Way Back 2015

"Viva" Rita Pavone and
Anton Karas, Elvis and Edith
on Cool Current TV Ads

Italian singing star Rita Pavone and Austrian zither ace Anton Karas got together in 1964 to record "Viva La Pappa Col Pomodoro" (translation: "Long live the soup with tomatoes!"), now heard in a TV spot for Heineken Beer. Rita's rollicking vocals augment a wild fishing boat scene, tying the action into the current season of the UEFA (European Football/Soccer) Champions League. The theme from "Follow That Dream," one of Elvis ... MORE ››

Top 100 Lists

The Lovin' Spoonful

It's "Rain on the Roof" with The Lovin' Spoonful at #26 on the list of the Top 100 Weather Songs of the '50s and '60s! Check out all the boss barometric hits ... MORE ››

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Tommy Roe

When Tommy Roe was growing up in Atlanta, so were future music stars Ray Stevens, Joe South and Billy Joe Royal. The four would cross paths often during the 1960s on the way to building successful careers. For Tommy, born in 1942, it was during his high school years in the mid-'50s that he formed a group with two of his pals from Brown High School, calling themselves The Satins (after a favorite of theirs, The Five Satins, who had hit big in 1956 with "In the Still of the Nite"). By 1960 he was already making music professionally, having recorded "I Got a Girl" with the Satins for the Mark IV label. He met Felton Jarvis, who'd waxed a couple of his own records including "Don't Knock Elvis," a spoken rockabilly record that would presage his work producing Presley's ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Joe Henderson

♦ Snap Your Fingers ♦
by Joe Henderson

There were three diverse music men, all of them named Joe Henderson, whose careers overlapped during the 1960s. The oldest and first to gain popularity was a Scottish-born pianist who began recording in the mid-'50s using the nickname "Mr. Piano." His best-known tune is "Trudie," a breezy instrumental hit in Great Britain in the summer of 1958; in the ... MORE ››