Tales from the Atomic Age

Incognito Acts:
They're Not Fooling Anyone!?

Hank Williams, popular since 1947, began recording inspirational music in 1950 as Luke the Drifter, wishing to keep those recordings separate from his successful country career. Other country artists had a more whimsical reason for going incognito: Sheb Wooley, a fairly humorous guy in his own right with hits like "The Purple People Eater" in 1958 and "That's My Pa" four years later, went off the deep end as Ben Colder, recording parodies like "Don't Go Near ... MORE ››

Top 100 Lists

Eddie Fisher

Eddie Fisher crooned his way to a high position on the list of the Top 100 Male Solo Singers of the '50s and '60s! Check out the rest of the era's best ... MORE ››

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Sarah Vaughan

n the spring of 1943 she did her week at the Apollo, grabbing the attention of Billy Eckstine, who then had his bandleader, piano great Earl "Fatha" Hines, check her out. Despite a casual, unkempt appearance, her natural ability was all that mattered to them. Hines hired her and suddenly the 19-year-old Sarah found herself traveling in buses with an all-male band whose members quickly discovered she could drink, smoke and swear with the best of them. Fatha's band had some of the hottest up-and-coming musicians of the day; two of them, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker, would presently be among the most celebrated of of all jazz practitioners. Back at home, her parents prayed their daughter would not be corrupted by this new lifestyle ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Carole King

It Might as Well Rain
Until September
◊ by Carole King ◊

Songwriting was Carol Klein's priority from a very early age. So was singing. But did the egg come before the chick or vice-versa? Only she knows for sure. During high school in Brooklyn she sang with a short-lived group called The Co-Sines and by the ripe age of 15 had made it known among the music ... MORE ››