Way Back 2016

A Nefarious Super Bowl Question: "Do You Love Me"..."Little Demon"?

Overall, this year's Super Bowl ads had a more contemporary feel than usual. Exceptions: Janelle Monáe danced to The Contours' 1962 Motown smash "Do You Love Me" in the latest in a long line of colorful, musical Pepsi commercials. The most surprising turn came late in the game on a spot for Fitbit Blaze (The Smart Fitness Watch) and its wonderfully wacko backing track, Screamin' Jay Hawkins' deranged "Little Demon"... MORE ››

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Johnny Mathis

"Chances Are" Johnny Mathis has secured a high ranking on the Top 100 Male Solo Singers of the '50s and '60s! Check out the full list of cavalier crooners ... MORE ››

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Peter, Paul and Mary

Albert Grossman was the guy who took three relatively inexperienced singers and helped them navigate the viciously unforgiving atmosphere of New York City as a collective unit, shaping them within a matter of months into a fully-formed folk act much greater than the sum of its separate identities. Timing, of course, was a major factor; had folk music not been so magnificently in vogue during the early 1960s, Peter, Paul and Mary might have been little more than an entertaining coffee-house act catering to a cult following perplexed by their obscure standing. But by an unusual set of circumstances they were able to chart their own course, in the process outlasting music's "folk boom" phase without having to adapt to any evolving trends outside a collective ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack The Fiestas

So Fine
by the Fiestas

Old Town Records had been in business five years before Marvin and Johnny's overly-possessive sentiments in the ballad "We Belong Together" connected with the public and became the label's first major hit in 1958. An interesting new act came to the attention of owner Hy Weiss some months later through Jim Gribble, who was pushing ... MORE ››