History of Celtic Rock Music

Celtic rock is a music sub-genre that falls under a folk-rock. It is a form of Celtic fusion that mixes Celtic music themes and interpretation with rock music. This music genre has been extremely popular since the 1970s, and it is quite noticeable that Celtic rock has been a vital foundation of … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Just Us

Chip Taylor

Introduction Chip Taylor (real name James Wesley Voight, most known for penning songs such as “Wild Thing”; also the brother of actor Jon Voight and uncle of actress Angelina Jolie) and session musician and producer Al Gorgoni  were known as the pop musical duo Just Us, based in New York.  They released … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Dexys Midnight Runners

Dexys Midnight Runners

  Introduction Dexys Midnight Runners are best known as one hit wonders especially in the United States, through their single “Come on Eileen” which was one of the biggest hits of the 80s music era. But in their native United Kingdom they amassed several major hits such as “Geno,” “There, There My … Read more

One-hit Wonders: Barry McGuire

Barry McGuire

Introduction Barry McGuire is a rock and contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and musician known for his only #1 hit, the protest song “Eve of Destruction,” which is now an oldies music classic. He was a former member of the New Christy Minstrels who emerged as one of the successful figures of the folk-rock … Read more

Artist Biography: Brewer & Shipley

Brewer & Shipley

  Introduction Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley are members of the folk duo Brewer & Shipley who are known for their Billboard top 10 pop hit “One Toke Over the Line” during the early 70s music era. Both Midwestern natives, the two musicians crossed paths in the West Coast where they began … 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

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

Burl Ives, the Beloved American Entertainer

Burl Ives

Introduction Burl Ives (1909 – 1995) was an American entertainer, with a career that spanned in over sixty years. He expanded his talent into in many forms of media, with a wide range. He was an itinerant folk singer before becoming a radio personality during the 1940s, appearing on his own radio … Read more

Introduction to Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones

Introduction: Rickie Lee Jones is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer who covered many genres such as R&B, pop, soul and jazz. Once a mainstream star, she has become a cult favorite as years pass. She is best known for the now-oldies classic song “Chuck E.’s In Love.” Born in Chicago but … Read more

Bobby Gregg and His Friends

Bobby Gregg and His Friends

Introduction to Bobby Gregg and his Friends Bobby Gregg (born Robert J. Gregg in 1936 – died in 2014) was an American drummer and a sometime record producer. As a soloist and a lead member of his own band Bobby Gregg and His Friends, he scored three Hot 100 singles: “Potato Peeler,” … Read more

One-Hit Wonders The Glencoves and Their Hit “Hootenanny”

The Glencoves

Introduction to The Glencoves The Glencoves were a 60s music era folk/pop combo who came down to history as a one-hit wonder. They formed in 1961, in Mineola, in Long Island, New York. The Glencoves achieved such feat via their Top 40 hit “Hootenanny” in 1963. Their following singles did not chart … Read more

The Music of The Bells

The Music of The Bells

Introduction to The Bells The Bells were a late 60s to early 70s music era Canadian rock band formed in Montreal, Quebec, in 1965. The original lineup consisted of Cliff Edwards and wife Anne (nee Ralph), Anne’s brother Jackie Ralph, as well as Mickey Ottier and Doug Gravelle, calling themselves The Five … 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

Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders

Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders

Introduction to Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders Terry Gilkyson was an American folk singer-songwriter who had written or co-written a lot of tunes for other artists. They include Dean Martin, the Brothers Four, Frankie Laine and Gale Storm. As far as Gilkyson’s own recording career is concerned, he formed his own … Read more

The Story and Music of Larry Groce

Larry Groce

Introduction to Larry Groce Larry Groce (born in 1948, in Dallas, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter and now is a radio host. He mostly specializes on folk and children’s songs. He is best known for his novelty hit “Junk Food Junkie,” released during the mid-70s music era. Already interested in music when … Read more

Sammy Johns – “Chevy Van”

Sammy Johns

Introduction to Sammy Johns Although singer-songwriter Sammy Johns penned hit songs for other artists, he is best known for his own record “Chevy Van.” The North Carolina native pursued music when he was young, and soon he started to play in local clubs with a group that he formed, The Devilles. In … Read more

Biography of Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne

A little bit something about Jackson Browne Jackson Browne is an American folk and country singer-songwriter who has seen prominence and commercial success during the 1970s. During his teens he took up singing folk music, and sometime in the mid-1960s Browne left California for New York. He settled in Greenwich Village – … Read more

Tom Glazer – “On Top of Spaghetti”

Tom Glazer

Introduction Tom Glazer (1914-2003) was an American folk singer-songwriter and musician, mostly remembered for authoring the children song classic “On Top of Spaghetti.” He was principally known as a writer of ballads. His songs (either written or co-written) were turned into hits by other artists such as Vaughn Monroe, Gene Autry, Georgie … Read more

Introduction to Heart: Ann and Nancy Wilson

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  Introduction Heart have remained one of the most commercially enduring groups in history, with sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson maintained their stead as the group’s core and creative force. The American band was initially a quintet, actually formed by Steve Fossen, Roger Fisher in the 1960s. They dubbed themselves as The … Read more

Friend and Lover – “Reach Out of the Darkness”

Friend and Lover

Short career summary of Friend and Lover Friend & Lover were a husband-and-wife folk duo consisting of Jim Post and Cathy Post. “Reach Out Of The Darkness” was their only hit single, breaking into the Top 10 pop chart in June 1968. Jim Post (born in 1939 in Texas) had previously been … Read more

Biography of Don McLean

Don McLean

Early life and career Donald “Don” McLean was born in New Rochelle, New York in 1945. When he was younger he was already performing for his family and friends, and later took interest in folk music. McLean got his start playing around New York City’s folk clubs during the mid-1960s. Around that … Read more

History of Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

A summary of her short life and career Janis Joplin may have died at a young age of 27, but musically she sounded wise beyond her years. The variety of influences she had absorbed provided her with a distinct musical and vocal personality she could very well call her own, and her … Read more

Robert John – “Sad Eyes”

Robert John

Introduction to Robert John Born Robert John Pedrick Jr. in 1946, Robert John is an American singer-songwriter possessing a falsetto voice. It can be heard on a couple of his Top 10 singles “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (1972) and his best-known song “Sad Eyes” (1979). He reached the pinnacle of his career … Read more

Introduction to Rita Coolidge

Rita Coolidge

Introduction to Rita Coolidge The very versatile and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rita Coolidge is known for her hit songs “We’re All Alone” and the #2 single “(Your Love Has Held Me) Higher and Higher.” Her singles have charted in pop, country, jazz and adult contemporary charts. The Nashville, Tennessee-born Coolidge has also … Read more

Introduction to Jay Ferguson

Jay Ferguson

Who is Jay Ferguson? Jay Ferguson is an American rock/pop singer and musician best known for his association with Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne, as well as his solo hit “Thunder Island” in the late 1970s. The musically-inclined California native started his career with Spirit when the band was formed in the … 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

Gale Garnett – “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”

Gale Garnett

Introduction to Gale Garnett Gale Garnett is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress and novelist who is best known for her 1964 hit “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine.” Gale Zoe Garnett made her public singing debut in 1960, and made her first appearance at a New York nightclub in 1963. That same year, she … Read more

Stonewall Jackson – “Waterloo”

Stonewall Jackson

Introduction to Stonewall Jackson Stonewall Jackson is an American country/honky-tonk/folk singer and musician who was particularly known during the late 50s and early 60s. His music career started in 1956 when he first appeared at the Grand Ole Opry; he eventually would become one of the fixtures of the famous country music … Read more

Introduction to Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

The peerless country lass Emmy Lou Harris in a summary… She has achieved numerous country chart-topping hits and countless awards including 12 Grammys. Harris was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. She became acquainted with music during her college days, where she began to study the field and learned to play songs … Read more