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Dick Clark – “World’s Oldest Teenager”

Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr. was born November 30, 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York, The son of Richard Augustus Clark and Julia Fuller Clark. He had an older brother, Bradley, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during World […]

Bad News On The Doorstep

Bad News On The Doorstep

A few weeks ago, while listening to the radio, the DJ played Don McLean’s American Pie. As I listened, it occurred to me that over the years we have lost quite a few artists. I called Manny, my best friend for […]

One-Hit Wonders Continued ( 1959 thru 1962 )

One-Hit Wonders – Continued (1959 thru 1962)

As stated in a previous blog [One-Hit Wonders 1955-1958], there have been many One-Hit Wonders over the years. This listing will chronologically arrange the One-Hit Wonders from 1959 thru 1962 that peaked in the top ten of the Top 40 Of The U.S. […]

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Neil Diamond – Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter

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 […]

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The Drifters

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 […]

 

Bruce (The Boss) Springsteen

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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, where he didn’t care for the nuns’ disciplines. Still, the Catholic upbringing did have an influence on his music. He transferred to a public high school, but he wasn’t very comfortable there either. He finished, but never attended his own graduation. He went to college but dropped out.

His musical inspiration began at the age of seven, when he saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. In 1964, The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, and soon after that Springsteen began playing guitar in front of a live audience.

Springsteen acquired the nickname “The Boss” in the late 1960′s while playing clubs in New Jersey. He was always in charge collecting and distributing the pay for the band. Hence the name “The Boss”. Read more »

Soul Music

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Soul Music is a popular music style that began in the United States in the 1950′s and early 1960′s. It was well-liked for dancing due to the rhythmic beat and energetic style, which was the result of the progression of rhythm and blues in the 60′s. The name seems to originate from some of the gospel groups of the 1940′s and 1950′s, when they would incorporate part of the term into the name of their group. Ray Charles had many hits in the 1950′s that emulated this new genre and helped to popularize and contribute to the growth of Soul Music. His “I Got A Woman” in 1954 seems to be the start, with many other artists to follow; such as: Etta James, Hank Ballard, Clyde McPhatter, etc. Read more »

The British Invasion

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Rock ‘N’ Roll was travelling across the Atlantic Ocean and slowly making an impact in Great Britain and Europe in the late 1950′s and early 1960′s. Some British groups, especially in Liverpool,  started to merge the American style of music with their own in 1962. This new sound became known as Merseybeat. That same year, some of these acts, reached The Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

At the same time in the United States, teenagers, were looking for something fresh, and it was about to happen.

The Washington Post published the first story in the United States regarding the excitement The Beatles were creating  in England.

On December 17, 1963, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was played on WWDC, Washington, D.C. The next day the local record stores couldn’t fill the requests for a record which wasn’t even in stock. Capitol Records released it on December 26, three weeks ahead of schedule. Since most teenagers were home for Christmas vacation, sales skyrocketed, and Beatlemania spread quickly throughout the United States. Read more »