What was Sunshine Pop?

sunshine on sunflower

Pop music has developed into different sub-genres over the years, and one of the most popular subgenres in the 1960s was sunshine pop. Known for its feel-good and “commercialized” sounds, sunshine pop perfectly represented the chill atmosphere of California during the 1960s. In order for us to understand how sunshine pop became … Read more

What Was Surf Rock?

man playing surf music on the beach

There have been many popular genres that have popped out of the music scene over the years, but one of the most distinct genres that have been developed was surf rock. The unique sound of surf rock, which is described by many to be both fast-paced and groovy, is often brought by … Read more

Herman’s Hermits

Herman’s Hermits

Introduction Herman’s Hermits are one of the popular acts to come out of the British Invasion and the of “beat music” scene of the 60s music era. In their peak years, they were led by Peter Noone (“Herman”). The Manchester combo scored several Top 20 and Top 10 hits in the UK … Read more

Biography of Jimmy Dorsey

Jimmy Dorsey

Introduction: Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was one of the highly-regarded musicians and big-band leaders during his time, from the 30s up to the 50s music era. Dorsey was proficient in playing the trumpet, clarinet and saxophone. He recorded several pop and jazz standards that have become oldies … Read more

Biography of Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey

Introduction: Tommy Dorsey was an American musician and bandleader and one of the prominent figures of the Big Band and Swing era. A jazz trombonist, trumpeter and composer, he was a younger brother of another famed Swing musician and bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. The brothers came even to a point of competing each … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jones

Joe Jones

Introduction Joe Jones was an American R&B singer-songwriter, who was responsible with forming the all-girl group The Dixie Cups.  His only major hit was “You Talk Too Much” during the 60s music era.  He figured in some legal issues as well, concerning claims that he took the credit for the songs he … Read more

Introduction to Jimmy Jones

Jimmy Jones

Introduction Jimmy Jones (1937-2012) was an American singer-songwriter whose distinct vocal quality has been described as an effortlessly soulful falsetto.  The Alabama native started his career in show business as a tap dancer, then in 1954 became part of a doo-woop group named the Berliners (later Sparks Of Rhythm).  Jones began his … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Just Us

Chip Taylor

Introduction Chip Taylor (real name James Wesley Voight, most known for penning songs such as “Wild Thing”; also the brother of actor Jon Voight and uncle of actress Angelina Jolie) and session musician and producer Al Gorgoni  were known as the pop musical duo Just Us, based in New York.  They released … Read more

Introduction to Bill Medley

Bill Medley

Bill Medley (born William Thomas Medley on September 19, 1940 in Sta. Ana, California) is an American singer and songwriter who is also known also as one of the Righteous Brothers .” After gaining several hits with the duo, Medley had finally gained his own hit single (I’ve Had) The Time of … Read more

Music Legends: Ray Charles

Music Legends: Ray Charles

Introduction Ray Charles was an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and pianist who became one of the pioneers and most important figures of soul during the 50s and 60s music era. He is called “The Genius” of soul music. He combined soul, R&B, gospel, pop and country to create enduring oldies classic … Read more

Music Legends: Otis Redding

Music Legends: Otis Redding

Introduction The late Otis Redding was one of the popular artists during the 60s music era. He is now one of oldies music’s legends, and his influence cannot be denied, even almost 50 years after his untimely death. He was a soul and R&B singer-songwriter who was known as “the voice of … Read more

Music Legends: Muddy Waters

Music Legends: Muddy Waters

Introduction Muddy Waters was an American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist primarily known for his classic blues standard “Hoochie Coochie Man.” It became a big R&B hit during the 50s music era and is now considered a very influential song.  Although he was born and raised in Mississippi, he was otherwise dubbed as … Read more

Rock Legends: Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Introduction Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is no doubt one of the 60s music era legends. The music magazine Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist of all time. His raw, energetic blues-influenced guitar playing has not failed to delight music audiences, whether classic rock fans or modern rock fans of the present. … Read more

One-hit wonders: Lorne Greene

Lorne Greene

Introduction Lorne Greene was a Canadian actor, broadcaster and recording artist principally known for his role as Benjamin “Pa” Cartwright on the hit American western TV series Bonanza. He also appeared on several Canadian television productions as well. Greene’s brief recording career was highlighted by his surprise #1 Billboard hit “Ringo” during … Read more