Artist Biography: Barry de Vorzon & Perry Botkin Jr.

Barry de Vorzon

Introduction Barry De Vorzon (born in 1934) and Perry Botkin Jr. (born in 1933) are American composers and producers, both originating from New York. Their biggest hit together was their composition of the theme music for the TV soap opera The Young And The Restless, later known as “Nadia’s Theme” during the … Read more

Artist Biography: The Bellamy Brothers

The Bellamy Brothers

Introduction The Bellamy Brothers are an American pop and country duo who reached the peak of their career during 70’s music era. Signing to Curb Records in 1975, they achieved their biggest hit with the single “Let Your Love Flow” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. From much of the … Read more

Artist Biography: The Guess Who

The Guess Who

Introduction: Early beginnings and becoming stars in their native Canada The beginnings of The Guess Who hail back as far as 1958.  In Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, singer/guitarist Chad Allan (born Allan Kobel) formed a local band and named it Al and the Silvertones.  In 1962 their name was changed to Chad … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Bull and the Matadors

Bull and the Matadors

Introduction Bull and the Matadors are a defunct American funk band from Illinois, known for their 60s music era-hit single “The Funky Judge,” a Top 40 pop hit and a Top 10 R&B hit. Since this was their only charting single, the Bull and the Matadors are considered as one-hit wonders. Bull … Read more

Boomer Castleman: One-Hit Wonder and Inventor

Boomer Castleman

Introduction Boomer Castleman (1945-2015) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and inventor hailing from Texas. Oldies music fans will remember him for his lone chart hit “Judy Mae” during the mid-70s music era, leading him to become a one-hit wonder. He had also been a part of the 60s pop … Read more

Burton Cummings’ Successful Musical Journey

Burton Cummings' Successful Musical Journey

Introduction Early life and start in the music business Singer-songwriter and musician Burton Cummings was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on December 31, 1947. When he was 16, he dropped out of school, so it seems that his fate would inevitably be in music. His first band was The Deverons (not to … Read more

The Life and Music of Billy “Crash” Craddock

Billy Crash Craddock

 Introduction Billy Craddock’s early musical career Known for his biggest hit “Rub It In” in 1974, American country and rockabilly singer Billy “Crash” Craddock was born Billy Wayne Craddock in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 16, 1939. He learned to play guitar at an early age, and by the time he was … Read more

The Life and Music of Gene Cotton

Introduction Gene Cotton was an American pop/folk singer and songwriter born  in Columbus, Ohio in 1944  but later moved to Tennessee in the late 1970’s. The singer/songwriter made charting singles during the 70s music era such as Sunshine Roses,” Damn It All,” “You’ve Got Me Runnin,’” “Before My Heart Finds Out,” “Like … Read more

Brick and Their Disco Hit “Dazz”

Brick

Introduction Consisting of Jimmy Brown, Regi Hargis Hickman, Ray Ransom and Eddie Irons, Brick is an American funk/R&B, disco group known for their hit “Dazz” during the mid-70s music era. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972, the group created the term “dazz” for the members were came from two different bands with … Read more

The Short Life and Music Career of Bobby Bloom

The Short Life and Music Career of Bobby Bloom

Introduction for Bobby Bloom Former member of a doo-wop group The Imaginations in the early 1960’s, Bobby Bloom was born on January 15, 1946. He achieved the peak of his career with the song “Montago Bay” in during the early 70s music era. Though Bloom is now included in the one-hit wonder … Read more

James Brown and His Backing Group The JB’s

The JB’s

Introduction to The JB’s The JB’s (also billed under the names The J.B.s, The James Brown Soul Train, Maceo and the Macks, The First Family, A.A.B.B., Fred Wesley and The J.B.’s, The JB Horns and the Last Word), were a supporting band of musicians formed and led by legendary funk/soul singer James … Read more

The Music of April Wine

April Wine

Introduction to April Wine April Wine is a Canadian classic rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, featuring the singing and songwriting of Myles Goodwyn.  The original band consisted of Goodwyn himself, brothers Ritchie and David Henman, along with their cousin Jim Henman.  Jim left after the first album “April Wine”, while Ritchie … Read more

Delaney & Bonnie

Delaney & Bonnie

Introduction to Delaney & Bonnie Delaney & Bonnie were an American husband-and-wife duo Delaney Bramlett (born in 1939 – died in 2008) and Bonnie Lynn Bramlett (nee O’Farrell, born in 1944). Their repertoire was unique – a combination of rock, blue-eyed soul, country and gospel. However, the couple’s talents were overshadowed when … Read more

Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

Introduction Studio 54 fixtures during the 70s music era, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band was a disco musical ensemble formed in The Bronx, New York, whose influences they culled from the big band and swing groups of the olden days. They consisted of Cory Daye (lead singer), Stony Browder, Mickey Sevilla, Andy … Read more

The Music of Edison Lighthouse

Edison Lighthouse

Introduction to Edison Lighthouse Edison Lighthouse is a British pop music group, formed by record producers Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason in 1970 originally as a session group. The band consisted of Tony Burrows, Stuart Edwards, David Taylor, George Weyman, and Ray Dorey. This lineup achieved their first big hit single “Love … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Brighter Side of Darkness

Brighter Side of Darkness

Introduction Brighter Side of Darkness is now a defunct American R&B and soul group whose way to their brief fame and success in the early 70s music scene was their single “Love Jones.” It reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 10 of the Billboard R&B singles chart. … Read more

The Funk Music of Bloodstone

Bloodstone

Introduction to Bloodstone Bloodstone is a American funk/R&B/soul act formed in Kansas City, Missouri during the early 1960s. Led by guitarist and lead singer Charles Love, they were initially a doo-wop group, but as the years followed Bloodstone had begun to change gears and evolve to become one of the most recognizable … Read more

The Music of the “Philly Soul” Group, Blue Magic

The Music of the "Philly Soul" Group, Blue Magic

  Introduction to Blue Magic Blue Magic is the name of one of the best-known Philly soul groups during the 70s music era. Founded and led by Ted Mills, they generated a handful of Billboard pop and R&B chart smashes such as “Look Me Up,” “Stop to Start,” “Three Ring Circus” and … Read more

B.T. Express, Funk and Soul Group in the 1970s

B.T. Express

  Introduction B.T. Express was one of the funk/disco/soul acts who enjoyed a string of hits during the 70s music era. The Brooklyn, New York-based group, formed in the early 70s music era scored four Top 40 hits the Billboard Hot 100 during their heyday: “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied),” “Express,” “Give … Read more

The Music Career of Dean Friedman

Dean Friedman

Introduction to Dean Friedman Dean Friedman (born in 1955 in Paramus, New Jersey) is an American singer-songwriter best remembered for his Top 40 hit “Ariel” during the mid-70s music era. He was already playing music at weddings and bar mitzvahs as a member of Marsha and the Self-Portraits. In 1975 he was … Read more

Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band

Dennis Coffey

Introduction to Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band Dennis Coffey (born Dennis James Coffey in Detroit, Michigan in 1940) is an American guitarist, who was one of the first few white musicians at that time who did session work with many soul and R&B recording, including the ones for Motown Records. … Read more

Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes

Disco Tex and the Sex O Lettes

Introduction to Disco-Tex and his Sex-O-Lettes Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes were founded by the flamboyant musician and performer Sir Monti Rock III (born Joseph Montanez Jr. in 1949), and entertainment maven Bob Crewe. They were a disco group who scored a couple of big hits: “Get Dancin’”  and “I Wanna Dance with … Read more

The Story and Music of Dave Edmunds

The Story and Music of Dave Edmunds

Introduction to Dave Edmunds Dave Edmunds (born David William Edmunds in 1944) is a Welsh/British guitarist, singer and record producer. He began his music career playing with different bands, starting from the Edmund Bros with his older brother Geoff, and then The Raiders, and Love Sculpture. After Love Sculpture split, he formed … Read more

The Story and Music of The DeFranco Family (featuring Tony DeFranco)

The DeFranco Family

Introduction The DeFranco Family featuring Tony DeFranco were a Canadian family of Italian heritage and a 1970s pop group hailing from Ontario. They comprise of all siblings: Benny, Marisa, Nino, Merlina and the youngest, Tony. The group released their first single, “Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat” which eventually went to US Top 10 … Read more

The Babys – Their History and Hits

The Babys

Introduction The Babys is a British hard rock band that was active from 1975-1981. The band originally consisted of John Waite (lead singer), Michael Corby (guiter, keyboards), Tony Brock (drums) and Walter (Wally) Stocker (lead guitar). Michael Corby was released from the band in 1978 and was replaced by Jonathon Cain, who … Read more

Climax and Their Only Hit “Precious and Few”

Climax

Who is Climax? Climax is a now-defunct American pop and classic rock band formed during the 70s music era. The achieved fame for their top ten Billboard pop hit “Precious and Few” in early 1972. The group recorded one LP, which made a minor success on the chart. Climax disbanded in the … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Cymarron

Cymarron

Introduction: Cymarron is a now-defunct American soft rock band from the 70s music era. They achieved momentary fame through their hit single “Rings,” which reached the Top 20 Billboard pop chart. Despite releasing a full-length LP and several other singles, Cymarron wasn’t able to enjoy their success for long, ending up as … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Crabby Appleton

Crabby Appleton

Introduction: Crabby Appleton is a now-defunct American pop-rock band from Los Angeles, California. Singer-songwriter Michael Fennelly (formerly of Millennium) founded the band during the late 1960s, and also became its frontman. In the early 70s music scene the band achieved a Top 40 hit with “Go Back.” They didn’t have any hits … Read more

The Story and Music of Crystal Gayle

The Story and Music of Crystal Gayle

Introduction to Crystal Gayle Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb in 1951) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter whose popularity in during the 70s music era up to 80s rested on her crossover appeal, as well as her physical beauty, not to mention her famous floor-length hair. She is the sister … Read more