Way Back 2016

AGT Oldies Update:
Perry, Isley, Dino and Frankie
Plus Cole and Faith

The powers that be at NBC's America's Got Talent, the summer's top-rated TV series again this year, are either music fans with a knack for matching hits from all eras to specific situations...or old guys clinging desperately to their childhood memories. My vote is for the former. Last week we heard a diverse selection of artists and songs: Perry Como ("Magic Moments"), more Isley Brothers ("It's Your Thing"), Dean Martin ("That's ... MORE ››

Top 100 Lists

Elvis Presley

Elvis stands tallest on the list of the Top 100 Male Solo Singers of the '50s and '60s...no surprise! Check out all the rockers, crooners, teen idols and soul men! ... MORE ››

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ROGER MILLER

Roger Miller

Well, "Do-Wacka-Do" to you! Roger Miller established his public image with nonsense sayings just like this (though he said it more insultingly, and humorously, than I just did). But his songs, be they silly or serious, had a deeper point to make about life in America and/or human strengths and weaknesses. As a child, making up songs provided escape from a number of difficulties he faced. His father passed away during his infancy and his mother became seriously ill, resulting in Roger and his two older brothers being sent away from their home town of Fort Worth, Texas to live with relatives...three different sets of them. He was raised by an uncle and aunt who had a farm near the small town of Erick, Oklahoma (the birthplace of another oneday country star ... MORE ››



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♦ Mr. Custer ♦
by Larry Verne

The Battle of Little Bighorn took place in Montana on June 25, 1876; U.S. Army troops of the 7th Cavalry were wiped out by overwhelming numbers of Lakota and Arapaho Indian warriors. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, who died with his troops, made several errors in judgment that led to the massacre. Throughout the years, singers and pop ... MORE ››