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As of 2009, the Beatles have won an Academy Award, 7 Grammy Awards, had 24 multi-platinum albums, 39 platinum albums, 45 gold albums, a one silver. Inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, they are ranked #1, hold the record for most #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (with 20), and have certifiably sold more albums in the US than any other artist. Collectively (John, Paul, George, and Ringo) were included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential ...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +19 votes | 22 comments
Never in the history of American music were silly songs--the weird, the inane, the pointless, the down-right stupid--more in vogue and more an interregnal part of the American music scene than in the 1960s when Rock was setting the tone of the nation. In 1960, Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” was a monstrous hit, as was Hollywood Argyles’ homage to the popular comic strip character, “Alley-Oop.” This was just the first of many novelty entr...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +16 votes | 20 comments
Known for their extraordinary harmonies, Don and Phil Everly are perhaps best known for their 1957 super hit, "Bye Bye Love." Able to carry their phenomenal popularity in Country, Bluegrass, Rock-a-Billy, and Rock of the 50s to the '60s, the duo released the highly-popular "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" and “Cathy's Clown" in 1960. While the 1950s had experienced a marked increase in musical duos (including the Everly Brothers, Jan and Dean, and Simon and Garfunkel), no time in Ameri...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +12 votes | 15 comments
Initially the brainstorm of George Harrison and Guy Laliberté, one of the founders of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, the Beatle-inspired Love premiered in 2006 at The Mirage, in Las Vegas. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, with executive producer credits going to Neil Aspinall (who died in 2008), concept creator credits go to Dominic Champagne and Gilles Ste-Croix (also a co-founder of Cirque), who is also credited as the director of creation along with Chantal Tremblay. George...
Published by James R. Coffey 73 months ago in Music | +16 votes | 12 comments
During the mid- to late-1950s, the so-called “Bakersfield Sound,” centralized in the San Joaquin Valley south of Los Angeles, had established itself as the anti-Nashville center for Country music, producing all the early work of Buck Owens (“Love’s Gonna Live Here”) and Merle Haggard (“Sing a Sad Song”) [much more recently, Dwight Yoakam], and “Surf-Rock” had evolved from several spots around Orange County, producing the Chantays (“Pipeline”), the Beac...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +10 votes | 12 comments
During the "Summer of Love,” Psychedelic Rock music entered the mainstream--both through the airwaves and via print media--subsequently receiving more and more commercial radio airplay across the country. The Bohemian atmosphere seemed to inspire the music which in turn further inspired the Bohemian atmosphere. In May of ‘67, the song "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" was released, giving an indication of where the Summer was headed. But nothing and no one could ...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +9 votes | 11 comments
By 1970, Rock was no longer in its developmental stages. It had become the dominant musical force that would come to define all forms of popular American music--from Contemporary (Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck) to Country & Western (Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings), Blues (Leppelin and Black Sabbath) to Pop (Partridge Family and Carley Simon.) And from its Black roots sprouted Southern Rock, Soft rock, Acid Rock, Country Rock, Funk Rock, Christian Rock, and a dozen other genres over the ...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +14 votes | 10 comments
Although Hippies and mainstream Rock listeners made up only a very small percentage of the “teen-oriented” record-buying public in the late 1960s, as Bubblegum made its way more and more into the Billboard Top 100, it was virtually impossible to follow mainstream Rock radio without encountering these silly little ditties sandwiched in-between soon-to-be-Rock legends like Strawberry Alarm Clock's “Incense and Peppermints” and early Who's “I Can See For Miles."
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +11 votes | 10 comments
Discovering and signing a veritable whoÂ’s who of Black recording greats--from Mary Wells to Gladys Knight to The Jackson Five--Gordy parlayed a knack for knowing a hit song when he heard one, into one of the biggest music empires in the world. And although all but a few of his line-up were Black artists, Motown RecordÂ’s influence on the Rock music industry via its songwriters, musicians, and performers was nothing short of extraordinary. From 1970 to present day, Motown Records has gon...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +8 votes | 10 comments
Was it “Protest Rock”? Was it a new amalgamation of Elvis and the Folk revival started by the Kingston Trio? Was it simply Rock with attitude--no matter what the style of musical accompaniment? Did any and all rebellion-oriented music qualify? Did it have to be multi-dimensional and full of poetic expression? The first band that seemed to fit all the requisite criteria was The Byrds, whose rendition of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” released in 1965 gave the listening publ...
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +8 votes | 9 comments
Although most American kids of the 1950s had grown up with Elvis, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis, their mounting confusion about the state of AmericaÂ’s social scene as the 60s dawned wasnÂ’t sufficiently represented by these early rockers. Socially-conscious college kids were searching for music that addressed their concerns about the status quo that by their thinking had long been in dire need of reform. Folk music--traditionally the voice of social issues--was the most logical.
Published by James R. Coffey 74 months ago in Music | +12 votes | 9 comments
Choosing songs to play on the ukulele can be time consuming, when you'd rather be playing. Here are some songs to play, based on skill level and style to help you get off to a quick start.
Published by B W1 88 months ago in Music | +9 votes | 9 comments
The reader will learn a step by step method for writing a song. Including guidance through every stage of the creative process, from the original feelings of inspiration to preparation for a final production.
Published by Salvatore W. Delle Palme 104 months ago in Music | +7 votes | 9 comments
On October 16, 1965, the Beatles were invited to Buckingham Palace to receive MBE medals from the Queen: Members of The Most Honorable Order of The British Empire. Then on March 11, 1997, Paul McCartney (the Beatle who 32 years before joked that the band had smoked a joint in the palace toilets before meeting the Queen), returned to the palace to be knighted for helping revolutionize pop music, as one of the most successful songwriters in history, becoming Sir Paul.
Published by James R. Coffey 73 months ago in Music | +13 votes | 8 comments
Music “theory” is essentially a mathematical approach to explaining the principles behind the construction of music. Theory not only provides an understanding of musical composition, it provides a common language for communicating musical concepts. Theory provides a way to visualize harmony, chord construction, and scale usage. And whether you’re new to music or a road-worn professional, music theory can open doors of comprehension and creativity nothing else can.
Published by James R. Coffey 75 months ago in Music | +11 votes | 8 comments
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