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a few embarrassing songs by a few major pop and rock artists

IT WAS JUST ANOTHER DAY on Medium when I found the ar­ticle, “Em­bar­rassing Songs By Major Artists.” Written by Alex Markham for The Riff, its tagline was “Even the biggest music su­per­stars had mo­ments when taste de­serted them.” He could have written “every music su­per­star” and sub­sti­tuted “in­tel­li­gence” for “taste” and I would have agreed! [Continue reading]

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the cheesiest semi-legal records in the world!

I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA from Penn­syl­vania in June 1978. I naively be­lieved I would find some sem­blance of “the six­ties” hidden away in San Fran­cisco. But in only a few years, most of it had been blotted out. There were still a lot of hand-painted Vic­to­rian houses and a few hip coffee shops and bookstores.

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1968

THIS IS THE NINTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Grazing In The Grass With Mrs. Robinson” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Sep­tember 19, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1967

THIS IS THE EIGHTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Hey, There Georgy Girl, Penny Lane, And Ruby Tuesday! [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1966

THIS IS THE SEVENTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “You Keep Me Hanging On The Poor Side Of Town” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on July 5, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1965

THIS IS THE SIXTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles ad­dressing the #1 records of the year on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s pop chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Let’s Hang On To Our Ticket To Ride” in my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium back on June 2, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1964

THIS IS THE FIFTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “I Want To Hold Your Louie Louie” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on April 14, 2019. [Continue reading]

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when was “gene clark with the gosdin brothers” released? (gene clark part 2)

GENE CLARK’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM came al­most a year after his final record with the Byrds. For a long time, Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers was con­sid­ered rather light­weight, es­pe­cially from the man who wrote songs like She Don’t Care About Time, Set You Free This Time, and Eight Miles High while a Byrd. [Continue reading]

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was beach boy mike love one of rock & roll’s greatest frontmen?

OPINION QUESTIONS are big on Quora and I try to pro­vide an­swers that are ac­cu­rate but some­what off the beaten path. The ques­tion I re­ceived this morning was, “Who are the all-time great frontmen in music?” I read the ques­tion as who are the great lead singers of rock groups, as both vocal and vi­sual performers. [Continue reading]