FACT: DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES met while students at Temple University in 1967. They passed THE EVERLY BROTHERS as the #1 charting duo of the rock era. They have charted 35 Billboard Hot 100 hits, 6 #1 Hot 100 hits and 16 Top 10 hits since 1974.
FACT: Pop singer/songwriter ALBERT HAMMOND who charted a #5 hit in 1972 with “IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA” on the Mums record label also wrote such hits as THE HOLLIES, “THE AIR THAT I BREATHE” and STARSHIP’S, “NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW”. He was also a member of the MAGIC LANTERNS in 1971. That group had a 1968 hit record, “SHAME, SHAME” on Atlantic Records.
FACT: RICHARD HARRIS who portrayed “King Arthur” in the long-running stage production and movie version of “Camelot and later played “Headmaster Albus Dumbledore” in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” recorded the ultimate version of the classic “MAC ARTHUR PARK” in 1968 on Dunhill Records. His version was from his album “A TRAMP SHINNING” and was long for a single record running 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
FACT: DALE HAWKINS, rockabilly singer/guitarist, who recorded with great lead guitarists such as, JAMES BURTON, SCOTTY MOORE and ROY BUCHANAN charts his classic version of “SUSIE-Q” on Checker Records. His original version enters the Billboard Top 100 on June 10, 1957 and remains on the chart for 19 weeks, peaking at #27. He became the first white rocker to play at the Apollo Theater in New York.
FACT: RONNIE HAWKINS, first cousin to Dale Hawkins, formed his group THE HAWKS in 1952, moved to Canada in 1958. On August 17, 1959 he charts his classic recording of “MARY LOU” on Roulette Records. His recording charts at #26 and is on the Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks. Ronnie assembled the group that would later be known as “THE BAND”.
Till the next time—Joe