Way Back 2017

The In-Person Masqueraders Overshadow a Chock-Full-of-Oldies America's Got Talent

No need to listen too closely to catch the many vintage recordings inserted into episodes of America's Got Talent. In the weeks since season 12's debut the final week in May, we've heard late 1960s smashes "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone, "Oh Happy Day" by The Edwin Hawkins Singers, "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding and Steppenwolf rocker "Born to Be Wild." Earlier-decade songs the show's producers have worked... MORE ››

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Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers

Pete Seeger and The Weavers ruled the mid-century folk music scene. The Weavers have seven songs on the Top 100 Folk Hits of the '50s and '60s!... MORE ››

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The Olympics

A Los Angeles-based vocal group, The Challengers, secured a comfortable place in the extremely competitive music industry...after changing their name. As The Olympics, they quickly established a national presence, though it was short-lived. Considered a "one-hit wonder" in some parts of our great nation, they nevertheless enjoyed an eight-year run as relatively big fish in a big pond: the most populous corner of the U.S., Southern California. But there's more to this act with a sports-inspired name than just the humorous, infectious (and, alas, derivative) 1958 hit "Western Movies." In the long haul, Walter Ward and his quartet (sometimes a quintet) were as ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack The Music Explosion

Little Bit O'Soul
by the Music Explosion

Mansfield, Ohio had an active rock scene in the 1960s, or so a sizeable number of then-teenaged, maniacal music fans who grew up there have claimed. A tight mid-decade outfit called Kings English played regular gigs in area dancehalls. Two of the band's members, guitarists Richard Nesta and Don "Tudor" Atkins, hooked up with singer ... MORE ››