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

Artist Biography: Arthur Conley

Arthur Conley

Introduction Arthur Conley (1946-2003) is the late American soul singer-songwriter who attained a considerable success during the 60s music era. He is known for his #2 Billboard pop and R&B hit “Sweet Soul Music.” The hit single was actually re-written by Conley and his mentor and another oldies music legend Otis Redding, … Read more

The Life and Music of Bobby Day

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 was known for their hit single “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz” in 1957) and the Satellites, entering the 60s music era. The songs he wrote, such as “Over and Over” and “Little Bitty Pretty … Read more

One-Hit Wonder Billy Bland

Billy Bland

Introduction to Billy Bland American R&B artist Billy Bland (born on April 5, 1932, Wilmington, North Carolina) achieved fame with “Let the Little Girl Dance” in  during the 60s music era. He started singing professionally at 15 years old. Bland was once a member of the Four Bees before pursuing a solo … Read more

The Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen

Introduction for The Four Freshmen The Four Freshmen are an American jazz vocal group which have had a long and fruitful career in the music industry, and they still perform up to this day although with all newer members – for the last original Freshmen Bob Flanigan had retired in 1993. Particularly … Read more

The Tremeloes

The Tremeloes

Introduction to the Tremeloes The Tremeloes are an English beat group who met the peak of their career during the 60s music era. After achieving their first big UK hit with a cover of the Contours’ “Do You Love Me,” the Tremeloes continued their considerable successes at home by churning out cover … Read more

The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate

Introduction to The Fifth Estate The Fifth Estate is an American garage rock and pop band, formed during the 60s music era. The original lineup consisted of Rick Engler, Ken Evans, Doug Ferrara, Wayne Wadhams and Bill Shute. The group initially called themselves the Demen and the D-Men. They continued to hone … Read more

Gino and Gina

Gino and Gina

Introduction to Gino and Gina One-hit wonders Gino and Gina were a pop music duo who achieved their only hit single “(It’s Been a Long Time) Pretty Baby” during the late 50s music era, reaching both the Top 20 pop and R&B charts that year. The single was written by Gino Giosasi … Read more

The Four Coins

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 Jimmy Gregorakis, George Mantalis, and brothers Jack and George Mahramas, all of whom were of Greek lineage. They were brought to Cincinnati, Ohio by Lee Barrett, a bandleader, where they started to … Read more

The Four Esquires

The Four Esquires

Introduction to The Four Esquires The Four Esquires had managed to chart three times throughout their short career, despite stiff competition from their peers. This pop vocal group from the 50s music era consisted of Bill Courtney on lead vocals, and backing vocalists Frank Mahoney, Wally Gold, Bob Golden and William Powers … Read more

Introduction to Ann-Margret

Ann Margret

Introduction to Ann Margret Ann-Margret Olsson was born on April 28, 1941 in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden.  In 1946 her family moved to Wilmette, IL near Chicago.  She began dancing and singing at an early age appearing on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour.  While attending Northwestern University she joined a musical group called … Read more