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October 25, 2016

He also used a non-word which has become the most recognizable thing about the hit song when he refers to the "pompatus" of love. Miller came up with that word when he misread one used in The Letter. The Joker climbed all the way to Number One on Billboard&#...

October 24, 2016

It would pretty much be impossible to overestimate Sam Cooke's importance to soul music. Certainly he ranks right up there with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Otis Redding as soul/R&B legends, and it can be argued that no singer scored more top R&B hits over a relativel...

October 19, 2016

Barbara Mason had recorded a few songs as a Philadelphia teenager back in the mid-sixties, but none became big hits until the summer of '65. That's when Yes I'm Ready was released, and it would eventually climb to number five on Billboard's Hot 100 pop music chart, and...

October 4, 2016

This is not to bash Etta James, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, or any other great soul singer, but Aretha Franklin on her co-written Good To Me As I Am To You, with help from a young Eric Clapton and stellar saxophonist King Curtis, took soul music to a place it hadn't be...

September 29, 2016

There are certain songs that you love the first time you hear them, and just never stop loving them. One such song for me is If You Leave Me Now, by Chicago. The group first established themselves in the late sixties as a jazz-rock fusion band, with the emphasis on roc...

September 19, 2016

The Fats Domino version in 1956 would go on to become one of the biggest early hits on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 pop music chart, which had premiered earlier in the year.

September 5, 2016

The first time most folks heard Come And Get It, back in very early 1970, they were absolutely convinced it was a new Beatles single. It wasn't...it was, in fact, the first single from the newly re-christened Badfinger, who'd previously been known as the Iveys. If it s...

September 2, 2016

Cherry Cherry would climb as high as number six on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart in the fall of '66, and would eventually be certified gold for sales of more than a million records.

August 31, 2016

Sadie Vimmerstedt was a Youngstown, Ohio housewife, and probably one of the last people you'd expect to have a place in music history. However, reacting to Frank Sinatra divorcing his wife to marry actress Ava Gardner, only to be dumped himself when Gardner divorced Si...

August 30, 2016

The sixties was a popular time for duets, with the likes of the Everly Brothers, Sam & Dave, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel. One of the most popular duos of the mid-sixties was James & Bobby Purify. They weren't brothers, but were cousins, and Bobby Dickey adopted...

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