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American Idol Embellishes Soundtrack with Oldies, Brenton Wood Peddles
Kinder Joy Candy

Over the course of five episodes of auditions for this year's cast of American Idol hopefuls, several original recordings of '50s and '60s material have underscored various moments in the ten-hour presentation. Talent judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan flew into Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to the sound of The 4 Seasons' lesser-known but worthy-of-exposure 1969 single "Idaho." Another half dozen selections were ... MORE ››

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Jerry Butler

"The Ice Man," Jerry Butler, hails from Chicago and ranks among the Top 100 Music Artists of the '50s and '60s! Check out the full list of legendary hitmakers... MORE ››

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Bill Haley and his Comets

The story of Bill Haley is one of music history's most significant. Each event of his early life was a stepping stone in the formation of rock and roll. Born in 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan and raised in the tiny town of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania (some 20 miles from Philadelphia), Bill was a reserved and self-conscious child due to the blindness in his left eye, the result of a routine but poorly-handled operation by a country doctor when he was in an infant. He never mention his "bad eye" to people, but to many it was obvious (as an adult, he was careful to be photographed showing his "good side" whenever possible). During his teenage years, there was a marketplace down the road from where he lived called the Auction Mart. He began playing instrumental ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Do Your Thing
by The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Singer-songwriter Charles Wright appeared on the scene as a funky, free-form frontman spouting catch phrases like 'Have mercy!' and 'In the jungle, babe!' from "Do Your Thing," his winter-to-spring '69 hit with The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Wright had actually been performing for more than a ... MORE ››