Way Back 2016

Simone's "Fruit" Powers
Birth of a Nation, Bridget
Songs Keep it Light

Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, which bears the same title as the controversial and extremely popular 101-year-old film by D.W. Griffith, suggests this different-but-connected production is an important work of art, indicated in part by the inclusion of "Strange Fruit" by Nina Simone from her 1965 Philips album Pastel Blues (the song was famously recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939). Simone's profoundly moving recording is... MORE ››

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The Miracles

Smokey and his Motown pals The Miracles make a strong stand on the Top 100 Music Groups of the '50s and '60s! Check out all the bands, duos and combos ... MORE ››

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The Tokens

The five Brooklynites who made up the ranks of The Tokens throughout most of the 1960s were much more than just a popular vocal group. Street corner harmonizers Henry "Hank" Medress, Jay Siegel and brothers Philip Margo and Mitch Margo had developed as songwriters in the latter half of the '50s, following in the footsteps of former group member Neil Sedaka, who'd successfully lit both ends of the candle as a singer and composer of catchy pop tunes. But the Tokens, with guitar player Joe Venneri, took Neil one further. Some sort of triangular wax stick would have been required to metaphorically represent their other specialty, producing records, impressively so in the case of a particularly "Fine" Bronx-based girl group. But before that came about, an ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack The Essex

♦ Easier Said Than Done ♦
by the Essex

I think Anita Humes has been unfairly overlooked. That may be a strange thing to say about a singer who once had a number one hit, but her case is unusual. In the fall of 1960 Anita, a bakery worker from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, joined the Marine Corps; just out of her teens, she was stationed at Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Through ... MORE ››