Buddy Greco the-lady-is-a-tramp

19/1/17 – Buddy Greco – August 14 1926 – January 10 2017 – Pre Dylan Lyricists /The Lady Is A Tramp – Tommy Dorsey Featuring Edythe Wright – 1937 / Sophie Tucker – 1937 / Lena Horne – 1948 / Ella Fitzgerald – 1956 / Pat Suzuki – 1958 / Frank Sinatra – 1958/1965 / Buddy Greco – 1960 / Shirley Bassey – 1966 / Diana Ross And The Supremes – 1968 / Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – 2011

Who were the great lyricists before Dylan? Well, from the fifties into the sixties you would probably say the men that wrote the words for the musicals, writers like Lorenz Hart. Hart wrote the lyrics for The Lady Is A Tramp and My Funny Valentine and was Richard Rodgers partner till alcoholism (Hart died tragically of […]

Little Anthony And The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow - 1958

8/4/16 – Little Anthony And The Imperials – Tears On My Pillow – 1958 / Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show – January 2nd – 1960 – The Penguins – Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) – 1954

Staying on the subject of tears and venturing into scary ground for anyone that might be investigating this site thinking it might be concerned only with guitar bands – the concept behind the archive is to collect and cover all types of music from different generations and genres – there’s nothing worse than a terrible record […]

The Shadows - 1960 - B:W

23/12/15 – The Shadows – Apache – 1960 / FBI – 1961

School friends Brian Robson Rankin and Bruce Cripps left Newcastle in the late fifties and travelled to London where they struggled to survive until they joined up with Daniel Joseph Anthony Meehan and Terence Harris in 1958 to become members of The Drifters – Cliff Richard’s backing band. Soon after they changed their name to The Shadows and […]

Della Reese B:W

8/8/15 – Della Reese – (Someday You’ll Want Me To Want You) -1960 / Don’t You Know – 1959 / There’ll Never Be Another You/ But Beautiful – Live – 1966

One of the great female singers of the fifties and the sixties, Della Reese is remembered more for her role in TV series Touched By An Angel than she is for her powerful emotional singing. She was discovered by Gospel legend Mahalia Jackson and made her recording debut in 1955. Into the sixties she explored […]

KimFowley 1

20/1/15 – Kim Fowley – 21st July 1939 – 15th January 2015 / Animal Man – 1968 / The Runaways – Cherry Bomb – 1976

I once spoke to Kim Fowley on the phone, he was in Chicago, I was on the other side of the world. “Can you play the guitar, can you sing – then get over here right now”. That about sums him up although his reach extended way beyond the realms of ordinary men. His 1968 album […]

The Shirelles

13/1/15 – The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow – 1960

The Shirelles were the first all girl group to reach No.1 in the US charts in 1960 with this Goffin/King classic, Will You Love Me Tomorrow. They formed in New Jersey in 1957 with schoolmates Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Micki Harris and Beverly Lee and throughout their career, contrasted schoolgirl innocence and their roles as trailblazing African-American women, they […]