Introduction to Bob Kuban and the In-Men

Bob Kuban and the In Men

Introduction Bob Kuban and the In-Men achieved their only huge hit via “The Cheater.”  Hailing from Missouri, he formed the eight-piece band Bob Kuban and The In-Men in 1964, where he was drummer and leader.  Their only hit, “The Cheater” went to #12 on the Billboard chart in the mid-60s music era. … Read more

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

The Story of Barbara Lynn

Barbara Lynn

Introduction Barbara Lynn (Ozen) is a Texan-born R&B guitarist and singer-songwriter. She learned to play piano, but got hooked up with guitar as she was growing up. Soon she was performing in local clubs around Texas, and as she got signed to Jamie Records, she recorded “You’ll Lose A Good Thing”, which … Read more

Introduction to Alan Dale, the “Prince of Baritones”

Alan Dale

Short career summary on Alan Dale Alan Dale was an American balladeer of the traditional pop vein. He was born Aldo Sigismondi in Brooklyn, New York in 1925, to Italian immigrants. His show business roots might have originated from his father, who worked as a comedian at an Italian-language theater. Sigismondi intended … 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

Ray Conniff – The Great Pop Tunesmith

Ray Conniff

Conniff’s musical career at a glance Ray Conniff (1916-2002) was an American composer, arranger and bandleader known for his easy listening treatments of old, as well as contemporary, music during his time. During the war, Conniff had a job with the US Army as an arranger for the Armed Forces Radio. After … Read more

Introduction to Folk Songstress Mary Hopkin

Mary Hopkin

Hopkin’s career in summary Mary Hopkin is a Welsh folk singer principally known for her first hit single “Those Were The Days” in 1968. She also became one of the artists signed on The Beatles’ Apple record label. She had been singing when she was young and once recorded an early EP … Read more

Introduction to the Lovin’ Spoonful

Lovin' Spoonful

Introduction to the Lovin’ Spoonful The Lovin’ Spoonful is one of the few American bands who successfully weathered the dominant British Invasion in the 1960s. The group was founded by John Sebastian and had actually its roots in folk music. Soon they parlayed their folk-based pop and rock hits into amazing chart … 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 Donovan

Donovan

Donovan’s career, at a glance Donovan is a Scottish folk and pop singer and guitarist, at first being dubbed as the “British Bob Dylan.” He later developed his own bright, psychedelic form of folk that was the staple of the late 60s music era-Flower Power movement with hits and now-oldies music favorites … 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 Bill Haley and the Comets

Bill Haley and the Comets

A short introductory info on Bill Haley and the Comets Bill Haley and the Comets were founded and led by Bill Haley (1925­ 1981). His act is considered one of the earliest architects of rockabilly and most of all classic rock and roll music. He and his band, called Bill Haley and … 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

Introduction to the Grateful Dead

Introduction to the Grateful Dead

Rock legends and jam pioneers The Grateful Dead has an eclectic blending of rock, blues, folk, country, improvisational jazz and psychedelic music and closely associated with the psychedelia/hippie movement in the 1960s. Because of their improvisational techniques, they are credited with launching what are called “jam bands”. The band began in 1965 … 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

Little Richard – The Rock and Roll Dynamo

Little Richard

Who doesn’t know Little Richard and his iconic style? He was a force in the forming of modern rock and roll. Summary of Little Richard’s life and career The self-proclaimed “Architect Of Rock and Roll”, singer,songwriter and pianist Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia) has … Read more

The Music and Harmonies of The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers were a musical force in the 50s and 60s. They influenced many of the most popular bands we know of today. The Everly Brothers – one of the most influential rock and roll duo’s The Everly Brothers were a pop and country duo comprised of brothers Phil and Don … Read more

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll

Elvis Presley

Introduction to Elvis Presley When you think of oldies music, you’d think of many things like 1950s rock and roll and Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley was the first real rock and roll star who rose into fame during the 50s music era. A white southerner who sang blues laced with country and … Read more