Tales from the Atomic Age

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Sopranos in the Sky

Beverly Sills sang in a film short, Uncle Sol Solves It, in 1938 at the age of eight, then later broke into the business as a contestant on the radio show Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in 1946, enjoying a lengthy opera career through the 1970s and becoming a well-known personality along the way with many TV appearances. New Yorker Reri Grist is another highly successful black opera singer, breaking through in the original Broadway production of West Side Story in 1957; her show- ... MORE ››

Top 100 Lists

Al Martino

Philly crooner Al Martino landed a song on the list of the Top 100 Capitol Hits 1950-1969! Check out more of the music from Hollywood and Vine ... MORE ››

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THE KINKS

The Kinks

That chunky two-note "You Really Got Me" riff got me hooked. The Kinks' first hit was simple but attention-grabbing, a stabbing sensation unlike what the other British Invaders of 1964 were offering up, and that's saying a lot. As '65 began, "All Day and All of the Night" appeared as a part two or sorts with an elevated blast of manic guitar confusion midway. Next came "Tired of Waiting For You," a straightforwardly angry song but with a milder tone, and the unique quality of Ray Davies' voice became increasingly apparent; here was a bloke with style and attitude. He was also a gifted lyricist and later stirred the pop culture pot in imaginative ways. Ray was 20 when the group rose to fame in '64; his brother, Dave Davies, just 17. Londoners since birth ... MORE ››



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Philadelphia's Cameo Records was a profitable venture from the beginning. Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe opened for business in late 1956; 20-year-old Charlie Gracie, Philly born and raised, was the label's first hitmaker with its sixth release, "Butterfly," in early '57. The company, with sister label Parkway, dominated the city's music scene in the '60s ... MORE ››