In early 1971, United Kingdom musician Dave Edmunds’s high-decibel guitar licks, nasal lead vocals and floor-stomping beat made his version of “I Hear You Knocking” a prime example of “pub rock.” Pub (short for “public house” or bar in England) rock was a musical genre popular in the UK duri… Read more

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Tony Orlando was born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitas in 1944 in Hells Kitchen, New York to a Puerto Rican mother and a Greek father. By age 15, Tony had formed a doo-wop group called the F…

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C’mon, admit it. The cheerful, shuffling Top 5 single of "In the Summertime" brought a smile to your face and got your fingers drumming back in the summer of 1970. Mungo Jerry’s irresistible a…

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Melanie (her full name is Melanie Anne Safka) began her performing career as a folk singer in such hip Big Apple coffeehouses as the Café Wha? Later, at the Brill Building — the New York music…

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In 1970,  "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" raised many an eyebrow. The drug scene was relatively new to middle-class American youth and nobody could recall such a tune wafting out of radio speaker…

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"Let It Be" offered a heads-up message for Beatle fans worldwide. The group was breaking up and nothing could stop its eventual demise. 

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"Rainy Night in Georgia" was a comeback hit for singer Brook Benton. Born Benjamin Franklin Peay in South Carolina in 1931, Benton cut his gospel chops in the local Methodist church, where his…

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The Archies’ "Sugar, Sugar" was the best-selling single of 1969, yet the singing group was never photographed together, never gave an interview, never appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," never…

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C’mon, admit it. The cheerful, shuffling Top 5 single of "In the Summertime" brought a smile to your face and got your fingers drumming back in the summer of 1970. Mungo Jerry’s irresistible a…

  • Updated

Melanie (her full name is Melanie Anne Safka) began her performing career as a folk singer in such hip Big Apple coffeehouses as the Café Wha? Later, at the Brill Building — the New York music…

  • Updated

In 1970,  "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" raised many an eyebrow. The drug scene was relatively new to middle-class American youth and nobody could recall such a tune wafting out of radio speaker…

  • Updated

"Let It Be" offered a heads-up message for Beatle fans worldwide. The group was breaking up and nothing could stop its eventual demise. 

  • Updated

"Rainy Night in Georgia" was a comeback hit for singer Brook Benton. Born Benjamin Franklin Peay in South Carolina in 1931, Benton cut his gospel chops in the local Methodist church, where his…

  • Updated

The Archies’ "Sugar, Sugar" was the best-selling single of 1969, yet the singing group was never photographed together, never gave an interview, never appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," never…