Introduction to Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes

Introduction Bill Hayes (born William Foster Hayes III in Harvey, Illinois in 1925) is an Emmy-award winning American actor and former singer. He gained lasting fame as an actor on the daytime drama series Days of Our Lives as the character Doug Williams, a role he has been playing since 1970. Hayes … Read more

Bill Doggett and His “Honky Tonk” Hit

Bill Doggett

Introduction Bill Doggett (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1916 – died in 1996) was an American R&B jazz pianist, organist and arranger known for his multi-million selling single “Honky Tonk” in during the 50s music era. This song is now an oldies music classic. Gaining his skills in playing the piano from … Read more

Introduction to Al Hirt

Al Hirt

Introduction Alois Maxwell Hirt or Al Hirt was an American trumpeter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1922. His reputation as a virtuoso on the trumpet rests on his great technical skill as well as his wide range of notes. Since childhood Hirt had been playing with the instrument, becoming a professional … Read more

Arthur Alexander – Country and R&B Pioneer

Arthur Alexander

What is Arthur Alexander’s most successful song? Alexander’s most successful hit was the R&B classic “You Better Move On” which was recorded in Muscle Schoals, AL. The song was later covered by the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, George Jones, and Johnny Paycheck. Impressive to say the least. Early life and influences Singer-songwriter … Read more

Introduction to Hank Locklin

Hank Locklin

Introduction Hank Locklin was an American country singer-songwriter known for his long association with the record label RCA Victor, his clear tenor voice and also for the simple, hearfelt songs. His career actually took off when he signed up a long contract with RCA Victor in 1955. From then Locklin scored hits … Read more

Introduction to Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd

Introduction to Eddie Floyd Eddie Floyd (born Eddie Lee Floyd in 1937 in Montgomery, Alabama) is an African-American R&B singer-songwriter. He has been known for his long and fruitful association with Stax Records where he was one of the label’s most prolific and productive songwriters. Floyd one of the founding members of … Read more

Barbara Lewis – “Hello Stranger”

Barbara Lewis

Introduction to Barbara Lewis Barbara Lewis is considered one of the pioneers of R&B due to her smooth style and approach. A talented individual, Lewis began writing songs when she was a kid, and was already recording during her teens under the wings of producer Ollie McLaughlin (who also handled the careers … Read more

Introduction to the Chiffons

The Chiffons

Who are the Chiffons? The Chiffons were an African-American all-girl vocal group primarily known for their hits “He’s So Fine” and “One Fine Day.” They were one of the top female groups in the early 1960s. The Chiffons were originally a trio, consisting of Judy Craig on lead vocals, Patricia Bennett and … Read more

1960s Teen Idol, Lesley Gore

Lesley Gore

Her career in a summary Lesley Gore (born Lesley Sue Goldstein in New York, 1946) was an American pop singer and songwriter who rose to stardom when she was just 16 through her first single “It’s My Party,” in 1963. The single shot to #1 in 1963; it was then followed by … Read more

Who is Julius LaRosa?

Julius La Rosa

Julius LaRosa is a traditional pop singer and television and radio personality whose career started during the 1950s. A quick overview of Julius LaRosa’s career Julius LaRosa is an American singer in the traditional vein. His career became particularly prominent in the 1950s. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1930. … Read more

Introduction to Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano is a one of the few Latin American musicians to achieve mainstream success with his soulful, Latin rendition of “Light My Fire.” Jose Feliciano – at a glance Jose Feliciano is a Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and guitarist. Music caught his passion, and Feliciano (who has been blind since … Read more

Who Is John D. Loudermilk?

John D. Loudermilk

John D. Loudermilk may have scored very few hits of his own, but it was his songwriting where he became more successful. Music career overview John D. Loudermilk is a country and pop singer­-songwriter who has scored a handful of hits: “Sittin’ In The Balcony” (as Johnny Dee), “The Language Of Love,, “Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Callin’ Doctor Casey,” and … Read more

Introduction to Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas

Billy J. Kramer

Summary Part of the British Invasion and Merseybeat scene in the 60s music era, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas emerged with hits, most of which were comprised of Lennon/McCartney-­penned compositions either specially catered for the band or never made to the Beatles’ catalog. Also managed by The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, … Read more

Introduction to Andy Kim

Andy Kim

Short career summary on Andy Kim Andy Kim is a Canadian singer­-songwriter who hails from Montreal, Quebec. Several classic oldies music and pop tunes are connected to him. After releasing a series of unsuccessful singles, he encountered producer/Steed Records boss Jeff Barry who signed Yuoakim to his label. His first single under … Read more

The Iconic Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

A short career summary on one of the greatest singers-songwriters of all time The legendary Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941) is an American folk/blues/country singer-songwriter and musician whose songs reflected the counterculture generation as well as social and political unrest during the 1960s. His songs became anthems of the … Read more