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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 […]

 

25 Years Ago: Soundgarden Fire an Opening Shot in The Alt-Rock Revolution

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On Sept. 5, 1989, a little-known band named Soundgarden – hailing from the cold, cloudy and rainy metropolis of Seattle — helped set the wheels of an alternative music revolution in motion with an album that dared to claim it was ‘Louder Than Love.’

At the time, overproduced pop and predictable hair metal still dominated the U.S. music charts and radio station playlists. But anyone paying close attention could have told you that the tides of musical trends were already undergoing a major shift just beneath the surface.

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Classic Rock and Kiss

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For those around in the 70s, when rock and roll was really taking flight, it is most likely you remember the band KISS. Formed in 1972, this band is most memorable for its members who wore flamboyant outfits and painted their faces. The anonymity of the group intrigued followers along with their elaborate stage performances that included breathing fire, spitting blood, guitars that smoked and more. While these tactics may seem over-the-top today, it earned KISS over 24 gold albums and sales that exceeded 80 million.

The idea of face makeup stemmed from the band’s desire to mimic comic book figures. There was the Demon, Gene Simmons; Starchild, Paul Stanley, Spaceman, Ace Frehley, and Catman, Peter Criss. Each person picked a character that best represented their personality. It wasn’t until 1983 that the band members from KISS performed without makeup.

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Instrumentally Yours

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Manny (My best friend for over 50 years, and very knowledgeable in Rock ‘N’ Roll history) and I were discussing the evolution of instrumentals from 1955 to the 1980′s. A lot has changed with the advancement and miniaturization of electronics along side the metamorphosis of music itself. we were thrilled as kids listening to the local AM station on our transistor radios, the forerunners of todays’ ipods( ? ). Then came 8-tracks, cassettes, CD’s and now downloads off the internet. I’m glad I was here to enjoy these transitions.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-set-funny-cartoon-musical-instruments-image26946454

Anyway, moving on, what is an instrumental? In short , a musical composition without lyrics or singing. There might be some vocal input, but the melody is primarily originated from musical instruments. In most songs, usually centered, is an instrumental interlude. This was great for all the bands with a limited repertoire when they were playing to a live audience. It enabled them to stretch this “interlude” and lengthen the duration of the song they were playing. The local groups we went to see, would always employ this idea to fill their night. Read more »