Way Back 2022

TV, Baseball and Movies
Give Us Etta, Alpert, Jimi,
Jerry Lee, Isley Bros,
Marvin and Tammi

Etta James' hit 1968 version of Otis Redding's "Security" comes blasting out of home screen speakers in a current commercial designed to suppress web trepidation while building Gmail's user base. Meanwhile, anyone who's hungry but simultaneously committed to avoiding exercise can hum Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass's rendition of Riz Ortolani's "Mae" (from the '65 ... MORE ››

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Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli has solo and group listings on the Top 100 Mercury-Smash-Philips Hits 1950-1969! Check out all the Chicago label's classic tracks ... MORE ››

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MARV JOHNSON

Marv Johnson

The history of Motown Records revolves around one man: Berry Gordy. While a few others shared his vision, it was Gordy alone who took control of his own fate and ultimately made things happen. After a failed venture between 1953 and 1955 as the owner of the 3 Dimension Record Mart on Farnsworth in Detroit, he set his sights on making it as a songwriter. He worked with Brunswick Records artist Jackie Wilson from '57 to '59, composing several of his early hits with collaborator Roquel "Billy" Davis. Others close to him had related interests; competition even came from within the family. Older sister Anna Gordy, who'd worked as a distributor for Chess and other labels, released the first single on her Anna label within days of Berry's entry into independent label ownership. "What was the first Motown record?" is an often-asked question whose reasonable answer by ... MORE ››



Vinyl Attack Barry Mann

Who Put the Bomp
(In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)
♦ by
Barry Mann

The goal was set: write songs, make records, become famous. These things were all within Barry Mann's reach...less than 20 miles from home! As soon as high school ended in 1956, he left his Brooklyn stomping grounds for Manhattan, making a northern-loop detour to the Catskills to earn some much-needed money ... MORE ››