Tales from the Atomic Age

Sopranos in the Sky

Kathryn Grayson's opera career never happened, at least not in the literal sense. Though trained as an opera singer when she was a teenager, she made her Hollywood film debut at 19, starring in many film musicals during the '40s and '50s where her operatic vocal talent was often featured (some of the best-known: Anchors Aweigh with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in 1945, the all-star Ziegfeld Follies in '45, Show Boat in '51 and Kiss Me Kate in '53). In the 1950s, coloratura vocalists were ... MORE ››

Top 100 Lists

The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds pop up twice on the list of the Top 100 Psychedelic Hits 1966-1969! Check out these and 98 other rockin' rave-ups from music's kaleidoscopic era ... MORE ››

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Bob Dylan

"Mixed Up Confusion" came out of Dylan's first studio session with backing musicians (up to that point he recorded as a true solo, playing guitar and harmonica). A single-only release near the end of 1962, just one year after signing with the label as a folk act and about eight months after his self-titled debut album, he was already dipping his toes into rock waters and finding it uncomfortable, backing off and sticking with his primary approach for the time being. The flip side, an adaptation of the country/folk standard "Corrina Corrina," was included on the album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan several months later. Peter, Paul and Mary gave the mainstream audience its first taste of Dylan when their cover of "Blowin' in the Wind" became a major hit in the summer of 1963 ... MORE ››

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♦ Rhythm of the Rain ♦
by the Cascades

Seaman John Gummoe came up with the idea for "Rhythm of the Rain" in the early 1960s while stationed on the U.S.S. Jason (a Naval repair ship in operation since World War II that had more recently been used in Vietnam); the incessant patter against the ship's hull on a stormy night inspired the idea of rain "talking," in its subtle way driving home a particular ... MORE ››