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In 1965, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield--known as the Righteous Brothers--released a song that astonished radio listeners with just how “Soulful” two White guys could actually sound, “YouÂ’ve Lost That LovinÂ’ FeelinÂ’,” from their aptly-named album, Some Blue-Eyed Soul. Many first-time listeners naturally assumed the duo was Black. Later in ‘65 four guys from New Jersey calling themselves The Young Rascals released “I AinÂ’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart AnymoreÂ...
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +9 votes | 4 comments
Leading the so-called "British Invasion" was the dark and gritty British band called The Animals. Fronted by the moody and often dismal Eric Burdon, they hit the American airwaves with the now-classic "The House of the Rising Sun," followed by "We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” "It's My Life,” and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood.” Right behind them came Manfred Mann with "Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” Freddie and the Dreamers with “I’m Telling You Now,” Wayne Fontana and the M...
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +5 votes | 3 comments
While several “girl” groups came to prominence during the early 1960s including The Shangri-Las (“Leader of the Pack”), The Crystals (“Da Doo Ron Ron”), and the Ronettes (“Be My Baby”), Joan Baez's popularity had succeeded in opening the door for a long succession of female solo artists, all of whom would come to play significant roles in the progression of Rock music.
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +7 votes | 7 comments
Musicnotes.com is the leading retailer of licensed digital sheet music online.  The site contains more than 60,000 digital titles and over 260,000 mail-order titles of music sheets for all kinds of instruments and music genres.   Users can search their music sheets in several ways.  A search field is available where they can type the Title, Artist, Instrument, Show, composer, voices, or simply browse through various categories of music sheets that are organized in the complet...
Published by Athena Goodlight 68 months ago in Music | +13 votes | 5 comments
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 68 months ago in Music | +19 votes | 22 comments
The Beatles is one of the most overrated yet underrated bands, it is a status that is very confusing. Paul McCartney, is one of the most underrated bass player in the industry, only a few notice his melodic Bass Playing. Ringo Starr is like Paul McCartney, left-handed and underrated. Ringo StarrÂ’s singing skills may not be underrated but his drumming skills are far superb, many drummers aspire to achieve his style of playing. Even a non-drummer can appreciate his drumming. Ringo Starr not o...
Published by Gerard 68 months ago in Music | +8 votes | 6 comments
The Beatles have released numerous of songs, some of which appealed to the general public, whilst others didnÂ’t become as popular as other records. This makes some of The Beatles songs very underrated, these songs generally became underrated because they do not appeal to pop music but in reality these underrated songs can be considered The BeatlesÂ’ best songs of all time.
Published by Gerard 68 months ago in Music | +7 votes | 4 comments
While it’s often thought by many that without Bob Dylan, Joan Baez may have never found her way to public prominence and fame, in reality, it may well have been just the opposite. By 1963 when the unknown Dylan appeared at the Newport Folk Festival with Baez (where the two performed the Dylan song "With God on Our Side”), it was her name that headlined the bill; her talent the crowd has come to experience. Behind the scenes, the two had already became romantically involved and Joan had...
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +13 votes | 6 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 68 months ago in Music | +8 votes | 9 comments
From Greenwich Village to Haight-Ashbury, Folk music was the medium by which social injustice was voiced--with Bob Dylan leading the chorus. But then in 1965 at Newport Folk Festival as his popularity peaked, things suddenly took an unexpected turn. As Dylan took the stage now carrying an electric--not acoustic--guitar, he was booed off the stage--labeled a sell-out and traitor to the cause for abandoning simple, traditional values. Leaving the stage in tears, Dylan feared he may never recove...
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +8 votes | 5 comments
Although there seems to be some disagreement as to who built the first commercial “fuzz” box, the first purpose-designed commercial distortion unit is credited to the Maestro Corporation (made by Gibson) who in 1962 made the "Fuzz Tone" Model FZ-1 commercially available. Although sales were minimal for the first three years, that all changed in 1965 with the release of the Rolling Stones’ monster hit “Satisfaction” on which Keith Richards had prominently showcased the devise...
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +5 votes | 2 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 68 months ago in Music | +12 votes | 9 comments
Despite Black artists’ long established roots in Rock music, the 1950s brought what many music historians view as an unprecedented White/Black role reversal in the American popular music scene. This seeming role reversal was promoted by the fact that top-selling Black artists of the day like Fats Domino (“Ain’t That a Shame”), Chuck Berry (“Maybellene”), and Johnny Mathis (“Chances Are”) had geared their music primarily to White audiences, and by R&B groups like ...
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +4 votes | 5 comments
Although the first officially designated “Blues” music didn’t appear until the turn of the 20th century, music historians find it easy to trace Blues to post-Civil War social development, the Black declaration of true emancipation--the ability to travel freely across the highways and byways of America for the first time since the mid- 17th century. Thus the Blues came to tell stories of the plight of the Black man in search of work, food and money, as well as his search for love, se...
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +5 votes | 6 comments
First experienced by many aspiring rock guitar players of the 60s in ClaptonÂ’s now iconic lead break in the psychedelic rock song "White Room" or Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," the Wah-Wah "Cry Baby" remains a mainstay for all rock guitarists who base their style in the 60s and 70s.
Published by James R. Coffey 68 months ago in Music | +5 votes | 3 comments
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