The Platters Freddie Mercury

The Platters were a successful vocal group of the early rock and roll era. The group went through several personnel changes before hitting the charts, with the most successful formula comprising lead tenor Tony Williams, David Lynch, Paul Robi, Herb Reed and Zola Taylor. The Platters formed in Los Angeles in 1953. Initially, they only   Read More …

My first oldies were brought to me by a tape, as I was a child. My first oldies came on Side A and Side B, full of joyful rhythms and memorable lyrics. My newest oldies (allow me to use this phrase) also came to me with Side B. Side B is a sixties style band   Read More …

“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 …

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Although The Beatles are now far more famous than her, Helen Shapiro was the one who helped them reach a larger audience. In fact, in 1963, Helen was widely known as a great singer and actress and The Beatles were only her supporting act. In 1961, at the age of fourteen, she had a UK   Read More …

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