Tales from the Atomic Age

Sopranos in the Sky

If there is one coloratura singer who most successfully combined the serious side of operatic stage performing with stardom of a less-serious pop culture kind, it would be Anna Moffo. Her family's Italian background seemed a world away from her birthplace, in 1932, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, but her goal was clear. In 1954 she won the Philadelphia Orchestra Young Artists audition, an annual competition that resulted in an opportunity to study in Rome. She made her ... MORE ››

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Richard Chamberlain

Richard Chamberlain, TV's Dr. Kildare, made the cut with a song on the Top 100 MGM Hits 1950-1969! See the list representing the best of the "lion label"... MORE ››

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The Four Lads

St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto, Ontario has traditionally limited the number of enrollees it admits each year to a few dozen. Auditions are held and for each boy accepted the training is rigorous; performing as part of the boys' choir at St. Michael's Cathedral is the honor every student strives for. Several Toronto-born teenagers had gone through this process and been accepted to the school in 1947 and '48; they eventually became members of two of the most successful pop music vocal groups of the 1950s. After graduating from St. Michael's, Corrado "Connie" Codarini and Bernie Toorish started a quartet with schoolmates Rudi Maugeri and John Perkins. At some point, Rudi and John left and formed The Crew-Cutswith Pat Barrett and John's brother ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Eddie Cooley and the Dimples

Eddie Cooley & the Dimples

If you've been searching for the music of the future, I've got it right here...at least if we're to believe what it says on the label of any Royal Roost 78 or 45 including "Priscilla," the 1956 hit by Eddie Cooley and the Dimples. The company, originally named after "The Royal Roost," a hot jazz club in New York City owned by Ralph Watkins, was at first called ... MORE ››