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Issue #086 - April 30, 2020.
Of all the country music greats, Merle’s story might be the most
symbolic of the American experience, from growing up in California
during the Depression, to spending time in prison, to becoming a rags to
But when it comes to influencing country music itself, few this side of the legendary Hank Williams can say they’ve left a bigger footprint. Sadly, one of the great country legends of our time, died on his birthday, April 6, 2016.
A recent update to all Merle Haggard pages is nearly complete. I have added them to the Vinyl Record Memories blog for your review. You can view all my Merle Haggard pages here.
If you grew up in the Buddy Holly era, this 1978 biography profiles the lives of someone who helped change forever, the music in the 50s and beyond. The Roller Rink medley and The Crickets at the Apollo looks back at this special time in history and how it all began.
One of the bigger disappointments about the film was how the original Crickets were deleted from the film bio. Imagine if there were a film about Paul McCartney. George Harrison is written out completely, while the other two Beatles are named Jack Jones and Fred Smith.
You think that's ridiculous? Well, that's exactly what happened in this film. If there is one reason to watch this movie, it's for Gary Busey's incredible portrayal of the lead character.
And don't forget to view the short video near the bottom of the Buddy Holly story that sends you back to the original studio where Holly and many other stars recorded. A wonderful piece of history. Read more details from my Buddy Holly Story.
I received an email from a subscriber wanting to know which Beach Boys songs were my favorites. Well of course I love "Little Deuce Coupe" and the car songs. "Don't Worry Baby" and "I Get Around" are also right at the top.
But it was hard to overlook one of Brain Wilson's greatest songwriting accomplishments. Here is a small excerpt from My Good Vibrations page and this fantastic video for your review.
While narrating a short film about Brian, Beatles producer Sir George Martin went on to say that it took his own combined talents as their producer, the writings of Lennon and McCartney and the instrumental talents of all four Beatles to create their records, but Brian Wilson did All of that for "The Beach Boys."
Simply put George Martin paid Brian Wilson the highest compliment by saying that it took him and all four Beatles to do what Brian could do alone.
As you watch this video enjoy The Brian Wilson band with the Wondermints, perform what we have come to expect with anything Brian Wilson is associated with, total professionalism.
Henry Mancini, born on April 16, 1924 was an American composer, conductor and arranger.
His best know works include the themes to The Pink Panther film series and to the Peter Gunn television series.
But his biggest and best was the "Moon River" melody to the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Henry Mancini died on June 14th, 1994 at age 70. Moon
River is actually a real river in Savannah, Georgia where songwriter, Johnny Mercer grew
up. Read my Moon River Story here.
On April 16, 1956 Chuck Berry recorded "Roll Over Beethoven" which was released by Chess Records the following month.
It is said that Berry wrote the song in response to his sister Lucy always using the family piano to play classical music when Berry wanted to play pop music.
The lyric "roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news" refers to how classical composers would roll over in their graves upon hearing that classical music had given way to rock and roll.
On April 16, 1977 David Soul one half of TV cop show Starsky & Hutch, went to No.1 on the US singles chart with "Don't Give Up On Us," his only US hit, which was also No.1 in the UK.
"Don't Give Up on Us" was rated No. 93 in VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders because, despite having more hits in the UK, Soul was never again able to reach the top forty in the US.
Dusty Springfield, born April 16, 1939 was a UK singer who had her first UK hit single in 1963 with "I Only Want To Be With You," which reached No. 4.
Dusty also recorded a 1966 UK No.1 & US No.4 single with "You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me" plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. She died on March 3rd 1999.
With all his musical and advertising accomplishments you don't read much about Detroit born, Roquel "Billy" Davis.
My bet is most reading this have never heard of this talented individual. I'd like to share with you some of his accomplishments. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised.
He was an American songwriter, record producer, and singer. Davis was also known as a writer/producer of commercial jingles, mostly for Coca-Cola. He was also known as Tyran Carlo on writing credits. Tyran Carlo is how his name is listed on my original Brunswick 45rpm copy of Lonely Teardrops, see record photo.
If you click on the Lonely Teardrops photo it will enlarge for a better view, then a click on the four arrows at top right corner will enlarge it again.
In the late-1950s, Davis collaborated with Berry Gordy, the Motown Records founder, to write a number of hit songs for Jackie Wilson. The most notable of these was "Lonely Teardrops", written by Davis, Gordy, and Gordy's sister Gwen, who was Davis's girlfriend at the time. My 45 copy of "Lonely Teardrops" does not list Berry Gordy's sister as co-writer, only Gordy and Tyran Carlo.
In the early 1960s, Davis left Detroit and moved to Chess Records in Chicago. Davis left Chess towards the end of 1968, and with his success at the label, accepted a position writing and producing jingles at the McCann-Erickson advertising agency in New York City.
While at McCann-Erickson, Davis rose to Senior Vice-President and Music Director. Davis's primary client was The Coca-Cola Company, for which he produced the famous jingle "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" (In Perfect Harmony), used in a 1971 Coca-Cola television advertisement. He also produced other jingles such as "It's the Real Thing", "Things Go Better With Coke" and "Country Sunshine" for Coca-Cola (with country singer Dottie West, who recorded the song), and "If You've Got the Time" for Miller Beer.
The Coca-Cola advertisement, Hey Kid, Catch!, starring Mean Joe Green, included the song "Have a Coke and Smile" produced by Davis, winning him the Clio and Cannes Gold Lion advertising awards. It is also seen as one of the greatest Super Bowl ads of all time.
Davis introduced both Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles to singing songs for advertising, and both artists sang songs produced by Davis for Coca-Cola commercials. In 2007, Davis was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.
Davis died of natural causes in New Rochelle, New York in September 2004. He was 72.
Davis played a role in several Jackie Wilson hit songs. Read more...
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Not many going to theaters during these hard times with the health situation. What about the Drive-in theaters? Are they ready for a come back like the vinyl record?
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"In The Still Of The Night" (1956)
Read the story here.
Danny, I think you did a great job and my family enjoyed it as well. I have had some more time to go through your site and find it to be fantastic, and your personal story is great as well.
are a blessing to all of Us. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. I
look forward to seeing and hearing more from you.
The song "You Were Mine" was written by Paul Giacalone. Read the story here.
I just read your article on Duke of Earl/Vee Jay Records. My father was Randy Wood, President of Vee Jay at the time. I'm doing some research on the company and am learning how influential Vee Jay was in shaping the future of music. Nice to see your web page. Read the Duke of Earl story.
February 15, 2015
Danny, Great job !!!! I can't express enough how much my mother would have been so happy with your work on her song. As for myself and the rest of my family, we really appreciate your time & effort to let everyone who is interested in her song know the true story behind it. Read more...
Thanx so much, Bob
Congratulations on an outstanding site. I am from old school. I was 13 when Rock & Roll erupted in 1955. I would literally run home from school to watch Bandstand every day. I lived outside Philly and grew up with all the Philadelphia music scene and its performers. Keep up the good work and I thank you for your time and effort in keeping the old vinyl music alive for us and future generations.
Bill was our first newsletter subscriber.
Rest easy my friend.
Thanks for an excellent musical experience. I found your website by accident and just kept enjoying one classic after another. Great job! Like yourself, I'm still enjoying my vinyl collection. We share many of the same favorite artists. Regards,
Jim Miles, Germantown, MD
I so love your site, brings back great memories. Elvis is still the King of several types of music. I wish that I could send you all of my old vinyls --I will keep Elvis. Thank you for your wonderful site.
Debra and Donald
Danny, great going with your site. I will be visiting often. I have all of my dad's LPs and several of my own, so your site is of special interest to me.
Salt Lake City, Utah