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Issue 017, March 30, 2013
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Vinyl Record Lovers
Issue #017, March 30, 2013
Welcome to my Vinyl Record Lovers Newsletter and thank you for subscribing. I do appreciate the time you take to read my newsletter.
In this issue:
---What's new at all-about-vinylrecords?
---Additions to National Recording Registry.
---Do you really know Ben E. King?
---Interesting March dates in History.
---Just for Laffs
---What's next for all-about-vinylrecords.
What's new at all-about-vinylrecords?
The Buddy Holly page is up at last. For the first song I chose one of my favorites by Buddy, "True Love Ways" a song he wrote for his wife.
When I wrote an old school buddy about my website he was surprised I did not have any Buddy Holly on my website as he knew how much I enjoyed Buddy's music during our school days in the fifties.
So my first Buddy Holly page goes out to my good friend Butch and his special lady for their 34 years of "True Love Ways."
I also added a new video to the Norah Jones cover song of Elvis' "Are You Lonesome Tonight." Seriously now, after you watch the new video, how much would you pay to have her sing you to sleep?
Johnny Cash has a new page titled "Johnny Cash at San Quentin." It's actually an updated page that was titled "A Boy Named Sue" but his live prison LP's seem to be more popular with visitors to my site and I do wanna keep you folks happy.
I always new Disco would make it.
I know I'm an oldie but goodie but I've always enjoyed the Disco music of the late 70s. I still have two new Disco LP's that have one song on each side. The songs are always several minutes or more in length and now disco finally gets its due.
The National Recording Registry, an arm of the Library of Congress and an annual attempt to preserve American recordings of historical value, has issued its 2013 additions, and several classic oldies are among the songs and albums listed.
Chubby Checker's "The Twist," which kicked off the 20th Century's greatest dance craze, Simon & Garfunkel's folk-rock landmark album Sounds of Silence, Artie Shaw's "Begin the Beguine," and the entire Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
Some interesting stuff about Ben E. King.
I know what you're thinking, he recorded "Stand by Me" and "Spanish Harlem." That's true but did you know that he replaced Clyde McPhatter as lead singer in "The Drifters."
Before going solo he offered up a song he co-wrote called "There Goes My Baby," and the new Drifters' string of hits began, including "Dance with Me," "Save the Last Dance for Me," and "This Magic Moment." That's King's voice on all those Drifters hits.
He was invited to join the "Moonglows" while still in high school and took the stage name "King" in honor of his favorite uncle.
The song "Spanish Harlem" was originally offered to the Drifters but they passed on it. Ben E. King had already left the Drifters and recorded the song.
"Stand by Me" is one of the very few songs to ever reach the US Top Ten twice in the same version; it was a hit in 1961 and again when it was re-released in 1986 as the title track of the movie of the same name.
Ben E. King continues to record and perform today at 74.
From this March day in history - A trip down memory lane
In 1957, Marty Robbins released the single "A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)."
On this day in 1955, "Sincerely" by the McGuire Sisters was the #1 song.
In 1959, just four weeks after being released, Frankie Avalon's "Venus" tops the US singles chart. Al Martino was offered the song first, but turned it down.
In 1962, the Beatles (with Pete Best on drums), appeared on television for the first time when they play Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby" on the BBC program Teenager's Turn. It was reportedly the first time they wore suits onstage.
In 1963, 25,000 people attended the funeral for Country singer Patsy Cline, killed three days earlier in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee.
In 1955, RCA Records placed a half page ad in Billboard magazine claiming that Elvis Presley was 'the new singing rage!'
In 1961, Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby" sat at the top of the Pop chart in America and at number 2 in the UK.
In 1963, two days after an emotional public prayer service that was attended by an estimated 25,000 people in Nashville, Patsy Cline's body was buried quietly at Shenandoah Memorial Park in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia.
In 1960, at the United Recording Studios in Hollywood, guitarist Duane Eddy recorded "Because They're Young," title tune of a movie starring Dick Clark, Tuesday Weld, and Doug McClure. Duane Eddy and James Darren had cameos in the film.
In 1949, Imperial Records was formed by Lew Chudd.
The "Elvis Presley" album was released in 1956. Most cite it as the first million-selling album.
On this day in 1958, "Tequila" by the Champs was the #1 song.
In 1959, the Kingston Trio nearly perished (on Friday the 13th) when their airplane was forced to make an emergency landing on a turkey farm near South Bend, Indiana.
In 1960, Johnny Preston was at #1 on the US singles chart with “Running Bear,” also #1 in the UK.
In 1961, Rick Nelson recorded "Travelin' Man," a song Jerry Fuller had originally written for Sam Cooke. The Jordanaires overdubbed the track's background vocals on March 22.
In 1964, Mary Wells released the single "My Guy."
In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis was involved in a couple of firsts for ABC-TV's "American Bandstand." He was the first to actually sing rather than lip-sync on the show, and the first to perform three songs on one episode, namely "Great Balls Of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," and "Breathless."
In 1960, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, the Everly Brothers recorded "Cathy's Clown," their first single for Warner Bros. after spending three years on the Cadence Label.
In 1955, 23 year-old Johnny Cash lays down his first tracks at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Studio. With Luther Perkins on bass and Marshall Grant on guitar, Johnny sang five Country / Gospel numbers, of which "Mr. Porter" was the only useable cut. Phillips tells Johnny to come back when he's written a hit.
In 1957, Elvis Presley released the single "All Shook Up" b/w "That's When Your Heartaches Begin."
In 1958, eight-year-old Hank Williams, Jr. made his stage debut singing in Swainsboro, Georgia.
In 1960, the Ventures recorded "Walk - Don't Run."
In 1961, in Chicago, Dee Clark recorded "Raindrops."
In 1961, at Radio Recorders in West Hollywood, Elvis Presley recorded "Blue Hawaii."
In 1963, "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby and The Romantics topped the Billboard Hot 100. On the day the song was recorded, it was the first time Ruby had ever been in a recording studio.
In 1960, in Nashville, Roy Orbison recorded "Only the Lonely."
In 1963, Johnny Cash records one of his biggest Pop hits, "Ring Of Fire", which will climb to #17 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Country Chart.
The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and was originally recorded by June's sister, Anita Carter. When her version failed to become a hit, Johnny added the mariachi-style horns and changed a few of the words.
Four years later, Johnny and June were married. The song became the biggest hit of Johnny Cash's career, and was certified Gold on January 21, 2010 by the R.I.A.A. and has also sold over 1.2 million digital downloads.
In 1952, Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee began releasing records. The label would later become the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.
In 1954, the Spaniels released the single "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight," which peaked at #5 on the R&B Best Sellers chart.
In 1958, CBS Laboratories announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary phonographs, when used on the proper equipment, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.
In 1958, at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, Sheb Wooley recorded "The Purple People Eater," which reached #1 in the Billboard pop charts in 1958.
In 1959, Annette Funicello performed "Tall Paul" and "Jo-Jo the Dog Faced Boy"on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1958, Connie Francis enjoys her first chart success as "Who's Sorry Now?" reached Billboard's #4 spot. Over the next ten years she will place 55 more songs on the Billboard hit parade.
In 1962, Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" was certified Gold.
The very first record ever released by Del Shannon, "Runaway" entered the Billboard chart in 1961 on its way to becoming a million selling, number one hit. In 2004, Rolling Stone rated the song as #466 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
On this day in 1962, "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares was the #1 song.
Just for Laffs
Received a first time black eye from the wife this past weekend. We sat down for a quiet evening and she asked "What's on the TV," and I said "Dust."
What's next for All About Vinyl Records?
I will be testing videos on the Home Page over the next several weeks to get visitor reaction. I have a few concerts on some artists that I may show one video for a number of days then rotate them maybe weekly.
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