Ennio Morricone pic

1/3/16 – Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – 1966 / Hugo Montenegro – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – 1968 / The Hateful Eight – 2015

At the age of 87 and after composing over 500 scores for film and televison, Ennio Morricone has finally won an Oscar for the music from Quentin Tarantino’s film, The Hateful Eight. Although Morricone won an honorary Academy Award in 2007 he had never won for a specific soundtrack. He has previously been nominated 5 times: […]

Signe Anderson B:W

31/1/16 – Signe Toly Anderson – September 15th 1941 – January 28th 2016 – Jefferson Airplane Takes Off – 1966 / Memphis Minnie – Chauffeur Blues – 1941

In one of the great tragic cosmic coincidences, Jefferson Airplane’s Signe Toly Anderson has died on the same day as the band’s singer/guitarist Paul Kantner. Anderson was only with the band for the first album Jefferson Airplane Takes Off released in 1966. Both Anderson and original drummer Skip Spence were replaced by the better known Grace […]

The Rockin' Vickers - 1966

5/1/16 – The Rockin’ Vickers – It’s Alright – 1966

If we carry on going further and further back, we might find Lemmy playing clarinet in a Swing band! It was probably surprising for most people to see Lemmy playing guitar in the Psychedelic band, Sam Gopal but this might surprise you even more – before that he was the guitarist in the third incarnation of Blackpool Beat Group, The […]

Easybeats sixties B:W pic

28/12/15 – Stevie Wright – 20th December 1947 – 27th December 2015 / Hard Road – Stevie Wright – 1974 / The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind/ Heaven And Hell – French TV – 1967 / David Bowie – Friday On My Mind – 1973 / London – Friday On My Mind – 1977

Sadly seven days after his 68th birthday and two days after Christmas day we lost Stevie Wright, one of the great Pop stars of the sixties. Mostly remembered as lead vocalist of Australian Beat group, The Easybeats and their smash hit single Friday On My Mind, Wright had a troubled life that took him from […]

Caterina Valente 1966

7/9/15 – Caterina Valente And Dean Martin – One Note Samba – 1966 / Caterina Valente – Greatest Hits

Perhaps the only way to follow the deafening silence that obscure Progressive Rock bands can ensure, is to balance it out with the warm glow of Variety show artists. We all love Dean Martin (don’t we?) here he is with the completely forgotten Caterina Valente and an easy chemistry that Deano had with all the […]

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 […]