Way Back 2016

AGT Oldies Update:
Perry, Isley, Dino and Frankie
Plus Cole and Faith

The powers that be at NBC's America's Got Talent, the summer's top-rated TV series again this year, are either music fans with a knack for matching hits from all eras to specific situations...or old guys clinging desperately to their childhood memories. My vote is for the former. Last week we heard a diverse selection of artists and songs: Perry Como ("Magic Moments"), more Isley Brothers ("It's Your Thing"), Dean Martin ("That's ... MORE ››

Top 100 Lists

Chuck Berry

Duck-walkin' Chuck Berry makes a stand at #35 on the Top 100 Male Solo Singers of the '50s and '60s! See the full list of rockers, crooners and singing idols ... MORE ››

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THE YARDBIRDS

The Yardbirds

A little over a year after The Beatles spearheaded the British Invasion of America, The Yardbirds came along. They had the wildest sound of anyone up to that time; by mid-'60s standards it was way, way out. At the start they were much like their peers from the isles The Rolling Stones, obsessed with the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon and other outstanding American blues practitioners of the 1950s. A big break came in 1963 when they began playing the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey, west of London, coming in after a run there by the Stones, who'd just put a single on the charts and were moving on to bigger things. A band called The Country Gentlemen hardly sounds like a logical starting point for one of music's most innovative bands, but that ... MORE ››



Vinyl Attack Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters

♦ Cry Baby ♦
by Garnet Mimms
and the Enchanters

While working at an appliance store in Philadelphia, Jerry Ragovoy and store owner Herb Slotkin put together a little money to produce a talented vocal group, The Castelles, establishing Grand Records primarily for the purpose of recording local acts. "My Girl Awaits Me" generated a fair amount of interest ... MORE ››