Monday, December 21, 2009

Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas

This is a great Christmas video of an Elvis song. Enjoy!

"I hear the bells
Saying christmas is near
They ring out to tell the world
That this is the season of cheer

I hear a choir
Singing sweetly somewhere
And a glow fills my heart
I'm at peace with the world
As the sound of their singing fills the air

Oh why cant every day be like Christmas
Why cant that feeling go on endlessly
For if everyday could be just like Christmas
What a wonderful world this would be

I hear a child
Telling santa what to bring
And the smile upon his tiny face
Is worth more to me than anything"


I don't know how "American Idol" did this, but I LOVE it! One of my favorite songs, "If I Can Dream", not a Christmas song, but in the Spirit of Christmas.
Great Video !! Elvis and Celine !!!?


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Monday, December 7, 2009

Do You Hear What I Hear?




"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a Christmas song written in October 1962 with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. The pair were married at the time, and wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of different artists.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" was released shortly after Thanksgiving in 1962. The song was originally recorded by Harry Simeone Chorale. It went on to sell more than quarter-million copies during the 1962 Christmas holiday season.



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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nights in White Satin



The Moody Blues were one of my favorite groups in the '60's and "Night's in White Satin" was a classic, still is!

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Monday, August 24, 2009

"Secret Agent Man"

Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was versatile enough to do folk songs, blues, and revivals of old-time rock 'n' roll music songs and some original material. Rivers's greatest success came in the mid and late 1960s with a series of successful songs (including "Seventh Son", "Poor Side of Town", "Summer Rain", and "Secret Agent Man"), but he has continued to record and perform to the present.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

Reliving the '60's


Lots of great links today for those of us who loved the delicious decade of the '60's and wonder where we can relive it. With the up-coming 40th anniversary of the Woodstock festival, baby-boomers will enjoy these fun articles from "US News and World Report" online.

10 Places to Relive the '60's

Slide Show of 10 Great Places to Relive the '60's

And if you haven't visited this site yet, you are in for a real treat, it's one of my favorites:

The 60's Official Site

Finally, from MSNBC, today's kids are discovering the 60's:

They Love the '60's


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Thursday, August 13, 2009

"I'm A Believer"

"The Monkees were a pop rock quartet assembled in Los Angeles in 1966 for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968. The members were Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones, who were supervised and popularized by Don Kirshner.

At the time of the band's formation, its producers saw The Monkees as a Beatles-like band. At the start, the band members provided vocals, and were given some performing and production opportunities, but they eventually fought for and earned the right to collectively supervise all musical output under the band's name. The group undertook several concert tours, allowing an opportunity to perform as a live band as well as on the TV series. Although the show was canceled in 1968, the band continued releasing records until 1970. In the 1980s, the television show and music experienced a revival, which led to a series of reunion tours, and new records featuring various incarnations of the band's lineup." (wikipedia.com)



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Monday, August 10, 2009

"Let's Get Together

In 1967, The Youngbloods released their version of the song under the title "Get Together". It became a minor Hot 100 hit for them, peaking at number sixty-two. However, renewed interest in the Youngbloods version came when it was used in a television public service announcement as a call for brotherhood by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Re-released as a single in 1969, it became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number five. This version remains the most-remembered today. The Youngbloods version of the song has been featured in several films, including Purple Haze, Forrest Gump, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (from wikipedia.com)



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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"My Cup Runneth Over"

A great 60's love song by Ed Ames. It reached # 8 on the billboard charts in 1967. Ed Ames was not only a great singer, but an actor as well. He played in the hit series "Daniel Boone", as the native american friend, "Mingo", to Daniel Boone.



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Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Crying"

Roy Orbison had several mega-hits during the 60's including "Pretty Woman", "Only the Lonely", and my favorite, "Crying".

"Crying" was released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in July 1961 and went to No. 2 on the Billboard pop music charts.

The song contains "a vivid combination of hurtful romantic longing combined with near operatic vocals".

In 2002, "Crying" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it #69 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
(from wikipedia.com)



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Thursday, July 30, 2009

(You're My) Soul and Inspiration

"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" was a number one hit for the Righteous Brothers in 1966. The Righteous Brothers were a popular "blue-eyed soul" vocal duo, who had many hits in the 60's including, "Unchained Melody", "Just Once in My Life", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "Ebb Tide". I just learned they also had a religious song titled "He", that went to #18 in 1966. I am trying to locate a video of that one. Has anyone ever heard of it?



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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Four Tops

The Four Tops from Detroit, Michigan had several top hits during the 60's and into the 70's. Their passionate love songs were some of my favorites..."Bernadette"('67), "Reach Out I'll Be There"('66), "Baby I Need Your Lovin'('64), "Can't Help Myself"('65). The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.










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Saturday, July 25, 2009

"Good Day Sunshine"

"Good Day Sunshine" is a song by The Beatles on the 1966 album 'Revolver'. It was written by Paul McCartney, though like all Beatles songs written by either of them, it is credited as Lennon/McCartney. Leonard Bernstein praised the song for its construction in a 1967 CBS News documentary.

McCartney said that he was influenced by The Lovin' Spoonful in writing this song, whose bouncy harmonies and upbeat lyrics recall the Spoonful's "good-time music".

(from Wikipedia.com)



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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Classical Gas"

One of the great instrumental hits of the 60's was "Classical Gas", by Mason Williams. Mason Williams, a folk guitarist, was also a comedy writer for 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (1967-69). "Classical Gas" reached #2 on the Billboard Top 40 Hits in the summer of 1968 and it was Mason Williams' only hit.



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Monday, July 20, 2009

"Someday We'll Be Together"

Today is the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. If you are a baby-boomer you probably remember exactly where you were on that day. The whole country could be found in front of their televisions watching the 6:00pm news. It was a day when all of America came together.



Do you remember where you were on July 20, 1969?

One of the top hits of the year of 1969 was "Someday We'll Be Together" by Diana Ross and the Supremes, one of the most popuar Motown groups from Detroit. The hit reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 40 chart.




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Saturday, July 18, 2009

"You Didn't Have To Be So Nice"

From the popular teen tv show Hullabaloo (1965), The Lovin Spoonful performing their hit:
"You Didn't Have To Be So Nice".

A fun look at an excellent band from the 60's.



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Friday, July 17, 2009

"Tell Me Baby"

Herman's Hermits was one of the groups I saw perform live in Detroit, in the 60's.

All the young teenage girls loved Peter Noonan and his silly smile.

This is the Herman's Hermits song, "Tell Me Baby". It is from the original 1965 LP album, "Herman's Hermits On Tour".



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Thursday, July 16, 2009

"I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite"

Here is "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite" by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. In 1968 it climbed to #8 on the Charts and stayed on the Top 40 for 9 weeks. It was their biggest hit.




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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"One" ~ Three Dog Night

"One" is a song by Harry Nilsson, famous for its opening line "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do."

In 1969, rock band Three Dog Night covered the song on their debut album Three Dog Night. The song was released as a single and became a hit, reaching number 5 in the Billboard Hot 100.

In the Billboard 1969 Year-End Hot 100, "One" came in at #11.




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Monday, July 13, 2009

"Good Vibrations"

The Beach Boys began in the early '60's with their hit "Surfin' Safari" and had several surfing music hits. They continued recording into the '80's and their last big hit was "Kokomo" in 1988. This clip is of a live performance of "Good Vibrations" from 1966. This hit reached #1 and was on the top 40 hits chart for 12 weeks.

In the '60's, I had almost all of The Beach Boys surfing albums and dreamed of visiting the Pacific Ocean, but had to settle for the surf of Lake Michigan!




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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Donovan had several hits during the '60's, but my favorites are some of his songs that aren't so well known. Donovan did the soundtrack for the early '70's movie, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon", the story of the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

The movie and the music are life changing. If you haven't seen the film or listened to the soundtrack, you are in for a treat! Here is a small taste. It is 'delicious'.



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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Age of Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In

This medley from the off-Broadway rock musical "Hair", was #1 on the charts in 1969 for several weeks. It is by the group "The 5th Dimension". In the Billboard list
of top hits of the entire 60's decade, this song came in at #7.

It came out just after I turned 18 and I remember it as a song of independence, freedom, love and happiness. It still brings up those feelings everytime I hear it.



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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Four Favorites from the 'Fab Four'

Here's a few of my favorite Beatle songs, from live performances in the 60's.

Enjoy "This Boy", "Til There Was You", "If I Fell", and "You're Gonna Lose That Girl".

Do you have a favorite Beatle song? Who was your favorite of the 'Fab Four'? My favorite was always the "spiritual one", George.
But I liked them all.

I can hardly believe two are gone already!
Rock 'n Roll Heaven is filling up way too fast.










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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"Let's Live for Today"

"Let's Live for Today" by the Grass Roots was a big hit in the 60's and the lyrics seemed to make total sense at age 18.

In this clip, the group is introduced by the late comedian Jimmie Durante, who makes a corny joke saying, "This group, 'The Grass Roots' don't have a manager.... they have a gardener." Innocent 60's humor. :)

Enjoy "The Grass Roots" once again.



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Monday, July 6, 2009

"Jersey Boys"

Gosh, I really must be 'stuck in the sixties'! I just heard about the Broadway show "Jersey Boys", which is the story of and a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and it's been around for years!

At the Washington,D.C. fireworks musical show, Saturday night on PBS, the 'Jersey Boys' performed. I had never heard of this show, and it's been around for about four years now! And won lots of awards.

I see on their website they are touring now. I would love to see it!!!

Has anyone here seen it? I'd love to hear your review of the show.

Jersey Boys Official website



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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Top Patriotic Song of the 60's

Happy 4th of July!!!

Probably the most patriotic song during the decade of the 60's was "The Ballad of the Green Berets". This song was #1 on the charts for five weeks, during the year of 1966. It was written and sung by Staff Sergeant Barry Sandler, who served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army Special Forces. SSgt. Sadler died of heart failure at age 49, in 1989.

In 1968, John Wayne starred in a movie of the same name, "The Green Berets", and the popular ballad from 1966 was featured on the soundtrack.





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Friday, July 3, 2009

More 60's Summer Songs

Celebrate summer with memories of great oldies from the 60's....

Wonderful Summer
Robin Ward
# 14 in 1963-64



Remember (Walkin' In the Sand)
Shangri-Las
#5 in 1964



Summer Wine
Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
1967



Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows
Lesley Gore
1965



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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Just Like Romeo and Juliet

This video is of a concert reunion of The Reflections doing their hit "Just Like Romeo and Juliet." In 1964, this song rose quickly to the top ten on the pop charts. The group still has good harmony and continues to do reunion concerts around the country.



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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Do You Believe In Magic?

The Lovin' Spoonful's biggest hit was "Summer in the City", but their happy and catchy song "Do You Believe In Magic?" was my favorite of their hits from the 60's. It reached #9 on the charts in the autumn of 1965. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Betcha'll be humming this tune for the rest of the week!



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Monday, June 29, 2009

"Ruby Tuesday"

The Rolling Stones had a #1 top hit in 1967 with "Ruby Tuesday". This video is a live performance of that hit, some years later. Mick Jaggar asks the audience,
"Ready for a little bit of romance?"




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Sunday, June 28, 2009

We Were "Born Free"

During the 60's, many top hits came from movie soundtracks. One of the most loved of these was the theme from the 1966 movie, "Born Free". It was almost the rally cry of a generation!

Remembering those days, we didn't know how blessed we were.



Words by Don Black and Music by John Barry

Oscar-winning title song from the 1966 film, Barry also won for soundtrack
Charted in 1966 at # 7 by Roger Williams and # 35 by Matt Monro


"Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart

Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star

Stay free, where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free

Stay free, where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide

Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'cause you're born free"


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Saturday, June 27, 2009

"Over You"

One of my favorite groups of the 60's was Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. They had lots of hits, including "Lady Willpower", "This Girl is a Woman Now", "Woman, Woman","Young Girl", and my favorite , "Over You." Enjoy this colorful video and remember the fun of listening to the Golden hits of Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Website



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Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5

Yesterday we lost a pop music icon...a Super Star. Michael Jackson died early at age 50. We was well loved and had millions of fans who now mourn his loss. He was a child star and became an even bigger name as an adult. His international popularity was similar to that of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley or The Beatles, in their eras. Michael Jackson was known as "The King of Pop". He began his spectacular career at age 4, and was planning a comeback tour this summer in London. Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. He will be remembered as one of the music industry's top entertainers... ever.

In this video, Dick Clark introduces 'The Jackson 5' and their newest record in 1970, "A B C", with lead singer, Michael Jackson. He was about 12 years old at the time.



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Thursday, June 25, 2009

"You've Made Me So Very Happy"

From March 1969, David Clayton-Thomas and 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' had a top hit with, "You've Made Me So Very Happy". Since that time, this song has been a favorite at weddings and an anthem of young and old :) lovers everywhere.

Blood Sweat and Tears had two other top ten hits in 1969, "And When I Die" and "Spinning Wheel". They continued recording into the '70's and today still do 60's reunion concerts.



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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"So Much in Love"

The Tymes, a rhythm and blues group, from Philadephia, PA had two top hits in 1963.
Their first hit "So Much in Love", was a story of summer love. It was #1 on the charts for 12 weeks that summer. Their second hit in 1963, "Wonderful, Wonderful" came out in late August '63 and made it to #7 on the charts.



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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Record Shop


Record stores are getting harder and harder to find, but they still do exist today, all over the country. A great article about the best record shops was featured on PasteMagazine.com.

The article "The Record Store:A Good Thing" lists several record stores still thriving around the country, and the author includes links to all the stores' websites.

Most of these stores stock vinyl LPs, 45's and lots of oldies.

In my neigborhood, Salt Lake City, there is a neat record shop that opened in 1978 and celebrated 30 years in business last year. Randy's Records is a "goldmine" for vinyl record collectors.

Here is an interesting review and interview with the shop's owner, Randy, from Slugmag.com "Bury My Heart in a Record Sleeve"

Randy's Records MySpace page

Is there still a record shop in your area? What's the best record shop you've ever visited? Where is it? Or do you just order your records online? I'd like to add links to all the best record shops and online stores for vinyl collectors. Please let me know about your favorites so I can add them.

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Summer Songs


There have been many "summer songs" through the years, in the 60's there were " Summer Rain" ('68), "Summer Wind" ('66), "Theme from a Summer Place"('60), and "Summer in the City"('66.) I think my favorite was "Summer Song"('64) by the Bristish duo, Chad and Jeremy. This classic hit was popular during the summer of 1964, the same year of the debut of the classic and timeless Ford Mustang. I'm still hoping for a light blue mustang convertible...someday!



Friday, June 19, 2009

Remembering Ricky Nelson

My first teen idol was Ricky Nelson, in the early sixties. He starred on the classic tv show "Ozzie and Harriet" (1952-1966), and always closed the show with one of his songs. His dad was a band leader and his mom was a singer. Ricky and his brother David appeared on their parents radido show beginning in 1949. Ricky Nelson began his singing career in the late 50's, and in the early 60's he became known as Rick Nelson. He had many hits during the 60's, including "Travelin' Man", "Hello Mary Lou", "Teenage Idol", and "It's Up to You". His last hit "Garden Party" was in 1972. Ricky Nelson began a comeback in the 80's doing oldies concerts, but in 1985 he died in a plane crash on the way to a concert. He was only 45 years old.







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Thursday, June 18, 2009

"Never My Love"

One of the best groups of the 60's was "The Association". I played their albums over and over. Their perfect harmony and sweet ballads of undying love just made you feel so happy!

They had several top 10 hits in the 60's, including "Cherish", "Windy", and the one featured today, "Never My Love". "The Association" was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. Enjoy this old favorite once again



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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Seekers

"The Seekers" were a pop-folk group formed in Australia during the 60's. Their most popular hit was "Georgy Girl", from a movie by the same name.

Their first hit in 1965 went to #4 on the charts and was my favorite, "I'll Never Find Another You".



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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Favorite: "Unchained Melody"

The Billboard "Hot 100 Hits" lists "Hey Jude" by the Beatles as the #1 top hit of the entire 60's decade. It surely had the most sales for the decade. And, it was probably #1 on the charts for the most weeks, during the 60's.

"The 60's Official Site" just completed a survey poll of their readers, asking what was their favorite top hit of the 60's. "Hey Jude" came in #2, behind the #1 winner, "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers.

I agree with that choice. I love this song, it's a true classic.
If you had voted, what would be your #1 favorite hit of the 60's decade?



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Monday, June 15, 2009

Sweet Hits of 1962

In 1962, I was 11 years old and began collecting 45 rpm records. My biggest request on my birthday that year was for my own radio; and I listened to it constantly. One of the hits of the year 1962 was: "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares. I played that record so much I wore it out! It finally warped and I had to buy a second copy.

Shelley Fabares also starred in a popular early 60's family televison series, "The Donna Reed Show".

Other hits were: "The Rhythm of the Rain" by the Cascades, "Soldier Boy" by the Shirells, and "Sherry" by the Four Seasons. Do you remember these?









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Friday, June 12, 2009

Happy Birthday to the 45 rpm Record


When I was a teen, back in the late 1960's, 45 rpm vinyl records were what we spent all our money on. There were no CD players or Ipods, we either played records on a record player (now an antique) or listened to our favorite radio station. When I first started collecting records, the singles (the 45 rpm records) were about 79 to 89 cents each. Later they went to about $1.99 each. I remember some weeks all my allowance and babysitting money went to purchase the latest top hit 45 rpm records. I probably had over 100 or more records at one point. I really should have held on to them through the years, today they are collectors items, and most sell for over $5.oo each. Some rare ones probably go for hundreds of dollars. Now that it's been about 40 years since I bought my last 45 record, I would once again like to start collecting my old favorites again. A friend I've just met online, has given me permission to publish an article he wrote recently, detailing the history of the 45 rpm record. Can you believe the 45 rpm is now 60 years old!!! Hope you enjoy this article , and please visit the author's website, you will learn alot about the history of vinyl records and how to begin collecting them.

Happy Birthday to the 45rpm Record

by Robert Benson

"Happy Birthday and welcome back to an old friend, the 45 rpm record officially turned 60 years old on March 31. British trade journals are reporting that single song 45rpm records are now outselling their CD counterparts and many American bands are now releasing music via this historic audio medium.

The 45rpm record was initially introduced in 1949 by RCA as a smaller, more durable replacement for the heavy 78rpm shellac-based records of the time. The 45 was created by RCA as a competitive move against one their rival record companies, Columbia, which had just introduced the new microgroove 33 1/3 rpm LP. The number 45 came from taking 78 and subtracting Columbia's new 33 to equal the 45. Record companies and consumers alike faced an uncertain future as to which format would survive the 78rpm or the 45rpm; in what was known as the “War of the Speeds.” In 1949Capitol and Decca started issuing the new LP format and RCA relented and issued its first LP in January 1950. But the 45 rpm was gaining in popularity and Columbia issued its first 45s in February 1951. Soon other record companies saw the mass consumer appeal the new format allowed and by 1954 more than 200 million 45s had been sold.

So On March 31, 1949, RCA Victor released "Texarkana Baby" b/w "Bouquet of Roses" by Eddy Arnold. The first 45 to hit the was "A -- You're Adorable" by Perry Como, listed on the charts on May 7, 1949. The next week, the year's biggest hit appeared on the Billboard charts -- "Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” by Vaughn Monroe. The first 45rpm records were monaural and as stereo sound became more prevalent and popular in the 1960s, almost all 45rpm records were manufactured in stereo.

The historical and commercial significance of the 45rpm record has varied over time, the technological developments in recorded music and according to the audience of the particular artists and musical genres. In general, 45 records were more important to the music acts who sold music to the younger audiences (mostly teenagers) who tend to have limited financial resources and shorter attention spans. That said, the golden age for the 45 was in the 1950s and 1960s in early development of rock music. They were affordable and allowed artists the freedom of releasing a single song as opposed to a whole LP. Conversely, some singles helped to launch the sales of the albums that the musicians were promoting.

The length of the songs also evolved. In the 1950s, it was common for songs to be anywhere from two to two and a half minutes long and in the 1960s; the three minute single became the norm. This length was very convenient and fit the AM Radio format very well. Millions of demo records were sent out to radio stations with specific instructions as to which song was supposed to be the ‘hit single,’ although there were some DJs that played the ‘B’ sides and those songs became hits. Elvis Presley was one of the first artists to release the ‘double-sided single’, meaning that both songs would ultimately end up on the charts. The Beatles followed suit and were also one of the first recording artists to push the envelope, so to speak and commonly had songs over the three-minute norm. In fact, there are some singles that had to be edited by radio stations and shortened to fit their particular formats. Don McLean’s 1972 hit “American Pie” is an example, the single was split up into two parts on the 45. The Beatles broke new ground in 1968 with their over seven minute epic “Hey Jude.”

The sales of the 45s were recorded on the record charts in most countries in a Top 40 format and these charts were often published in magazines (Billboard), television shows (American Bandstand) and radio programs often had the Top 40 countdown shows (Casey Kasem).

Nowadays, they still manufacture 45 rpm records, but on a much smaller scale than decades ago. Indie bands, r&b artists and punk bands love the format; it makes the music affordable for their target audience and, after all these years, are still highly sought after by collectors. Happy Birthday to an old friend, here’s for many more! "
~ Robert Benson

Author Robert Benson writes about rock/pop music, vinyl record collecting and operates Collecting Vinyl Records, where you can pick up a copy of his FREE ebook called "The Fascinating Hobby Of Vinyl Record Collecting." You can also have your vinyl records appraised at Vinyl Record Appraisals

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"Venus" by Shocking Blue

The Dutch group, Shocking Blue, had one smash hit in America, during the 60's.
"Venus" was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 13 weeks and on February 1970 reached #1.

Initially the disc was a big hit in the Netherlands, where it reached #3 in the summer of 1969. It subsequently sold 350,000 copies in Germany, and topped the U.S. chart for three weeks, becoming the Netherlands first American #1 hit. It sold over one million copies in the U.S. by January 1970, and received a gold disc awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America. Global sales exceeded five million copies.



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Monday, June 8, 2009

Bad Boys of the 60's

The Beatles took over the decade of the 60's after 1964, when the "British Invasion" landed in the U.S., and the " Fab Four" had more #1 hits than any other group. But the "bad boys" of the 60's were also from Britian; Mick Jaggar and The Rolling Stones had "attitude". While the Beatles were sweet, smooth and sensitive, The Rolling Stones were arrogant, seductive and seemed just a little dangerous. The crowds, especially the young women, loved them. They had several #1 hits, including "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "Ruby Tuesday", "Paint It Black" and "Honky Tonk Women". Their hits continued through the 70's and 80's, and they still do sold-out reunion concerts. Some of the Rolling Stones' songs which never made it to #1, but are cuts from their early albums are some of their best songs, and are not as well known.

Enjoy a very young Mick Jaggar on these videos:
"Play With Fire", "As Tears Go By", "Get Off My Cloud", and "It's All Over Now".

With the Rolling Stones.... it will never be over!









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Saturday, June 6, 2009

"Honey" ~ Bobby Goldsboro

This love ballad still makes me cry every time I hear it. "Honey" was a huge hit in 1968, it was #1 on the charts for five weeks. "Honey" was #1 on both the Country hit chart and the Adult Contemporary chart. It finished #16 for the decade. Bobby Goldsboro had a couple other hits, "See the Funny Little Clown", and "Watching Scotty Grow", but "Honey" was his only hit to reach #1.



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Friday, June 5, 2009

"Seattle"

This was a well-known tv theme in the late 60's, "Seattle" was the theme song of the popular televison show, "Here Come the Brides". The story was about three brothers, Jason, Joshua and Jeremy Bolt, in frontier Seattle. The star of the show was the youngest brother, played by Bobby Sherman. Due to the popularity of the show, Bobby Sherman became a teen idol and had at least three hits in the top ten charts. His biggest hit was "Little Woman", followed by "Easy Come,Easy Go", and "Julie, Do You Love Me?"

Today, Bobby Sherman is a Los Angeles police officer. In this video, Bobby Sherman sings "Seattle", the theme from "Here Come the Brides", a family-friendly hit tv program, with scenes from the show. Fun memories!



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Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Love is Blue"

Another very popular instrumental from the 60's is "Love is Blue" by Paul Mauriat. According to the "Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits", "Love is Blue" came out in 1968 and was the #12 most popular song from 1960 through 1969. Do you remember this beautifully sweet melody?



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