Archive for the ‘Stories of songs’ Category

After I’ve heard for the first time “Forget Him”, Bobby Rydell instantly reached a top place in my ’60s favourite daydreaming playlist. His strong velvety voice is tender and emotional, like a warm comforting embrace given to his listeners. After I’ve seen for the first time Allan Slutsky’s “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”, it became the documentary I can watch over and over again and still   Read More …

“You Don’t Own Me” is a popular song written by Philadelphia songwriters John Madara and David White and recorded by Lesley Gore in 1963, when Gore was just 17 years old. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart in the United States (just behind The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your   Read More …

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” is a Christmas song with music and lyrics by British songwriter Tommie Connor. The original recording by Jimmy Boyd (1952, when he was just 13 years old) reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart. It later reached Number 3 in the UK Charts when issued there in   Read More …

Categories: Stories of songs

One of the precious doo-wops I often listen is “Magic Kiss”. It’s one of my favorite oldie of them all and I’m thrilled each time I listen to it. This song is so vivid and strong that it simply makes me wanna get up and dance. These voices are so deep and electrifying so they made me wonder   Read More …

The Beatles made history on this day as the only act ever to monopolize the chart’s top five positions: No. 1: “Can’t Buy Me Love” No. 2: “Twist and Shout” No. 3: “She Loves You” No. 4: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” No. 5: “Please Please Me” In the same Top 100 of April,   Read More …

Categories: Stories of songs

Some days ago I was listening to a Beatles mix on YouTube and suddenly Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” caught my attention. It was similar to something else, an oldies tune for sure. Firstly, I thought it was a cover, but then I realized it wasn’t. It was Harrison’s own creation. Listening carefully, I finally discovered what   Read More …

An interesting infogaphic studies the number and frequency of words used on the “Abbey Road” album by The Beatles. According to the data, they use 2,176 words and only 505 are unique. The most frequently used words are “you”, “me”, “sun” & “love”. Sunny album indeed! Source: Pinterest

Just like The Funk Brothers, The Andantes were a ghostly uncredited Motown band… until recently. There were especially talented, hard-working and, in the end, a hit factory, but they did not enjoy the glory and fame of their fellow Motown artists. In March 2013, the exhibit “Motown Girl Groups: The Grit, the Glamour, the Glory” at   Read More …

In the stunning documentary Beatles Stories, Brian Wilson praised Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” album: “I remember listening to Rubber Soul with my wife and some friends and we were smoking marijuana. And we were stoned. Rubber Soul just took me away! And I went to the piano and started writing Pet Sounds*. It took me to Pet Sounds.   Read More …

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