Way Back 2015

Martha Reeves, Rolling Stones and Steam Enliven TV Teasers

The History Channel is using vintage tunes to spread the word about two current programs. Swamp People emphasizes its beware-of-alligators theme with "Nowhere to Run" by Martha and the Vandellas on its promotional spots; Sons of Liberty, a dramatization of events surrounding the American Revolution, gets a 200-years-later twist with a British Invasion track, "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones. Meanwhile, Sprint commercials are using ... MORE ››

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The Beatles

The Beatles have nine double-dip singles on the Top 100 Two-Sided Hits of the '50s and '60s...four in the top 15! Check out the full list of 200 smash A and B sides ... MORE ››

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The Impressions

Sam Gooden has had an exceptional career in show business as the longest-running member of The Impressions, the milestone vocal group that formed in 1957. Two of his cohorts during the late '50s are nearly as significant: Jerry Butler, after spending a short time with the outfit as lead singer, went on to major stardom as a cool-as-ice solo act, while his replacement, Fred Cash, joined with Gooden to keep the group going...for six decades! But if you talk to any of these three, or anyone else involved with the act, they'll be unanimous on one point: there was one man who made the difference, one man whose creativity, musicianship and drive assured the success and, perhaps more importantly, significance of the group. Curtis Mayfield had a depth of character that seemed to make him ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Bill Pursell

♦ Our Winter Love ♦
by Bill Pursell

By the time Oakland, California-born Bill Pursell arrived in Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1960s, he had studied classical music at Rochester, New York's Eastman School of Music and traveled the country with a jazz trio. A few years on the road was enough to convince him to settle in one place and reconsider his earlier decision to stray from his classical... MORE ››