Archive for the ‘History Of Classic Rock’ Category

Neil Diamond – Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter

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Neil Leslie Diamond was born on January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his high school diploma from Abraham Lincoln High School and later attended New York University on a fencing scholarship.

He had aspirations of pursuing a life in medicine, specifically as a laboratory biologist. However, during his senior year at NYU a music publishing company offered to pay him $50 per week to write songs. That was his beginning. Read more »

The Drifters

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Clyde McPhatter was singing lead tenor for Billy Ward and His Dominoes starting in 1950. The group probably owed a good part of their success to Clyde’s sweet high-pitched tenor voice. McPhatter left the Dominoes in 1953, and soon reached an agreement with Ahmet Ertegun, to form a group of his own choosing. He called them The Drifters.

Clyde wanted a mixture of different sounds, and brought together four members from his old church group. This first combination didn’t mesh very well, so he gathered a new group of vocalists consisting of himself (lead tenor), first tenor Bill Pinkney, second tenor Andrew Thrasher, baritone Gerhart Thrasher, Willie Ferbee on bass and Walter Adams on guitar. This assemblage worked!

The Drifters had their first major hit with “Money Honey”. It was released in September of 1953 displaying the name: Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters. This launched The Drifters into the limelight. Read more »

Buddy Holly – Singer – Songwriter

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Charles Hardin Holley was born in Lubbock, Texas on September 7, 1936. He was always called “Buddy” by his family. His older brothers taught him how to play the guitar, banjo and the lap steel guitar.

Buddy won a local talent contest at the age of five by singing a song, which was popular in the early 1940′s, “Have You Ever Gone Sailing (Down The River Of Memories)”.

Holley met Bob Montgomery in 1952 and the two formed up as “Buddy and Bob”, singing harmony duets, with a bluegrass influence, at nearby clubs and talent shows.

In 1955,  Holley saw Elvis Presley perform in Lubbock. Seeing Elvis had a major influence in the music that Buddy was currently playing. He liked the rockabilly style with its strong acoustic rhythms and bass. Read more »