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