What Is “Easy Listening” Music?

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Have you encountered a piece of particular music on the radio – something that’s pleasant enough to the ears but not too intrusive to demand your attention? If that’s the kind of music you’ve heard, it may be classified as “easy listening.” What defines “easy listening” music? Easy listening music is designed … Read more

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

Percy Faith – The Pioneer of Easy Listening

Percy Faith

Introduction to Percy Faith Percy Faith (born 1908 – died 1976) attempted to mollify the loud brass-dominated sound which was the standard of the big bands during his time. The late Canada-born composer/bandleader sought refinement by adding a lush string section to mellow the sound, therefore pioneering and popularizing the “easy listening” … Read more

The Very Short Music Career of The Little Dippers

The Little Dippers

Introduction to The Little Dippers The Little Dippers were short-lived pop and easy listening outfit during the early 60s music era, formed by the band’s leader and producer Anita Kerr; she was joined by other members Delores Dinning, Darrel McCall and Hurshel Wigintin. “Forever” was the group’s only charting single, breaking into … Read more

The Bachelors and Their Music

The Bachelors

Introduction to The Bachelors The Bachelors were a three man trio from Dublin, Ireland who had several hit songs in the U.S., UK and Ireland in the 1960’s.  The group originally consisted of brothers Conleth (Con) Cluskey and Declan (Dec) Cluskey, along with Sean James (John) Stokes, Stokes has since departed.  The … Read more

The Life and Music of The Arbors

The Arbors

Introduction to The Arbors The Arbors were a mid-60’s music era singing quartet made up of two sets of brothers, Tom and Scott Herrick and Ed and Fred Farran.  They met while in college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, taking the latter part of the city’s name as the … Read more

The Love and Music of Steve and Eydie

Steve and Eydie

Introduction to Steve and Eydie Steve and Eydie were an American husband-and-wife singing duo, Steve Lawrence (birth name Sidney Leibowitz) and Eydie Gorme (birth name Edith Garmezano). They were particularly active during the 50s music and the 60s music era.  Steve and Eydie first met on The Tonight Show, where it was … Read more

Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists

Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid

Introduction to Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists Paul Humphrey (born Paul Nelson Humphrey on October 12, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan), is an American drummer who has received little recognition especially around the R&B and jazz circles. He and his band the Cool Aid Chemists had scored minor hits, “Cool Aid” … Read more

The Short-Lived Career of Liz Damon’s Orient Express

Liz Damon’s Orient Express

Introduction to Liz Damon’s Orient Express Liz Damon’s Orient Express was an American easy-listening and international music band originating in Hawaii, in 1970. The core members of the group were Liz Damon and her sister Edda; the rest of the backing band (which composed of mostly Asians, hence the group’s name) was … Read more

The History of Hugo and Luigi

Hugo and Luigi

Introduction to Hugo and Luigi Hugo and Luigi was a team of producers, consisting of cousins Hugo Peretti (b. 1916 – d. 1986) and Luigi Creatore (b. 1921). Their work became prominent in the 50s music era, during the emergence of the rock and roll era. They midwifed many hits performed by … Read more

The Tunesmith Horst Jankowski

Horst Jankowski

Introduction to Horst Jankowski Horst Jankowski was a German pianist and instrumental composer, whose particular musical scope specialized in easy listening, space age pop and jazz music.  He became internationally known during the 60s music scene. Jankowski was born in Berlin, on January 30, 1936.  He was a student of the Berlin … Read more

Introduction to Frank Ifield

Frank Ifield

Short career summary on Frank Ifield Frank Ifield (born in 1937) is an British-Australian country singer who had a string of hits in the early 60s music scene, mostly registering on the UK singles chart. He was born Coventry in Warwickshire, England, but he and his family moved to Australian, settling in … Read more

Introduction to Vikki Carr

Vikki Carr

Who is Vikki Carr? Vikki Carr is a Texan-born American singer, who achieved her only Top 10 hit single “It Must Be Him” in 1967. But she has been most successful with her Spanish-language songs among Latin audiences, with her albums such as Simplemente Mujer, Cossa del Amor, Recuerdo a Javier Solis, … Read more

History of Bobby Darin

Bobby Darin

A quick overview on Darin’s career Bobby Darin was an American singer-­songwriter and actor. In his time, Darin was considered as one of the most versatile artists, even up to now. His resolve not to commit himself to one genre led him to perform jazz, pop, country, swing and rock songs. He … Read more

History of the Lettermen

The Lettermen

Introduction Vocal group The Lettermen are one of the few acts that still perform today even after their contemporaries have either retired or died off. The Lettermen was formed by lead singer Tony Butala in the late 1950’s. The group underwent many changes until Brigham Young University students Jim Pike and Bob … Read more

Raymond Lefevre – “Ame Caline (Soul Coaxing)”

Raymond Lefevre

Introduction to Raymond Lefevre The late Raymond Lefevre was a French orchestra leader, composer and arranger. He specialized in the easy listening genre as well as recording film (Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez) and television (Musicorama, Palmares des Chansons) soundtracks. He started his professional career with Barclay Records in 1956. Along with his … Read more

Introduction to Vic Dana

Vic Dana

Who is Vic Dana? Vic Dana is an former singer and tap dancer, originating from Buffalo, New York, USA. He was discovered by Sammy Davis, Jr. as a talented tap dancer, and moved to Los Angeles at Davis’ encouragement. There he started his showbiz career. But when tap dancing was losing its … Read more

Shelby Flint – “Angel on My Shoulder”

Shelby Flint

Introduction to Shelby Flint Shelby Flint is an American singer-songwriter who scored a couple of hits during the 1960s, “Angel On My Shoulder” and “Cast Your Fate To The Wind.” She recorded the folk tune “Angel On My Shoulder” which eventually earned a place on the Top 40 in 1961. “Angel On … 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