fibrosis.

Robert Goulet   1960

 C'est Moi

     LP: 'Camelot'

  If Ever I Would Leave You

     LP: 'Camelot'

Robert Goulet   1964

 Once Upon a Time

Robert Goulet   1965

 Side By Side

     Duet with Johnny Carson

Robert Goulet   1966

 It's Almost Like Being In Love

     'Brigadoon' with Sally Ann Howes

  Shoe Medley

     'Hollywood Palace' with Nancy Sinatra

Robert Goulet   1967

 If I Loved You

     Film: 'Carousel'

Robert Goulet   1974

  I Won't Send Roses

Robert Goulet   2003

  This Nearly Was Mine

     Filmed live

Robert Goulet   2005

  Impossible Dream

     'Jerry Lewis Telethon'


  Born in 1929 in Mannford, Oklahoma, Lee Hazlewood was a country/popular songwriter and record producer who began his career in country but would acquire brief fame from outside the music business as a performer with Nancy Sinatra. Upon discharge from military service as a disc jockey in Japan and Korea in 1953 Hazlewood ended up in Phoenix working as a disc jockey. It was 1955 that he founded Viv Records and the Debra Publishing Company. Jimmy Spellman was the first musician to sign up with Viv in September. Associations during those hectic early years were such as guitarist, Al Casey, and young Duane Eddy, yet in high school when Viv was founded. Hazlewood's first major breakthrough was his composition, 'The Fool', originally credited to his wife with the partially imaginary name of Naomi Ford so he wouldn't encounter trouble playing his own records as a disc jockey. 'The Fool' was released in May of 1956 by Sanford Clark on Dot and climbed to Billboard's #7 spot. The earliest known official recording by Hazlewood was as vocalist on '(Why Must I Die) The Girl On Death Row' bw 'Words Mean Nothing', credited under the Duane Eddy Orchestra on the Jamie label. In January of '62 he released 'Della' bw 'Don't Cry (No More)', then the EP album, 'The Lee Hazlewood Autobiography', in 1963. He also issued his first LP in 1963: 'Trouble Is a Lonesome Town'. A couple more albums followed until another of his compositions, 'These Boots Are Made For Walking', was issued by Nancy Sinatra in February of 1966. That reached Billboard's #1 tier and set Hazlewood firmly in the annals of popular music. He founded LHI Records the next year (defunct per '71). Lee and Sinatra worked so well together that the pair released the album, 'Nancy & Lee', in 1968. A country musician at heart, yet otherwise, Hazlewood went to Stockholm, Sweden, to record the LP, 'Cowboy in Sweden', issued in September 1970. He issued ten more to 1977 ('Back on the Street Again'), then ceased recording until 'Gypsies & Indians' in 1993 in collaboration with Anna Hanski. Wikipedia has Hazlewood issuing above thirty albums before his last in 2006: 'Cake Or Death'. He died of renal cancer in 2007. Per 2006 below, all tracks are from 'Cake Or Death'.

Lee Hazlewood   1960

   Words Mean Nothing

Lee Hazlewood   1962


   Don't Cry (No More)

Lee Hazlewood   1962

   The Lee Hazlewood Autobiography

      Side 1

   The Lee Hazlewood Autobiography

      Side 2

   Trouble Is a Lonesome Town

      LP: 'Trouble Is a Lonesome Town'

Lee Hazlewood   1966

   My Autumn's Done Come

      LP: 'The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood'

Lee Hazlewood   1967


      Music video with Nancy Sinatra

   Some Velvet Morning

      Music video with Nancy Sinatra

   Summer Wine

      Music video with Nancy Sinatra

Lee Hazlewood   1968

   Lady Bird

      LP with Nancy Sinatra: 'Nancy & Lee'

   Love and Other Crimes


Lee Hazlewood   1970

   Cowboy in Sweden


   Hey Cowboy

      LP: 'Cowboy In Sweden'

   The Night Before

      LP: 'Cowboy In Sweden'

Lee Hazlewood   1971

   Cold Hard Times

      'Rolf Harris Show' BBC

   Requiem for an Almost Lady


Lee Hazlewood   1975

   Soul's Island

      Soundtrack: 'A House Safe For Tigers'

Lee Hazlewood   2006



   T.O.M. (The Old Man)

   White People Thing


Popular Music: Lee Hazlewood

Lee Hazlewood

Source: Rocky 52

Born in 1935 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Bobby Vinton put together his first band at age sixteen. It was 1960, nine years later, that he recorded 'Roses Are Red'. His first earlier recordings that year as a bandleader had been unsuccessful. Thinking 'Roses Are Red' would be unfavorable as well, Epic Records tossed it in the slush pile. Vinton therefore promoted the song himself, purchasing a thousand copies and hiring a woman to deliver them, with a dozen roses, to radio disc jockeys. As it happens, that gamble struck ore, the song reaching Billboard's number one position and remaining there for a month. He pulled a similar rabbit from his hat in 1974 with 'My Melody of Love'. After being dropped by Epic in 1973 (upon a decade of more No. 1 tracks than either Elvis Presley or Frank Sinatra), Vinton invested $50,000 into the song and got rejected by six major labels until ABC Records decided to launch it to the tune of a couple million copies sold. The album following, 'Melodies of Love', achieved gold. Vinton is a good example of rock influence fanning out into the popular genre. But the British Invasion didn't level his career as with other pop rock musicians, he continuing to enjoy great popularity into the seventies. From 1965 to 1983 Vinton appeared in some seven roles as a film and television actor. Pursuing his career into the new millennium, as of this writing Vinton resides in Englewood, Florida with his wife, Dolly.

Bobby Vinton   1960

   Roses Are Red (My Love)

Bobby Vinton   1961

   If You Love Me (Really Love Me)

Bobby Vinton   1963

   Blue Velvet

   My Special Angel

Bobby Vinton   1964

   Mr. Lonely

   There! I've Said It Again

Bobby Vinton   1969

   To Know You

Bobby Vinton   1972

   But I Do

   Sealed With a Kiss


Popular Music: Bobby Vinton

Bobby Vinton

Source: Senior Plaza

Popular Music: Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert

Source: Jay Dean

Popular Music: Herb Alpert

The Tijuana Brass

Source: All Music
Born in Los Angeles in 1935, trumpeter, Herb Alpert, was not only hugely popular for decades but founder of A&M Records in 1961 with Jerry Moss, changing the name from their fledgling Carnival Records which issued 'Tell It to the Birds'/'Fallout Shelter' in July of '62. Alpert had begun recording as Dore Alpert the year before, issuing 'Gonna Get a Girl'/'Dreamland' in July of 1961. He released several records as Dore Alpert into 1964, the first with his own label, A&M, in July of '63: 'Dina'/'You're Doin' What You Did With Me With Him'. It was in 1962 that he formed the imaginary Tijuana Brass to issue 'The Lonely Bull', that appearing on his first LP of the same title that year. The Tijuana Brass at that time had only one member, Alpert, and a few session players. The huge success of the album not only put A&M on solid firmament but told Alpert to put together an actual band called Tijuana Brass. John Pisano (guitar), Lou Pagani (piano), Nick Ceroli (drums), Pat Senatore (bass), Tonni Kalash (trumpet) and Bob Edmondson (trombone), none of them Hispanic, made their debut as the Tijuana Brass in 1965. The Brass were dissolved in 1969 though Alpert reformed the band a few times into the eighties. None of its original members were on the release of 'Bullish' in 1984. With the Tijuana Brass issuing some twenty LPs and Alpert releasing well over twenty more as a solo artist, Alpert was a busy man with A&M to run as well. In 1987 he and Moss sold A&M to Polygram Records for $500 million, they remaining to manage until 1993. The next year Alpert and Moss founded Almo Sounds. In 1998 they acquired another $200 million from the sale of Vivendi Universal stock. 2000 saw another major legal settlement much to Alpert's favor when he acquired the rights to his music from Universal, now owner of A&M. Well-known for his philanthropy in support of the arts and music, Alpert is also an abstract artist. Yet quite active, Alpert's latest studio album release was 'Human Nature' in 2016. Per below, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass is shortened to Tijuana Brass.

Dore Alpert   1961


   Gonna Get a Girl

Dore Alpert   1962

   Fallout Shelter

   Tell It to the Birds

The Tijuana Brass   1962

   El Lobo (The Wolf)

      LP: 'The Lonely Bull'

   Tijuana Sauerkraut

      LP: 'The Lonely Bull'

Dore Alpert   1963


   You're Doin' What You Did With Me With Him

The Tijuana Brass   1965

   Going Places


   Spanish Flea

      Music video

  Whipped Cream & Other Delights


The Tijuana Brass   1966

   What Now My Love


The Tijuana Brass   1967

   Herb Alpert's Ninth


  The Lonely Bull

      Music video

  Something Special

      Broadcast by BBC

Herb Alpert   1979


      Music video

Herb Alpert   1981

   Magic Man


The Tijuana Brass   1984



Herb Alpert   1997

   Tijuana Brass Medley

      Filmed in Munich


Popular Music: Painting by Herb 

Primal Jungle

Painting by Herb Alpert

Source: Lorrie's Pop Life Art

Popular Music: Sculpture by Herb Alpert

Sculpture by Herb Alpert

Photo: Philipp Scholz Ritterman

Source: Lorrie's Pop Life Art
Popular Music: The Castells

The Castells

Source: Doo-Wop Blogg
Not to be confused with the doo wop group, the Castelles, the Castells were a high school vocal harmony group formed in Santa Rosa, CA, in 1959. The group saw and would see personnel changes, but at the time of its debut releases in January 1961 the Castells consisted of Bob Ussery, Tom Hicks, Chuck Girard and Joe Kelly. Those titles for Era Records were 'Little Sad Eyes' bw 'Romeo'. The Castells penetrated the Top Forty a couple of times, but their numerous experiments into 1966 were nonperformers. As nothing took off they disbanded that year. Chuck Girard had long since left to join the Hondells and would pursue a solo career in Christian music into the new millennium. The group's last issue was in June '66: 'Life Goes On' bw 'I Thought You'd Like That'. They released no albums.

The Castells   1961

   I Get Dreamy

   Little Sad Eyes


The Castells   1962

   So This Is Love

The Castells   1964

   Could This Be Magic

   I Do

The Castells   1965

   An Angel Cried

The Castells   1966

   Life Goes On

   I Thought You'd Like That


Popular Music: Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra   1995

Source: Senior City
Born to swing jazz vocalist, Frank Sinatra, in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1940, Nancy Sinatra was also sister to jazz crooner, Frank Sinatra Jr. Nancy studied music, dance and voice at the University of California/Los Angeles. Her first professional performance was on television on her father's TV special, ''The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis', in 1960. Her first vinyl followed the next year: 'Cuff Links and a Tie Clip' bw 'Not Just Your Friend'. She released her first three albums in 1966: 'Boots' (to go gold), 'How Does That Grab You?' and 'Nancy In London'. Her collaboration with Lee Hazlewood in 1968, 'Nancy & Lee', also went gold. Per Sinatra's singles, four of them visited Billboard's Top Ten: 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'' (#1 1965 LP: 'Boots'). 'How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?' (#7 1966 LP: 'How Does That Grab You?'), 'Sugar Town' (#5 1966 LP: 'Sugar' 1967) and 'Somethin' Stupid' (#1 1968 with Frank Sinatra). Sinatra's career in film began with a couple of beach party movies in 1964: 'For Those Who Think Young' and 'Get Yourself a College Girl'. Several films followed up to 'Speedway' in 1968. Television appearances have been countless since her first with her father in 1960. Sinatra largely disappeared during the eighties to focus on being a mother. She reemerged in April 1995 with the album, 'One More Time'. The next month she stirred things up by posing in 'Playboy' magazine at 54 years of age. Sinatra issued her fourteenth studio album in December 2013: 'Shifting Gears'. See samples of Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood.

Nancy Sinatra   1961

 Cuff Links and a Tie Clip

 Not Just Your Friend

Nancy Sinatra   1966



Nancy Sinatra   1967

  Something Stupid

    With Frank Sinatra

  Something Stupid

    Telecast with Frank Sinatra Jr

  Sugar Town

    Music video

  You Only Live Twice


Nancy Sinatra   1969



Nancy Sinatra   2002

  Hotel California

    LP: 'California Girl'

Nancy Sinatra   2013

  Shifting Gears



Popular Music: Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

Source: The Toast
Born in Brokklyn in 1941 to Jewish parents, rock-oriented Neil Diamond began writing songs and plying guitar in high school. He was a pre-med at New York University on a fencing scholarship when he quit school to write songs for $50 a week at Sunbeam Music Publishing. His first vinyl was in 1962 as Neil & Jack with high-school friend, Jack Parker. Those were for the Duel label: 'You Are My Love at Last' bw 'What Will I Do' issued in March and 'I'm Afraid' bw 'Till You've Tried Love' released in September. His initial solo issue was for Columbia, 'At Night' bw 'Clown Town' in July of 1963. 'The Feel of Neil Diamond' was his debut album in 1966. Thirty-six of Diamond's albums into the 21st century, including live, went either platinum or gold. At about 52 studio albums upon 37 Top Forty titles Diamond has sold more than 75,000,000 LPs per about 130,000,000 records overall. He's placed too many in the Top Ten of Billboard's US and/or AC to list on this page. Another of those musicians who commonly use large numbers, Diamond earned $650,000 in four nights upon the grand opening of the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas in 1976. He was voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984. He sang 'The Star Spangled Banner' at the 1987 Super Bowl. In 1995 Diamond acquired an honorary degree from the school he had quit decades earlier to write songs, New York University. Diamond's latest album, 'Melody Road', was issued in 2014 to go gold. He yet tours internationally per this writing.

Neil & Jack   1962

 Clown Town

 You Are My Love at Last

 What Will I Do?

Neil Diamond   1966

  The Feel of Neil Diamond


Neil Diamond   1970

 Live at the Troubadour


 Tap Root Manuscript


Neil Diamond   1971

 Cracklin' Rosie

    Filmed live

 Holly Holy

    Filmed live



Neil Diamond   1972

 Hot August Night




Neil Diamond   1973

 Jonathan Livingston Seagull




Neil Diamond   1976

 Beautiful Noise


Neil Diamond   1979

 September Morn


Neil Diamond   1981

 On the Way to the Sky


 Summer Love


Neil Diamond   1982



Neil Diamond   1993

 Up On The Roof


Neil Diamond   1996

 Tennessee Moon


Neil Diamond   1998

 The Movie Album


Neil Diamond   2008

 Home Before Dark


Neil Diamond   2009

 Hot August Night

    Concert filmed in NYC

Neil Diamond   2010

 BBC Electric Proms

    Filmed concert

Neil Diamond   2014

 Melody Road


 Melody Road

    Music video   LP: 'Melody Road'


  Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1942, R&B-oriented Madeline Bell wasn't nearly so well-known as in Great Britain. She began her career as a gospel singer with the Alex Bradford Singers, touring the United States with a show called 'Black Nativity'. The show was televised in America before taken to Europe in 1962, whence Bell stayed in England, there to make her career. She released her first vinyl in October of 1963 for HMV (His Majesty's Voice): 'I Long For Your Love'/'Because You Didn't Care'. Her debut album, 'Bell's a Poppin'', arrived in 1967. She joined the group, Blue Mink, in 1969. Having released more than twenty albums during her career, Bell also performed with numerous others, perhaps most notably, the French group, Space, in the latter seventies. Bell currently lives in Spain and is yet active touring Europe. Her latest release was recorded in 2004, issued in 2014: 'Singer', a suite of compositions by Georgie Fame and Steve Gray with Fame also featured.

The Alex Bradford Singers   1962

 It's a Highway to Heaven

    Filmed in Netherlands

 Just to Know I've Made It In

    Filmed in Netherlands

Madeline Bell   1964

 Don't Cross Over to My Side of the Street

 You Don't Love Me No More

Madeline Bell   1967

 Can't Get Used to Losing You

    LP: 'Bell's a Poppin'

 I'm Gonna Leave You

    LP: 'Bell's a Poppin'

 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

    LP: 'Bell's a Poppin'

Madeline Bell   1968

  Doin' Things


  I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

    Music video per 'Beat-Club'

  What'm I Supposed To Do

Blue Mink   1970

  Melting Pot


Madeline Bell   1971

  Madeline Bell


Madeline Bell   1973

  Comin' Atcha

    LP: 'Comin' Atcha'

  That's What It's All About

    LP: 'Comin' Atcha'

Madeline Bell   1976

  That's the Way I Like It

    LP: 'This Is One Girl'

Madeline Bell   1984

  Open Our Eyes

    Filmed live

Madeline Bell   1987

  Do It Good


Madeline Bell   2004

  Blue Christmas

    LP: 'Blue Christmas'

Madeline Bell   2014

  A House Is Not a Home

    Filmed live


Popular Music: Madeline Bell

Madeline Bell
  Born in Brooklyn in 1946, Lesley Gore, was the daughter of Jewish Peter Pan apparel manufacturer, Leo Gore. Gore released her first two albums in 1963: 'I'll Cry If I Want To' and 'Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts'. Those two albums contained her only Top Ten titles: 'It's My Party' ('63), 'Judy's Turn to Cry' ('63), 'She's a Fool' ('63) and 'You Don't Own Me' ('64). Her last Top Forty single occurred in 1967: 'California Nights'. Gore issued thirteen albums into the 21st century, her final being 'Ever Since' in 2005. Gore died of lung cancer in February of 2015, surviving her partner of 33 years, jewelry designer, Lois Sasson. She had appeared in numerous music documentaries and on countless television variety shows since the early sixties.

Lesley Gore   1963

  Cry Me a River

    LP: 'I'll Cry If I Want To'

  It's Judy's Turn to Cry

    LP: 'I'll Cry If I Want To'

  She's a Fool

    LP: 'Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts'

Lesley Gore   1964

  I'm Coolin', No Foolin'

   LP: 'Boys, Boys, Boys'

  It's My Party


  Maybe I Know


  Maybe I Know



    'T.A.M.I. Show'

  That's the Way Boys Are

   LP: 'Boys, Boys, Boys'

  You Don't Own Me


Lesley Gore   1965

  It's My Party

    'Hollywood A Go Go'

  No Matter What You Do

Lesley Gore   1966

  Young Love

Lesley Gore   1967

  Brink of Disaster

  California Nights


  Summer and Sandy

Lesley Gore   1972

  Someplace Else Now

    LP: 'Someplace Else Now'

Lesley Gore   1989

  You Don't Own Me

    Filmed in Melbourne


Popular Music: Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore

Source: Las Mejores Canciones
Popular Music: Righteous Brothers

Righteous Brothers

Source: Time Magazine
The Righteous Brothers, was a duo consisting of Bobby Hatfield (b 1940) and Bill Medley (b 1940), each having been with the Paramours in 1962. That would have too late for the Paramours' first releases in 1961 for Smash: 'That's The Way We Love'/'Prison Break' and 'Cutie Cutie'/'Miss Social Climber'. They did, however record 'There She Goes (She's Walking Away)'/'That's All I Want Tonight' with the Paramours for release in 1962 on Moonglow. The Righteous Brothers released their first vinyl in 1963: Little Latin Lupe Lu'/'My Babe'. Following the same year was the LP, 'Right Now!', an enormous success in which winds the Brothers would blow their hair like dogs sticking their heads out car windows throughout their existence. Hatfield also issued the first of several solo titles in 1963: 'Hot Tamales'/'I Need a Girl', he to issue several more on occasion into the seventies. Medley would pursue a solo recording career to greater moment. He issued his first LP in 1968: 'Bill Medley 100%', releasing some fifteen total to 'Damn Near Righteous' in 2007. As for the Righteous Brothers, they were history come 1968. The Righteous Brothers that released 'Re-Birth' in 1971 was Hatfield with Jimmy Walker. Hatfiled and Medley got together again for 'Give It to the People' and 'Sons of Mrs Righteous' in 1974 and '75. Come the eighties Hatfield and Medley ceased to be a focused team, though performing and recording together on occasion. Titles by the Righteous Bothers to breach the Top Ten of Billboard's US were:

'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''
   December #1 US
'Just Once in My Life'
   April #9 US
'Unchained Melody'
   July #4 US
'Ebb Tide'
   December #4 US
'(You're My) Soul and Inspiration'
   March #1 US

'Rock and Roll Heaven'
   May #3 US

In addition, 'Unchained Melody' for the 1990 soundtrack of 'Ghost' rose to #1 on Billboard's AC. In March 2003 the Righteous Bothers were elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eight months in November later Hatfield failed to show to a concert at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium, having died in his hotel room shortly before. In 2016 Medley formed a new Righteous Brothers with Bucky Heard, they performing in Las Vegas as this is written.

The Paramours   1962

  There She Goes/That's All I Want Tonight

Righteous Brothers   1963

  Little Latin Lupe Lu

Righteous Brothers   1964

  Little Latin Lupe Lu


Righteous Brothers   1965


  Just Once In My Life

  What'd I Say

    Filmed with Andy Williams

  You'll Never Walk Alone


  You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'


Righteous Brothers   1966

  Unchained Melody

    Filmed live

  (You're My) Soul & Inspiration

Righteous Brothers   1981

  Rock N Roll Heaven

    'American Bandstand 30th Anniversary'

Righteous Brothers   1984

  Legends In Concert

    Filmed concert

Righteous Brothers   1990

  Unchained Melody

    Soundtrack: 'Ghost'

Bill Medley   2012

  Little Latin Lupe Lu/My Babe

    Filmed live


  Born José Montserrate Feliciano García in Lares, Puerto Rico, in 1945, blind virtuoso folk guitarist, Jose Feliciano, was five when his family immigrated to Spanish Harlem. Feliciano was an early bloomer who began with accordion as a child until his father gave him a guitar with which he practiced classical, jazz and rock fourteen hours a day, a driving focus which would come to huge dividends. He quit high school at age seventeen to work his first public gigs in clubs in Detroit (his first performance had been at age nine at the Teatro Puerto Rico in Bronx). He began touring the States and Canada in 1963, getting billed alongside young Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Feliciano's debut record was 'Everybody Do the Click' bw 'If I Really Bug You' in 1964, he then to perform at the Newport Folk Festival that year. 'The Voice and Guitar of José Feliciano' was his debut album the next year. His first tour to Great Britain in July of '67 had delayed by a rabies scare requiring the quarantining of animals entering the country for six months. For Feliciano's guide dog, Trudy, that wasn't possible. The next year Feliciano issued a cover of the Doors' 'Light My Fire' which made his name. The same year his folk version of 'The Star Spangled Banner' (US national anthem) at the World Series created a stir with such as conservative military veterans thinking ill of it. Feliciano recorded prodigiously, releasing some forty albums in English and about thirty in Spanish. He yet tours globally to this date.

Jose Feliciano   1964

  Everybody Do the Click

Jose Feliciano   1966



Jose Feliciano   1968

  Light My Fire


  The Star Spangled Banner

    Filmed live

Jose Feliciano   1970

  Black Orpheus Medley

    Filmed in Amsterdam

  Day Tripper

    Filmed in Amsterdam

  Windmills of Your Mind

    Filmed in Amsterdam

Jose Feliciano   1972

  Ain't No Sunshine

    'Engelbert Humperdinck Show'

Jose Feliciano   1978


    Filmed live

Jose Feliciano   1985

  Live at Festival de Viña

    Filmed concert

Jose Feliciano   1987

  California Dreamin'

    Filmed live

Jose Feliciano   2010

  Live in Toronto

    Filmed concert

Jose Feliciano   2011

  The Thrill Is Gone

    Filmed live

Jose Feliciano   2012

  Live at Festival Iquique

    Filmed concert

Jose Feliciano   2015

  Billy Jean

    Filmed live

  Light My Fire

    Filmed live


Popular Music: Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano

Source: Un Français au FestiVoix
Popular Music: The Association

The Association

Source: Herald & Review
The Association were what is called Sunshine pop, being from California. Other groups in that category were such as the Mamas & Papas, the Beach Boys and the Fifth Dimension. As folk music became more urbanized it became a more suit and affair even as it came to so identify with rock that rock could be called folk music. But there was little of the old folk or folk-themed to note in the Association and they kind of rocked, but not really. Difficult to place, they therefore go into the variety bag of pop. And their music was popular, very popular, three of their titles going platinum (a million copies): 'Cherish' in '66, 'Windy' in '67 and 'Never My Love' in '67. The Association personnel have been a revolving door over the years. At the time of 'Cherish' it consisted of Jules Alexander (lead guitar), Ted Bluechel Jr (drums/rhythm guitar/bass), Brian Cole (bass/wind instruments), Russ Giguere (rhythm guitar/percussion), Terry Kirkman (wind instruments/percussion) and Jim Yester (rhythm guitar/keyboards). By the time of 'Windy' Alexander had been replaced by Larry Ramos. Other long-standing members were Maurice Miller on drums in the seventies, as well as Bruce Pictor (drums) and Donni Gougeon (keyboards) since the eighties. Giguere was a mainstay in the group until recently. As of this writing original members, Alexander and Yester, have since rejoined the Association with Ramos and Pictor having remained through the years. The Association's initial plate was 'Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You' bw 'Baby, Can't You Hear Me Call Your Name' in 1965. That was followed the same year by 'One Too Many Mornings' bw 'Forty Times'. The Association's first visit to Billboard was a big splash in 1966 with 'Along Comes Mary' reaching #7 on the US, perhaps assisted a little in that "Mary" was a little-used term for cannabis which wasn't, however, the Association's meaning. The group's first album was 'And Then...Along Comes the Association' in 1966, followed by 'Renaissance' later that year. Its last song to achieve a Top Ten spot on Billboard was 'Everything That Touches You' at #10 in 1968. Though the Association is yet active to this time its heydays were over by the seventies.

The Association   1965

   Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You

   Baby Can't You Hear Me Call Your Name

The Association   1966

   Along Comes Mary




The Association   1967

   Never My Love



The Association   1968

   Everything That Touches You

The Association   1979

   Live at the Coconut Grove



  Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1928, pianist, Burt Bacharach, made his name as one of the prominent composers of popular songs. Trained in classical and jazz, he veered away from rock n roll, thinking it simplistic and unsuitable to melody. His first professional composition, 'Once In a Blue Moon', was used by Nat King Cole per his 1952 album, 'Penthouse Serenade'. After attending McGill University, the Mannes School of Music and the Music Academy of the West Bacharach spent a military tour in Germany. He thereat met vocalist, Vic Damone, whom he would accompany at clubs upon their discharge from service. Among other vocalists he backed on piano was Steve Lawrence. It was 1957 when he began teaming up with lyricist, Hal David, a partnership that would last until 1973. Examples of their work per '57 are 'The Story of My Life' by Marty Robbins and 'Magic Moments' by Perry Como. From 1958 to 1961 he was Marlene Dietrich's musical director. He was composing for the Drifters ('Mexican Divorce' and 'Please Stay') when he met Dionne Warwick to whose career he was instrumental, getting her signed up to Scepter Records. Having spent more than a decade composing, 1965 saw Bacharach's own recordings appearing in vinyl. He conducted the album, 'The Man! Burt Bacharach His Songs'. He performed piano for 'Hit Maker!: Burt Bacharach plays the Burt Bacharach Hits' the same year. Bacharach's soundtrack, 'What's New Pussycat?', also surfaced in 1965. Having previously been married from '53 to '58, Bacharach wedded actress, Angie Dickinson, from 1966 to 1980. The soundtrack for 'Casino Royale' followed in 1967. Bacharach married lyricist, Carole Bayer Sager, from 1982 to '91. Bacharach and David were honored in 2011 with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. David died the following year. Including soundtracks, Bacharach has issued about 27 original albums. His memoir, 'Anyone Who Had a Heart', was published in 2013. With his homebase in Brookville, New York, Bacharach yet tours to this date. List of compositions.

Burt Bacharach   1965

  24 Hours from Tulsa

    LP: 'The Man! Burt Bacharach His Songs'

  The Last One to Be Loved

    LP: 'Hit Maker!'

  What's New Pussycat

    LP: 'The Man! Burt Bacharach His Songs'

Burt Bacharach   1967

  Casino Royale


  A House Is Not a Home

    LP: 'Reach Out'

  The Look of Love

    LP: 'Reach Out'

Burt Bacharach   1977

  Another Spring Will Rise

    LP: 'Futures'

  Live In Edmonton

    Filmed concert

Burt Bacharach   1996

  Live at The Rainbow Room

    Filmed concert with Dionne Warwick

Burt Bacharach   2008

  Live at the Roundhouse

    Filmed live

Burt Bacharach   2015

  Live In Rome

    Filmed concert


Popular Music: Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach

Source: The Richest
Popular Music: The Cowsills

The Cowsills

Source: Santa Barbara Independent
The Cowsills were truly a family affair and would come to be described as bubblegum pop/rock. They were nevertheless a highly talented operation. The group was formed in 1965 by Bill (guitar), Bob (guitar), Barry (bass) and John Cowsill (drums). The group would be managed by brother, Richard, and their father, Bud. They appeared on 'Gene Carroll Show' per WEWS in Cleveland that year. They were performing Beatles covers in Newport, Rhode Island, when they issued their first 7" in September 1965 on JoDa: 'All I Really Wanta Be Is Me' bw 'And the Next Day, Too'. They picked up the bigger label, Philips, in 1966, their first of numerous issues with Philips being 'Most Of All' bw 'Siamese Cat' in June. Barbara Cowsill, mother of the Cowsills, joined the group in time to appear on their first album, 'The Cowsills', in 1967. That would go gold, siblings, Paul and Susan, then joining the group Paul was the youngest, age eight, when he became a member. So far as albums go, 'The Cowsills in Concert' was by far the Cowsills' biggest success in 1969, that containing their rendition of 'Hair'. Though they toured heavily and successfully the Cowsills began to choke and sputter in the early seventies, issuing their final album in 1971: 'On my Side'. Gone defunct, nigh twenty years later Bob, John, Paul and Susan reunited in 1990 in Los Angeles. They performed in clubs across the nation and in Canada, as well as on television, eventually issuing the album, 'Global', in 1998. Reunions occurred into the new millennium, most recently per the the Turtles 'Happy Together' tour in 2015-16. Per below, 'Hair' is found per 'In Concert' in 1969.

The Cowsills   1965

  All I Really Want to Be Is Me

 And the Next Day Too

The Cowsills   1967

  The Cowsills


  The Rain, the Park & Other Things


The Cowsills   1968

  Captain Sad and his Ship of Fools


  We Can Fly


The Cowsills   1969


   LP: 'In Concert'

The Cowsills   1970

  Live at the Playboy Mansion

   Filmed live

  Shine On Me

   'Barbara McNair Show'

The Cowsills   1971

  You (In My Mind)

The Cowsills   2013

  The Rain, the Park and Other Things

   Filmed at the El Rey Theater Los Angeles

The Cowsills   2015

  Happy Together Tour

   Filmed live

The Cowsills   2016


   Filmed live


Popular Music: Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Photo: Bobby Doherty

Source: Vulture
Born Thomas Jones Woodward, in 1940 in Wales, Sir Tom Jones was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1999, knighted in 2006 for contributions to music. Tuberculosis at age twelve kept him bedbound for a couple years. He married Melinda Rose Trenchard at only age seventeen and the two remained together until her death in 2016. They had one son named Mark born that year ('57). Known to sleep around, Jones also had a son via model, Katherine Berkery, in 1987, named Jonathan. To raise Mark, Jones first worked in a glove factory before entering the construction field. In 1963 he began fronting a group called the Senators which recorded seven titles for record producer, Joe Meek, in 1964. Meek decided to not release them, but sold them to Tower Records after Jones became hot material in 1965 upon the release of 'It's Not Unusual' bw 'To Wait For Love (Is to Waste Your Life Away)' for Parrot. Six of the titles were then issued by Tower in '65 under Tom Jones' name: 'Little Lonely One' bw 'That’s What We’ll All Do', 'Lonely Joe' bw 'I Was a Fool' and 'Chills and Fever' bw 'Baby I’m In Love'. (Going by the name of Tommy Scott with the Senators, as there was already another Tommy Scott performing in London, Jones changed his stage name to Tom Jones.) The issue of 'It's Not Unusual' in 1965 stormed the UK OCC (Official Charts Company) chart at #1, the Billboard US at #10. A few decades of Top Ten titles followed on the Billboard US, AC, Country and Dance charts:

'It's Not Unusual'
   February #10 US #3 AC
'What's New Pussycat?'
   June #3 AC
'With These Hands'
   July #27 US #3 AC
   December #25 US #5 AC
'I'll Never Fall in Love Again'
   July #49 US #1 AC
   March #15 US #8 AC
'Help Yourself'
   July #35 US #3 AC
'A Minute of Your Time'
   November #48 US #4 AC
'Love Me Tonight'
   May #13 US #2 AC
'I'll Never Fall in Love Again'
   July #6 US #1 AC
'Without Love'
   December #5 US #1 AC
'Daughter of Darkness'
   April #13 US #1 AC
'I (Who Have Nothing)'
   August #14 US #2 AC
'Can't Stop Loving You'
   November #25 US #3 AC
'She's a Lady'
   January #2 US #4 AC
   October #41 US #4 AC

'Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow'
   January #15 US #3 AC #1 Country
'Touch Me'
   #4 Country
'If I Only Knew'
   November #108 US #4 Dance

Jones, of course, charted better in the UK. 'Green, Green Grass of Home', for instance, rose to #1 in the UK in November 1966, but didn't quite make the Top Ten at #11 in the US. Jones was just the package  to the opposite sex. When he started performing in Las Vegas in 1967 audience members began throwing their hotel room keys onto the stage. From '69 to '71 he hosted the 'This Is Tom Jones' television variety show. From 1980 through '81 he hosted the similar 'Tom Jones'. Jones went country in the eighties, nine titles breaching Billboard's Country Top Forty from 1980 to '86. 1989 saw his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He performed for President Bill Clinton on New Year's Eve of 1999. Jones has been honored numerously, including a Grammy in 1966, a Golden Globe Award in 1970 and two Brit Awards in the new millennium. Jones' autobiography, 'Over the Top and Back', was published in October 2015. Having sold above 100 million records, Jones is thought to be worth above 230 million dollars. Yet active as of this writing, Jones' 41st and latest studio LP was 'Long Lost Suitcase' in 2015.

Tom Jones   1965

  Hilton Special

    Part 1 Filmed in Australia

  Hilton Special

    Part 2 Filmed in Australia

  Hilton Special

    Part 2 Filmed in Australia

  It's Not Unusual


  Little Lonely One



  What's New Pussycat?

  With These Hands

  Worried Man

Tom Jones   1967

  Green, Green Grass of Home


  I'll Never Fall In Love Again


Tom Jones   1968


  Treat Her Right


Tom Jones   1969

  Help Yourself


  It's Not Unusual



    'This Is Tom Jones' with Jerry Lee Lewis


    'This Is Tom Jones' with Stevie Wonder

Tom Jones   1970

  Delta Lady

    'This Is Tom Jones' with Joe Cocker

Tom Jones   1974

  It's Not Unusual


  She's a Lady


Tom Jones   1977


Tom Jones   1983

  I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is


Tom Jones   1992

  Purple Rain

    Filmed with David Gilmour

Tom Jones   2000

  Sex Bomb

   Music video

Tom Jones   2007

  I'll Never Fall In Love Again

   Filmed live

Tom Jones   2009

  Green, Green Grass of Home

   Filmed live


  Core to the original 5th Dimension in Los Angeles were Lamonte McLemore, Billy Davis Jr, Marilyn McCoo, Ron Townson and Florence LaRue. McLemore and Townson had been together to record with the Intervals in 1958. Those titles. Billy Davis Jr had been a member of the Emeralds, issuing in 1959. He had also issued with the Saint Gospel Singers and had released his first name record in 1961 for Ep-Som. Those titles. In 1963 McLemore and McCoo formed a group called the Hi-Fis in Los Angeles which became the Vocals in '64 with the addition of Fritz Baskett, Harry Elston and Lawrence Summers. Ray Charles issued three of that group's records in 1964 on his Tangerine label. Global Dog Productions has them on 'Lonesome Mood' bw ''Look Out For Love (938), 'Let No One Hold You' bw 'A Lover's Blues' (940) and 'I Could Make You Change Your Mind' bw 'Wail' (945). McCoo is "Margie Hendrix" on 940. In 1965 the Versatiles were conceived, consisting of 5th Dimension personnel. The Versatiles released 'You're Good Enough For Me' bw 'Bye Bye Baby' on the Bronco label before changing their name to the 5th Dimension. The Dimension's debut recordings were issued in November and December of 1966 by Soul City: 'I'll Be Lovin' You Forever' bw 'Train Keep On Movin'' and 'Go Where You Wanna Go' bw 'Too Poor to Die'. 'Go Where You Wanna Go', a Mamas and Papas cover, found #17 on Billboard's Hot 100. The next year 'Up, Up and Away' grabbed #1, both titles on the album, 'Up, Up and Away' per 1967 which climbed to #8 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The group's fourth album, 'The Age of Aquarius', flew nigh all the way to the top at #2 in '69. The Dimension's heydays began to fall away in the early seventies. Though 'No Love in the Room' per 1975 reached #11 on Billboard's AC, it came to only #105 on the US. Davis and McCoo, who had married in '69, left the Dimension in 1975 after recording the LP, 'Earthbound'. The other members continued, personnel undergoing numerous changes to the present day, but the Dimension were not to resurrect despite a couple of albums in 1978 and two more in '95 (one live). The 5th Dimension were voted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002. Four of the group are yet alive and well, Townson dying in August 2001 of kidney failure.

The Versatiles   1966

  Bye Bye Baby

  You're Good Enough For Me

The 5th Dimension   1966

  I’ll Be Lovin’ You Forever

  Train Keep On Movin’

The 5th Dimension   1967

  Up, Up and Away


The 5th Dimension   1968

  Stoned Soul Picnic


The 5th Dimension   1969

  The Age of Aquarius


  Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In


  Wedding Bell Blues


  Working on a Groovy Thing

    'Woody Allen Show'

The 5th Dimension   1970

  One Less Bell to Answer

    'Soul Train'

The 5th Dimension   1971


    'Travelling Sunshine Show'

The 5th Dimension   1974

  Soul & Inspiration


The 5th Dimension   1975




Popular Music: The 5th Dimension

The 5th Dimension   1969

Source: Wikipedia
Popular Music: Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim

Source: ventscontraires
Born in Manhattan in 1932, Herbert Khaury was a 6'1" falsetto-singing, ukulele-playing novelty act who assumed the stage name, Tiny Tim, in 1962. He'd begun his career in clubs but would appear in his first film in 1963: 'Normal Love'. Tim's debut vinyl is thought to be 'April Showers'/'Little Girl' per 1966 for the Blue Cat label. 1968 saw the issue of 'Be My Love'/'Oh How I Miss You Tonight' for Bouquet, he then issuing his debut LP that year containing 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips': 'God Bless Tiny Tim'. Although Tim's career began to fade after the sixties he would issue some twenty albums. Dropped by Reprise in 1971, he issued on his own label, Vic Tim, as well as with numerous small labels. Tim's last album to see release during his lifetime being 'Tiny Tim Unplugged' in 1996. Enduring a heart attack that September as he began a performance in Massachusetts, he died two months later in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after performing 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips' for the last time on November 30.

Tiny Tim   1963

  Mary Lou/Life Is But a Dream

    Film: The Factory

Tiny Tim   1966

  April Showers

  Little Girl

Tiny Tim   1968

  God Bless Tiny Tim


  A Tisket a Tasket/Good Ship Lollipop

    'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In'

Tiny Tim   1969

  Great Balls of Fire

    'Hollywood Palace'

Tiny Tim   1970

  Earth Angel

    'Ed Sullivan Show'

  The Other Side

    'Ed Sullivan Show'

Tiny Tim   1979

  Do Ya Think I'm Sexy

    'Tonight Show'

Tiny Tim   1993

  God Bless Tiny Tim


Tiny Tim   1996

  Hey Jude

    LP: 'Girl'

  Over the Rainbow

    LP: 'Girl'

  Santa Claus Has Got the AIDS This Year

    LP: 'Tiny Tim Unplugged'

  Stairway to Heaven

    LP: 'Girl'


    LP: 'Girl'


Popular Music: Kirka Babitzin

Kirka Babitzin

Source: Metal Archives
Not all popular musicians were born in Great Britain or the United States. Kirka (Kirill) Babitzin was native to Helsinki, Finland, born 1950 to Russian immigrant parents. He's well to note as Scandinavian nations were relatively late getting recognized in the global music industry due to World War II and being a snowbound frontier. Musicians in Finland, Sweden and Norway began emerging in a big way regionally during the fifties, especially per jazz, but not until the sixties would they begin to make their mark in the world arena. Kirka, however, wasn't one of them. He wasn't known in the United States but was a big deal in Finland. He started playing accordion at age five, began singing without it at age ten. He joined his first group, the Creatures, in 1964. In 1967 he released a couple of sides with the Islanders (D'Islanders): 'Hetki Lyö' ('Beat the Clock') bw 'On Turhaa Oveen Koputtaa' ('When Love Comes Knockin' at Your Door'). Kirka released his first name 7" in 1967 as well: 'Anna suukko vain' bw 'Silloin ihminen kaunein on'. Wikipedia has him with the group, Blues Section, on that, but 45cat shows simply "Kirka Babitzin" on the label. The EP of four titles, 'Avaruuslaulu', followed in January of '68. 'Ehkä Suukon Antaa Saan'/'Yksinäisyys Kolkuttaa' was also released that year. His debut album was 'Kirka Keikalla' per 1969. His first of six gold albums was 'Hengaillaan' in 1984. His first of five platinum LPs was in 1988 per 'Surun pyyhit silmistäni', achieving platinum 4x. At one time that nation's best-selling album, it is now third. Wikipedia shows 34 original albums issued by Kirka before his death in Helsinki of unknown causes in 2007. His final was 'Elämääni Eksynyt' in 2005.

D'Islanders   1967

  Hetki Lyö (Beat The Clock)

  On Turhaa Oveen Koputtaa

    'When Love Comes Knockin' at Your Door'

Kirka   1967

  Anna Suukko Vain

Kirka   1968

  Ehkä Suukon Antaa Saan

Kirka   1971

  Hey Jude

Kirka   1979

  Aikuiset Anteeksi Antaa

    Filmed with Anna ja Muska

Kirka   1984


    LP: 'Hengaillaan'



Kirka   1987

  You Put the Spell On Me


Kirka   1988

  Surun pyyhit silmistäni pois

    Filmed live

Kirka   1989

  Anna Käsi

    LP: 'Anna Käsi'

  Yön Lapsi

    Filmed live

Kirka   1991

  Surun Pyyhit Silmistäni

    Filmed live

Kirka   1999


    Filmed live

Kirka   2002

  Mamy Blue

    Filmed with Anne Mattila


  Not all musicians in Great Britain were unpopular. Gilbert O'Sullivan, for instance, was born in 1946 in Cork Road, Waterford (Ireland) and yet had popularity thrust upon him. He was attending the Swindon College of Art while performing as a drummer in Rick's Blues, a band founded by Rick Davies of Supertramp. O'Sullivan's given name had been Raymond, which he changed upon suggestion to Gilbert after signing up with CBS Records in 1967, he releasing 'Disappear' b/w 'You' that year upon an advance to purchase a piano. It was 1970 when popularity was forced upon O'Sullivan, 'Nothing Rhymed' needing to endure Top Ten status in October 1970 in Ireland, England and Netherlands. That was but a taste of the burden to come, when he had to begin bearing the weight of popularity in the United States as well. All he wanted was to be 'Alone Again (Naturally)', but it topped Billboard at #1 in 1970. As if that weren't enough, he had to endure the consequences of 'Clair' rising to #2 on the US in 1972. Then 'Get Down' obediently disobeyed in 1973 at #7. By the mid seventies, however, O'Sullivan was able to shake off a lot of popularity in the States, albeit a twisted fate had him suffering it on occasion for several more years in Europe. O'Sullivan's debut album had been 'Himself' in 1971, all titles composed by, well, himself. That was an especially unfortunate period of popularity upon the importunity of having to accept a #9 slot on Billboard's US album chart. All O'Sullivan wanted was his full 25% of royalties when he took MAM Records to court and won a settlement of above 10 million dollars in 1982. Wikipedia has O'Sullivan's 23rd and latest studio LP released in 2015: 'Latin ala G'. O'Sullivan yet performs in Europe as of this writing, tolerating popularity as such occurs as best as can.

Gilbert O'Sullivan   1967



Gilbert O'Sullivan   1970

 Nothing Rhymed

    Filmed alive   Date estimated

Gilbert O'Sullivan   1972

  Alone again (Naturally)

    Film   Date estimated


    Film   Date estimated   LP: 'Back to Front'

  The Golden Rule

     LP: 'Back to Front'

Gilbert O'Sullivan   1973

  Get Down

  Out of the Question

  A Stranger In My Own Back Yard


Gilbert O'Sullivan   1974

  Ooh Baby


Gilbert O'Sullivan   1980

  Off Centre


Gilbert O'Sullivan   2016

  Live On Tour

    Filmed live


Popular Music: Gilbert O'Sullivan

Gilbert O'Sullivan

Source: Sodajerker
Popular Music: Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap

Source: Our Awesome Blog
Vocalist, Gary Puckett, was born in 1942 in Hibbing, Minnesota, but raised in Yakima, Washington, then Twin Falls, Idaho. Having begun guitar as a teenager, he attended college in San Diego which he quit to play in a band called the Outcasts. When that group went kaput Puckett formed Gary & the Remarkables in 1966 with Kerry Chater (bass), Paul Wheatbread (drums), Dwight Bement (tenor sax) and Gary Mutha Withem (keyboards). The band's name was changed to the Union Gap for its debut release in 1967: 'Woman, Woman' b/w 'Don't Make Promises'. The album, 'Woman, Woman', followed in 1968. Puckett and the Union Gap came on strong in '68, after which it sputtered until its fifth and final LP in 1969: 'The New Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Album'. Upon the Gap's dissolution Puckett spent the seventies working in theatre until resuming his career in music in 1981 to tour the nostalgia circuit. He had issued his first solo LP in 1971, 'The Gary Puckett Album'. In '82 he released 'Melodie'. The nineties saw 'Love Me Tonight' ('92) and 'Is This Love' ('97). 2001 bore 'Gary Puckett at Christmas'. Puckett yet tours the United States as of this writing. Per below, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap is shortened to the Union Gap.

The Union Gap   1967

   Don't Make Promises

   Woman, Woman

    Film: 1968

The Union Gap   1968

   Honey I Miss You



  Kiss Me Goodbye

   Lady Willpower


  Over You


   Young Girl

    'Ed Sullivan Show'

The Union Gap   1969

   By the Time I Get to Phoenix


   This Girl Is a Woman Now


Gary Puckett   1971

   The Gary Puckett Album


Gary Puckett   1984

   Woman, Woman

   Filmed live

Gary Puckett   1990

   Woman, Woman

   Filmed live

Gary Puckett   2012

   Lady Willpower

   Filmed live


Bubblegum Music: The Archies

The Archies

Source: ONTD
The Archies were a group of studio musicians representative of bubblegum, a genre fitting to pop or rock. What places the Archies in pop in these histories is the novelty of their being a cartoon band (not the only) complete with comic books. That is, it was a virtual band whose members corresponded to characters in the cartoon television series, 'The Archie Show'. The imagination of producer, Don Kirchner, whose job it had been to supply the Monkees what material wasn't their own, almost all male vocals were by Ron Dante who belonged to a group called the Cufflinks. One exception was 'Love Is Living In You' sung by Bob Levine. Female vocals were led by Toni Wine until 1970, then Donna Marie followed by Merle Miller. First issued in 1968 were 'Bang-Shang-A-Lang' bw 'Feelin' So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y.-D.O.O.)'. 'Sugar Sugar', for which the group was best-known, reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 the next year, followed by 'Jingle Jangle' at #10 four months later. 'Who's your Baby' barely made the Top Forty in March of '70 at #40. The Monkees required adolescent girls for screaming, but the Archies were marketed to an even younger audience still watching cartoons and reading such as 'Archie Comics'. The Archies issued six albums from '68 to '72 along with a 'Greatest Hits' in 1970. The last of the Archies was heard on 'Strangers in the Morning' bw 'Plum Crazy' in 1972.

The Archies   1968

  The Archies


The Archies   1969

  Jingle Jangle


  Sugar Sugar

    LP: 'Sugar Sugar'   With 'Archies' cartoon

  Sugar Sugar

    LP: 'Sugar Sugar'   Filmed with Ron Dante

The Archies   1970


    LP: 'Sunshine'

The Archies   1971

  This Is Love

    LP: 'This Is Love'

The Archies   1972

  Love Is Living In You

  Plum Crazy

  Strangers In the Morning


Bubblegum Music: The Archies

The Archies
Popular Music: Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy

Source: Hits of the 70s
Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1941, Helen Reddy wouldn't draw a crowd until the seventies, but she did issue one record in the sixties, 'One Way Ticket'/'Go' in 1968. Reddy's father was an entertainer in the Australian Army and both parents worked the Australian vaudeville circuit. As Reddy also performed professionally since age four it was assumed she'd be an entertainer herself. Thus during the rebellion years of her youth she got married and had a child, Traci, instead. Marriage, however, came to divorce, and she found herself performing again, now on radio and television. She won a contest on the 'Bandstand' television program which had her leaving with Traci for NYC in 1966 to tape a record for Mercury, she believing that the prize. Upon arrival she learned that the prize was only for an opportunity to audition for Mercury, that her performance on 'Bandstand' had been her audition and that it lacked mustard. With only $200 to her person she decided to stay in the States. Whence began several years of little progress, performing in cabarets largely in Canada where her Australian nationality didn't require she have a work permit. She was working in Chicago when she landed her first record deal with Fontana, an imprint of Mercury. 'One Way Ticket'/'Go' charted in Australia in 1968 but went nowhere otherwise. She then met Jeff Wald that year, Deep Purple and Tiny Tim manager, whom she would marry. He eventually got Reddy signed to Capitol in 1971. 'I Believe in Music' was the A side of her first release for Capitol, but it was the B side, 'I Don't Know How to Love Him', that some disc jockey played, whence the song climbed to #13 on Billboard's US. 'I Am Woman' sat atop the US at #1 in June of '72. Reddy placed numerous titles on the Top Ten of Billboard's AC until her last in 1977. Eight of those found the #1 tier: 'Delta Dawn' ('73), 'Leave Me Alone' ('73), 'Keep On Singing' ('74), 'You and Me Against the World' ('74), 'Angie Baby' ('74), 'Emotion' ('75), 'Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady' ('75) and 'I Can't Hear You No More' ('76). Reddy issued Top Forty titles on the AC until her last in 1978. Reddy's debut album in 1971, 'I Don't Know How to Love Him', reached only #100 on Billboard's album chart but would eventually go gold. After her eponymously titled 'Helen Reddy', also in '71, Reddy issued six more that gained metal: 'I Am Woman' per '72 would go platinum. Five to follow went gold: 'Long Hard Climb' ('73), 'Love Song for Jeffrey' ('74), 'Free and Easy' ('74), 'No Way to Treat a Lady' ('75) and 'Music, Music' ('76). Reddy's popularity was starting to fade before her divorce from Wald (one child, Jordan) in 1982. Per Wikipedia Wald was going through $100,000 a year in cocaine and the separation was not as friends, Wald getting her blackballed in the industry. She then moved to television, film and theatre in which Wald owned less prestige. Reddy's last hurrah of the career as she'd known it was the 1979 'The Helen Reddy Special' for ABC. Having appeared on all number of variety shows, she started taking roles in sitcoms and musicals. Reddy retired from performing altogether in 2002, leaving Santa Monica, CA, for Australia. Earning a degree in hypnotherapy, she is currently a practicing hypnotherapist.

Helen Reddy   1968


  One Way Ticket

Helen Reddy   1971

  I Don't Know How To Love Him/Crazy Love

Helen Reddy   1971

  Delta Dawn

    'Midnight Special'


Helen Reddy   1974

  Angie Baby

Helen Reddy   1975

  I Am Woman

    'Midnight Special'

  No Way to Treat a Lady

  You and Me Against the World


Helen Reddy   1977

  You're My World

Helen Reddy   1978


    LP: 'We'll Sing in the Sunshine'

Helen Reddy   1978

  Best Friend

    Filmed live


    Filmed live


    Filmed live


Popular Music: Bread


Source: All Music
Formed in Los Angeles in 1968, Bread was named from behind a Wonder Bread delivery truck while stuck in a traffic jam. This light white bread band consisted of David Gates, Jimmy Griffin and Robb Royer. Gates and Griffin would split lead vocals and do most of the composing with contributions by Royer. Mike Botts joined the group in the summer of 1969. Larry Knechtel would replace Royer in 1971. Bread issued its first single,'Dismal Day', in July of '69 to gloomy results, not charting at all. The album, 'Bread', released that year didn't fare a lot better. 'On the Waters' in 1970, however, would go gold, as would their next four LPs: 'Manna' ('71), 'Baby I'm-a Want You' ('72), 'Guitar Man' ('72) and 'Lost Without Your Love' ('77). Bread issued six albums. The group had dissolved in '73 and was reformed in '76 toward its second demise in 1977. The group reunited in 1996 for a world tour into 1997. Both Botts and Griffin died in 2005 of cancer. Knechtel died of heart attack in 2009. Gates is presently retired in California, Royer in the Virgin Islands though yet active in the music industry. Bread was elected into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2014 Malcom Searles published the Bread biography, 'Bread: A Sweet Surrender'. The following year Royer published his memoir per the ebook, 'The View From Contessa'.

Bread   1969




    With film   LP: 'Bread'

Bread   1970

  Make It With You

    'Midnight Special'   Date estimated

     LP: 'Make It With You'

Bread   1971

  Too Much Love

    'LP: 'Manna'

Bread   1972

  Baby I'm-A Want You

    'Bobby Darin Show'

     LP: 'Baby I'm-A Want You'

  Guitar Man


Bread   1977

  Lost Without Your Love


Bread   1978

  Yours For Life

    Telecast by BBC


  The Carpenters consisted of Karen Carpenter (b 1950) and her older brother, Richard Carpenter (b 1946). The Carpenters didn't burn down any houses with hard rock, but thirty years before such as the Pentagon and three World Trade Centers getting blown at the turn of the new millennium they brought a nice, beautiful and innocent sound to a world rather otherwise in those years as well. Sometimes it's good to take a bath and the Carpenters, perhaps light but not lightweight, were downright pleasant and talented. Karen was already an accomplished drummer, using a friend's set, when her parents bought her a drum kit in 1964, she fourteen years of age. That same year Richard, a pianist, entered California State College in Long Beach. In 1965 they formed the Richard Carpenter Trio with Wes Jacobs (tuba/upright bass). Among their first demos (unissued) to be recorded was 'Caravan' in 1965. The trio won a Battle of the Bands contest at Hollywood Bowl in 1966, giving them a shot with RCA. They recorded such as "Every Little Thing', 'Strangers in the Night' and 'Iced Tea'. A Wikipedia article states 'Iced Tea' was issued but we can find no discography of such. Be as may, Karen did herself issue 'Looking for Love' bw 'I'll Be Yours' in 1966 for Magic Lamp Records to no great thunder. Karen and Richard then worked with a group called Spectrum from '67 to '68. Karen and Richard first appeared on television together in the summer of 1968 on 'Your All American College Show'. In 1969 they met trumpeter and A&M Records producer, Herb Alpert, concerning whom Karen couldn't have impressed anyone more important in the music industry. If Alpert liked you you were good and going to be star. 'Ticket to Ride' was the Carpenters' first LP in 1969 with its duplicate in all but cover and title, 'Offering'. Those were pump primers to 'Close to You' in 1970 which would go platinum. That was followed by four more platinum: 'Carpenters' ('71), 'A Song For You' ('72), 'Now & Then' ('73) and 'Horizon' ('75). Sadly, '76 and '77 were horrid years, 'A Kind of Hush' and 'Passage' only going gold. Just when despair was getting ugly they released 'Christmas Portrait' in '78 to go platinum. They were so down and out in 1981 that even the British pitied them, 'Made In America' to go silver there. Come hard times again in '83 and '84 when 'Voice of the Heart' and 'An Old-Fashioned Christmas' would sell only gold. More seriously, the latter was released posthumously, after Karen's death in February of 1983 of emetine cardiotoxicity resulting from anorexia nervosa, there found cachexia leading to heart failure. She was yet in the bloom of life at age 33 and thin as a string. Richard went on to record the solo LP, 'Time', for release in 1987. The Carpenter Family Foundation was established in 1993 in Los Angeles. In 1994 the Carpenter Arts Center was built at California State University/Long Beach in honor of the Carpenters. In 1997 Richard issued 'Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor'. Currently living in Thousand Oaks, CA, Richard yet actively performs.

The Carpenters   1965


    Demo unissued

Karen Carpenter   1966

  I'll Be Yours

Karen Carpenter   1966-1980

  Drum Solo Anthology

    Video compilation

Richard Carpenter Trio   1966

  Iced Tea

  Strangers in the Night

    Demo unissued

The Carpenters   1968

  Dancing In the Street

    'Your All American College Show'

The Carpenters   1969

  Ticket to Ride

    Music video

The Carpenters   1970

  We've Only Just Begun


The Carpenters   1972


    'Carol Burnett Show'

  Piano Picker

    LP: 'A Song for You'

  Ticket to Ride

    Filmed live

The Carpenters   1976

  Live in Holland

    Filmed concert

  Live at New London Theatre

    Filmed concert

Richard Carpenter   1987



Richard Carpenter   1997

  Bless the Beasts and the Children

    LP: 'Pianist Arranger Composer Conductor'

Richard Carpenter   2008

  I Need to Be In Love

    Filmed in Japan


Popular Music: The Carpenters

Karen & Richard Carpenter

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Source: Fazed & Confused
Popular Music: Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge

Source: AZ Quotes
Born in Lafayette, Tennessee, in 1945, Rita Coolidge was a rare breed of Cherokee and Scottish. Upon graduating from Florida State University she sang in the Memphis area and released her first record for the Pepper label in November of 1968: 'Rainbow Child' bw 'Secret Places, Hiding Faces'. Another on Pepper was issued in February of 1969: 'Turn Around and Love You' bw 'Walkin' In the Morning'. From Memphis she headed to Los Angeles to deliver backup vocals to 'The Original Delaney & Bonnie & Friends' released in July of 1969. In 1970 she appeared on Dave Mason's 'Alone Together', released in June. She contributed to Joe Cocker's 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' issued in August the same year. It was also 1970 that she met Kris Kristofferson whom she would wed from 1973 to 1980 and release a few albums. Coolidge issued her first two albums in February and November of 1971 with Herb Alpert's A&M label: 'Rita Coolidge' and 'Nice Feelin''. The album that did it for Coolidge was 'Anytime...Anywhere' in 1977, rising to #6 on Billboard's 200. Her final albums with A&M were 'Inside the Fire' and 'Love From Tokyo' in '84. She Issued several albums in the nineties but her success of twenty years afore wasn't repeated. During the new millennium Coolidge has issued 'And So Is Love' in 2 and 'A Rita Coolidge Christmas' in 2012. She published her memoir, 'Delta Lady', in 2016 and tours Great Britain as this is written.

Rita Coolidge   1969

  Turn Around and Love You

  Walkin' In the Mornin'

Rita Coolidge   1971

  Rita Coolidge


Rita Coolidge   1972

  I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Rita Coolidge   1975

  It's Only Love

Rita Coolidge   1978

  Don't Go Breaking My Heart

    'Donny & Marie Show'

  Me and Bobby McGee

    Telecast with Kris Kristofferson

  We're All Alone

    Filmed live


Rita Coolidge   1979

  I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love

Rita Coolidge   1983

  All Time High

    'Theme from 'Octopussy'   Music video




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