Archive for October, 2011


Dion DiMucci from the Bronx, New York recorded these sides with The Timberlanes in 1957 on Mohawk Records.  The Timberlanes recorded  HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS  in 1956 on Dragon Records.  Irving Spice, an arranger and cocktail lounge pianist was the owner of Mohawk Records.

He paired Dion with The Timberlanes to record  THE CHOSEN FEW / OUT IN COLORADO  (Mohawk 105)  in 1957.  The recording received much air play in the east in the spring of 1957 and was soon leased to Jubilee Records for better national distribution.  The single failed to chart nationally.

Dion and Irving Spice both decided that Dion should be backed by a rock & roll group with a doo-wop street-corner sound instead of the smooth sounding Timberlanes.  The rest, is history.  Dion & The Belmonts were formed and by 1958 they were on their way to recording a string of hits that put them at the top of the pop charts.

Here is Dion & The Timberlanes,  and the original recordings on Mohawk Records from 1957….history…just the beginning!!!

Dion & The Timberlanes – The Chosen Few

Dion & The Timberlanes – Out In Colorado

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-493 is:  Guitar great Duane Eddy charted his first hit single record on the Billboard Top 100 in March of 1958 with…MOOVIN’ N’ GROOVIN’.  The single charted at #72 and was followed-up in June of 1958 with his classic…REBEL-‘ROUSER-#6 on the Billboard Top 100.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  Only one of these Bob Dylan classic songs charted on the Billboard Hot 100 by Bob Dylan.  The songs are:  A-Subterranean Homesick Blues…B-Blowin’ In The Wind…C-Mr. Tambourine Man…D-It Ain’t Me Babe.  Can you name the charted hit?

The correct answer will appear in TRIVIA TEASER-495 or you can leave your answer in the comment box.

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  Thanks for stopping by TRIVIA TEASER today.  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-492 is:  Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar charted a #2 Billboard Hot 100 hit record in 1961 with his instrumental classic…APACHE.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  Instrumental great Duane Eddy charted his first hit on the Billboard Top 100 in March of 1958, with a song that would be the first of 28 Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100 hits.  Can you name the song?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back on TRIVIA TEASER-494 for the correct answer.

Till the next time—Joe

Legendary blues singer/guitarist, Bobby “Blue” Bland was born on January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee.  He was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 1992 and won a Grammy for “Lifetime Achievement” in 1997. He charted 63 R&B hits between 1957 and 1985.  He also charted 37 hit records on the Billboard pop charts between 1957 and 1974.

On December 4, 1961 he charted one of his best.  With a fabulous rhythm section and a beat that was out of this world, his classic recording of…TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT  on Duke Records (344) made its Billboard Hot 100 debut.  The single charted at #28 and remained on the Hot 100 for 10 weeks.

The single crossed over to the Billboard R&B chart and stopped just a notch below #1.  TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT  charted at #2 and remained on the chart for 15 weeks.  Bobby won a Grammy: Hall Of Fame for his classic recording and the song was also inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

In a career that featured so many great hits…TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT…is one of his best.  CLICK THE TITLE BELOW AND LISTEN TO THE LEGENDARY…BOBBY “BLUE” BLAND…SINGING…”TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT”…get ready to move your feet!!!!

Since this article was written Bobby has passed away (June 23, 2013) but his music lives on…

Turn On Your Love Light

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-491 is:  Bobby “Boris” Pickett of…MONSTER MASH  fame recorded his classic  Halloween hit with the backing of The Crypt-Kickers…Members included: Leon Russell, Johnny McCrae (of Ronny & The Daytonas), Rickie Page (The Bermudas) and Gary Paxton (Hollywood Argyles).

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar charted a huge instrumental hit record in January of 1961.  The single record climbed the Billboard Hot 100 to #2.  Can you name the song?

The correct answer will appear in TRIVIA TEASER-493 or you can leave your answer in the comment box.

Till the next time—Joe

The Demensions formed when Lenny Del Giudice (“Lenny Dell) and Howie Margolin were members of the Melody Singers, a Choral group at Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx, New York.  They added Charlie Peterson and Marisa Martelli to become the Demensions.

After graduation from high school in 1960, Lenny’s dad, Lou, a professional musician, became the groups manager.  He introduced the group to Irving Spice, who signed them to a recording contract with Mohawk Records.

On July 4, 1960 The Demensions charted the classic…OVER THE RAINBOW  on Mohawk Records (116).  The single became a huge hit and climbed the Billboard Hot 100 to #16.  The single remained on the chart for 15 weeks.  The Judy Garland classic from “The Wizard Of Oz” became a pop and doo-wop smash and is still a favorite in that genre.  The flip-side of the single…NURSERY RHIME ROCK  did not chart.

Charlie Peterson left the group to attend college, Len’s uncle Phil Del Giudice, who was much older than the other group members, replaced him.  The Demensions would chart one other record, that came on March 2, 1963 with a big band favorite…MY FOOLISH HEART  on Coral Records (62344)  The Demensions recording was a wonderful rendition of this classic, but did not do well on the national chart.  The single charted at #95 and remained on the Hot 100 for 3 weeks.  The flip-side…JUST ONE MORE CHANCE  did not chart.

The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” presents…THE DEMENSIONS, singing their two Billboard Hot 100 hit…”OVER THE RAINBOW”  and  “MY FOOLISH HEART”.

Over The Rainbow – 1960 #16 Hot 100

My Foolish Heart – 1963 #95 Hot 100

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-490 is:  Charlie Gracie first hit record on the Billboard Top 100 is his #1 classic…BUTTERFLY  on Cameo Records (105)  released in February of 1957.  His follow-up hit on the Top 100 is another hit single…FABULOUS (107).  The single charted in May of 1957 and climbed to #16 on the chart.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  Bobby “Boris” Pickett recorded the multi-million seller…MONSTER MASH  in 1962.  The single on Garpax Records (44167) became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  Can you name his back-up group on the record?

The correct answer will appear in TRIVIA TEASER-492 or you can leave your answer in the comment box.

Till the next time—Joe

Johnny Maestro and The Crests were a favorite vocal group in 1959 when they released…THE ANGELS LISTENED IN.  In November of 1958 they charted their million-seller…16 CANDLES  on Coed Records,  a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a #4 hit on the Billboard R&B chart.  They follow with…SIX NIGHTS A WEEK  in March of 1959.  The single charted at #28 on the Hot 100 and #17 on the  R&B chart.  Their next single charted in June of 1959…FLOWER OF LOVE  charted at #79 on the Hot 100.

Their next hit single made its debut on August 17, 1959 and became another big hit for the Crests.  That great recording is…THE ANGELS LISTENED IN  it charted at #22 on the Hot 100 and #14 on the Billboard R&B chart.  The recording is one of the groups best…with a flowing rhythm and Johnny Maestro’s wonderful vocal.  The flip-side of the single record is…I THANK THE MOON  a tune that should have charted, but failed to.

The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” IS PROUD TO FEATURE BOTH OF THESE FINE TUNES FOR YOU TO ENJOY…JOHNNY MAESTRO AND THE CRESTS…IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER!!!

The Angels Listened In

I Thank The Moon

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  Thanks for stopping by…The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-491 is:  Jerry Butler and Betty Everett charted two Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1964, they are:  Their classic  LET IT BE ME-#5 and  SMILE-#42.  LET IT BE ME  charted at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  Rock and roll singer, Charlie Gracie charted a #1 hit on the Billboard Top 100 in 1957 with his classic…BUTTERFLY.  His follow-up hit record charted on the Top 100 in May of 1957 and became a Top 20 hit.  Can you name the song?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back on TRIVIA TEASER-491 for the correct answer.

Till the next time—Joe

On March 22, 1969  RCA Victor Records released the follow-up to Elvis Presley’s million-seller…IF I CAN DREAM  a #12 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 along with the flip-side…EDGE OF REALITY. IF I CAN DREAM was from his NBC-TV Special,”Elvis”.  That follow-up record is the beautiful ballad…MEMORIES  also from his NBC-TV Special.

The song was written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis.  The single charted at #35 on the Hot 100, #56 on the C&W chart and #7 on the Easy-Listening chart.  It is one of Elvis’s finest ballads.  The flip-side of the single is…CHARRO.  It is from the 1969 movie of the same name starring Elvis.  Billy Strange and Mac Davis are the writers of this dramatic Elvis recording.  The Jordanaires and Hugo Montenegro’s Orchestra backed Elvis on this recording.  CHARRO  although a wonderful song, did not chart.

The “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” is proud to present both sides of this outstanding Elvis Presley recording…a piece of “Lost Gold” from 1969

CLICK THE TITLES BELOW…THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL IS WAITING TO SING TWO OF HIS BEST…FOR YOU.

Memories

Charro!

Till the next time—Joe