February 21, 2012
The career of the Jaggerz revolved around one huge million selling single. “The Rapper” first hit the American BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, January 31, 1970, and reached the number two position.
The band was formed in Pittsburgh during 1965. It consisted of vocalist/guitarist Dominic Ierace, vocalist/trombone player, Jimmy Ross, bassist Billy Maybray, guitarist Benny Faiella, keyboardist Thom David, and drummer Jim Pugliano.
The band disbanded near the end of the 1970s bur four of the original members re-formed in 1989. Maybray and Pugliano have passed away but Faiella and Ross continue to tour with new members. Ierace went on to a successful career under the name Donnie Iris.
January 27, 2012
Marty Robbins started out as a Rockabilly singer and ended up as a country superstar. His GUNFIGHTER albums during the late 1950s and early 1960s crossed over to the pop charts and were influential in expanding country music beyond its small traditional base.
During the mid-1960s he released a number of what cas best be described as pure pop songs that had success on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
He released “The Story Of My Life” November 11, 1957 and it rose to number 15 on the pop chart. It was also the first Burt Bacharach song to become a hit.
It was a story song that contained a smooth vocal vocal. While his country work would over shadow this ealy hit, it remains one of his best performances.
January 23, 2012
Billy Joe Thomas (B.J.) placed 26 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. The most successful period of his career occurred while recording for the Scepter label, 1966-1972. Songs such as “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Hooked On A Feeling,” and the number one “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” made him a pop superstar.
Like many artists, before he achieved fame he recorded for several other labels.
“Billy And Sue” was receased during 1964 on both the Bragg and WB labels. After he became famous, it was released as a single on the Hickory label. It became a pop hit reaching number 34.
It remains one of his better vocals. The song told a story about Billy and Sue.” It remains a forgotten part of his catalogue and legacy.