May 15, 2018
If you want a quick lesson in what soul music is all about; “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge is a place to start.
The song has sparse instrumentation with Sledge pouring out his heart over the top.
It debuted on the Billboard hot 100 April 9. Seven weeks later it was number one for the first of two weeks. It would prove to be double hit as it topped the R&B chart as well.
He would never have another top ten pop hit, but his one huge hit was eternal.
January 5, 2018
“Monday Monday” reached number on the Billboard Magazine Top 100 on May 7, 1966 for the first of three weeks.
John Phillips had the ability as a producer to combine his own voice with that of Mama Cass, Denny Doherty, and Michelle Phillips into a virtual pop choir.
Safely ensconced in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, “Monday Monday” was their first and only number one song and one of the smoothest performances in pop history,
May 2, 2017
Joey Dee and The Starliters had a huge hit with “Peppermint Twist. Joey’s backing band became the breeding ground for a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band as Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, and Gene Cornish would recruit drummer Dino Danelli and form the Young Rascals and help invent the term blue-eyed soul.
Their second single, “Good Lovin'” proved to be one of the signature singles of the 1960’s. The song had originally been released by the Olympics but the Rascals moved it over to an energetic rock and roll classic.
“Good Lovin'” entered the top 100 on March 12, 1966. Seven weeks later, on April 30, it reached number one.
By the time they had their second number one hit, mercifully the uniforms were gone.
February 27, 2017
After The Righteous Brothers hits stopped for the Phillies label; owner and producer Phil Specter sold their contract to MGM for one-million dollars. Spector’s loss was MGM’s gain.
Their first hit for the label was a Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann composition “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration. It was a song they had abandoned once as being second-rate. It would become the biggest hit of the duo’s career.
“(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration” became the number one song in the United States, April 9, 1966, and there it remained for three weeks.
February 9, 2017
During the 1960’s, there were dozens of famous anti-war and protest songs but very few patriotic songs.
Barry Sadler was a real Green Beret and on March 4, 1966, his “Ballad Of The Green Berets” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of 5 weeks. It would become the number one single of the year.
December 20, 2016
It didn’t hurt that you were the daughter of Frank Sinatra. And it really didn’t hurt that your father owned a record label.
Nancy Sinatra managed to create a career for herself that wasn’t dependent on her father, despite the advantages that it brought with it.
She managed to grab the brass ring twice during her career. The first was with “These Boots Are Made For Walking, which was one the early tough girl songs; “one day these boots are going to walk all over you.” For a week, beginning February 6, 1966, it topped the American music world.
November 22, 2016
Lou Christie had one of the best falsetto voices this side of Frankie Valli. He had the ability to hit notes that were well beyond the range of most singers.
Christie’s career lasted over a half-century but he only spent one week at the top of the Billboard Pop Chart. “Lightning Strikes” is pure 1960’s AM radio and on February 19, 1966, began its 7 day reign on top of the American music world.