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

Introduction to The Bangles

The Bangles

Introduction to one of the few successful all-girl rock acts The Bangles are an American all-girl rock group who won both critical and commercial appeal during the 80s music era. Formed in California, the classic Bangles lineup consisted of Susanna Hoffs, sisters Debbi and Vicki Peterson and Michael Steele. Their breakthrough album … 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

KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and the Sunshine Band

The band’s career in a summary KC and the Sunshine Band is an American funk/R&B/disco group known for their hits such as “Please Don’t Go,” “Give It Up,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Keep It Comin’ Love,” and “That’s The Way (I Like It).” Hailing from Miami, … 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

The Music and Love Songs of England Dan and John Ford Coley

England Dan and John Ford Coley

A short introduction on England Dan and John Ford Coley England Dan and John Ford Coley were an American pop and soft rock duo. They reached the peak of their success when they scored six Top 40 hits in 1976 and 1979: “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever … 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 David Gates

David Gates

A short summary on David Gates: David Gates (born in 1940 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American singer­ songwriter and musician best known as the lead singer of the soft-­rock band Bread, which achieved success in the 70s music era. The musically­ talented Gates, together with Jimmy Griffin, Robb Royer and Larry … 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

Andy Gibb – A Teen Idol Lost

Andy Gibb

Short career summary on Andy Gibb Andy Gibb was a British/Australian singer-­songwriter, the youngest of the Gibb brothers also known as the Bee Gees. Born in Manchester, England in 1958, Andy had also gone to Australia to hone his talents at the suggestion of his older brother Barry. It proved to be … 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 Parliament

Parliament

George Clinton: the founder of Parliament (as well as Funkadelic and P-Funk) The architect of Parliament, Funkadelic and P-Funk was George Clinton. He was born on July 22, 1941 in North Carolina but grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey. During his teens Clinton became interested in doo-wop, and so he formed the … Read more

The Legend of Queen

Queen

Short summary on Queen Queen is an English rock band fronted by the dynamic and charismatic leader, the late Freddie Mercury. Their brand of pseudo-operatic rock and kitschy style and humor in their songs may not always win the critics’ favor, but they helped the band sell hundreds and millions of records … Read more

Introduction to Paul McCartney and Wings

Paul McCartney and Wings

Sir Paul McCartney – A Rock Royalty Of all the solo careers of the Beatles members, Sir Paul McCartney has had the most prolific one. During the 1960s he was the bassist of what would become the most influential and successful rock band of all time, as well the other half of … Read more

The Prince of Soul, Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Short introduction to Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American R&B/soul/funk singer-songwriter and musician who was responsible trailblazing a new sound when he was in Motown Records in the 1960s, as well as his artistic independence helped loosen the reins of other artists. Gaye achieved his first Motown hit single “Stubborn Kind … Read more

Introduction to Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell’s early life and career Joni Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson in Alberta, Canada on November 7, 1943. Anderson’s interest as a child was outdoor sports, until she was stricken with polio at the age of 8 due to an epidemic that was spreading in the country. After her recovery, … Read more

Introduction to the Folk Legend, Jim Croce

Jim Croce

Short career summary on Jim Croce Jim Croce’s career started in the mid-1960s with his first album Facets, which was independently recorded and published on his own funds. He and his wife Ingrid also wrote and performed together, releasing a joint album in 1969 simply titled Jim & Ingrid Croce. In 1970 … Read more

Southern Rock Greats Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd

When it comes to Southern rock, no one does it better than Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd are one of the pioneers of the Southern rock genre in the 1970s, popularizing hits such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird”. Ronnie Van Zant was the band’s founding member when he was in his … Read more

Introduction to Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwod Mac – One of the best-selling acts of the 1970s Fleetwood Mac were formed in London, UK in the mid-1960s. Initially recording blues, the band released their first albums Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and Mr. Wonderful and their first singles “Black Magic Woman” and “Need Your Love So Bad”. The following … Read more