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80s Music

Artist Profile: Public Enemy

Formed in 1986 in Long Island, New York, Public Enemy is a hip hop group that consists of Flavor Flav,…

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80s Music

Biography of Michael Jackson

Introduction Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958-June 25, 2009) is one of the most famous superstars in the world. The “King…

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Classic TV

Interesting Facts About The Ed Sullivan Show

Let’s have a look back at The Ed Sullivan Show, one of the most highly-watched variety programs during the 50s and…

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60s Music

Herman’s Hermits

Introduction Herman’s Hermits are one of the popular acts to come out of the British Invasion and the of “beat…

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60s Music

Biography of Jimmy Dorsey

Introduction: Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was one of the highly-regarded musicians and big-band leaders during…

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60s Music

Biography of Tommy Dorsey

  Introduction: Tommy Dorsey was an American musician and bandleader and one of the prominent figures of the Big Band…

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70s Music

Introduction to GQ

  Introduction GQ was an American disco and R&B group who scored a handful of hits on the disco and…

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70s Music

Con Funk Shun

Introduction Con Funk Shun is a funk and R&B band formed during the late 1960s. From a backup band, Con…

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60s Music

The Hollywood Argyles

Introduction The Hollywood Argyles were a short-lived studio group assembled by producer/musician/songwriters Kim Fowley and Gary Paxton. They achieved popularity…

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70s Music

Introduction to Celebration (featuring Mike Love)

Introduction Celebration was a short-lived group formed by Beach Boys’ Mike Love during the 70s music era, as his side…

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60s Music

Introduction to Joe Barry

Introduction Joe Barry was an American swamp pop singer hailing from Louisiana, known for his only big hit and now-oldies…

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60s Music

Introduction to Jimmy Elledge

Introduction: Jimmy Elledge (1943-2012) was an American country singer and musician from the 60s music era. He is primarily known…

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60s Music

John Fred and His Playboy Band

Introduction John Fred and his Playboy Band was a pop and blue-eyed soul group led by John Fred Gourrier (1941-2005).…

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60s Music

Introduction to Johnny Ferguson

Introduction Johnny Ferguson (born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1937) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter from the 60s music…

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60s Music

One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jeffrey Group

Introduction One of the numerous “one hit wonder” groups, The Joe Jeffrey Group fleetingly surfaced in the 60s music scene. …

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60s Music

One-Hit Wonders: Joe Jones

Introduction Joe Jones was an American R&B singer-songwriter, who was responsible with forming the all-girl group The Dixie Cups.  His…

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60s Music

Introduction to Jimmy Jones

Introduction Jimmy Jones (1937-2012) was an American singer-songwriter whose distinct vocal quality has been described as an effortlessly soulful falsetto. …

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All Music

A Brief History of the Electric Guitar

Jimi Hendrix, Les Paul, Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Slash. These are just a few…

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80s Music

The Music of the 1980s

Because all of the major turmoils from the 1960s and the 1970s — the counterculture movement, the Vietnam war, the…

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60s Music

Introduction to Bill Medley

Bill Medley (born William Thomas Medley on September 19, 1940 in Sta. Ana, California) is an American singer and songwriter…

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70s Music

Introduction to Jan Hammer

  Jan Hammer (born on April 17, 1948 in Prague) was a Czech composer, pianist and keyboardist known for his…

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80s Music

Introduction to A-Ha

  A-Ha, the synthpop group from Oslo, Norway, achieved brief popularity in the 80’s music era with “Take On Me”…

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60s Music

Music Legends: Ray Charles

Introduction Ray Charles was an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and pianist who became one of the pioneers and most…

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80s Music

USA for Africa

Introduction USA for Africa was the all-star one hit wonders famous for their charity single “We Are the World” during…

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70s Music

Rock Legends: The Velvet Underground

Introduction The Velvet Underground is not some typical oldies music/classic rock group. They are one of the most influential rock…

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80s Music

Rock Legends: U2

Introduction U2 is an Irish rock band formed Dublin. Led by lead vocalist Bono, the band transformed themselves from a…

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60s Music

Music Legends: Otis Redding

  Introduction The late Otis Redding was one of the popular artists during the 60s music era. He is now…

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60s Music

Music Legends: Muddy Waters

Introduction Muddy Waters was an American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist primarily known for his classic blues standard “Hoochie Coochie Man.”…

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60s Music

Rock and Roll Legends: Jerry Lee Lewis

Introduction Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer-songwriter and pianist who was dubbed by his nickname “The Killer.” One of…

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80s Music

One-Hit Wonders: Bobby McFerrin

Introduction Bobby McFerrin is an American singer known for his late 80s music era hit, the very catchy “Don’t Worry,…

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80s Music

One-Hit Wonders: Toni Basil

Introduction Toni Basil is an American singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, choreographer and director whose song “Mickey” became a hit during the…

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80s Music

One-Hit Wonders: Dexys Midnight Runners

Introduction Dexys Midnight Runners are best known as one hit wonders especially in the United States, through their single “Come…

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60s Music

Rock Legends: Jimi Hendrix

Introduction Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is no doubt one of the 60s music era legends. The music magazine Rolling Stone ranked…

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80s Music

One-hit Wonder: Lipps Inc.

Introduction Lipps Inc. is a short-lived R&B and disco group who scored a hit single and now-oldies music classic tune…

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80s Music

Life and Music Career of Vangelis

Introduction Vangelis is a Greek pianist, composer and arranger who received an Oscar for his score in the blockbuster movie…

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80s Music

One-Hit Wonder: Nena

  Introduction Nena was a German classic rock, post-punk and new wave group hailing from Berlin. The band was fronted…

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60s Music

One-Hit Wonder: Steam

Introduction Steam was a classic rock and pop band known for their only hit “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him…

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60s Music

One-Hit Wonders: The Tornados

Introduction The Tornados are an English instrumental/classic rock and roll group formed during the 60s music era. Although they are…

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60s Music

One-hit Wonders: Napoleon XIV

Introduction American singer-songwriter Jerry Samuels turned himself into a one hit wonder as Napoleon XIV, who made a big hit…

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60s Music

The Surfaris and Their Only Hit “Wipe Out”

Introduction The Surfaris were an American surf rock group originating from Glendora, California. They are best known for their Top…

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60s Music

One-hit wonders: Lorne Greene

Introduction Lorne Greene was a Canadian actor, broadcaster and recording artist principally known for his role as Benjamin “Pa” Cartwright…

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70s Music

One-hit Wonders: Wild Cherry

Introduction Wild Cherry was a funk rock group hailing from Ohio. They are known for their single “Play that Funky…

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70s Music

The Short Life and Career of Minnie Riperton

Introduction Minnie Riperton is most known for her 70s music era-hit “Lovin’ You” which features her very’ high “whistle register”…

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60s Music

One-hit Wonder: The New Vaudeville Band

Introduction The New Vaudeville Band was a novelty group from England formed by songwriter Geoff Stephens. Their bright and cheerful…

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60s Music

One-hit Wonders: Barry McGuire

Introduction Barry McGuire is a rock and contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and musician known for his only #1 hit, the protest…

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70s Music

One-hit wonders: M

Introduction M was a new wave/synth pop “group,” a one-man project of English singer and musician Robin Scott. M gained…

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70s Music

One-hit wonders: The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls The Weather Girls are a female R&B and dance music duo originally consisting of Izora Armstead and…

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70s Music

One hit wonders: Starland Vocal Band

Introduction Starland Vocal Band is a now-defunct American pop and country band, known for their biggest hit “Afternoon Delight” during…

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80s Music

Artists Profile: Prince

Introduction Prince (born Prince Rodgers Nelson) is an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his groundbreaking, eclectic style and flamboyant…

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80s Music

Artists Profile: George Michael

Introduction George Michael was an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame during the 80s music scene. His catchy post-disco dance…

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80s Music

Music Legends: Whitney Houston

Introduction Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, film and record producer. She first rose to fame during the 80s…

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80s Music

Artists Profile: Lionel Richie

Introduction Lionel Richie is one of the most successful artists from the 80s music era, only to be eclipsed by…

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80s Music

Artists Profile: Phil Collins

Introduction Phil Collins (born in London, England, 1951) is an English singer-songwriter and drummer, who were one of the most…

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80s Music

Artists Profile: Jon Bon Jovi

Introduction Jon Bon Jovi is an American rock and pop singer, songwriter and musician who is also the frontman of…

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70s Music

Artists Profile: Chairmen of the Board

Introduction Chairmen of the Board was an American soul group mostly active during the 70s music era. Their famous hits…

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60s Music

Artists Profile: Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys

Introduction Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys are one of those classic rock and country rock bands that oldies…

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60s Music

Artists Profile: Cathy Jean and the Roommates

Introduction to Cathy Jean and the Roommates Cathy Jean and the Roommates (sometimes spelled as “Roomates”) are a US vocal…

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70s Music

Artists Profile: Cate Brothers

Introduction to Cate Brothers Oldies music fans will probably recognize the Cate Brothers. Consisting of twin brothers Earl and Ernest…

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80s Music

Music Legends: Madonna

Introduction Madonna is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actress, producer and businesswoman who became one of the iconic figures of…

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70s Music

Artist Biography: C.J. and Company

Introduction American disco group C.J. and Company achieved recognition for their disco hit “Devil’s Gun”  which peaked at #36 on…

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60s Music

Artist Biography: Cannibal and the Headhunters

  Introduction One of the pioneers of the Los Angeles’ “East Side Sound,” Cannibal and the Headhunters achieved their only…

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60s Music

Artist Biography: Arthur Conley

  Introduction Arthur Conley (1946-2003) is the late American soul singer-songwriter who attained a considerable success during the 60s music…

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70s Music

Artist Biography: Bram Tchaikovsky

Introduction Oldies music fans — especially classic rock enthusiasts in particular — may instantly remember Bram Tchaikovsky and his eponymous…

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70s Music

Artist Biography: Brass Construction

Introduction Brass Construction is a now-defunct Brooklyn-based funk group formed in 1968. During the mid-70s music era they achieved a…

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60s Music

Artist Biography: Brenda and the Tabulations

Introduction  Brenda and the Tabulations were an American R&B act formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1966. The original formation consisted…

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70s Music

Artist Biography: Brewer & Shipley

  Introduction Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley are members of the folk duo Brewer & Shipley who are known for…

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70s Music

Artist Biography: Barry de Vorzon & Perry Botkin Jr.

Introduction Barry De Vorzon (born in 1934) and Perry Botkin Jr. (born in 1933) are American composers and producers, both…

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60s Music

Artist Biography: Boyd Bennett

Introduction Boyd Bennett (1924-2002) is the late American rockabilly singer-songwriter who, together with his band Boyd Bennett and His Rockets,…

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60s Music

Artist Biography: Bruce Channel

Introduction Bruce Channel is an American rock n roll/pop/country/rockabilly singer-songwriter known for his #1 pop hit “Hey! Baby” during the…

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70s Music

Artist Biography: The Bellamy Brothers

Introduction The Bellamy Brothers are an American pop and country duo who reached the peak of their career during 70’s…

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70s Music

Artist Biography: The Guess Who

Introduction: Early beginnings and becoming stars in their native Canada The beginnings of The Guess Who hail back as far…

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70s Music

Boomer Castleman: One-Hit Wonder and Inventor

Introduction Boomer Castleman (1945-2015) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and inventor hailing from Texas. Oldies music fans…

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70s Music

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…

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70s Music

The Life and Music of Billy “Crash” Craddock

Introduction Billy Craddock’s early musical career Known for his biggest hit “Rub It In” in 1974, American country and rockabilly…

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60s Music

Al Caiola and His Orchestra

Introduction Al Caiola and His Orchestra are known for their two successful instrumental tunes “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza,” both…

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60s Music

Don Everly and His Alias, Adrian Kimberly

Introduction “Adrian Kimberly” is actually the alias of Don Everly, of the famous vocal duo the Everly Brothers.  In the…

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70s Music

Alicia Bridges and Her Hit “I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)”

Introduction Oldies music fans will remember Alicia Bridges is the singer best known for her worldwide disco hit “I Love…

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70s Music

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…

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70s Music

Brick and Their Disco Hit “Dazz”

Introduction Consisting of Jimmy Brown, Regi Hargis Hickman, Ray Ransom and Eddie Irons, Brick is an American funk/R&B, disco group…

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60s Music

The Life and Music of Bobby Day

Introduction American rock n roll and R&B singer/songwriter Bobby Day was a former member of the L.A.-based Hollywood Flames (who…

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70s Music

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…

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60s Music

Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans

Introduction to Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans were an American early…

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60s Music

One-Hit Wonder Billy Bland

Introduction to Billy Bland American R&B artist Billy Bland (born on April 5, 1932, Wilmington, North Carolina) achieved fame with…

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60s Music

The Life and Music of Archie Bleyer

Introduction to Archie Bleyer Successful American bandleader, song arranger and record company executive Archie Bleyer (June 12, 1909- March 20,…

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60s Music

The Short Music Career of Kit Carson

Introduction to Kit Carson Kit Carson was an American singer in the 40s and the 50s music era; not much…

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60s Music

The Four Freshmen

Introduction for The Four Freshmen The Four Freshmen are an American jazz vocal group which have had a long and…

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60s Music

The Tremeloes

Introduction to the Tremeloes The Tremeloes are an English beat group who met the peak of their career during the…

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60s Music

The Fifth Estate

  Introduction to The Fifth Estate The Fifth Estate is an American garage rock and pop band, formed during the…

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60s Music

Gino and Gina

Introduction to Gino and Gina One-hit wonders Gino and Gina were a pop music duo who achieved their only hit…

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60s Music

The Four Coins

Introduction The Four Coins were a doo-wop vocal group, popular in the 50s music era. The four-piece band consisted of…

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60s Music

The Four Esquires

Introduction to The Four Esquires The Four Esquires had managed to chart three times throughout their short career, despite stiff…

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60s Music

Percy Faith – The Pioneer of Easy Listening

Introduction to Percy Faith Percy Faith (born 1908 – died 1976) attempted to mollify the loud brass-dominated sound which was…

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60s Music

Introduction to Ann-Margret

  Introduction to Ann Margret Ann-Margret Olsson was born on April 28, 1941 in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden.  In 1946…

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60s Music

The Story and Music of Stan “The Sound” Getz

  Introduction to Stan Getz Dubbed as “The Sound” for his light and warm sound, Stan Getz (1927-1991) was an…

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60s Music

The Life and Music of Tony Bellus

Introduction to Tony Bellus Tony Bellus (born Anthony Bellusci in Chicago, Illinois, 1936) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (he…

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60s Music

The Life and Music of Ruth Brown

Introduction to Ruth Brown Ruth Brown was an American blues singer who brought elements of pop music into her usual…

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60s Music

Jay and the Americans

  Introduction to Jay and The Americans Jay and The Americans are a pop group who first made waves in…

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70s Music

James Brown and His Backing Group 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…

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70s Music

The Music of April Wine

Introduction to April Wine April Wine is a Canadian classic rock band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, featuring the singing and…

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60s Music

The Life and Music of Eydie Gorme

  Introduction to Eydie Gorme Eydie Gorme was an American singer, most famously as part of Steve and Eydie as…

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60s Music

Ferko String Band

Introduction to Ferko String Band The Ferko String band has become a Philadelphia legend, formed in the 1920s by Joseph…

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60s Music

The Colorful Life of Legend Eddie Fisher

Introduction to Eddie Fisher Eddie Fisher (born Edwin John Tisch in 1928 – died in 2010) was an American actor,…

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70s Music

Delaney & Bonnie

Introduction to Delaney & Bonnie Delaney & Bonnie were an American husband-and-wife duo Delaney Bramlett (born in 1939 – died…

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60s Music

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers

  Introduction Frankie Lymon was an American singer who fronted the Harlem, New York City group The Teenagers, one of…

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60s Music

Teen Idols of the Past: Fabian

Introduction to Fabian Fabian (born Fabiano Anthony Forte in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1943) is an American entertainer who rose to…

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70s Music

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…

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60s Music

Introduction to Actor-Singer Eddie Hodges

Introduction to Eddie Hodges Eddie Hodges (born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.A. in 1947), is presently a mental-health counselor and a…

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60s Music

Introduction to Eddie Holland

Who is Eddie Holland? Eddie Holland Jr. (born Edward Holland in Detroit, Michigan in 1939) is an American recording artist,…

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70s Music

The Music of Edison Lighthouse

Introduction to Edison Lighthouse Edison Lighthouse is a British pop music group, formed by record producers Tony Macaulay and Barry…

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60s Music

The Life and Music of Buzz Clifford

Introduction to Buzz Clifford Buzz Clifford is a pop singer-songwriter from Berwyn, Illinois. He started his recording career probably during…

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70s Music

One-Hit Wonders: 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…

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60s Music

Alvin Cash and the Crawlers

Introduction to Alvin Cash and the Crawlers Alvin Cash and the Crawlers was a group consisting of Alvin Cash (1939-1999)…

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60s Music

Bobby Hebb and His Famous Song “Sunny”

Introduction to Bobby Hebb Bobby Hebb (born in 1938 – died in 2010) was an American singer-songwriter best known for…

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60s Music

The Story and Music of Blue Cheer

Introduction to Blue Cheer Blue Cheer were an American rock band whose charting singles were “Just a Little Bit” and…

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60s Music

The Story and Music of Bob Beckham

Introduction to Bob Beckham Bob Beckham (1927-2013) is the late American country singer whose best-known hits are “Just as Much…

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60s Music

The Music of Blues Magoos

  Introduction to Blues Magoos Blues Magoos are a rock group formed in New York during the 60s music era,…

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70s Music

The Funk Music of Bloodstone

Introduction to Bloodstone Bloodstone is a American funk/R&B/soul act formed in Kansas City, Missouri during the early 1960s. Led by…

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60s Music

The Doo-Wop Music of Billy and Lillie

Introduction to Billy & Lillie Billy and Lillie were a New York doo-wop/pop vocal duo who consisted of Billy Ford…

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70s Music

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…

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70s Music

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

Introduction B.T. Express was one of the funk/disco/soul acts who enjoyed a string of hits during the 70s music era.…

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60s Music

The Five Satins, R&B Legends

Introduction The Five Satins are an R&B vocal group famous for their R&B hit in 1956 “In the Still Of…

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60s Music

The Brief Career of One-Hit Wonders The Gadabouts

Introduction: The Gadabouts were a 1950s white doo-wop group who faded as quickly as they came. They came from Chicago,…

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70s Music

The Music Career of Dean Friedman

Introduction to Dean Friedman Dean Friedman (born in 1955 in Paramus, New Jersey) is an American singer-songwriter best remembered for…

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60s Music

The Brief Music Career of Deane Hawley

Introduction to Deane Hawley Deane Hawley (born William Deane Hawley on December 18, 1937 – died 2002) was an American…

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70s Music

Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band

Introduction to Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band Dennis Coffey (born Dennis James Coffey in Detroit, Michigan in 1940)…

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60s Music

Dion and the Belmonts

  Introduction to Dion and the Belmonts Dion and The Belmonts joined forces to be one of the leading American…

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70s Music

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…

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60s Music

Dick Jacobs and His Orchestra

Introduction to Dick Jacobs and his Orchestra Dick Jacobs was a New York-born musician, orchestra leader, conductor and arranger.  He…

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60s Music

Davie Allan (and The Arrows)

  Introduction to Davie Allan Davie Allan learned to play guitar in high school where he met schoolmate Mike Curb…

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70s Music

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.…

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60s Music

One-Hit Wonders Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford

  Introduction to Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford were an American male-female duo…

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70s Music

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

Introduction The DeFranco Family featuring Tony DeFranco were a Canadian family of Italian heritage and a 1970s pop group hailing…

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60s Music

The Cowsills, a Successful Family Pop Group

  Introduction: The Cowsills is an American bubblegum pop-rock band formed during the 60s music era. They entirely composed of…

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60s Music

The Crystals and Their Big Hits in the 1960s

  Introduction: The Crystals are an American pop and R&B vocal group formed in New York, one of Phil Spector’s…

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70s Music

The Babys – Their History and Hits

Introduction The Babys is a British hard rock band that was active from 1975-1981. The band originally consisted of John…

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60s Music

The Short Musical Career of Crazy Elephant

Introduction to Crazy Elephant Crazy Elephant is one of the several manufactured studio groups by the Kasenetz-Katz production duo during…

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70s Music

Climax and Their Only Hit “Precious and Few”

Who is Climax? Climax is a now-defunct American pop and classic rock band formed during the 70s music era. The…

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70s Music

One-Hit Wonders: Cymarron

Introduction: Cymarron is a now-defunct American soft rock band from the 70s music era. They achieved momentary fame through their…

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70s Music

One-Hit Wonders: 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…

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60s Music

One-Hit Wonders: Claudine Clark

Introduction: Claudine Clark is an American R&B singer born in Georgia but spent her formative years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her…

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60s Music

The Story and the Music of “Little Miss Dynamite” Brenda Lee

Introduction to Brenda Lee Brenda Lee (birth name Brenda Mae Tarpley) is an American singer who was one of the…

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70s Music

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…

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60s Music

Burl Ives, the Beloved American Entertainer

Introduction Burl Ives (1909 – 1995) was an American entertainer, with a career that spanned in over sixty years. He…

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60s Music

The Story and Music of Cathy Carr

Introduction The late traditional pop singer Cathy Carr (1936-1988) was a Bronx, New York native who started her entertainment career…

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70s Music

Introduction to City Boy

Introduction: City Boy was a classic rock band originating from Birmingham, England. The band was known for their only US…

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60s Music

The History of the Crickets

Introduction The Crickets (also known as Buddy Holly and the Crickets) are an American rock ‘n roll band, formed by…

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60s Music

Introduction to The Classics

Introduction The Classics are an all-white doo-wop vocal group hailing from Brooklyn, New York, and were led by Emil Stucchio…

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60s Music

The Story and Music of Jazz Trumpeter Sil Austin

Introduction Sil Austin is the late American saxophonist, born in 1929. Although his top preference would always be jazz, Austin…

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70s Music

Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band

  Introduction The Charlie Daniels Band is an American country and southern rock band fronted by (who else?) Charlie Daniels…

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60s Music

The History of R&B Legends The Clovers

Introduction The Clovers were one of the biggest-selling acts of the 1950s, having scored numerous high-charting R&B singles, and a…

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70s Music

Carl Carlton and His Hit “Everlasting Love”

Introduction: Carl Carlton is an American artist who sings R&B, soul and funk. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1953, he…

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70s Music

Blue Swede and Their Hit Version of “Hooked on a Feeling”

Introduction Blue Swede is a short-lived Swedish classic rock and pop band hailing from Stockholm. They achieved fame via their…

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70s Music

Blues Image and Their Only Hit “Ride Captain Ride”

Introduction Blues Image is a US classic rock band hailing from Tampa, Florida in the mid-1960s. Founded by Mike Pinera,…

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60s Music

The Story and Music of Chris Kenner

  Introduction to Chris Kenner Chris Kenner was an R&B singer and songwriter originating from New Orleans.  He started his…

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60s Music

Introduction to Chuck Jackson

Who is Chuck Jackson? Rhythm-and-blues balladeer Chuck Jackson has one of the most beautiful, versatile voices in modern music, with…

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70s Music

Introduction to Rick Derringer

  Introduction: Rick Derringer (born Richard Zehringer in 1947) is an American singer and guitarist, specializing on classic rock and…

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70s Music

Introduction to 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…

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60s Music

The Life and Music of Bill Anderson

  Introduction to Bill Anderson Bill Anderson is a country music singer who was born on November 1, 1937 in…

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70s Music

The Story of Cliff DeYoung, Actor and Singer

Introduction to Cliff DeYoung Cliff DeYoung (born Clifford Tobin DeYoung in 1945) is an American actor, singer and musician, having…

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60s Music

Charlie Gracie, One of Rock and Roll’s Pioneers

Introduction to Charlie Gracie Charlie Gracie (born Charles Anthony Graci in 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American rock and…

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Claude King and His Enduring Hit “Wolverton Mountain”

Introduction to Claude King Louisiana-born country singer/songwriter/occasional actor Claude King (1923-2013) would never probably think he’d take music as a…

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Cannonball Adderley – a Jazz Saxophone Legend

  Introduction to Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley on September 15, 1928 in Tampa, Florida.  He…

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Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids

Introduction to Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids Rockabilly singer-songwriter Buddy (Wayne) Knox was born in Happy, Texas, in 1933. …

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Brian Hyland – Teen Idol of the 1960s

Introduction to Brian Hyland Brian Hyland (born 1943) is an American singer who achieved success in the 60s music era…

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Bonnie Guitar and Her Hit “Dark Moon”

Introduction to Bonnie Guitar Bonnie Guitar (born Bonnie Buckingham in 1923 in Seattle, Washington) is a country/pop singer, guitarist and…

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Bunker Hill and His Only Hit “Hide and Go Seek”

Introduction to Bunker Hill Bunker Hill (born David Walker on May 5, 1941 – died in the 1980s) was an…

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Life and Music of Bobby Edwards

Introduction to Bobby Edwards Bobby Edwards (born Robert Edward Moncrief [or Burgan in some sources] in 1926 – died 2012)…

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Les Crane and His Hit Spoken Record “Desiderata”

Introduction to Les Crane Les Crane (1933-2008) was an American radio disc jockey, television personality, and a one-time recording artist,…

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The Story and Career of Actress-Singer Cheryl Ladd

Introduction to Cherry Ladd Cheryl Ladd is an American actress and singer who became famous in 1970s for her role…

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The Story and Music of Charles Randolph Grean

Introduction to Charles Randolph Grean Charles Randolph Grean (born in 1913 – died in 2003) was an American composer and…

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The Story and Music of Country Music Star Bobby Bare

    Introduction to Bobby Bare Bobby Bare (born Robert Joseph Bare) was born on April 7, 1935 in Ironton,…

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The Legendary Bluesman Bo Diddley

  Introduction to Bo Diddley Armed with his signature rectangular guitar, Bo Diddley (born Ellas Otha Bates in 1928 –…

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Bobby Gregg and His Friends

Introduction to Bobby Gregg and his Friends Bobby Gregg (born Robert J. Gregg in 1936 – died in 2014) was…

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Yes: Progressive Rock and Classic Rock Legends

Introduction to Yes Yes is one of the most successful and influential progressive rock/classic rock bands to have ever emerged…

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Bent Fabric and His Piano

Introduction to Bent Fabric and His Piano Bent Fabric (born Bent Fabricius-Bjerre in 1924 in Denmark) is a Danish pianist…

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The Life and Music of Betty Harris

  Introduction to Betty Harris Betty Harris is an American soul singer who has been esteemed particularly by fans of…

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The Story and Music of The Intrigues

Introduction to The Intrigues The Intrigues were a Philadelphia trio (formed in 1968) whose own slick brand of soul brought…

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Bob Luman and His Hit “Let’s Think About Living”

Introduction Bob Luman was an American country and rockabilly singer and guitarist who was primarily known for his “Let’s Think…

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Lee Andrews and the Hearts

Introduction to Lee Andrews (and the Hearts) Lee Andrews was born Arthur Lee Andrew Thompson in Goldsboro, NC, the son…

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The Cadillacs: One of the Pioneering Doo-Wop Groups

Introduction to The Cadillacs The Cadillacs were an American doo-wop/R&B/rock and roll group formed in Harlem, New York in 1953.…

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The Story and Music of The Earls

  Introduction to The Earls The Earls are an American white doo-wop vocal group formed in The Bronx, New York…

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One-Hit Wonders Ashton, Gardner and Dyke

Introduction to Ashton, Gardner and Dyke Ashton, Gardner And Dyke were formed in 1969, consisting of Tony Ashton (vocals and…

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The Life and Music of the Dixie Cups

  Introduction to The Dixie Cups The Dixie Cups were one of the more well-known all-girl groups to ever emerge…

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Barbara George and Her Hit “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)”

Introduction Barbara George (born Barbara Ann Smith in 1942 – died in 2006) was an American R&B singer-songwriter fondly remembered…

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The Life and Music of Sonny Knight

Introduction to Sonny Knight Sonny Knight (born Joseph Coleman Smith 1934-1998) was an African-American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, musician and…

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Ashford and Simpson, the Husband and Wife Music Duo

Introduction to Ashford and Simpson Ashford & Simpson are a husband, Nickolas “Nick” Ashford (5/4/1942 – 8/22/2011) & wife, Valerie…

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Introduction to Barry and the Tamerlanes

Introduction to Barry and the Tamerlanes Barry and The Tamerlanes were a 60s music era pop-rock band created by 1950’s…

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The Short Music Career of Bell and James

Introduction to Bell & James Bell and James were an American duo hailing form Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.  LeRoy Bell and Casey…

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The Short Music Career of The Echoes

Introduction to The Echoes The Echoes were a one-hit wonder American white doo-wop who had a sole hit in the…

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The Capris with “There’s a Moon Out Tonight”

  Introduction to The Capris The Capris were an Italian-Amerian doo-wop vocal group, formed in 1957 in Ozone Park, Queens…

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Love Unlimited Orchestra and Their Hit “Love’s Theme”

Introduction to Love Unliimted Orchestra Singer Barry White and the all-girl trio Love Unlimited’s own backing band, The Love Unlimited…

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The Story and Music of The First Class

Introduction to The First Class The First Class was a studio project for singer-songwriter John Carter, formed in the UK.…

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The (Curious) Story and Music of The Fendermen

Introduction to The Fendermen The Fendermen were a short-lived rockabilly duo, a one-hit wonder by virtue of the single “Mule…

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The Story and Music of The Falcons

Introduction to The Falcons The Falcons were an R&B vocal group, famed for their single “You’re So Fine”, released on…

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The Story and Music of The Exciters

  Introduction to The Exciters The Exciters were a 60s music era R&B/soul group consisting of three female members –…

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The Edwin Hawkins Singers with The Surprise Hit “Oh Happy Day”

  Introduction to The Edwin Hawkins Singers The Edwin Hawkins Singers were a group of gospel crooners led by, of…

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The Story and Music of The El Dorados

Introduction to The El Dorados The El Dorados are an R&B and doo-wop vocal group from Chicago, Illinois, active during…

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Thurston Harris and His Big Hit “Little Bitty Pretty One”

Introduction to Thurston Harris Thurston Harris (1931-1990) was an R&B and pop/rock singer whose claim to one-hit wonder fame was…

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The Life and Music of Toni Arden

Introduction to Toni Arden Toni Arden (born Antoinette Ardizzone) is a popular American singer who had many hit records during…

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The Life and Music of Singer-Songwriter Tom T. Hall

  Introduction to Tom T. Hall Thomas “Tom T.” Hall (born in 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is a Grammy…

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Valerie Carr and Her Only Hit “When the Boys Talk about the Girls”

Introduction to Valerie Carr Valerie Carr (born 1936), is a New York-born African-American singer whose exquisite vocal talent led her…

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The Story and the Music of The Larks

Introduction to The Larks The Larks were a North Carolina-originated R&B/soul/gospel group from the 50s music era, not to be…

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The Leaves and Their Enduring Classic Rock Hit “Hey Joe”

  Introduction to The Leaves Garage rock group The Leaves are remembered for their most successful version of “Hey Joe,”…

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The Very Short Music Career of The Little Dippers

Introduction to The Little Dippers The Little Dippers were short-lived pop and easy listening outfit during the early 60s music…

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One-Hit Wonders the Jive Five

Introduction to The Jive Five The Jive Five is an American doo-wop/R&B/soul combo that has gone through lineup changes.  They…

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The Story and the Music of The Esquires

Introduction to The Esquires The Esquires were an R&B/doo-wop vocal group hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; originally they had been a…

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The Jive Bombers

Introduction to The Jive Bombers The Jive Bombers are a one-hit wonder group formed in New York City from the…

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The Rolling Stones’ US Billboard Hot Hits

No doubt about it — the Rolling Stones are one of the most commercially successful and longest-living rock groups in…

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The Story and Music of The Equals

  Introduction to The Equals Deriving their name from the fact that the group was racially integrated, The Equals’ sound…

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The Short Career and Music of The Dixie Belles

Introduction to The Dixie Belles Dixie Belles were short-lived, 60s music era all-girl group originating from Memphis, Tennessee. They appeared…

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The Delegates and Their Novelty Hit “Convention ’72”

Introduction to The Delegates The Delegates were a one hit wonder “group” from the 70s music era formed in Pittsburgh,…

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One-Hit Wonders the De John Sisters

Introduction to The De John Sisters The De John Sisters were a 1950s vocal duo, consisting of Julie and Dux…

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The Dartells and Their Only Hit “Hot Pastrami”

Introduction to The Dartells were a short-lived 60s music era American rock and roll group formed in Oxnard, California in…

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One-Hit Wonders The Ivy Three and Their Hit “Yogi”

Introduction to The Ivy Three The Ivy Three was an American pop group from the early 60s music era consisting…

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The Islanders and Their Hit “The Enchanted Sea”

Introduction to The Islanders The Islanders were a American one-hit wonder act from the 50s music era consisting of accordionist…

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The Independents and Their Hit “Leaving Me”

Introduction to The Independents The Independents were a R&B vocal group in the 70s music era, originating from Chicago, Illinois.…

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The Illusion and Their Biggest Hit “Did You See Her Eyes”

Introduction to The Illusion The Illusion were a Long Island, New York band known for their only major hit single…

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The Hondells and Their Hit Single “Little Honda”

Introduction to The Hondells The Hondells were a 60s music-era American surf rock/pop group known for their 1964 Top 10…

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The Story and Music of the R&B and Soul Group, The Honey Cone

Introduction to The Honey Cone The Honey Cone was a late 60s to early 70s music era all-girl R&B group…

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The Hombres and Their Lone Hit Single “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)”

Introduction to The Hombres Fondly remembered for their 1967 Top 20 single “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out),”…

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

Introduction to The Glencoves The Glencoves were a 60s music era folk/pop combo who came down to history as a…

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The Career and Music of The Hollywood Flames

Introduction to The Hollywood Flames were an American doo-wop/R&B vocal group formed in Los Angeles, California in 1949. The original…

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The Hillside Singers with “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”

Introduction to The Hillside Singers 70s music era folk group and one hit wonders The Hillside Singers were originally assembled…

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The Four Lads and Their Numerous Hits in the 1950s

Introduction to The Four Lads One of the notable Canadian groups who made waves during the 50s music scene in…

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The Four Voices — A “One-Hit Wonder” of the 1950s

Introduction to The Four Voices were an R&B vocal group consisting  of Allan Chase, Sal Mayo, Bill McBride and Frank…

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The Glass Bottle – “I Ain’t Got Time Anymore”

Introduction to The Glass Bottle The Glass Bottle was a now-defunct contemporary rock and pop group who rose fleetingly in…

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The Cyrkle

Introduction to the Cyrkle The Cyrkle were an American pop rock band formed in Easton, Pennsylvania in the early 60s…

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The Four Preps

Introduction to The Four Preps The Four Preps are an American pop vocal group hailing from Los Angeles, California, where…

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The Music of The Cuff Links

Introduction to The Cuff Links The Cuff Links are American rock/bubblegum pop studio group headed by Ron Dante, who also…

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The Short Music Career of The Chicago Loop

Introduction to The Chicago Loop was a short-lived pop/rock band formed in Chicago, Illinois. The core members of the group…

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The Life and Music of The Four Knights

  Introduction to The Four Knights The Four Knights had a prolific two-decade career as one of the in-demand doo-wop…

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The Five Blobs

Introduction to The Five Blobs The Five Blobs was the name of a group of session musicians assembled by musician…

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The Flaming Ember

Introduction to The Flaming Ember The Flaming Ember was one of the few white soul bands to figure on the…

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One-hit Wonders The Chartbusters

Introduction to The Chartbusters The Chartbusters were a 60s music era rock and roll band hailing from Washington D.C. They…

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The Casinos and Their (Surprise) Doo-Wop Hit “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”

Introduction to the Casinos Even when the doo-wop era had long already faded during the 60s music scene, the nine-strong…

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One-Hit Wonders The Carefrees

Introduction to The Carefrees The Carefrees were a short-lived British all-girl group consisting of session vocalists Lynne Cornell (who was…

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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…

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The Bachelors and Their Music

  Introduction to The Bachelors The Bachelors were a three man trio from Dublin, Ireland who had several hit songs…

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The Life and Music of The Assembled Multitude

Introduction to The Assembled Multitude The Assembled Multitude was a 70s music era act and the brainchild of the late…

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One-Hit Wonders the Aquatones

Introduction to The Aquatones The Aquatones were a 50’s music era doo-wop group out of Valley Stream, New York.  They…

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The Life and Music of The Arbors

Introduction to The Arbors The Arbors were a mid-60’s music era singing quartet made up of two sets of brothers,…

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The Story and Music of Dave Appell and The Applejacks

Introduction to The Applejacks The Applejacks were a recording group created by musician, songwriter, producer and arranger, Dave Appell, born…

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The Music of The Angels

Introduction to The Angels The Angels were a New Jersey based 1960’s girl Group. They originally formed in 1961, by…

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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…

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Sunny Gale – The Forgotten Legend

  Introduction to Sunny Gale Sunny Gale (born Selma Sega on February 20, 1927 in Clayton, New Jersey) is a…

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The Love and Music of Steve and Eydie

  Introduction to Steve and Eydie Steve and Eydie were an American husband-and-wife singing duo, Steve Lawrence (birth name Sidney…

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The Life and Music of Sonny Charles

Introduction to Sonny Charles Born Charles Hemphill in 1940 in Indiana, Sonny Charles is an American soul singer. He was…

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Sammy Kaye and His “Sweet” Big Band Music

Introduction to Sammy Kaye Sammy Kaye was a bandleader and songwriter who, during the Big Band era, was the chief…

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The “Mr. Dynamo” Ronnie Hawkins

Introduction to Ronnie Hawkins Having earned the name “Mr. Dynamo” for his electrifying and raw stage presence, 50s music and…

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The Life and Music of Roy Clark

  Introduction to Roy Clark Roy Clark was an American country singer and musician. A very talented individual, he was…

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Russell Arms and His Hit “Cinco Robles”

Introduction to Russell Arms Russell Arms (Russell Lee Arms, February 3, 1920 – February 23, 2012) was born in Berkeley,…

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The Life and Musical Works of Richard Hayman

  Introduction to Richard Hayman Richard Hayman (born on March 27, 1920) was an American conductor and arranger, having worked…

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Robert Knight with “Everlasting Love”

Introduction to Robert Knight Robert Knight is an American soul singer primarily known for his late 60s music era hit…

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Robin Luke with His Only Hit “Susie Darlin'”

Introduction to Robin Luke Los Angeles, California-born rockabilly singer Robin Luke may be considered a one-hit wonder through late 50s…

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Classic Rock Profiles: Richie Furay

Introduction to Richie Furay Richie Furay is an American singer and songwriter who was part of the legendary 60s rock…

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Rocco Granata and His Surprise International Hit “Marina”

  Introduction to Rocco Granata Rocco Granata (born in Figline Vegliaturo, Italy in 1938) is an Italian-born Belgian accordionist, singer-songwriter,…

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Rod Lauren – “If I Had a Girl”

Introduction to Rod Lauren Rod Lauren (birth name Roger Lawrence Strunk) was an American actor and singer.  As a singer,…

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The Life and Music of Ronnie Dyson

Introduction to Ronnie Dyson Ronnie Dyson was an American singer and actor, best known for his 1970 Top 10 single…

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Ray Bryant and His Prolific Music Career

Introduction to Ray Bryant Ray Bryant (born December 24, 1931 – died June 2, 2011) was American jazz pianist and…

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Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists

Introduction to Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists Paul Humphrey (born Paul Nelson Humphrey on October 12, 1935 in…

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Ray Barretto – Puerto Rico’s Musical Pride

  Introduction to Ray Baretto Ray Barretto (born April 29, 1929, died February 17, 2006) was born in Brooklyn, New…

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Renato Carosone — The Father of Canzone Napoletana

Introduction to Renato Carosone Renato Carosone was an Italian singer and pianist who is now considered one of the finest…

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Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots and Their Disco Novelty Hit “Disco Duck”

Introduction to Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots Rigdon Osmond “Rick” Dees III is an American radio and comic…

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Norman Greenbaum and His Classic Rock Hit “Spirit in the Sky”

Introduction to Norman Greenbaum Norman Greenbaum is an American rock singer-songwriter best known for his 1970 hit “Spirit in the…

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The History of the Beatles, the First Classic Rock Band

If you think back to the music of the 60s, you probably remember The Beatles. There are few musical groups…

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Max Frost and the Troopers — Were They a Real Band or Not?

Introduction to Max Frost and the Troopers Many groups during the 60s music era were fictional and manufactured by the…

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Mark Dinning and His Only Hit “Teen Angel”

Introduction to Mark Dinning Mark Dinning was an American 50s music to 60s music era pop singer who will always…

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The Life and Music of Marty Balin

  Introduction to Marty Balin Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1942) is an American singer-songwriter…

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Manu Dibango and His Worldwide Hit “Soul Makossa”

  Introduction to Manu Dibango Manu Dibango is a jazz saxophonist and vibraphonist hailing from Africa’s French Cameroon.  An only…

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Love and Kisses and Their Momentary Disco Success

Introduction to Love & Kisses Love and Kisses is the name of the disco group founded by French singer Alec…

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The Short-Lived Career of 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…

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Los Bravos with Their Worldwide Hit “Black Is Black”

  Introduction to Los Bravos Los Bravos was a 60s music pop group hailing from Madrid, Spain.  They made waves…

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The Story and Music of Little Willie John

  Introduction to Little Willie John William Edward John (famous as “Little Willie” because he was small and childlike, even…

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Little Joe and the Thrillers

Introduction to Little Joe and the Thrillers Little Joe and the Thrillers (sometimes called Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers)…

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One-hit Wonders Little Joey and the Flips

Introduction to Little Joey and the Flips Little Joey and the Flips were an interracial vocal group hailing from Philadelphia,…

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The Story and Music of Little Milton

Introduction to Little Milton Little Milton (born James Milton Campbell Jr.) was an R&B/soul/blues singer, guitarist and also a sometime…

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Lillian Briggs, the Rockabilly Bombshell

Introduction to Lillian Briggs Lillian Briggs (1932-1998) was an American 50s music singer-turned businesswoman, one of the rare instances that…

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Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers

Introduction to Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers was a band led by, of…

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The Story and Music of Leon Haywood

Introduction to Leon Haywood Leon Haywood (born in 1942 in Houston, Texas) is an American funk/soul singer-songwriter and keyboardist, as…

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Biography of Len Barry

Introduction to Len Barry Len Barry (born Leonard Borisoff in Philadelphia, PA on June 12, 1942) is a retired blue-eyed…

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The Short Music Career of LeBlanc and Carr

Introduction to Leblanc and Carr Good friends Lenny LeBlanc and Pete Carr were billed as LeBlanc and Carr, best known…

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Lee Dorsey – From Boxer to Singer

Introduction to Lee Dorsey Lee Dorsey was an American R&B and pop crooner who achieved successful recording career in the…

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LaVern Baker and Her hit “Tweedlee Dee”

  Introduction to Lavern Baker LaVern Baker, born Delores Lavern Baker (November 11, 1929 – March 10, 1997) was an…

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The Story and Music of Larry Groce

Introduction to Larry Groce Larry Groce (born in 1948, in Dallas, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter and now is a…

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Lady Flash – From Back-Up Vocalists to Recording Stars

Introduction to Lady Flash The vocal trio, called Lady Flash, were created as a backing  group for Barry Manilow in…

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Larry Finnegan, a One-Hit Wonder

Introduction to Larry Finnegan Larry Finnegan (born John Lawrence Finneran) was an American pop singer who will always be remembered…

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The Story and Music of Lamont Dozier

Introduction to Lamont Dozier Lamont Dozier (born in 1941 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American songwriter, record producer and a…

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One Hit Wonders of the 60s

The 1960s is probably the most phenomenal decade when it comes to music — there’s the British Invasion, folk and…

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Johnny and the Hurricanes

Introduction to Johnny and the Hurricanes Johnny and the Hurricanes were an instrumental rock and roll band hailing from Ohio.…

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Jose Jimenez – The Undisputed King of Ranchera-Mariachi Music

  Introduction to Jose Jimenez Jose Alfredo Jimenez was a Mexican singer-songwriter who became one of the legendary singers in…

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The Story and Music of Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Introduction to Kenny Ball Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen were most popular trad jazz band in the early 60s music…

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Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones

Introduction to Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones The Sparkletones were an American rock and roll and rockabilly combo, sometimes dubbed…

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Introduction to Keith Barbour

Introduction to Keith Barbour Keith Barbour (born January 21, 1941 in New York City) recorded a beautiful song in the…

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Introduction to Kenny Dino

Who is  Kenny Dino? Kenny Dino was an American singer who achieved short-term fame during the 60s music era. Born…

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The Story and Music of Ketty Lester

Introduction to Ketty Lester Ketty Lester is an American traditional pop/R&B singer and actress of the early 60s music era. …

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Kris Jensen and His Only Big Hit “Torture”

Introduction to Kris Jensen Kris Jensen will go down in history as one of the one-hit wonder acts in modern…

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One-hit Wonder Singer Joy Layne

Introduction to Joy Layne 50s music-era singer Sandy Duncan look-(and sound-) alike pop singer Joy Layne achieved her first and…

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Jimmy Bowen

  Introduction to Jimmy Bowen Jimmy Bowen (born in New Mexico in 1937) is a former singer and later songwriter…

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The Music of Jesse Belvin

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The Musical Journey of Johnny Bond

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The Story and Music of Jo Ann Campbell

Introduction to Jo Ann Campbell Jo Ann Campbell is an American retired pop/R&B/country singer-songwriter, particularly active in the 50s music…

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The Short Music Career of Jon & Robin and the In-Crowd

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The Story and Music of Joni James

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The Soul Music of Jerry Butler

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Jorgen Ingmann, the Guitarist from Denmark with a Global Hit

Introduction to Jørgen Ingmann Jørgen Ingmann (born 1925) is a Danish musician but best known as a guitarist who achieved…

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Jewel Akens and His Hit “The Birds and the Bees”

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The Story and Music of Jessie Hill

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Jim Lowe and His Hit “Green Door”

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The Story and Music of Jimmy “Bo” Horne

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The Story and Music of Joe Dowell

Introduction to Joe Dowell Joe Dowell (born in 1940 in Bloomington, Indiana) is a former pop singer from the 60s…

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James Gilreath and His Only Hit “Little Band of Gold”

Introduction to James Gilreath James Gilreath (or James William Gilreath or Jimmy Gilreath) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, born…

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Jay and the Techniques

Introduction to Jay and The Techniques One of the earliest known racially integrated bands, Jay & the Techniques’ material is…

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The Story and Music of Geoffrey Turton aka Jefferson

Introduction to Jefferson Geoffrey Turton is a Birmingham-born British singer who recorded under the stage name Jefferson during the 60s…

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The Story and Music of J.J. Jackson

Introduction to J.J. Jackson Jerome Louis Jackson, more popularly known as J.J. Jackson, is an R&B and soul singer, whose…

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The Story and Music of Jerry Keller

Introduction to Jerry Keller Arkansas-born Jerry Keller is a pop singer-songwriter, whose fleeting popularity occurred in the 50s music scene.…

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Jackie Lee and His Hit “The Duck”

Introduction to Jackie Lee Singer-songwriter Earl Lee Nelson was a part of the R&B/doo-wop duo vocal duo in the 60s…

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Husband-and-Wife Musicians Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan

Introduction to Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan are a husband-and-wife country music duo known for…

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The History of Hugo and Luigi

Introduction to Hugo and Luigi Hugo and Luigi was a team of producers, consisting of cousins Hugo Peretti (b. 1916…

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The Short-Lived Career of Ironhorse

Introduction to Iron Horse Ironhorse was a Canadian rock band formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1979, by Randy Bachman…

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The Story and Music of Homer and Jethro

  Introduction to Homer and Jethro Homer and Jethro were an American country and parody duo consisted of Henry D.…

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The Tunesmith Horst Jankowski

Introduction to Horst Jankowski Horst Jankowski was a German pianist and instrumental composer, whose particular musical scope specialized in easy…

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Classic Rock’s One-Hit Wonders: Hotlegs

Introduction to Hotlegs Hotlegs were an English pop/rock band who appeared fleetingly with a hit called “Neanderthal Man” in 1970.…

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The Music of the Hudson Brothers

Introduction to Hudson Brothers The Hudson Brothers were 70s music era pop group from Portland, Oregon. They consisted of Bill…

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The Music of H. B. Barnum

Introduction to H.B. Barnum H.B. Barnum (born Hidle Brown Barnum, on 15 July 1936) achieved his only hit “Lost Love”…

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The Music of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

Introduction to Hank Ballad and the Midnighters Hank Ballard and The Midnighters began in the early 1950’s as a doo…

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The Story and Music of Freddy King

Introduction to Freddie King Freddy (or Freddie) King  was an American blues guitarist and singer, often referred to as one…

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Henry Gross and His Hit “Shannon”

Introduction to Henry Gross Henry Gross (born in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer and songwriter who…

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The Music of Five Man Electrical Band

Introduction to Five Man Electrical Band Five Man Electrical Band is a Canadian rock band who is best known for…

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The Story and Music of Freddy Fender

Introduction to Freddy Fender Freddy Fender (born Baldemar Garza Huerta in 1937 – died in 2006) was a Mexican-American singer…

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The Venerable Singer Gloria Lynne

Introduction to Gloria Lynne Gloria Wilson, known by the stage name of Gloria Lynne, was an American jazz singer from…

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The Story and Music of Gogi Grant

Introduction to Gogi Grant Gogi Grant (born Myrtle Aubrey Arinsberg in 1924) is an American singer and recording artist who…

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Introduction to Gonzalez

Career summary Gonzalez was a British band, specializing on R&B and funk. Personnel change occurred too frequently and amounted to…

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The Music of George Baker Selection

  Introduction to George Baker Selection The 70s music group George Baker Selection was led by Dutch singer, guitarist, pianist…

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Fontella Bass – “Rescue Me”

Introduction to Fontella Bass Fontella Bass (born on July 3, 1940 in St. Louis, MO) was an American soul and…

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The Story and Music of Georgia Gibbs

Introduction to Georgia Gibbs Georgia Gibbs (born Frieda Lipschitz in 1919) was an 50s music era singer who had earned…

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Introduction to Gerry Granahan aka “Dicky Do’s and Dont’s”

Short career summary on Gerry Granahan Gerry Granahan (born in 1932 in Pennsylvania) is a 50s music-era singer-songwriter and record…

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Gene Allison and His Hit “You Can Make It If You Try”

Introduction to Gene Allison 50s music-era singer Gene Allison (Versie Eugene Allison) was born in Pegram, Tennessee and grew up…

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The Music of Frankie Ford

Introduction to Frankie Ford New Orleans rock and roller Frankie Ford rose to distinction during the 50s music scene with…

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History of Freddie and the Dreamers

Introduction to Freddie and the Dreamers Freddie and the Dreamers were a British beat/pop group in the 1960s, fronted by…

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Introduction to Garland Green

Short career summary on Garland Green Garland Green (born Garfield Green Jr. in 1942) is an American R&B and soul…

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The Life and Music of Fred Hughes

Introduction to Fred Hughes Fred Hughes (not to be confused with another singer Freddie Hughes, who hailed from Oakland, California…

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Introduction to Frank Ifield

Short career summary on Frank Ifield Frank Ifield (born in 1937) is an British-Australian country singer who had a string…

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The Story of Frank Gari

Introduction to Frank Gari Frank Gari (born Frank Daniel Garofalo in 1944) is an American singer-songwriter who achieved considerable fame…

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Introduction to Ferrante and Teicher

Short career summary Ferrante & Teicher were piano duettists consisting of Arthur Ferrante (1921-2009) and Louis Teihcer (1924-2008). Their light…

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Biography of The Fireflies

Introduction to The Fireflies The Fireflies were a 50s music-era American doo-wop/R&B vocal group whose career lasted ten years (about…

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The Music of Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids

Introduction to Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids were a parody rock n’ roll…

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The Music of Etta Jones

Introduction to Etta Jones Etta Jones (not to be confused with the legendary singer Etta James) was an  American 60s…

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Ernie K-Doe and his hit “Mother-in-Law”

Introduction to Ernie K-Doe Ernest Kador Jr., aka Ernie K-Doe, was an American R&B singer known for his hit song,…

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Introduction to Ernie Freeman

Career Summary Ernie Freeman (born Ernest Aaron Freeman in 1922 – died in 1981) was a 1950s music-era African-American pianist,…

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The Music of Ernie Fields

Introduction to Ernie Fields Ernie Fields (born Ernest Lawrence Fields in 1904 – died in 1997) was an African-American bandleader.…

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Biography of Eddy Arnold

Introduction to Eddy Arnold Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918 – May 8, 2008) was one of the most successful country…

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Wanda Jackson – The Queen of Rockabilly

Introduction Wanda Jackson is popularly proclaimed as “The Queen Of Rockabilly” or “The First Lady Of Rockabilly,” one of the…

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Sam Cooke, the King of Soul

Introduction to Sam Cooke Sam Cooke (1931-1964) was an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and businessman. During the 60s music era, Cooke…

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Introduction to Earl Grant

Introduction Earl Grant (born in 1931 in Idabel, Oklahoma – died in Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1970) was an American…

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The Story of Earl-Jean

Introduction Earl-Jean (born Earl-Jean McCrea) is an American R&B and pop singer, whose sister is Darlene McCrea, one of the…

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Introduction to the Bar-Kays

Introduction To The Bar-Kays The Bar-Kays are a 1967 formed soul, R&B and funk group that went through a major…

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Introduction to Betty Johnson

Introduction Traditional pop/cabaret songstress and performer Betty Johnson was particularly active in the 50s music period.  Show business ran in…

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Introduction to Big Dee Irwin

 A short summary on Big Dee Irwin’s career Big Dee Irwin (born DiFosco T. Ervin Jr. in 1932 in Harlem,…

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Classic Rock Profiles: Introduction to Ambrosia

Introduction Ambrosia is an American rock band from Southern California formed in 1970 and originally consisting of Joe Puerta, David…

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One-Hit Wonders Alive N Kickin’

Introduction Alive N Kickin’ (aka Alive and Kicking & Alive’N Kickin’) were a one hit wonder band out of Brooklyn,…

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The King of ‘Rhythm’ and ‘Blues’: Johnny Ace

Johnny Ace’s short but significant career The history of music is filled with tragic endings and sudden accidents that marked…

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Johnny Ace: A Life of Unfulfilled Dreams

Early life Even though he passed away at the young age of 25, the life Of Johnny Ace had been…

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The Five Americans – “Western Union”

A short introduction to the Five Americans The Five Americans are now fondly remembered for their snappy song “Western Union,”…

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One-hit Wonders The Flying Machine

Short introduction to the Flying Machine The Flying Machine were an English pop band active between the late 1960s to…

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The Fiestas – “So Fine”

A short introduction to the Fiestas The Fiestas hailed from Newark, New Jersey and formed in 1958. New York-based Old…

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The Chakachas – “Jungle Fever”

Who are the Chakachas? The Chakachas were a group of studio musicians based in Belgium, first appearing the in the…

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Will Glahe – Polka King

Introduction to the “Polka King” An accomplished accordionist and composer, German native Will Glahe led his own orchestra by the…

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Barbara Acklin

The R&B legend was born… Barbara Acklin a renowned singer and songwriter in the early years of her career were…

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Classic Rock Legends: Little Richard

  Richard Wayne Penniman AkA “Little Richard”. Richard Wayne Penniman, known by the stage name of “Little Richard”, proclaims himself…

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Introduction to Yvonne Elliman

Introduction Yvonne Elliman (born Yvonne Marianne Elliman in 1951) is an American singer who rose to fame through her song…

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The Music of L.T.D.

Introduction to L.T.D. L.T.D. is a North Carolina-originated R&B/funk group who are known for their hits such as “Love Ballad,”…

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Introduction to Kitty Kallen

Get to know Kitty Kallen at a glance Kitty Kallen is an American popular singer whose career is active in…

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Biography of France Joli

Short career summary Montreal, Quebec native France Joli is a singer best remembered for the disco favorite “Come to Me.”…

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Evelyn “Champagne” King – “Shame”

Introduction to Evelyn “Champagne” King Evelyn “Champagne” King is an American disco/dance and R&B singer. Discovered while working as an…

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Classic Rock Profiles: Introduction to the J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band’s career in a summary The J. Geils Band is an American rock group best known for their…

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Introduction to Snooky Lanson

Introduction Snooky Lanson was a Tennessee-born singer popular as one of the co-stars of the musical variety show Your Hit…

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Introduction to Firefall

Firefall was once big in the 1970s charts with “You Are The Woman”…. Firefall is the name of an American…

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Laurie London — The 13-Year Old Boy with a Big Hit in His Hands

Introduction Englishman Laurie London has been best known as a child crooner of the upbeat version of the spiritual tune…

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Peggy Lee – “Fever”

Introduction to Peggy Lee Peggy Lee is one of the most renowned figures in American entertainment history – she was…

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Who are the Three Degrees?

Formation and early days The all-girl vocal group trio The Three Degrees was the brainchild of producer and songwriter Richard…

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Introduction to Steely Dan

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker – the core of Steely Dan Donald Fagen and Walter Becker first met while attending…

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History of Eric Clapton

Introduction to “Slowhand” Eric Clapton has been considered one of the greatest axemen of all time. He had been with…

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Don and Juan – “What’s Your Name”

Short career summary on Don and Juan Don and Juan were an R&B/doo-wop vocal group consisting of Roland Trone and…

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Introduction to Dean and Jean

Short career summary on Dean and Jean Dean & Jean were a short-lived R&B/pop/soul duo from Ohio. They recorded material…

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The Gentrys – “Keep on Dancing”

Introduction The Gentrys were a 1960s to 1970s American rock and roll/psychedelic rock band, best known for their 1965 hit…

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Little Sister – “You’re The One”

Introduction to Little Sister Little Sister is the name of the short-lived R&B vocal harmony trio. It was formed by…

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One-hit wonders High Inergy and their hit “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)”

Introduction to High Inergy High Inergy were a 1970s all-girl R&B/soul/disco quartet. They consisted of sisters Vernessa and Barbara Mitchell,…

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Johnny Desmond, 1950s Crooner

Career summary on Johnny Desmond Johnny Desmond was an American traditional pop singer, born Detroit, Michigan. His notable hits were…

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Ben E. King – his story and music

Introduction Ben E. King was one of the singers of the R&B/doo-wop vocal combo The Drifters before launching his solo…

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One-hit wonder The Jamies of “Summertime, Summertime” fame

A short introduction to The Jamies 1950s group The Jamies are known for their only major hit, “Summertime, Summertime.” The…

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Biography of Trini Lopez

A short introduction Trini Lopez is a guitarist and singer who’s best known for his upbeat version of the folk…

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Introduction to Black Sabbath

Formation of Black Sabbath One of the most famous heavy metal bands was formed in Birmingham, England in the late…

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History of Julie London

Introduction Known for her sultry voice and sensual persona, Julie London was an actress and a singer. She was active…

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Roy Brown – The Pioneer of Rock and Roll

Introduction to Roy Brown Singer-songwriter Roy Brown is widely considered as the pioneer of rock and roll. Brown was born…

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Introduction to Vicki Lawrence

Who is Vicki Lawrence? Born Vicki Anne Axelrad, Vicki Lawrence is an Emmy-winning actress, comedienne, and singer, mostly known by…

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Introduction to Cheryl Lynn

Who is Cheryl Lynn? Cheryl Lynn is an American singer who is popularly known for her 1978 disco hit “Got…

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History of the Isley Brothers

Introduction The Isley Brothers was formed in 1954, originally as a vocal trio consisting of brothers O’Kelly Jr., Rudolph and…

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History of the Impressions

Introduction to the group The Impressions are an R&B/doo-wop/soul band formed in Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1958, the band’s original…

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Biography of Meat Loaf

Early life and showbiz career Meat Loaf is Marvin Lee Aday in real life. He was born on September 27,…

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Frijid Pink – “The House of the Rising Sun”

Who is Frijid Pink? Frijid Pink is an American psychedelic/blues rock, formed in 1967. Their first two singles on Parrot…

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Theola Kilgore – “The Love of My Man”

Introduction to Theola Kilgore Theola Kilgore was an American soul and gospel singer. She had been singing gospel since she…

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Wilbert Harrison of “Kansas City” Fame

Introduction to Wilbert Harrison Wilbert Harrison (1929-1994) was an American R&B/rock and roll/pop singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, hailing from North…

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Biography of Kim Carnes, the Classic Rock Diva

Introduction Kim Carnes is an American country and rock singer known for her raspy, throaty singing style, as well as…

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Introduction to Foxy

Career summary Foxy was a dance/disco/Latin music group consisting of singer/guitarist/front man Ish Ledesma, Richie Puente (percussions; he was the…

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Introduction to Joe Simon

Early life and career Joe Simon, who was born in Louisiana in 1943, began singing at a local church where…

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David Geddes – “Run, Joey, Run”

Introduction to David Geddes David Geddes is a singer and sometime drummer/vocalist of the band The Fredric (who were alternately…

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Linda Jones – “Hypnotized”

Introduction to Linda Jones The late Linda Jones was an American soul songstress. She began her recording career in 1963,…

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Rick James, the Father of Punk Funk

Introduction to Rick James Rick James was an American singer-songwriter, produder and musician who popularized funk music particularly in the…

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Norman Connors – “You Are My Starship”

Short introduction to Norman Connors Norman Connors is a noted American jazz drummer. Among the several R&B hits that have…

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History of Blondie

The band’s career at a glance Blondie is an American punk/new wave band, formed in New York City in 1974.…

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Biography of Ivory Joe Hunter

Introduction Ivory Joe Hunter was an American singer-songwriter and pianist, covering in a number of genres that included R&B, blues,…

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First Choice – “Armed and Extremely Dangerous” & “Doctor Love”

Short introduction First Choice were an American all-female vocal trio in 1971. They were a group with a lot of…

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One-hit wonders the Crescendos with their song “Oh, Julie”

Short introduction on the Crescendos The Crescendos were a short-lived American rock and roll group, originating from Nashville, Tennessee. Their…

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The Bell Notes – “I’ve Had It”

Introduction to the Bell Notes The Bell Notes were a 1950s-1960s American rock and roll band. Originating in Long Island,…

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Introduction to The Clique and Their Few Hits

Short introduction to The Clique The Clique is a US sunshine pop band, formed in Beaumont, Texas in the late…

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David and Jonathan – “Michelle”

Short introduction David and Jonathan is the name of the British musical duo consisting of professional partners Roger Cook and…

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King Harvest – “Dancing in the Moonlight”

American rock band King Harvest goes down to history as one of the countless one-hit wonders (despite the second and…

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The Duals – “Stick Shift”

Introduction The Duals were a Californian surf rock duo formed in the 1960s, consisting of Henry Bellinger and Johnny Lageman.…

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King Floyd – “Groove Me”

Introduction to King Floyd King Floyd was an American soul and funk singer and songwriter. After his time in the…

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Introduction to the Champs

Introduction to the Champs The Champs were an rock and roll combo, most fondly remembered for their instrumental track “Tequila”…

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The Detroit Emeralds – “Feel the Need in Me”

Introduction The Detroit Emeralds were an American R&B vocal group, who had undergone several lineup changes. Their first real hit…

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Introduction to Francis Lai

Who is Francis Lai? Famous for his film scores, particularly for the Oscar-nominated Love Story, French composer Francis Lai has…

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Jimmy Castor – “Troglodyte”

Introduction to Jimmy Castor Jimmy Castor (1940-2012) was a former singer and funk/pop saxophonist. Castor’s first solo hit as a…

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Dyke and the Blazers: the Pioneers of Funk Music

Introduction Dyke and the Blazers were an R&B and funk group formed in 1965. One of their first singles “Funky…

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The Music and Hits of Gary U.S. Bonds

Introduction Gary U.S. Bonds is an R&B/pop/rock and roll singer-songwriter and musician. Anderson, who was born in Florida, moved to…

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The Life and Music of William DeVaughn

Introduction to William DeVaughn William DeVaughn is an American R&B singer-songwriter and musician, a government employee who hit it big…

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Keith and His Biggest 1960s Hit “98.6”

Introduction: Keith is an American pop vocalist. He started his recording career with Columbia Records, where he issued “Caravan of…

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Introduction to the Knickerbockers

Who are the Knickerbockers? A pop smash called “Lies” brought the New Jersey pop/rock group the Knickerbockers some fame during…

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The Buoys – “Timothy”

Brief introduction to the Buoys The Buoys were a short-lived American group who had garnered only one major hit, “Timothy.”…

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Latimore – “Let’s Straighten It Out”

Introduction to Latimore Latimore, the professional and family name of Benjamin Latimore, is an American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter…

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Introduction to Vikki Carr

  Who is Vikki Carr? Vikki Carr is a Texan-born American singer, who achieved her only Top 10 hit single…

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Teri DeSario – A One-Hit Wonder

Introduction to Teri DeSario Teri DeSario is an American singer-songwriter whose single “Yes I’m Ready” almost topped the Billboard pop…

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The Contours – “Do You Love Me”

Introduction to the Contours The Contours were an R&B group, one of the first acts the Berry Gordy’s fledgling label…

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Biography of Bonnie Lou

  Who is Bonnie Lou? Bonnie Lou, born Mary Jo Kath, is an American country, rock and roll and rockabilly…

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The Caravelles – “You Don’t Have to be a Baby to Cry”

Introduction The Caravelles have gone down to history as one-hit wonders through their 1963 pop hit “You Don’t Have to…

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Harpers Bizarre – “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”

Introduction Harpers Bizarre was an American band, whose sound belonged to the “sunshine pop” category which was popular in mid-1960s;…

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The Buggles – “Video Killed the Radio Star”

Who are the Buggles? The Buggles are British new wave duo, best known for their hit single “Video Killed The…

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Sammy Johns – “Chevy Van”

Introduction to Sammy Johns Although singer-songwriter Sammy Johns penned hit songs for other artists, he is best known for his…

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Introduction to Sly and the Family Stone

Sly Stone’s early life and formation of his band Sly Stone was born Sylvester Stewart in 1944 in Denton, Texas…

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Slim Harpo – “Baby Scratch My Back”

Introduction to Slim Harpo Slim Harpo was an American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player who got his name from…

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The Kingsmen and Their Classic Rock Record “Louie, Louie”

Who are the Kingsmen? The Kingsmen are a garage rock band in the 1960s mainly famous for their 1963 hit…

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The Impalas of “Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)” Fame

Introduction to the Impalas The Impalas were an American doo-wop vocal group in the late 1950s, one of the few…

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Introduction to the Whispers

Starting on R&B and soul R&B/soul/dance vocal group The Whispers formed in Watts, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California in…

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Classic Rock Legends: History of The Who

Formation of The Who’s nucleus The classic lineup of the legendary English rock band The Who consisted of Roger Daltrey,…

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Introduction to Orleans

Formation and early days Pop/soft rock group Orleans formed in New York City, New York in the early 1970s. The…

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Biography of Jackson Browne

A little bit something about Jackson Browne Jackson Browne is an American folk and country singer-songwriter who has seen prominence…

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Introduction to Boston

First, a little bit something about Boston… Formed by MIT grad Tom Scholz in the 1970s, Boston once held the…

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Biography of Bob Marley

Introduction to the reggae legend The late Bob Marley (1945-1981) is one of Jamaica’s greatest treasures. He was a singer,…

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Introduction to the Ames Brothers — 1950s Hitmakers

    Short career summary on the Ames Brothers The Ames Brothers are one of the most commercially successful artists…

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Brenda Holloway and Her Soul Brilliance

Short career summation on Brenda Holloway Brenda Holloway is an American singer-songwriter, and was a Motown Records artist during the…

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Cyndi Grecco Sings the Theme Song for “Laverne & Shirley”

Short career summary on Cyndi Grecco A one-hit wonder artist, Cyndi Grecco achieved fleeting fame in the 1970s. Her most-remembered…

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Ace Cannon – One of the premiere saxophonists during his day

Short career summary on Ace Cannon Ace Cannon is an American tenor and alto saxophonist born in Mississippi in 1934.…

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Jeanne Black – “He’ll Have to Stay”

Brief career summary on Jeanne Black Jeanne Black (Strange), is an American country and pop music songstress who scored a…

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History of Kiss

The band’s career in a summary Kiss is an American hard rock band, famously identified for the black-and-white makeups on…

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Introduction to Brownsville Station

Get to know the band at a glance Brownsville Station is a Michigan rock and roll band that was popular…

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Dick and Dee Dee – “The Mountain’s High”

Short career summation on Dick and Dee Dee Dick and Dee Dee are an American R&B/pop duo of singer-songwriters who…

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Sibling Act Inez and Charles Foxx

Short career summation on Inez and Charlie Foxx Siblings Inez and Charlie Foxx were a pair of singer-songwriters, active during…

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One-hit wonder Paul Dino and his single “Ginnie Bell”

Short career summary Paul Dino is a former American singer-songwriter and musician, who appeared fleetingly as a teen crooner in…

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Jimmy Charles – “A Million to One”

Career summary on Jimmy Charles Jimmy Charles is a former American R&B singer. Charles was born in Paterson, New Jersey…

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Madeline Bell – “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”

Who is Madeline Bell? Madeline Bell is an American singer who has done prolific session work, notably with friend Dusty…

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Jerry Jaye – “My Girl Josephine”

Introduction to Jerry Jaye Jaye is an American country and rockabilly guitarist/singer. In 1954 until 1958 Jaye had a stint…

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Jill Corey – “Love Me to Pieces”

Introduction Jill Corey is a American traditional pop singer. She had been singing since she was younger and was already…

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Barbara Fairchild – “Teddy Bear Song”

A short introduction on Barbara Fairchild Barbara Fairchild is a country and gospel singer, most popularly known for her only…

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The DeCastro Sisters – “Teach Me Tonight”

Introduction to the DeCastro Sisters The DeCastro Sisters were a 1950s Cuban-American traditional pop vocal trio consisting of sisters Peggy…

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Frederick Knight – a One Hit Wonder with “I’ve Been Lonely for So Long”

Short introduction to Frederick Knight One-hit wonder Frederick Knight had a significant hit with “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long”…

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Little Eva and her huge hit “The Loco-Motion”

Short career summary Little Eva was an American pop singer known for her song “The Loco-Motion.” When she was in…

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Dante and the Evergreens – “Alley Oop”

Introduction to Dante and the Evergreens Dante & the Evergreens were a late 1950s to early 1960s rock and pop…

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Kiki Dee – “I’ve Got the Music in Me”

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The Dream Weavers – “It’s Almost Tomorrow”

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The Cleftones – “Heart and Soul”

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Tom Glazer – “On Top of Spaghetti”

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Introduction to Laura Lee

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The Hilltoppers – “Trying” and “Marianne”

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Introduction to Steve Lawrence

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Introduction to the Fleetwoods

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Peggy King – “Make Yourself Comfortable”

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The Castaways – “Liar, Liar”

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Instant Funk – “I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)”

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The Box Tops – “The Letter”

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8th Day – “She’s Not Just Another Woman”

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Stephen Bishop – “On and On”

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The Crusaders – “Street Life”

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Who is Paul Evans?

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Introduction to Love Unlimited

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Introduction to Miss Toni Fisher

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Who is Lobo?

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Biography of Don Henley

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Classic Rock Profiles: Introduction to Kansas

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Introduction to Joe Tex

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History of John Lennon, One of Classic Rock’s Icons

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James Darren – A Quintessential Performer

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Five Flights Up – “Do What You Wanna Do”

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The Addrisi Brothers

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The Crew-Cuts and Their Cover Hits

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The Music and Harmonies of the 5th Dimension

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Introduction to Mindy Carson

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Classic Rock Legends: The History of Jefferson Airplane

Introduction Jefferson Airplane is considered one of the cornerstones of psychedelic rock who achieved stunning commercial and critical triumph. They…

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Gloria Gaynor – The Queen of Disco

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The Brass Ring – “The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine)”

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Classic Rock Profiles: Mott the Hoople

Formation as the Doc Thomas Group and as Silence Mott the Hoople’s origins hark back to Herefordshire, England during the…

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Classic Rock Profiles: Introduction to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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Danny and the Juniors – “At the Hop”

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The Chimes – “Once in a While”

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The Cookies – “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)”

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The Walker Brothers – American stars in the UK

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History of The Jackson Five

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History of the Spinners

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The Easybeats – the “Australian Beatles”

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Introduction to Heart: Ann and Nancy Wilson

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Teddi King, Pop and Jazz Songstress

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Classic Rock Profiles: History of Ramones

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Brotherhood of Man – UK Star Popsters in the 1970s

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Friend and Lover – “Reach Out of the Darkness”

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Introduction to Wayne Fontana

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Hot Butter – “Popcorn”

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Ferlin Husky – The Versatile Country Singer

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Jean Knight – “Mr. Big Stuff”

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Polly Brown – “Up in a Puff of Smoke”

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Johnnie and Joe – “Over the Mountain, Across the Sea”

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Sanford Clark – “The Fool”

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Tommy Facenda – “High School USA”

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The Jelly Beans – “I Wanna Love Him So Bad”

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5000 Volts – “I’m on Fire”

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Introduction to Paul Davis

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Mike Clifford – A One-Hit Wonder

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Introduction to the Kalin Twins

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The History of the Chambers Brothers

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History of the Chordettes

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History of Blue Oyster Cult

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The Balloon Farm – “A Question of Temperature”

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The Cadets – “Stranded in the Jungle”

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Barry Gordon – “Nuttin’ for Christmas”

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The Friends of Distinction – “Grazing in the Grass”

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Terry Jacks – “Seasons in the Sun”

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The Floaters and Their Classic Hit “Float On”

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The Essex of “Easier Said Than Done” Fame

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Introduction to Lulu

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Introduction to War

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History of the Stylistics

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Introduction to Foghat

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History of The Clash

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Introduction to Electric Light Orchestra

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Biography of Don McLean

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Introduction to Gladys Knight and the Pips

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History of Rush

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History of Rod Stewart

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Introduction to Fats Domino

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Introduction to the Duprees

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