Way Back 2014

"America" Encourages Shoppers, Crime to Remember Twists Flamingos Hit

"America," Simon and Garfunkel's intimately magnificent slice-of-life song, released in 1968 on the album Bookends and on a single in 1972, is being used by American Express on commercials for "Small Business Saturday" in hopes of inspiring shoppers to support independent merchants during the weekend-long Black Friday frenzy. Meanwhile, The Flamingos' 1959 hit "I Only Have Eyes For You" is being presented in an unsettling ... MORE ››

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Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson bombarded us with more back-to-back biggies than just about anyone! He's all over the Top 100 Two-Sided Hits of the '50s and '60s! See the full list ... MORE ››

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THE HOLLIES

The Hollies

Allan Clarke and Graham Nash became fast friends during elementary school in their home city of Manchester, England, and by their teens, like many British kids, got caught up in the skiffle movement of the mid-1950s. As budding performers they went by a variety of names in those years: The Guytones, The Two Teens and The Twotones, expanding to The Fourtones when joined by two others, and as the duo Ricky and Dane in an attempt to pass themselves off as brothers in imitation of The Everly Brothers, an early favorite. The Everlys, in fact, would provide inspiration well into Allan's and Graham's professional alliance. They came closer to that professional level when the two joined another group in the vicinity, The Deltas, which included ... MORE ››



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Blue Moon
by the Marcels

Constructing the song that became "Blue Moon" was a challenge for Richard Rodgers (who wrote the melody in 1933) and Lorenz Hart (who toiled over a few lyrical rewrites). The song debuted publicly as "The Bad in Every Man," sung by Shirley Ross in the 1934 film Manhattan Melodrama starring Clark Gable. It wasn't ... MORE ››