Tales from the Atomic Age

Fly-By-Night Fun: Fashion
and Fads, Toys and Trends

"Flower Power" followers were less specific about styles dictated by the fashion world, instead just taking a free form apprach that often involved bright, flowery colors. Women favored old fashioned "grandma dresses" and men showed a preference for tie-dye shirts with random psychedelic designs. Songs that tied in to the late '60s movement were popular in the months surrounding 1967's "Summer of Love": "The Flower Children" by Marcia Strassman, "San Francisco (Be Sure ... MORE ››

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Johnnie Ray

Johnnie Ray offered a double dose of "Cry"-ing at #3 on the list of the Top 100 Two-Sided Hits of the '50s and '60s! Check out all the hits-and-flipside smashes ... MORE ››

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JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY

James and Bobby Purify

The 1966 hit "I'm Your Puppet" is the song most people remember James and Bobby Purify for; Memphis-based soul men Sam and Dave are the singers they're too often unfavorably compared to. As a longtime fan of both duos, but with a preference for J&B over S&D, I can tell you Florida's Purify guys ain't no one-hit wonders and never had a reason to feel inferior to the Stax label's Moore and Prater. Also, contrary to the name, they weren't brothers and may not have even been related by blood (a debatable point), which would make them something of an accident in the studio, two potential solo singers come together as one act...and I'm sure glad it happened the way it did! Robert Dickey was born in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1939, a guitarist who started gigging... MORE ››



Vinyl Attack Ray Bryant Combo

The Madison Time
by the Ray Bryant Combo

Depending on a person's musical preference, the name Ray Bryant may mean different things to different people. Those with a keen ear for jazz know the lively piano player for a long series of recordings capped by his often-performed, multiple-part "Little Susie." Rhythm and blues fans are well aware of his work with a youthful Aretha Franklin ... MORE ››