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does jackie deshannon belong in the rock & roll hall of fame?

DOES JACKIE DeSHANNON belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Making an argument for her or any artist is not easy for two reasons. First, the Hall does not have any set of criteria by which fans can assess potential candidates. Each year each vote appears to be a reflection of the mood of the nominators and voters of that year. [Read more] “does jackie deshannon belong in the rock & roll hall of fame?”

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I hear thunder boom every time jackie deshannon walks in the room

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wikipedia really messed up “music recording certification”

I LEFT WIKIPEDIA ALONE for the past few months, even though critiquing their entries is like shooting fish in a barrel. When it comes to “definitions” of persons and terms regarding popular music, Wikipedia’s theme song seems to be a well-known song by Elvis: “If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the right place. [Read more] “wikipedia really messed up “music recording certification””

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1963

THIS IS THE FOURTH 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 “Walk Right In And Go Away Little Girl” on my publication Tell It Like It Was on Medium on March 13, 2019. [Read more] “the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1963”

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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, GeClark 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. [Read more] “when was “gene clark with the gosdin brothers” released? (gene clark part 2)”

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the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 2

THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 2 addresses records made that are associated with this movie—both singles and albums. All were released in the wake of the very successful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Before commencing, I recommend that you first readOn Wild In The Streets As Political And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part series of articles about the movie and its music. [Read more] “the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 2”

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what was the first “rock” double-album of the ’60s?

 IT IS ACCEPTED “FACT” that two seminal works of popular music—the Beach Boys’ PET SOUNDS and Bob Dylan’s BLONDE ON BLONDE—were released on the same day, May 16, 1966. And there was a second reason to celebrate that date: BLONDE ON BLONDE was also the first rock double-album of all-new studio recordings, beating the Mothers of Invention’s FREAK OUT! [Read more] “what was the first “rock” double-album of the ’60s?”

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just how did david bowie affect your consciousness?

THE ORIGINAL TITLE to this piece on David Bowie was “Damn That Damn Disco Music!” But that was really an inadequate opening for the tone of this ‘true story’ about conversion. Then I dallied with variations on “The Day I Came Out as a David Bowie Fan,” which was an allusion to his androgynous Ziggy Stardust period. [Read more] “just how did david bowie affect your consciousness?”

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on babylon falling (fingers up and crossed)

I WAS RESEARCHING AN ARTICLE when I stumbled over a site containing thousands of images, all apparently scanned from ‘underground newspapers’ and similar counterculture publications. And best of all, they appeared to all come from that period of unrest and upheaval that we call “The Sixties”—which took place between 1962 and 1975, depending on how you define it and where you lived at the time. [Read more] “on babylon falling (fingers up and crossed)”