Way Back 2017

Up Jump Monks, Monkees' "Mary," 3DN's "One," Dino
Talks "Birds and Bees,"
Etta Wants to "Make Love"

Monks, five Americans headed by late lead singer Gary Burger, transplanted to Germany for military duty in the early '60s then transformed into a one-of-a-kind precursor-to-punk pentad sans cymbals with an electric banjo, have been chosen for mainstream exposure five decades after-the-fact. "Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Choice," a 1966 Polydor album cut (an earlier version was unleashed ... MORE ››

Top 100 Lists

Link Wray and his Ray Men

Link Wray "Rumble"-ed to #56 on the list of the Top 100 Instrumental Artists of the '50s and '60s! Check out the other 99 non-vocal pop, rock and rhythm acts ... MORE ››

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THE FIREBALLS

Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs

Clovis, N.M. wasn't exactly the center of the music world...although a certain segment of rock and roll devotees familiar with the sounds emanating from Norman Petty's recording studio in the center of the desert town during the late '50s and early '60s will tell you it topped anything coming out of N.Y., L.A. or N.O. As a teenager, Norman did some amateur audio taping in his dad's gas station; in 1948 he married pianist-singer Violet Ann Brady (whose professional name became Vi Petty) and a few years later, with the addition of guitarist Jack Vaughn, formed The Norman Petty Trio. An organ-soaked version of Duke Ellington's 1931 classic "Mood Indigo," with Vi's lead vocal ... MORE ››



Vinyl Attack The Tams

What Kind of Fool
(Do You Think I Am)
♦ by the Tams ♦

The "beach music" scene along the Carolina shore has been raging for several decades. Partiers danced and romanced to the sounds of specific rhythm and blues groups in the '60s and continue doing so to the same era's songs. The scene's most popular performers didn't originate from any points along the seaside... MORE ››