Way Back 2017

Mel Torme, Link Wray and
BFFs Simon and Garfunkel Vitalize Recent TV Spots

Nespresso has extensively CGI'd its latest TV ad that speedily depicts George Clooney's attempts to zero in on a great cup of coffee. Andy Garcia's ego necessitates a road trip and Mel Torme's 1962 hit "Comin' Home Baby" provides the score as Clooney hitches rides with Muppets Kermit and Fozzie, "Cannonball" Burt Reynolds, Janet "Marion Crane" Leigh, John Candy and Easy Rider bikers Peter Fonda and Dennis ... MORE ››

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The Honeycombs

British band The Honeycombs were on Vee-Jay label Interphon, which makes them eligible for the Top 100 Vee-Jay Hits 1954-1966! Check out the entire list ... MORE ››

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THE LETTERMEN

The Lettermen

Several college-focused vocal groups emerged in the latter half of the 1950s, taking a non-rock-and-roll position while catering to the same youthful music fans. Being an actual student was not a prerequisite, but performing at colleges and universities was a great way to build an audience; folk bands like The Kingston Trio and The Brothers Four did so regularly. More specific to the trendy academic image were The Four Freshmen and The Four Preps; live concert albums, often recorded at campus shows, were released by all these acts and others. The group that took this strategy the furthest was The Lettermen, who actually wore striped letterman sweaters (each sporting a large "L") on their first three Capitol albums, then exhibited a more dapper man-about-campus ... MORE ››



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The Fool
by Sanford Clark

Although he was the son of a wildcat oil driller, Lee Hazlewood didn't make his fortune off dad's precarious line of work (the highly volatile wildcat business often involves drilling on potentially oilless land). Instead he forged a hit-and-miss career in music; the disc jockey-songwriter-producer-singer had a great deal of success with "twangy" guitar man ... MORE ››