July 22, 2013
The Turtles were an excellent singles band that placed 17 of their releases on the BILLBOARD Magazine Hot 100, including five that reached the top ten.
The Turtles were formed in 1961 as the Nightriders, then the Crossfires, and finally became the Turtles in 1965. Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan were the leaders with a rotating cast of support musicians.
“She’d Rather Be With Me” was one of their biggest hits reaching number three during mid-1967. It was breezy, feel good pop, which was what the Turtles were all about. They didn’t change rock and roll but they made it a little more fun.
May 19, 2011
Jackie DeShannon is best remembered for a series of hits during the 1960’s and 1970’s. She also gained some fame as the writer of Kim Carnes huge hit, “Bette Davis Eyes.”
She first came to the public’s attention as an opening act on one of The Beatles North American tours. It also helped that she was one of the best looking female pop artists of the 1960’s
Everybody’s career has to begin somewhere. She released “I Wanna Go Home” on the old Edison International Label during 1960. Today it is a very difficult single to locate and is highly collectable.
It wasn’t a hit, but it was a start.
May 19, 2011
“Shilo” was an afterthought in the career of Neil Diamond. He produced nine chart hits, 1966-1968, while signed to the Bang Label. He issued “Shilo during 1968 but it did not chart. He left the label for MCA later in the year and would go on to become a superstar.
As the hits began to come on MCA, his old label decided to reissue “Shilo” during early 1970. This time it became a hit reaching number 24 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Single Chart.
It was a mid-tempo pop/rock song that contained a typical gravel type vocal by Diamond. It is a lost gem from the early part of his career.
May 19, 2011
Back in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, the bikini, as a swim suit, was a sensation. It was different and showed more skin than the conservative generation of the era were used to seeing.
Enter Brian Hyland with the novelty song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” Released during the summer of 1960, it rose to the number one spot on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
The lyrics of the song are obvious from the title, but were a tad scandelous at the time. It received a huge amount of radio airplay.
“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikine” was his first chart hit. He would go on to place 22 songs on the singles charts through 1971, but this remained his signature song.