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In 1964 Roy Orbison and Bill Dees wrote the Pretty Woman Oldies Music Lyrics. The title, inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette, would end up #1 on the charts and would later be used as the movie theme song in the 1990 Pretty Woman movie and 1988 Black and White Night Special.
Lonely Teardrops Vinyl Record Memories, The Jackie Wilson Story, looks at the life and career of this deeply troubled artist and his 1958 signature song, "Lonely Teardrops." Wilson clearly deserves his rightful place among the greatest vocalists in popular music history.
The Skyliners vinyl record memories returns to the Doo-wop era with their original hit song, "Since I Don't Have You." Switch off the lights and this song will send you back to 1959, to a special time and place when life was so innocent.
The Johnny Rodriguez cover of the Eagles song "Lyin' Eyes" from 1976 may not out shine the Eagles original but Johnny's version with an added country twist might just be....the best ever on this song.
Your True Love Rockabilly Lyrics was written by Carl Perkins in 1957 and nearly 30 years later Carl is singing with his rockabilly buddies George Harrison and Dave Edmunds in a 1985 live performance.
Chuck Berry vinyl record memories returns to 1964 with the #14,"You Never Can Tell." From the Rockabilly flavored "Maybellene" to the all-time favorite, "Johnny B. Goode" Berry, one of the founding titans of rock, produced some of the most imitated guitar licks of all time.
Another Place Another Time was the country side beginning for Jerry Lee Lewis, the honky-tonk piano man know as the "Killer." The song is an interesting representation of an early rock & roll star's dramatic change from rock to pure country music.
Vinyl Record Memories relives the times, the music, the golden age of vinyl records. Please join me as we remember those artists and groups of the 50's, 60's & 70's, who set the bar high for a genre that was characterized by quality and class.
Buddy Holly songs include one of his most haunting, beautiful ballads, True Love Ways. Recorded in 1958 as a wedding gift for his wife,"True Love Ways" will bring a tear to your eye and the dreamy saxophone accompaniment by "Boomie Richman" is absolutely perfect.
It was 1959 and Skip and Flip were singing "It Was I" on this 45rpm record. Remember having your shirt collar turned up Elvis style on your multicolored pin-stripped shirt, your duck tail hair cut, and hanging out with friends at Friday night school dances.
"I Take A Lot of Pride In What I Am" is a fan favorite from the 1970, "Fightin' Side of Me" live album. The introduction says it all. The Houselights blink, then dim. The crowd quiets. Then the intro and the man they've been waiting for. This is Merle Haggard - Live!
Merle Haggard features another great barroom song, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," his twenty-sixth number one song, and an album, "Back to The Barrooms" filled with songs of bars, booze and the blues.
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again, performed by Merle Haggard in 2004 at Texas honky tonk, Billy Bob's. Merle performs 21 songs and the entrance of the talented Janie Fricke singing back-up on this number was a welcome bonus for all.
Mama Tried Lyrics looks back on hard times as Merle Haggard tried to focus on the pain and suffering he caused his mother after being placed in San Quentin prison in 1957. His songwriting always seemed to take you with him and make you feel the hurt he experienced.
Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star was co-written by Merle Haggard with Freddie Powers in 1987 and was the last of his thirty eight number one singles as a solo artist. Haggard wishes upon a star not for riches but for reconciliation with a lover, with a bit of doo-wop influence.
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
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.
Connie Francis is NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How ridiculous is that? Read more...
"Poor Little Fool" song writer claimed Ricky ruined her song. Read the story here.
The real "Little Deuce Coupe" story with great video. Read more.
Hottest rockabilly ever performed in one setting! Watch as Carl Perkins sings rockabilly songs with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and others. Read more...
The song "True Love Ways" was recorded in the presence of Buddy's wife, and should be appreciated for the impact of this great song, and the love that inspired it. Read the story here.
"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...
"Looking For An Echo" is street corner music with soul. A time when the ability to sing was mandatory. Read more...
"We practiced in a subway,
In a lobby or a hall
Crowded in a doorway
Singing "Doo-wops" to the wall"
Tucked between the 50s Doo Wop groups and the mid-60s British invasion was the phenomenon known as the Girl Groups. Read More.
Merle performs his classic #1 song live with Jewel. It is one of the better versions of the song ever recorded as a duet. Simply put...Jewel is a Diamond and Merle is pure Gold. Read more.
Many consider "In The Still of The Night" to be the anthem of Doo Wop oldies and it would be hard to argue that point giving the year the song was originally released, 1956. Read more.