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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 […]

 

Fats Domino – A Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneer

Fats_Domino_1956 (255x191)Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr. came into the world on February 26, 1928. He was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. His dad was an accomplished violinist this sparked a love of music in Fats. In the summer of 1947, while playing the piano at a backyard barbecue, he was asked to play in a band by Billy Diamond, A New Orleans bandleader. Diamond nicknamed him “Fats” because Domino reminded him of two other renowned pianists with the same name.

“The Fat Man” sold a million records by 1953 on the Imperial Record label. A few of those hits which made the U.S.- R.&B. Charts were: “The Fat Man” (1949 @ #2); “Every Night About This Time” (1950 @#9); “Goin’ Home” (1952 @ #1 & U.S. Hot 100 Chart @ #30); “Poor, Poor Me” (1952 @ #10) and a number of songs in 1953 and 1954 that also made the U.S. – R.&B. Charts.

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Top Rock Songs of the 90′s

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Top Rock Songs of the 90′s

  • Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang – Dr. Dre
  • Come As You Are – Nirvana
  • Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
  • Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
  • Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
  • Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious B.I.G.
  • Tennessee – Arrested Development

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Bubblegum

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-bubblegum-boy-young-teenager-blowing-balloon-image34762424No! Not the kind you chew. A new style of music known as “Bubblegum Pop”, “Bubblegum Rock” or “Bubblegum Music”. It has also been referred to as “Sunshine Pop”, but that sub-genre is much closer in form and function to a more contemporary style of music (Europop) influenced by show tunes and the British Invasion.

Bubblegum had a direct appeal to the young crowd. This new sound was specific with catchy melodies, simple harmonies, singalong choruses and an upbeat happy feeling. Many of the songs in this new genre have been heard over the years in the marketing of edible, sugary foods, because of happy feeling they imparted to the listener. Read more »