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Song and Music Stuff...Featured Artist: Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
Chart debut year: 1982 Best known songs include: Crimson And Clover (1982); Do You Wanna Touch Me (1982); I Love Rock 'N Roll (1982); Everyday People (1983); Fake Friends (1983); Good Music (1986); Light Of Day (1987); I Hate Myself For Loving You (1988); Little Liar (1988); Dirty Deeds (1990)
Allbutforgottenoldies.net Music News Digest: Week Of December 1, 2013
During the week of December 1, 2013, oldies music fans mourned the passing of Dick Dodd of the Standells who sang the lead in the band's 1966 hit, "Dirty Water." Also that week, Bob Dylan's 1965 Newport Folk Festival guitar sold for a whopping $965,000 at auction. Another historic item of oldies music memorabilia that sold at auction was an early handwritten draft of Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" which brought in $197,000.
Review: Billie Joe + Norah's "Foreverly"
Yes, it's that Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, and that Norah Jones, discovering a classic Everly Brothers album and deciding, more or less on the spur of the moment, to re-record it themselves. Weirder still, the original wasn't full of hits -- it was also a covers album, but of classic Appalachian ballads the brothers cut their teeth on! Can this unlikely pair revisit some of the earliest "Americana," while attempting to match those heavenly, seamless Everly harmonies? Find out here when you read my review of Billie Joe + Norah's Foreverly.
The Murder of John Lennon
The murder of John Lennon is not an easy subject for many to discuss, especially for those Beatles fans who were alive on the night of the murder and remember all too well what it meant... not just to John's family and the world of music, but the world at large. Everything seemed to change that horrible night, and so, as always around this time of the year, I'm presenting this John Lennon death FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions list) to help those who may not know much about the incident, or who still wonder about certain aspects of it.
Doo-wop: The Essentials
It was one of the major driving forces in early rock and roll, but the very nature of doo-wop's humble origins, combined with a music industry that barely understood what to do with it, led to a lot of faceless one-hit wonders, confusing lineup changes, and classic artists nearly lost to history. This list is where the new doo-wop fan should get started learning all about the genre... though it was a phenomenon so rich and pervasive that parts of its history are still being uncovered today. Check out my list of essential doo-wop discs, books, videos, and more!
What is Soul-Blues Music?
Before the advent of soul-blues, African-American music had a dual nature for hundreds of years: the sacred and the secular, the glorified and the vulgar. But when gospel met R&B, it birthed soul, and when soul met blues, the first generation of an aging black middle class found its true voice. Read all about, and hear all about, the history of "soul-blues" here.
Playlist: Two-Hit Wonders!
They've all had one giant hit everyone knows by heart, but these 27 artists of the '50s, '60s, and '70s also managed to make it back to the Top 40, often with a similar song that got airplay at the time but has since become completely forgotten to history. So are these songs just pale imitations of the "one hit"? Sometimes they are. More often than not, though, they're good enough to make you wonder what might have happened. Hear and purchase these "two hit wonder" songs in my latest playlist!
The Story of Dion's "Abraham, Martin and John"
The assassination of John F. Kennedy was an event so traumatic it didn't produce a US top 40 hit for five years -- and even then, radio only faced reality because of a series of similar shocks, a former doo-wop idol, a Louisiana swamp-popper, and, tangentially, a cartoon dog. Read all about the history and recording of "Abraham, Martin and John" right here.
In the Spotlight: Olivia-Newton John
The adorable Aussie who stole hearts in Grease and, to a lesser extent, Xanadu, Olivia Newton-John was the female face of soft-rock radio in the '70s, but she actually started out as a country singer -- or a countrypolitan one, anyway -- until she decided to undergo one of pop's major branding makeovers by getting "Physical." And in between all the changes Livvy proved herself a true survivor, not to mention a groundbreaking champion of causes we now think of as totally mainstream. Read all about the life, music, and career of Olivia Newton-John in this new profile.
The List: The Great Car Songs
These top 40 hits were the cream of the crop when it came to fetishizing America's greatest capitalistic achievement, the personal automobile. Back when Detroit was a symbol of hard work, progress, and ingenuity, AM radio offered up several hymns to the car as a symbol -- of freedom, of potency, of excess, and other values also cherished by the good old U.S. of A. Read all about the best Top 40 car hits of the oldies era, and the cars which inspired them, right here.
11 Songs That Give Thanks
As with people, these songs -- the 11 Top 40 hits of the '50s, '60s, and '70s which thanked someone in their titles -- say "thank you" in various ways: they can be heartfelt, sappy, ironic, or sardonic. But while some got their chart mojo from their gratitude, others relied less on what they were saying than how they were saying it. Rock and roll, in other words. See if your favorite song of thanks made it to the list!
The Top 10 R&B Songs of 1952
Before 1952, rural and urban rhythm and blues hits existed largely in two different camps in black America, but the year that changed all that, not coincidentally, also laid the groundwork for the acceptance of that coalition by white teens... that is, the birth of rock and roll itself. Read all about the best R&B songs of 1952 here.
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