Archive for the ‘Stories of songs’ Category

“Oh! Carol” is an international hit written by Neil Sedaka in 1958 about his girlfriend, Carole Klein, later to become Carole King. The song reached no. 9 in the American charts in 1959. In 1963, Carole King released a humorous answer to “Oh! Carol” entitled “Oh Neil”. Sedaka also recorded a Hebrew-language version of  “Oh!   Read More …

On this day, Capitol Records released in the USA the first Beatles single – “I Want to Hold Your Hand“. It registered one million copies sold in just three weeks!

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. In the musical, in the second act, Nettie Fowler, the cousin of the female protagonist Julie Jordan, sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to comfort and encourage Julie when her husband, Billy Bigelow, the male lead, is killed during a   Read More …

Categories: Stories of songs

“Little Darlin” is a popular Top 40 song. It was written by Maurice Williams with both melody and doo-wop accompaniment strongly emphasizing the clave rhythm, and was released during 1957 as a rhythm and blues song by The Gladiolas. It was later covered successfully by The Diamonds, a pop group that had been performing the   Read More …

Guitar World presents the 20 most shocking banned album covers of all time. An Alice Cooper album cover is placed first, followed by The Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today”. For their 1966 album, Yesterday and Today, the Beatles presented themselves as grinning butchers, complete with raw beef and dismembered baby dolls. However, the image was not   Read More …

“Shout” is a popular and influential popular song, originally recorded by The Isley Brothers. Released in 1959, it was written by the brothers themselves. The song was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It ranked #118 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. (Source: Wikipedia.org) The Isley Brothers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL9xOLpwI0I   Read More …

Although few people know, the place referred to as “Kokomo” in the song is fictional! After the success of the song, two sea resorts took over the name 🙂 One is Grassy Key, Florida and the other – Sandals Cay, Jamaica, as the song also mentions many places around the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Aruba, Bermuda,   Read More …

Although I thought it was a ’60s hit, “Blue Moon” is much more older, being written in 1933! More info about its origin, here. Here are some of its numerous versions:

Lennon used to say he never “sang” when he performed this song… all he had to do was to shout 🙂 Here’s a piece of Beatlemania* *Beatlemania = a term originated during the 1960s to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward The Beatles during the early years of their success; Andi Lothian, a former   Read More …

“Please Mr. Postman” is the debut single of The Marvelettes and the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart (1961). “Please Mr. Postman” became a number-one hit again in early 1975, when The Carpenters‘ cover of the song also reached the top position of the Billboard   Read More …

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