Tuesday February 25, 2014
The Diamonds were yet another '50s white pop-vocal group covering R&B and doo-wop hits for the Top 40, but these Canadians were actually really good at it, which is why "Little Darlin'" and "The Stroll" are still considered true rock and roll classics. Learn all about the history, music, and career of the Diamonds here.
Sunday February 23, 2014
The artists, the legacy, the impact, the Sound of Young America: decades later, Motown remains a crucial musical component of African-American history. Find out how Berry Gordy turned the Detroit carmakers' model into a model of pop assembly-line production, changing the face of pop and soul forever -- and also the way music did business, in the process providing a model for black entrepreneurs that's still followed today. Find out everything you ever needed or wanted to know about the Motown label and its music here.
Thursday February 20, 2014
In honor of Black History Month, it's time to take a look back at the journey African-Americans have taken to get to this point. With that in mind, please enjoy my Top Ten list of oldies classics that delineate the fear, prejudice, murder, anger, and hope that have marked that journey. And, despite the controversial nature of these songs, about half of them actually made the American Top 40! Check out my list of oldies that deal with the African-American struggle.
Tuesday February 18, 2014
Jazz and the Blues were both born in the heart of black America, sinful secular music expressly forbidden by churchgoing folks. But a funny thing happened when white America morphed jazz into swing and R&B into rock and roll: African-Americans went back to the church for inspiration, turned their gospel secular, and rebirthed their musical identity yet again. Learn about the complex history, commercial triumph, and various mutations of soul music in this guide.
Monday February 17, 2014
Hated Valentine's Day? Alone and loving it? Or are you looking to feel good about leaving the man who made you feel bad? Try my Top Ten list of oldies breakup songs,
aimed at men... it's the perfect antidote to the bad relationship blues.
Saturday February 15, 2014
Hated Valentine's Day? Alone and loving it? Or are you looking to feel good about the woman who made you feel bad? Try my list of Top Ten Oldies Breakup songs
aimed at women... it's the perfect antidote to the bad relationship blues. Don't worry... the bad boys get theirs next!
Friday February 14, 2014
All your favorite doo-wop ballads (and some songs you may not be so familiar with) in one place, flowing together in my own unique mix... a doo-wop love songs playlist you can use as some serious Valentine's Day mood music -- or mellow background music, if you like. Either way, you can get the mp3s right here! Check out my playlist of great romantic doo-wop ballads here.
Thursday February 13, 2014
Ready for Valentine's Day? Better set the mood! The discs in my Top Ten list of great romantic albums
can melt the hardest of hearts, whether you're trying to rekindle an old flame, start a new one burning, or merely hoping to make up for last year. Pop, R&B, doo-wop, soul, lounge, country, and more... here's my pick for the ten greatest Oldies albums for lovers.
Wednesday February 12, 2014
Just discovered the Everly Brothers recently due to their recent resurgence in popularity? Looking to reconnect to their classic output after many years away? Or have you always been a casual fan who suddenly wants to get the big picture? This list of the country-pop duo's essential CDs, DVDs, and books
will help you assemble an Everly Brothers collection that not only makes you well-versed in the bros but will also provide you with all their greatest milestones, not just in music but in life! Read my list of the essential Everly Brothers purchases here.
Friday February 7, 2014
He's often thought of as a surf guitarist, but Link Wray
was actually inventing modern rock guitar before that genre took off, beginning with the somehow controversial instrumental smash "Rumble" and then influencing an entire generation of guitar gods by getting exponentially wilder and crazier. Read all about the life, music, and career of Link Wray in my latest profile.