Most of us remember “Unchained Melody” as a tune popularized by The Righteous Brothers. Although it first appeared in the on the charts in the mid 1950s, it has had many incarnations in film, popular culture and on the air in the six-plus decades since its composition.
On October 12, 1969, a Detroit Radio Station killed Paul McCartney. Russ Gibb, working on WKNR-FM, heard from an Eastern Michigan University student about a series of clues that seemed to point to Paul McCartney’s death. The story took on a life of its own, both on Keener and WKNR-FM…
Sequel songs have been around from the dawn of the Rock Era and continue to be popular with music moguls today. “Sequel”, Harry Chapin’s follow-up to “Taxi” is one of the most recognizable. Bobby Boris Pickett followed up “Monster Mash” with “Monster Swim”. And Jimmy Dean tried for a sequel…
Bass players don’t get the love they deserve, unless you’re a fan of the artists who created the backbeat of every hit record ever made.
On July 7, 1969, George Harrison recorded ‘Here Comes the Sun’. It never charted as a single but still a fan favorite.
For generations, girls have inspired boys to write love songs. For Paul Anka, it was a girl 5 years older who wanted nothing to do with him.
On July 1, 1956, Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” to a basset hound. The next day he recorded one of his most iconic hits.
Although it was released before “Let It Be”, the Beatles “Abbey Road” LP, released in the Fall of 1969, was their final collaboration. And it shows.
The Funk Brothers didn’t know that “Ball of Confusion” would turn out to be a protest song. The Whitfield/Strong lyrics made it Motown’s first.
Michael Bublé’s rendition of the classic Doc Pomus / Mort Shuman composition, “Save the Last Dance for Me” holds a special place in my heart.