Way Back 2019

Examining the Music in Cuarón's Roma Yields Several Non-Spanish Results

Roma, the latest from director (and writer, cinematographer and editor) Alfonso Cuarón, is the season's most critically acclaimed and heavily awarded film, certainly one of the all-time greatest from Mexico. Despite the lack of a formal music score, it contains around 40 excerpts of popular songs, mostly from the 1960s and '70s and mostly sung in Spanish! As the story progresses, many of them fly by quickly, stimulating... MORE ››

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Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

Songwriter/trumpeter Herb Alpert put together The Tijuana Brass in 1962 and now they're all on the list of the Top 100 Music Artists of the '50s and '60s!... MORE ››

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Jan and Dean

An old football buddy, Dean Torrence, had just returned from six months' initial training with the U.S. Army Reserve and was game to take over where Ginsburg left off. The two had met at Emerson Junior High in Westwood several years earlier, playing on the school football team there and at University High School right up through graduation. Locker room harmonizing had become a regular routine with other school athletes joining in; roughhousing on the gridiron, singing in the showers. A school club called The Barons, counting Jan, Dean, future actor James Brolin and pounding-drum devotee Sandy Nelson among its members, did some impromptu singing as well. It was a no-brainer in 1959 for Jan and Dean to attempt to continue what ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs

by Maurice Williams
and the Zodiacs

It's the most fantabulous, fastest-flyin'-by chart-topper ever. "Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs set a record for economy in music production by making good on a simple goal: jump right in, get to the point, thrill your listeners as you're rounding the one minute mark, and get out. Then they'll play it again and... MORE ››