Tales from the Atomic Age

Coloratura!:
Sopranos in the Sky

The temptation of a movie career during the "talkie" era of the 1930s proved irresistible enough for some to take a detour to Hollywood. For Lily Pons it was a brief diversion. Born in France in 1898, her peak years occurred past age 30 after she arrived in America, ultimately performing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House more than 200 times over a three-decade span lasting until the early '60s. She had a brief film career, starring in three musicals for RKO... MORE ››

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Harry Belafonte

You'll find Calypso king Harry Belafonte's signature song on the Top 100 RCA Victor Hits of the '50s and '60s! Check out all the dog-label classics ... MORE ››

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NINA SIMONE

Nina Simone

After some ups and downs, Nina Simone was ready to take on the music world in 1958, at 25 a mature singer and classically-trained pianist with a contempt for pop music, yet a willingness to perform it. The 1935 Broadway production of Porgy and Bess, based on a book by Heyward DuBois with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, had demonstrated staying power. The stage play, ultimately accepted as a classic American folk opera, had already been revived a few times by 1959, the year it was made into a film starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. Simone's recording of "I Loves You, Porgy," taken from her 1958 debut album Little Girl Blue, was released as a single around the time of the movie's theatrical run ... MORE ››



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(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
♦ by Blues Magoos

This group of guys got into the psychedelic mindset earlier than most, in 1965 or early '66. Even the original spelling of their name, The Bloos Magoos, had a hallucinogenic quality to it. Onstage performances included oversized lava lamps on either side of the stage; their album covers played up the splashy, colorful imagery of the era and their music ... MORE ››