History of Rockabilly

Rockabilly is considered to be one of the earliest forms of rock music. The genre rose to popularity in the mid-1950s and was introduced by white performers in the American South, its very first practitioners. Rockabilly’s style is often described as a brash and lively mix of blues and country. The term … Read more

Artist Profile: Tina Turner

Born Anna Mae Bullock, Tina Turner is the iconic singer, songwriter, and actress who was responsible for the hit songs such as Proud Mary, River Deep – Mountain High, A Fool in Love, and What’s Love Got To Do With It. Throughout her career, Tina Turner sold over 200 million records all across the … Read more

What is the Rock and Roll 27 Club?

There are many famous artists in the music industry who died at a young age. Some of them died because of vehicular and road accidents, while some because of the rock and roll lifestyle and health issues they’ve acquired from it. But there was a theoretical roll of remembrance called The 27 … Read more

Rock and Roll Legends: Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis

Introduction Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer-songwriter and pianist who was dubbed by his nickname “The Killer.” One of the pioneers of the 50s music and classic rock and roll scene, he shot to international fame with his first major hit “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” He scored other classic oldies … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: The Tornados

The Tornados

Introduction The Tornados are an English instrumental/classic rock and roll group formed during the 60s music era. Although they are regarded as a one hit wonder, their only smash hit single “Telstar” earned a distinction as being the first UK single to hit #1 in the United States. Needless, to say, it … Read more

Key Events in Rock and Roll History

Key Events in Rock and Roll History

If you’re seriously into rock and roll, wanting to discover its colorful history most likely comes naturally to you. You even wish there’s a rock and roll subject in your class! Anyway, here are some of the major events that, in our opinion, forever shaped the landscape of rock and roll and … Read more

The Life and Music of Buzz Clifford

Buzz Clifford

Introduction to Buzz Clifford Buzz Clifford is a pop singer-songwriter from Berwyn, Illinois. He started his recording career probably during the early 60s music era. While his first single failed to chart, its follow-up “Baby Sittin’ Boogie” became a big crossover hit in 1961. After his stint in the National Guard, Clifford … Read more

The History of the Crickets

The Crickets

Introduction The Crickets (also known as Buddy Holly and the Crickets) are an American rock ‘n roll band, formed by the late Buddy Holly in his hometown in Lubbock, Texas. At that time, Holly had been making demos with fellow friends/musicians and so decided to form a band. He was already under … Read more

Charlie Gracie, One of Rock and Roll’s Pioneers

Charlie Gracie

Introduction to Charlie Gracie Charlie Gracie (born Charles Anthony Graci in 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American rock and roll and R&B singer and guitarist, considered one of the earliest rock pioneers. Gracie’s earliest record was the popular song by Fats Waller, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a … Read more

The Legendary Bluesman Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley

Introduction to Bo Diddley Armed with his signature rectangular guitar, Bo Diddley (born Ellas Otha Bates in 1928 – died in 2008) was an American R&B, blues and rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist and musician, known for his seminal work in transitioning blues to rock and roll. Proficient in playing the … Read more

The “Mr. Dynamo” Ronnie Hawkins

Ronnie Hawkins

Introduction to Ronnie Hawkins Having earned the name “Mr. Dynamo” for his electrifying and raw stage presence, 50s music and 60s music era singer Ronnie Hawkins is an American rockabilly star who has found success and fame in Canada. He was born in Arkansas, USA, in 1935. While he was still a … Read more

The History of the Beatles, the First Classic Rock Band

The Beatles

If you think back to the music of the 60s, you probably remember The Beatles. There are few musical groups more iconic than this group. They are often referred to as one of the main reasons that rock-n-roll became popular in the US. Get to Each of the Fab Four John Lennon … Read more

The Story and Music of Little Willie John

Little Willie John

  Introduction to Little Willie John William Edward John (famous as “Little Willie” because he was small and childlike, even in adulthood) was an African-American R&B singer, whose career was active in 50s music throughout the 60s music scene.  He was known for hits such as “Need Your Love So Bad” and … Read more

Lillian Briggs, the Rockabilly Bombshell

Lillian Briggs

Introduction to Lillian Briggs Lillian Briggs (1932-1998) was an American 50s music singer-turned businesswoman, one of the rare instances that women of her generation sang rockabilly and rock and roll during the time that the musical genre was still new. Briggs was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She displayed her musical talents as … Read more

One Hit Wonders of the 60s

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 protest songs movement, the psychedelia and the large-scale festivals that promoted peace and love. But before 1964, American music was still reminiscent of the styles and sounds of the previous decade … Read more

One Hit Wonders of the 2000s

One Hit Wonders of the 2000s

  The music scene of the new millennium wasn’t bereft of one-hit wonders, especially on the American charts, which they used to lord over for a time. While some one-hit wonders vanished, others managed to find ways to stay relevant in the business. Here are the one-hit wonders of the 2000s who … Read more

One Hit Wonders of the 1980s

one hit wonders of the 1980s

  The term “one-hit wonder” refers to an artist who enjoys a hit on the national US chart — most specifically the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 40. Other factors such as hits on Billboard’s genre-specific charts, success in other regions or countries, or membership in more prominent acts won’t affect an artist’s … Read more

One Hit Wonders of the 1990s

one hit wonders of the 90s

  For almost all artists, having a hit on the US Billboard charts (most importantly the Hot 100 or pop chart) is a dream come true. The one-hit wonders may not have been able to duplicate their earlier successes, but at least they have had a hit on the Billboard Top 40, and … Read more

Johnny and the Hurricanes

Johnny and the Hurricanes

Introduction to Johnny and the Hurricanes Johnny and the Hurricanes were an instrumental rock and roll band hailing from Ohio.  They were particularly active during the 50s and 60s music scene. When they started out in 1958, they were billed as The Orbits.  They scored a hit with “Red River Rock” and … Read more

Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones

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 as Joe Bennett and the Sparkletones. They formed in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the mid-50s music scene by Bennett, Howard Childress, Irving Denton and Wayne Arthur – they were only under 18 … Read more

Introduction to Kenny Dino

Kenny Dino

Who is  Kenny Dino? Kenny Dino was an American singer who achieved short-term fame during the 60s music era. Born Kenneth Diono, singing had often been a part of his life, even as he was on a duty in Iceland as a US Navy officer.  During those days Diono sang regularly, and … Read more

Kris Jensen and His Only Big Hit “Torture”

Kris Jensen

Introduction to Kris Jensen Kris Jensen will go down in history as one of the one-hit wonder acts in modern music.  Hailing from New Haven, Connecticut, Jensen’s recording career started with Colpix Records during his high school days.  He jumped from one record company to another before he found some success with … Read more

Jimmy Bowen

Jimmy Bowen

  Introduction to Jimmy Bowen Jimmy Bowen (born in New Mexico in 1937) is a former singer and later songwriter and record producer. He first achieved his own hit with “I’m Stickin’ with You” during the mid-50s music period. This was actually a B-side of “Party Doll,” which was a hit for … Read more

The Story and Music of Jo Ann Campbell

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 era. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1938. Campbell was a former dancer, starting from school participation as a drum majorette. Then she toured Europe as a dancer in the early … Read more

Jorgen Ingmann, the Guitarist from Denmark with a Global Hit

Jorgen Ingmann

Introduction to Jørgen Ingmann Jørgen Ingmann (born 1925) is a Danish musician but best known as a guitarist who achieved global fame during the early 60s music era. He originated from Copenhagen, Denmark. Ingmann first started out in jazz, having worked with the “Fiddling Viking” Sven Asmussen sometime from the 1940s-1950s, being … Read more

Jim Lowe and His Hit “Green Door”

Jim Lowe

Introduction to Jim Lowe Jim Lowe is an American singer-songwriter who is best known for the songs “Green Door,” “Talkin’ to the Blues” and “Four Walls.” He also has had a noted career as a disc jockey, sitting for WNEW AM and WNBC AM, both in New York.  He retired in the … Read more

The Music of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

Hank Ballard

Introduction to Hank Ballad and the Midnighters Hank Ballard and The Midnighters began in the early 1950’s as a doo wop group named The Royals.  The group consisted and had several future stars, such as Jackie Wilson, Little Willie John, Freddie Pride and Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs, perform in the … Read more

The Music of Frankie Ford

Frankie Ford

Introduction to Frankie Ford New Orleans rock and roller Frankie Ford rose to distinction during the 50s music scene with his single “Sea Cruise” which reached #14 on the pop chart. He was born in Gretna, Louisiana in 1939, was adopted by a couple who named him Francis Guzzo. Although Ford never … Read more

The Music of Ernie Fields

Ernie Fields

Introduction to Ernie Fields Ernie Fields (born Ernest Lawrence Fields in 1904 – died in 1997) was an African-American bandleader. Born in Oklahoma, Fields began his career as a pianist and eventually played the trombone which became his main instrument after graduating from the Tuskegee Institute, then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. He … Read more

Wanda Jackson – The Queen of Rockabilly

Wanda Jackson

Introduction Wanda Jackson is popularly proclaimed as “The Queen Of Rockabilly” or “The First Lady Of Rockabilly,” one of the few known female stars of the country and rockabilly genre during the height of the 50s music scene. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Jackson began her professional career while still in high … Read more