Tales from the Atomic Age

The Twist: Ballard's Brainchild,
Checker's Change of Fortune

Young Ernie had been hanging around the offices of Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records in the hopes of becoming a singing star. He was pretty good at doing imitations of current artists, so they gave him a chance with "The Class," where he played all the parts: the music teacher and his students Fats Domino, The Coasters, Elvis, The Chipmunks and drummer Cozy Cole, all taking turns on "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Legend has it that Dick Clark's wife Barbara... MORE ››

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The Turtles

The Turtles came outta their shells in '65 and earned a spot on the Top 100 Music Groups of the '50s and '60s! See the list of vocal acts and cookin' combos ... MORE ››

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Della Reese

Although she's a familiar actress to millions of TV viewers, Della Reese is, first and foremost, a very fine singer. Surely she considers her various show business ventures of lesser import, secondary to her faith in God (she was ordained a minister later in life). Yet a certain worldliness is gained when one is successful and she's no exception, having grown up in trying circumstances and given in to her share of temptation as an adult. Born Delloreese Patricia Early in 1931, her earliest singing experience came as a member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Detroit. Gospel great Mahalia Jackson attended services in 1944 and was impressed by the ability of the 13-year-old vocalist. Starting the following year, Delloreese spent five consecutive summers ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack The Teddy Bears

To Know Him,
is To Love Him
♦ by the Teddy Bears ♦

Fairfax High School student Phillip Harvey Spector spent many nights in his darkened room during the mid-'50s, playing guitar and dreaming of...more specifically, plotting how he was going to systematically conquer the world of rock and roll...or, at the very least, the enticing music-biz scene that was going on just a few ... MORE ››