Way Back 2015

Dinah Washington's "Bitter"
in True Story, Patti LaBelle's
Fleet of Foot on Dancing

True Story, starring Jonah Hill and James Franco, is the first theatrical movie in months with '60s-era music. Dinah Washington continues to make a mark on the modern music scene with her number one R&B hit from 1960, "This Bitter Earth." The film also has updated versions of vintage tunes: "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb's 1966 hit), performed by Nigerian-German singer-actress Ayo, and Billy Bragg's rendition of Bob Dylan's "Don't ... MORE ››

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Martha and the Vandellas

Expect a "Heat Wave" whenever Martha and the Vandellas show up! They're sitting pretty at #14 on the Top 100 Weather Songs of the '50s and '60s ... MORE ››

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THE BUCKINGHAMS

The Buckinghams

Chicago, Illinois, for decades the stomping ground of jazz acts, blues wailers and later the smooth, soulful ladies and gents of the '60s, was finally rocking with a vengeance as local bands offered an alternative to the many British groups overshadowing them on their home turf. The New Colony Six, Shadows of Knight, Ides of March, Cryan' Shames and American Breed were among the mostly-teenage guitar-based rockers that emerged around 1966. One such group gained a bit of an edge over the others after landing a regular spot on The All Time Hits, a variety series on Chicago's channel 9, WGN-TV. Hosted by former big band singer Bob Carroll, the show also featured '50s hitmaker Billy Williams and was similar in approach to Your Hit Parade ... MORE ››



Vinyl Attack Ruby and the Romantics

♦ Our Day Will Come ♦
by Ruby and the Romantics

Akron, Ohio was an active place for musicians and singers in the 1950s; its population (more than a quarter of a million) was reaching a peak and its close proximity to the recording studios of Cleveland and Detroit served as inspiration for would-be stars. Even New York City, about 500 miles away, was close enough for anyone willing to take a gamble and make ... MORE ››