60s Music

The 1960s: Rock Music Came of Age

Introduction to Classic Rock The 1960s: Rock Music Comes of Age The 1970s: Rock vs. Disco The 1980s: John Lennon,…

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Herman’s Hermits

Introduction Herman’s Hermits are one of the popular acts to come out of the British Invasion and the of “beat…

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Biography of Jimmy Dorsey

Introduction: Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was one of the highly-regarded musicians and big-band leaders during…

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Biography of Tommy Dorsey

  Introduction: Tommy Dorsey was an American musician and bandleader and one of the prominent figures of the Big Band…

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The Hollywood Argyles

Introduction The Hollywood Argyles were a short-lived studio group assembled by producer/musician/songwriters Kim Fowley and Gary Paxton. They achieved popularity…

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Introduction to Joe Barry

Introduction Joe Barry was an American swamp pop singer hailing from Louisiana, known for his only big hit and now-oldies…

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Introduction to Jimmy Elledge

Introduction: Jimmy Elledge (1943-2012) was an American country singer and musician from the 60s music era. He is primarily known…

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John Fred and His Playboy Band

Introduction John Fred and his Playboy Band was a pop and blue-eyed soul group led by John Fred Gourrier (1941-2005).…

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Introduction to Johnny Ferguson

Introduction Johnny Ferguson (born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1937) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter from the 60s music…

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One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jeffrey Group

Introduction One of the numerous “one hit wonder” groups, The Joe Jeffrey Group fleetingly surfaced in the 60s music scene. …

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One-Hit Wonders: 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…

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Introduction to Jimmy Jones

Introduction Jimmy Jones (1937-2012) was an American singer-songwriter whose distinct vocal quality has been described as an effortlessly soulful falsetto. …

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One-Hit Wonders: Just Us

Introduction Chip Taylor (real name James Wesley Voight, most known for penning songs such as “Wild Thing”; also the brother…

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Introduction to Bill Medley

Bill Medley (born William Thomas Medley on September 19, 1940 in Sta. Ana, California) is an American singer and songwriter…

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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…

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Music Legends: Otis Redding

  Introduction The late Otis Redding was one of the popular artists during the 60s music era. He is now…

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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.”…

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Rock and Roll Legends: Jerry Lee Lewis

Introduction Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer-songwriter and pianist who was dubbed by his nickname “The Killer.” One of…

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Rock Legends: Jimi Hendrix

Introduction Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is no doubt one of the 60s music era legends. The music magazine Rolling Stone ranked…

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One-Hit Wonder: Steam

Introduction Steam was a classic rock and pop band known for their only hit “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him…

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One-Hit Wonders: The Tornados

Introduction The Tornados are an English instrumental/classic rock and roll group formed during the 60s music era. Although they are…

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One-hit Wonders: Napoleon XIV

Introduction American singer-songwriter Jerry Samuels turned himself into a one hit wonder as Napoleon XIV, who made a big hit…

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The Surfaris and Their Only Hit “Wipe Out”

Introduction The Surfaris were an American surf rock group originating from Glendora, California. They are best known for their Top…

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One-hit wonders: Lorne Greene

Introduction Lorne Greene was a Canadian actor, broadcaster and recording artist principally known for his role as Benjamin “Pa” Cartwright…

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One-hit Wonder: The New Vaudeville Band

Introduction The New Vaudeville Band was a novelty group from England formed by songwriter Geoff Stephens. Their bright and cheerful…

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One-hit Wonders: Barry McGuire

Introduction Barry McGuire is a rock and contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and musician known for his only #1 hit, the protest…

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Artists Profile: Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys

Introduction Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys are one of those classic rock and country rock bands that oldies…

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Artists Profile: Cathy Jean and the Roommates

Introduction to Cathy Jean and the Roommates Cathy Jean and the Roommates (sometimes spelled as “Roomates”) are a US vocal…

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Artist Biography: Cannibal and the Headhunters

  Introduction One of the pioneers of the Los Angeles’ “East Side Sound,” Cannibal and the Headhunters achieved their only…

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Artist Biography: Arthur Conley

  Introduction Arthur Conley (1946-2003) is the late American soul singer-songwriter who attained a considerable success during the 60s music…

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Artist Biography: Brenda and the Tabulations

Introduction  Brenda and the Tabulations were an American R&B act formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1966. The original formation consisted…

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Artist Biography: Brook Benton

Introduction Brook Benton (1931-1988) was a prolific and successful R&B/pop/soul/rock and roll singer-songwriter who amassed several R&B as well as…

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Artist Biography: Boyd Bennett

Introduction Boyd Bennett (1924-2002) is the late American rockabilly singer-songwriter who, together with his band Boyd Bennett and His Rockets,…

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Artist Biography: Bruce Channel

Introduction Bruce Channel is an American rock n roll/pop/country/rockabilly singer-songwriter known for his #1 pop hit “Hey! Baby” during the…

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Al Caiola and His Orchestra

Introduction Al Caiola and His Orchestra are known for their two successful instrumental tunes “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza,” both…

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Don Everly and His Alias, Adrian Kimberly

Introduction “Adrian Kimberly” is actually the alias of Don Everly, of the famous vocal duo the Everly Brothers.  In the…

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The Life and Music of Bobby Day

Introduction American rock n roll and R&B singer/songwriter Bobby Day was a former member of the L.A.-based Hollywood Flames (who…

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Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans

Introduction to Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans were an American early…

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One-Hit Wonder Billy Bland

Introduction to Billy Bland American R&B artist Billy Bland (born on April 5, 1932, Wilmington, North Carolina) achieved fame with…

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The Life and Music of Archie Bleyer

Introduction to Archie Bleyer Successful American bandleader, song arranger and record company executive Archie Bleyer (June 12, 1909- March 20,…

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The Short Music Career of Kit Carson

Introduction to Kit Carson Kit Carson was an American singer in the 40s and the 50s music era; not much…

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The Four Freshmen

Introduction for The Four Freshmen The Four Freshmen are an American jazz vocal group which have had a long and…

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The Tremeloes

Introduction to the Tremeloes The Tremeloes are an English beat group who met the peak of their career during the…

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The Fifth Estate

  Introduction to The Fifth Estate The Fifth Estate is an American garage rock and pop band, formed during the…

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Gino and Gina

Introduction to Gino and Gina One-hit wonders Gino and Gina were a pop music duo who achieved their only hit…

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The Four Coins

Introduction The Four Coins were a doo-wop vocal group, popular in the 50s music era. The four-piece band consisted of…

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The Four Esquires

Introduction to The Four Esquires The Four Esquires had managed to chart three times throughout their short career, despite stiff…

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Percy Faith – The Pioneer of Easy Listening

Introduction to Percy Faith Percy Faith (born 1908 – died 1976) attempted to mollify the loud brass-dominated sound which was…

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Introduction to Ann-Margret

  Introduction to Ann Margret Ann-Margret Olsson was born on April 28, 1941 in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden.  In 1946…

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The Story and Music of Stan “The Sound” Getz

  Introduction to Stan Getz Dubbed as “The Sound” for his light and warm sound, Stan Getz (1927-1991) was an…

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The Life and Music of Tony Bellus

Introduction to Tony Bellus Tony Bellus (born Anthony Bellusci in Chicago, Illinois, 1936) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (he…

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The Life and Music of Ruth Brown

Introduction to Ruth Brown Ruth Brown was an American blues singer who brought elements of pop music into her usual…

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Jay and the Americans

  Introduction to Jay and The Americans Jay and The Americans are a pop group who first made waves in…

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The Life and Music of Eydie Gorme

  Introduction to Eydie Gorme Eydie Gorme was an American singer, most famously as part of Steve and Eydie as…

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Ferko String Band

Introduction to Ferko String Band The Ferko String band has become a Philadelphia legend, formed in the 1920s by Joseph…

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The Colorful Life of Legend Eddie Fisher

Introduction to Eddie Fisher Eddie Fisher (born Edwin John Tisch in 1928 – died in 2010) was an American actor,…

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Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

  Introduction Frankie Lymon was an American singer who fronted the Harlem, New York City group The Teenagers, one of…

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Teen Idols of the Past: Fabian

Introduction to Fabian Fabian (born Fabiano Anthony Forte in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1943) is an American entertainer who rose to…

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Introduction to Actor-Singer Eddie Hodges

Introduction to Eddie Hodges Eddie Hodges (born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.A. in 1947), is presently a mental-health counselor and a…

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Introduction to Eddie Holland

Who is Eddie Holland? Eddie Holland Jr. (born Edward Holland in Detroit, Michigan in 1939) is an American recording artist,…

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The Life and Music of Buzz Clifford

Introduction to Buzz Clifford Buzz Clifford is a pop singer-songwriter from Berwyn, Illinois. He started his recording career probably during…

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Alvin Cash and the Crawlers

Introduction to Alvin Cash and the Crawlers Alvin Cash and the Crawlers was a group consisting of Alvin Cash (1939-1999)…

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Bobby Hebb and His Famous Song “Sunny”

Introduction to Bobby Hebb Bobby Hebb (born in 1938 – died in 2010) was an American singer-songwriter best known for…

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The Story and Music of Blue Cheer

Introduction to Blue Cheer Blue Cheer were an American rock band whose charting singles were “Just a Little Bit” and…

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The Story and Music of Bob Beckham

Introduction to Bob Beckham Bob Beckham (1927-2013) is the late American country singer whose best-known hits are “Just as Much…

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The Music of Blues Magoos

  Introduction to Blues Magoos Blues Magoos are a rock group formed in New York during the 60s music era,…

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The Doo-Wop Music of Billy and Lillie

Introduction to Billy & Lillie Billy and Lillie were a New York doo-wop/pop vocal duo who consisted of Billy Ford…

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The Five Satins, R&B Legends

Introduction The Five Satins are an R&B vocal group famous for their R&B hit in 1956 “In the Still Of…

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The Brief Career of One-Hit Wonders The Gadabouts

Introduction: The Gadabouts were a 1950s white doo-wop group who faded as quickly as they came. They came from Chicago,…

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The Brief Music Career of Deane Hawley

Introduction to Deane Hawley Deane Hawley (born William Deane Hawley on December 18, 1937 – died 2002) was an American…

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Dion and the Belmonts

  Introduction to Dion and the Belmonts Dion and The Belmonts joined forces to be one of the leading American…

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Dick Jacobs and His Orchestra

Introduction to Dick Jacobs and his Orchestra Dick Jacobs was a New York-born musician, orchestra leader, conductor and arranger.  He…

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Davie Allan (and The Arrows)

  Introduction to Davie Allan Davie Allan learned to play guitar in high school where he met schoolmate Mike Curb…

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One-Hit Wonders Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford

  Introduction to Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford were an American male-female duo…

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The Cowsills, a Successful Family Pop Group

  Introduction: The Cowsills is an American bubblegum pop-rock band formed during the 60s music era. They entirely composed of…

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The Crystals and Their Big Hits in the 1960s

  Introduction: The Crystals are an American pop and R&B vocal group formed in New York, one of Phil Spector’s…

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The Short Musical Career of Crazy Elephant

Introduction to Crazy Elephant Crazy Elephant is one of the several manufactured studio groups by the Kasenetz-Katz production duo during…

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One-Hit Wonders: Claudine Clark

Introduction: Claudine Clark is an American R&B singer born in Georgia but spent her formative years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her…

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The Story and the Music of “Little Miss Dynamite” Brenda Lee

Introduction to Brenda Lee Brenda Lee (birth name Brenda Mae Tarpley) is an American singer who was one of the…

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Burl Ives, the Beloved American Entertainer

Introduction Burl Ives (1909 – 1995) was an American entertainer, with a career that spanned in over sixty years. He…

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The Story and Music of Cathy Carr

Introduction The late traditional pop singer Cathy Carr (1936-1988) was a Bronx, New York native who started her entertainment career…

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The History of the Crickets

Introduction The Crickets (also known as Buddy Holly and the Crickets) are an American rock ‘n roll band, formed by…

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Introduction to The Classics

Introduction The Classics are an all-white doo-wop vocal group hailing from Brooklyn, New York, and were led by Emil Stucchio…

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The Story and Music of Jazz Trumpeter Sil Austin

Introduction Sil Austin is the late American saxophonist, born in 1929. Although his top preference would always be jazz, Austin…

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The History of R&B Legends The Clovers

Introduction The Clovers were one of the biggest-selling acts of the 1950s, having scored numerous high-charting R&B singles, and a…

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The Story and Music of Chris Kenner

  Introduction to Chris Kenner Chris Kenner was an R&B singer and songwriter originating from New Orleans.  He started his…

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Introduction to Chuck Jackson

Who is Chuck Jackson? Rhythm-and-blues balladeer Chuck Jackson has one of the most beautiful, versatile voices in modern music, with…

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The Life and Music of Bill Anderson

  Introduction to Bill Anderson Bill Anderson is a country music singer who was born on November 1, 1937 in…

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Charlie Gracie, One of Rock and Roll’s Pioneers

Introduction to Charlie Gracie Charlie Gracie (born Charles Anthony Graci in 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American rock and…

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Claude King and His Enduring Hit “Wolverton Mountain”

Introduction to Claude King Louisiana-born country singer/songwriter/occasional actor Claude King (1923-2013) would never probably think he’d take music as a…

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Cannonball Adderley – a Jazz Saxophone Legend

  Introduction to Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley on September 15, 1928 in Tampa, Florida.  He…

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Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids

Introduction to Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids Rockabilly singer-songwriter Buddy (Wayne) Knox was born in Happy, Texas, in 1933. …

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Brian Hyland – Teen Idol of the 1960s

Introduction to Brian Hyland Brian Hyland (born 1943) is an American singer who achieved success in the 60s music era…

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Bonnie Guitar and Her Hit “Dark Moon”

Introduction to Bonnie Guitar Bonnie Guitar (born Bonnie Buckingham in 1923 in Seattle, Washington) is a country/pop singer, guitarist and…

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Bunker Hill and His Only Hit “Hide and Go Seek”

Introduction to Bunker Hill Bunker Hill (born David Walker on May 5, 1941 – died in the 1980s) was an…

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Life and Music of Bobby Edwards

Introduction to Bobby Edwards Bobby Edwards (born Robert Edward Moncrief [or Burgan in some sources] in 1926 – died 2012)…

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The Story and Music of Charles Randolph Grean

Introduction to Charles Randolph Grean Charles Randolph Grean (born in 1913 – died in 2003) was an American composer and…

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The Story and Music of Country Music Star Bobby Bare

    Introduction to Bobby Bare Bobby Bare (born Robert Joseph Bare) was born on April 7, 1935 in Ironton,…

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The Legendary Bluesman Bo Diddley

  Introduction to Bo Diddley Armed with his signature rectangular guitar, Bo Diddley (born Ellas Otha Bates in 1928 –…

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Bobby Gregg and His Friends

Introduction to Bobby Gregg and his Friends Bobby Gregg (born Robert J. Gregg in 1936 – died in 2014) was…

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Bent Fabric and His Piano

Introduction to Bent Fabric and His Piano Bent Fabric (born Bent Fabricius-Bjerre in 1924 in Denmark) is a Danish pianist…

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The Life and Music of Betty Harris

  Introduction to Betty Harris Betty Harris is an American soul singer who has been esteemed particularly by fans of…

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The Story and Music of The Intrigues

Introduction to The Intrigues The Intrigues were a Philadelphia trio (formed in 1968) whose own slick brand of soul brought…

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Bob Luman and His Hit “Let’s Think About Living”

Introduction Bob Luman was an American country and rockabilly singer and guitarist who was primarily known for his “Let’s Think…

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Lee Andrews and the Hearts

Introduction to Lee Andrews (and the Hearts) Lee Andrews was born Arthur Lee Andrew Thompson in Goldsboro, NC, the son…

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The Cadillacs: One of the Pioneering Doo-Wop Groups

Introduction to The Cadillacs The Cadillacs were an American doo-wop/R&B/rock and roll group formed in Harlem, New York in 1953.…

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The Story and Music of The Earls

  Introduction to The Earls The Earls are an American white doo-wop vocal group formed in The Bronx, New York…

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The Life and Music of the Dixie Cups

  Introduction to The Dixie Cups The Dixie Cups were one of the more well-known all-girl groups to ever emerge…

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Barbara George and Her Hit “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)”

Introduction Barbara George (born Barbara Ann Smith in 1942 – died in 2006) was an American R&B singer-songwriter fondly remembered…

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The Life and Music of Sonny Knight

Introduction to Sonny Knight Sonny Knight (born Joseph Coleman Smith 1934-1998) was an African-American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, musician and…

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Introduction to Barry and the Tamerlanes

Introduction to Barry and the Tamerlanes Barry and The Tamerlanes were a 60s music era pop-rock band created by 1950’s…

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The Short Music Career of The Echoes

Introduction to The Echoes The Echoes were a one-hit wonder American white doo-wop who had a sole hit in the…

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The Capris with “There’s a Moon Out Tonight”

  Introduction to The Capris The Capris were an Italian-Amerian doo-wop vocal group, formed in 1957 in Ozone Park, Queens…

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The (Curious) Story and Music of The Fendermen

Introduction to The Fendermen The Fendermen were a short-lived rockabilly duo, a one-hit wonder by virtue of the single “Mule…

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The Story and Music of The Falcons

Introduction to The Falcons The Falcons were an R&B vocal group, famed for their single “You’re So Fine”, released on…

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The Story and Music of The Exciters

  Introduction to The Exciters The Exciters were a 60s music era R&B/soul group consisting of three female members –…

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The Edwin Hawkins Singers with The Surprise Hit “Oh Happy Day”

  Introduction to The Edwin Hawkins Singers The Edwin Hawkins Singers were a group of gospel crooners led by, of…

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The Story and Music of The El Dorados

Introduction to The El Dorados The El Dorados are an R&B and doo-wop vocal group from Chicago, Illinois, active during…

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Thurston Harris and His Big Hit “Little Bitty Pretty One”

Introduction to Thurston Harris Thurston Harris (1931-1990) was an R&B and pop/rock singer whose claim to one-hit wonder fame was…

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The Life and Music of Toni Arden

Introduction to Toni Arden Toni Arden (born Antoinette Ardizzone) is a popular American singer who had many hit records during…

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Valerie Carr and Her Only Hit “When the Boys Talk about the Girls”

Introduction to Valerie Carr Valerie Carr (born 1936), is a New York-born African-American singer whose exquisite vocal talent led her…

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The Story and the Music of The Larks

Introduction to The Larks The Larks were a North Carolina-originated R&B/soul/gospel group from the 50s music era, not to be…

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The Leaves and Their Enduring Classic Rock Hit “Hey Joe”

  Introduction to The Leaves Garage rock group The Leaves are remembered for their most successful version of “Hey Joe,”…

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The Very Short Music Career of The Little Dippers

Introduction to The Little Dippers The Little Dippers were short-lived pop and easy listening outfit during the early 60s music…

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One-Hit Wonders the Jive Five

Introduction to The Jive Five The Jive Five is an American doo-wop/R&B/soul combo that has gone through lineup changes.  They…

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The Story and the Music of The Esquires

Introduction to The Esquires The Esquires were an R&B/doo-wop vocal group hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; originally they had been a…

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The Jive Bombers

Introduction to The Jive Bombers The Jive Bombers are a one-hit wonder group formed in New York City from the…

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The Story and Music of The Equals

  Introduction to The Equals Deriving their name from the fact that the group was racially integrated, The Equals’ sound…

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The Short Career and Music of The Dixie Belles

Introduction to The Dixie Belles Dixie Belles were short-lived, 60s music era all-girl group originating from Memphis, Tennessee. They appeared…

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One-Hit Wonders the De John Sisters

Introduction to The De John Sisters The De John Sisters were a 1950s vocal duo, consisting of Julie and Dux…

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The Dartells and Their Only Hit “Hot Pastrami”

Introduction to The Dartells were a short-lived 60s music era American rock and roll group formed in Oxnard, California in…

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One-Hit Wonders The Ivy Three and Their Hit “Yogi”

Introduction to The Ivy Three The Ivy Three was an American pop group from the early 60s music era consisting…

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The Islanders and Their Hit “The Enchanted Sea”

Introduction to The Islanders The Islanders were a American one-hit wonder act from the 50s music era consisting of accordionist…

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The Illusion and Their Biggest Hit “Did You See Her Eyes”

Introduction to The Illusion The Illusion were a Long Island, New York band known for their only major hit single…

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The Hondells and Their Hit Single “Little Honda”

Introduction to The Hondells The Hondells were a 60s music-era American surf rock/pop group known for their 1964 Top 10…

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The Hombres and Their Lone Hit Single “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)”

Introduction to The Hombres Fondly remembered for their 1967 Top 20 single “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out),”…

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One-Hit Wonders The Glencoves and Their Hit “Hootenanny”

Introduction to The Glencoves The Glencoves were a 60s music era folk/pop combo who came down to history as a…

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The Career and Music of The Hollywood Flames

Introduction to The Hollywood Flames were an American doo-wop/R&B vocal group formed in Los Angeles, California in 1949. The original…

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The Four Lads and Their Numerous Hits in the 1950s

Introduction to The Four Lads One of the notable Canadian groups who made waves during the 50s music scene in…

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The Four Voices — A “One-Hit Wonder” of the 1950s

Introduction to The Four Voices were an R&B vocal group consisting  of Allan Chase, Sal Mayo, Bill McBride and Frank…

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The Cyrkle

Introduction to the Cyrkle The Cyrkle were an American pop rock band formed in Easton, Pennsylvania in the early 60s…

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The Four Preps

Introduction to The Four Preps The Four Preps are an American pop vocal group hailing from Los Angeles, California, where…

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The Music of The Cuff Links

Introduction to The Cuff Links The Cuff Links are American rock/bubblegum pop studio group headed by Ron Dante, who also…

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The Short Music Career of The Chicago Loop

Introduction to The Chicago Loop was a short-lived pop/rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois. The core members of the group…

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The Life and Music of The Four Knights

  Introduction to The Four Knights The Four Knights had a prolific two-decade career as one of the in-demand doo-wop…

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The Five Blobs

Introduction to The Five Blobs The Five Blobs was the name of a group of session musicians assembled by musician…

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One-hit Wonders The Chartbusters

Introduction to The Chartbusters The Chartbusters were a 60s music era rock and roll band hailing from Washington D.C. They…

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The Casinos and Their (Surprise) Doo-Wop Hit “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”

Introduction to the Casinos Even when the doo-wop era had long already faded during the 60s music scene, the nine-strong…

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One-Hit Wonders The Carefrees

Introduction to The Carefrees The Carefrees were a short-lived British all-girl group consisting of session vocalists Lynne Cornell (who was…

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The Bachelors and Their Music

  Introduction to The Bachelors The Bachelors were a three man trio from Dublin, Ireland who had several hit songs…

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One-Hit Wonders the Aquatones

Introduction to The Aquatones The Aquatones were a 50’s music era doo-wop group out of Valley Stream, New York.  They…

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The Life and Music of The Arbors

Introduction to The Arbors The Arbors were a mid-60’s music era singing quartet made up of two sets of brothers,…

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The Story and Music of Dave Appell and The Applejacks

Introduction to The Applejacks The Applejacks were a recording group created by musician, songwriter, producer and arranger, Dave Appell, born…

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The Music of The Angels

Introduction to The Angels The Angels were a New Jersey based 1960’s girl Group. They originally formed in 1961, by…

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Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders

Introduction to Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders Terry Gilkyson was an American folk singer-songwriter who had written or co-written…

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Sunny Gale – The Forgotten Legend

  Introduction to Sunny Gale Sunny Gale (born Selma Sega on February 20, 1927 in Clayton, New Jersey) is a…

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The Love and Music of Steve and Eydie

  Introduction to Steve and Eydie Steve and Eydie were an American husband-and-wife singing duo, Steve Lawrence (birth name Sidney…

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Sammy Kaye and His “Sweet” Big Band Music

Introduction to Sammy Kaye Sammy Kaye was a bandleader and songwriter who, during the Big Band era, was the chief…

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The “Mr. Dynamo” Ronnie Hawkins

Introduction to Ronnie Hawkins Having earned the name “Mr. Dynamo” for his electrifying and raw stage presence, 50s music and…

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The Life and Music of Roy Clark

  Introduction to Roy Clark Roy Clark was an American country singer and musician. A very talented individual, he was…

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Russell Arms and His Hit “Cinco Robles”

Introduction to Russell Arms Russell Arms (Russell Lee Arms, February 3, 1920 – February 23, 2012) was born in Berkeley,…

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The Life and Musical Works of Richard Hayman

  Introduction to Richard Hayman Richard Hayman (born on March 27, 1920) was an American conductor and arranger, having worked…

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Robert Knight with “Everlasting Love”

Introduction to Robert Knight Robert Knight is an American soul singer primarily known for his late 60s music era hit…

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Robin Luke with His Only Hit “Susie Darlin'”

Introduction to Robin Luke Los Angeles, California-born rockabilly singer Robin Luke may be considered a one-hit wonder through late 50s…

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Rocco Granata and His Surprise International Hit “Marina”

  Introduction to Rocco Granata Rocco Granata (born in Figline Vegliaturo, Italy in 1938) is an Italian-born Belgian accordionist, singer-songwriter,…

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Rod Lauren – “If I Had a Girl”

Introduction to Rod Lauren Rod Lauren (birth name Roger Lawrence Strunk) was an American actor and singer.  As a singer,…

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Ray Bryant and His Prolific Music Career

Introduction to Ray Bryant Ray Bryant (born December 24, 1931 – died June 2, 2011) was American jazz pianist and…

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Rex Allen, the Arizona Cowboy

  Introduction to Rex Allen Rex Allen (The Arizona Cowboy) was born on December 31, 1920 and passed away on…

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Ray Barretto – Puerto Rico’s Musical Pride

  Introduction to Ray Baretto Ray Barretto (born April 29, 1929, died February 17, 2006) was born in Brooklyn, New…

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Renato Carosone — The Father of Canzone Napoletana

Introduction to Renato Carosone Renato Carosone was an Italian singer and pianist who is now considered one of the finest…

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The History of the Beatles, the First Classic Rock Band

If you think back to the music of the 60s, you probably remember The Beatles. There are few musical groups…

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Max Frost and the Troopers — Were They a Real Band or Not?

Introduction to Max Frost and the Troopers Many groups during the 60s music era were fictional and manufactured by the…

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Mark Dinning and His Only Hit “Teen Angel”

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