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Issue 010, June 1st, 2012
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Issue 010, June 1st, 2012...In this issue
From music to cars, some of my favorite people are gone but I also met a new vinyl record friend and a Veracruz history buff.
---Carrol Shelby - The man responsible for the song "Hey Little Cobra."
---Disco Queen dies and Bee Gees are down to one surviving member.
---The Music of Veracruz - The real La Bamba Story.
---The very Best Vinyl Record Blog anywhere! - It's my Vinyl Record Bible.
---Andrew Gold - My dedicated page on this very Special musician.
---What's new at all about Vinyl Records?
Carroll Shelby and the 1964 hit "Hey, Little Cobra."
Carroll Shelby made the world we drive in a much more exciting place. Those of us who are car buffs are familiar with the AC Cobra, first displayed at the New York Auto Show in 1962.
The Cobra which used Ford engines and British sport car chassis, was the fastest production model ever made at the time.
A year later, Cobras were winning races over Corvettes, and in 1964 the Rip Chords had a Top 5 hit on the Billboard pop chart with Hey, Little Cobra.
Remember the tune?
Spring, Little Cobra, getting ready to strike
Spring, Little Cobra, with all your might.
Hey, Little Cobra, don't you know your gonna shut'em down?
In 2007, an 800 horsepower model of the Cobra made in 1966, once Shelby's personal car, sold for $5.5 million at auction, a record for an American car.
The car and the Shelby Cobra made his name a household word in the 1960s. Carroll Shelby died May 10th, 2012. He was 89.
The day Disco really died.
Are you one of those people who never forgave Donna Summer or the Bee Gees for making disco a national phenomenon? In an interview, Dick Clark said his favorite music was Disco. Really...I would not have figured that.
I personally enjoyed disco and still have three LP's that DJ's played at the time.
One is by "Sylvester," one by "The Gap Band" and the other is by "Hot Chochlate." All have one song on each side and are between 6 and 9 minutes long. I paid $3.34 for each LP and all three are still like new. Two still have original plastic covers.
Donna Summer was my favorite disco lady and dance music's first real diva with super hits such as "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls." Last Dance was the #1 disco hit of 1978 and my personal favorite.
She was arguably the most famous singer in the history of disco and in my opinion, one of the most popular female entertainers of the '70s. And from all that I know and have read, she was just a very nice lady.
Donna Summer died on May 17, 2012. She was 63.
Disco group member, Robin Gibb, dies at age 62
The "Bee Gees," one of the most beloved trios in pop history, is now down to a single surviving member. Robin Gibb, died May 20th, 2012.
His twin brother Maurice died in 2003. The group was known for their close-knit harmonies, usually sung by Robin, along with leader Barry.
Robin's best known solo vocals were "To Love Somebody," "Words," "Lonely Days," and "I Started a Joke." I still have the original "Saturday Night Fever" movie soundtrack double album that I purchased nearly 35 years ago.
La Bamba - The real story behind the Ritchie Valens song
Several days ago I added a new page about the song La Bamba. When I researched information about the song I only found one person that wrote about the song with a lot of detail, so I contacted him.
His name is John Todd Jr. and he lives in Veracruz, Mexico. I told him that I had visited his website for information about La Bamba and asked him if I could use some of his article for my website, as I had never dug into the history of the song.
He gave me permission to use his information. You can Read my La Bamba article here.
My article also contains a link to John's website. His website on Veracruz contains lots of good information about the area. It's a good history read.
My favorite Vinyl Record Blog
I subscribe to very few blogs. Just not enough time to read and many are filled with information I either already know or they drift off into too many other areas other than vinyl records. Some are good, most are not.
Not so with Robert Benson's Collecting Vinyl Records Blog. His blog takes you to a whole new level of Vinyl Record Information. His high quality written content can hold your attention for hours.
One of my favorite articles to read on Robert's blog is Music History. Did you know John Lennon took delivery of a psychedelic painted Rolls Royce in 1967?
I didn't know that until I read it in Robert's blog.
I love the Beatles but who (other than John Lennon) would paint a beautiful car like that with this crazy paint scheme? You can see the picture here.
If you're into Vinyl Records and want good quality content, be sure to visit Robert's site at Collecting Vinyl Records.com. You will not be disappointed.
One year later - Thank you for being my friend - Andrew Gold
On June 3rd, 2012, it will be one year since Andrew Gold died. He was 59, a songwriter and session legend. Last year, I wrote a special page for Mr. Gold with two videos that I enjoyed the most.
Please take a moment, watch the videos and read this page about Andrew Gold. Some of the information and facts may surprise you just how talented this man really was.
I think you will enjoy the songs and his amazing talent. See this special page dedicated to Andrew Gold. Just click here.
What's going on at all-about-vinylrecords?
Some nice ladies wrote in and wanted to know about the song by Bobby Vinton, "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea." Both had the same related question.
Was this the song that was playing in the movie "La Bamba" when Bob first heard about Ritchie's plane crash?
It is the same song but that was either the original version or the soundtrack version by Los Lobos. I like the Bobby Vinton remake the best. Visit "Best Cover Songs" on my site to hear the Bobby Vinton version.
Classic old Movies & Songs getting some attention
I noticed more visitors are looking at the Classic Old Movies pages and seem to enjoy Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain."
I consider that dance routine the best choreographed of any I have seen in the movie industry.
And...I also consider Elvis' Jailhouse Rock dance routine his best ever. Gene Kelly also enjoyed Elvis' Jailhouse Rock number.
Still waiting on my update for a new Design for my website. No real rush on the design, it's the content that I hope vistors are reading.
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