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Cruella Bops, Johnny Unintentially Inspires Crime, Drifters Dispense Ketchup

Disney's Cruella hit theaters this weekend with enough fun songs by milestone artists to match the number of spots on each dalmation. Hit tunes not previously revealed include Nancy Sinatra's version of Cher's 1966 hit "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), "Five to One" by The Doors (from their 1968 album Waiting For the Sun), "Whisper Whisper" by The Bee Gees (from their 1969 album Odessa), Georgia Gibbs' 1953... MORE ››

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Herman's Hermits

Peter Noone pops up eleven times on the list of the Top 100 MGM Hits 1950-1969...as the lead singer of Herman's Hermits, of course! See the full list ... MORE ››

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The Dovells

Several student songsters at Overbrook High School, basketball superstar Wilt Chamberlain's alma mater, made the most of their geographical good fortune in the late 1950s and early '60s. Philadelphia had become a musical hotbed after the locally-produced, nationally-televised American Bandstand took off in the summer of '57, giving the show's producers (including host Dick Clark) the unprecedented power, by virtue of the show's enormous popularity, to break recording acts and help shape the tastes of America's youth. These Overbrook boys formed at about that time, briefly calling themselves The Cashmeres, then The Brooktones as a tribute to the school (both names, it turned out, were being used by groups in other parts of the country) ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Mongo Santamaria Band

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Mongo Santamaria Band

An Afro-Cuban conga man named Ramon had a career that kept him busy from the '40s through the '90s. This gifted guru of guaracha crossed paths with so many other legends of jazz that it was like an all-star event every time he performed...Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Chick Corea, Ray Barretto, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillsepie...the fun-loving Ramon... MORE ››