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Issue #093 - November, 2020.
Tune in each day to my favorite oldies station, the Country Doo Wop Show. My friend, Ned Ward turns music into memories playing yesterday’s Country favorites and the Classic Doo Wop hits of the 50s and 60s. Listen in Monday thru Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, all times Pacific, on KNCP Newberry Mix 107.3 FM.
A friendly reminder: If you are searching for additional site information about artists or groups please use the search bar at the top right of the home and other site pages. You can also find everything by simply using our sitemap located on the top left of the navigation bar.
Favorite pages this past month include the 1958 song, The End, by Earl Grant. Well over a half century later I don't have adequate words to describe the wonderful poetry of these beautiful love song lyrics.
The online review will no doubt encourage you to read more after the author's beginning comments..."There are songs which will remain unheard within the memories of the masses during their lifetime. Then there are those songs that are so simple, so clear, so melodic in structure, and most important, their lyrical content".....Read more.
James Sheppard was inspired to write this #2 song after his ex-girlfriend moved to Texas. This was a continuation theme of "A Thousand Miles Away" that reached #5 on the R&B charts in 1956, and one of the "Spotlight Songs" played regularly on the Country Doo Wop Show. =======================================
The Golden Era, The Silver age, and The Modern age of the Jukebox is celebrated the same day each year on November 25th. We'll take a look back on some Jukebox history.
Most already know how much I admire session players and all they accomplish but artists who paint pictures, especially those who bring classic cars to life, also have a special place on my list of most admired. Automotive artist, Dale Klee, creates his dream scenarios in the form of beautiful acrylic artwork featuring classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Remember the song "Pretty Woman"? When the familiar intro beat to Pretty Woman starts, your heart will begin to pound. From the 1988 special, Black & White Night, you are in for a video treat and a who's who in the music world.
In this song every sentence is a question and style, grace and class describes these three talented ladies and their monster 70s classic, "When Will I See You Again."
Let's get started....
Clarence Bassett and Charles Baskerville backed James Sheppard and became known as Shep and The Limelites, another one of the great classics you hear daily on my favorite oldies station. The group formed in Queens in 1960 and this Doo Wop Classic was recorded for Hull Records in February, 1961. Enjoy this November "Spotlight Song," Daddy's Home.
National Jukebox day, November 25th, seeks to encourage people to play
their favorite songs on a jukebox. A "jukebox" is a term used for what
was the first coin operated music playing device. And one of the most beautiful and most collected is this Wurlitzer 1015 model made between 1946 and 1947.
Louis T. Glass and his business associate William S. Arnold demonstrated their first coin-operated phonograph on the 23rd of November, 1889, in the Palais Royal Restaurant, 303 Sutter Street in San Francisco. A little Jukebox history...
I recently ordered some calenders and Christmas cards from my favorite automotive artist, Dale Klee.
Dale paints all my favorite hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles and trucks from a time in history when I was growing up.
His paintings of abandoned cars brings back special memories when my uncle owned a junkyard and modified race cars in southern Ohio in the 50s and early 60s. Dale says..."Automobile paintings can easily have a cold, illustrative look, especially in urban settings. Abandoned cars, on the other hand, have a way of quietly blending into their surroundings."
His paintings are perfect examples of exactly how these classics looked at the time. I know...I was there. A favorite of mine titled "A Few Good Years" is a perfect painting of the Tri-five chevy years, '55, '56 & '57. Accurate detail is crucial to his work, so don't overlook each and every automotive art scene Dale has painted.
Dale Klee has been a professional artist for over 40 years. His love of automotive design began when he was a young boy growing up in the small town of Houghton, MI where his father owned a gas station and cars were always the topic of discussion.
Dale considers automobiles to be "rolling sculptures of art" and has always been fascinated with their design. Fueled by his passion for great automotive design and an artistic appreciation for nature and art, he began to create his dream scenarios in the form of beautiful acrylic artwork featuring classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. A few examples of Dale's wall art. Click on photo to enlarge.
Today, Dale continues to create his colorful classic automobile scenes
with his well worn pallet and brushes out of his studio in Wyoming, MN
(a quaint community just north of the Minnesota Twin Cities of
Minneapolis and St. Paul). His prints now adorn homes and businesses
throughout the world. Source: Dale Klee art.com
Originally broadcast on January 3, 1988, a live album was released in 1989. Even If you don't already know the music and words from memory, when the familiar intro beat to PRETTY WOMAN starts, your heart will begin to pound. Roy Orbison had an absolutely incredible voice, and all of these artists from days gone by joined in for a very special evening of entertainment.
Starring triple Hall of Fame inductee (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame) rock/pop singer/songwriter, Roy Orbison and the TCB backing band is a Cinemax television special filmed entirely in black and white.
The TCB band consisted of Glen D. Hardin on piano, James Burton on lead guitar, Jerry Scheff on stand up base, and Ronnie Tutt on drums. The TCB Band accompanied Elvis Presley from 1969 until his death in 1977. Female backing vocals on this black and white special included Bonnie Raitt, k.d. Lang, and Jennifer Warnes.
"When Will I See You Again" was released in 1974 and still sounds refreshing today.
The song is unique in that every sentence is a question, heightening the overall effect and emotion. The song was written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, an American songwriting and production team credited for developing the Philadelphia soul music genre (also known as the Philly sound) of the 1970s.
What’s amazing is that these women were in their 20’s and they displayed so much elegance, grace, and maturity, that is so rare in today's entertainment landscape.
"When Will I See You Again" was one of the most successful recordings of the "Philly Soul" era, reaching #1 on the adult contemporary chart, and #4 on the R&B chart in the autumn of 1974. In the UK, it fared even better, spending two weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in August 1974.
In the U.S.the song peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart, and it is beyond belief, "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas kept it from the #1 spot.
Lead singer, Sheila Ferguson recalled that the song was played to her by co-author, Kenny Gamble at the piano in 1973 and she threw a tantrum as she thought it was ridiculously insulting to be given such a simple song and that it took no talent to sing it.
Sheila said "I screamed and yelled and said I would never sing it but finally agreed and several million copies later, I realized that Kenny knew more than me."
Roy Orbison wrote it and while it only scored as high as #29 in the US, Linda Ronstadt took it to far greater fame as her only gold-selling single and her signature song. Coming next month in the Vinyl Record Lovers newsletter...
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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.
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 don't usually contact doo wop article authors as I rarely find much value in the articles, but your article struck me as sincere, genuine and respectful."
Producer, Audio Engineer
"In The Still Of The Night" (1956)
Read the story here.
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
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
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
Polish up your spurs, Saddle up ole paint and get ready to relive your childhood! Come with me and let's relive those bygone days with these cowboy campfire songs and fond memories of your favorite silver screen cowboys. Read more...
If you lived and breathed in the fifties those songs of the past reminds us of our connection to innocence and the fabulous harmonies of these four pretty gals.
More than 60 years later, the emotional power of these two songs still resonates with listeners, and as a result, still remains current. Read more ...
A truly beautiful song with words that reflect the long lasting meaning of love.
"But just tell me you love me and you are only mine ...
And our love will go on 'til the end of time." Read more ...
Just creamy harmony and seamless pleasure returns you to the days when easy listening was called "dinner music."
Another beautiful love song from 1964. Read more.
"Give me a old dusty dark bar with Patsy on the jukebox and a cold one at the ready. It just doesn't get any better than that." Read more...
Vinyl Record Memories - The 50s, 60s, & 70s. Read my stories, listen to all the great oldies. Read more ...
Cruise on over to the Doo Wop page and listen to those wonderful street corner sounds from the 50s & 60s. Read more.
Few songs remain as enduring and haunting as the 1961 No. 1 hit, "Runaway." Written by Del Shannon and his keyboardist, Max Crook, it outlines in tear-streaked detail a guy who's lost his girl. Read more ...
A man with this much talent should certainly be entitled to more than this one simple page that I have provided and not just because I enjoyed one particular song of his more than his others. Read more...
"We almost didn't put it on an album. We were sitting around listening to it going...naaah, that's a chick song." Billy Joel...
Song of the year and Record of the year in 1978. Read more...