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His music director, Jack Fascinato, had the idea of Ford snapping his fingers, and charted an unusual Clarinet-led Pop arrangement that gave the song a distinctive sound.

Fun Fact: In 1957 Ivory Joe Hunter was invited to visit Elvis at Graceland and The two spent the day together, singing "I Almost Lost My Mind," R&B and Gospel songs.

"When" went to #5 in the U.S., but in the U.K. it was a super-smash staying on the Charts for 18 weeks, five at #1, and sold over two million records. But alas, the boys could not find a follow-up hit and eventually returned to their day jobs and attended col...

One of the old Memphis disc-jockeys told me that Sonny could whip crowds into the frenzy, especially the woman-folk who were known to do some lewd-dancing until the bouncers threw them out. Sonny is an off-the-wall selection for TDR, but as I've mentioned before, w...

My dad didn't care much for the music I loved; I remember him changing the car radio when "Heartbreak Hotel" came on. One of the groups that we both could appreciate was The Platters, and they were a bridge over that generational chasm.

Two years later he was touring England with fellow American singer Gene Vincent (Be Bop A Lula) and just outside of Bath in Chippenham their Taxi Driver lost control of the car and ran into a tree. Eddie was in the backseat with his girlfriend Sharon Sheeley and threw...

Then he got lucky, landing on RCA Records in 1962 and into the lap of musical genius and producer, CHET ATKINS. His first single produced by Chester didn't do to well, but the second one was DETROIT CITY, shooting up to #6 on the Country Chart, and #16 Top 40, and...

This particular clip from a TV Show called, "Showtime at the Apollo," beautifully restored with augmented sound, is one of the few ways these acts could break through. This is a great song to show the way white singers would steal their material, like the Clo...

Ms Bryant's career continued well into the 1970s with club dates and a lot of TV appearances, and then--disaster. We used to advise the artists not to get involved in politics because it could hurt their careers, but Anita destroyed hers. She was a very strong anti...

One thing old Morris knew was how to get a record played on the radio in that day, and "Party Doll" virtually exploded, zooming up the charts to #1, and selling a million platters. (Trying out a little cool talk.) Buddy got a Gold Record to hang on the wall,...

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