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Their biggest hit was "Dancing In The Street," there was a time when everywhere you went in 1964 that song was playing, falling just short of #1 at #2, and became their "Signature Song," and one of the most covered and popular songs of the Golden Er...

Phil Spector commissioned the hot songwriting team of Barry Man and Cynthia Weil, whom he had worked with back in the city, to compose his first song with the Righteous Brothers. The song that was titled, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," was perfect...

Think I may have introduced the record as by: Miss Jewel Akins, and no one corrected me, I mean who would name a man, Jewel? Well obviously Mr. Akens parents did as I would have known had I watched SHINDIG.

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.

During the Dance Craze Years, partially driven by American Bandstand, one dance seemed to happen quickly and become incredibly popular. I'm talking about: THE STROLL, by a group called THE DIAMONDS. It was fairly simple to do if you could avoid falling over your own tw...

I'm in a Doo wop kinda mood. I was a major fan of DION & THE BELMONTS, and spent a little time around them back in the day. This is an incredible clip showing a very young DION, and his buddies from the corner. That all really happened, Doo wop groups standing under a...

April 4, 2016

WLS program director Clark Weber didn't play "Gloria" because of the lyrics, but in the Spring of 1965, during a casual conversation with Bill Traut, mentioned that if someone would record a "clean" version of the song, it "could sell a mil...

January 26, 2016

It didn't fare so well on the Hot 100 charts, only making it to Number 73, but quite a few Top 40 radio stations, especially in Texas and the deep south, put White Lightnin' on the playlist anyway.

December 17, 2015

What I find most interesting about Buddy Holly is the large number of hit records he was able to write and produce in just a few years, he was truly prolific and that could have been a portent of a long-lasting, legendary career.

November 30, 2015

The great rock photographer Chuck Krall is creating videos featuring his photography from the Golden Era. They are accompanied by appropriate music of the artists. We have the privilege of Chuck allowing us to show his work on TDR.

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