Saturday, August 1, 2015

Celebrating 60 years of Rock music. Update: 1961.

60 YEARS OF
ROCK
(1955-2015)
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JULY 9, 1955
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1956
-Elvis becomes rock 'n roll's first major star.
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1957 
-Buddy Holly & The Crickets: rock's prototype group.
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1958
-Jerry Lee Lewis' career is damaged when he marries his teen cousin.
 


  







1959
- Ray Charles brings gospel to secular music & creates soul. 
  Head and shoulders shot of Ray Charles next to a microphone, his sunglasses reflecting his hands on piano keys and the shadow of the microphone cast on his face
1960
-Chubby Checker's cover of "The Twist" sparks a new dance craze. 
 










1961
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-Bob Dylan starts performing live.
-"Shop Around" by The Miracles becomes Motown's 1st million-seller.
-The Shirelles usher in the girl group era.
-Following the success of "The Twist", other dance hits flood the market.
-The Supremes release debut single on Motown is issued. 
-The Beatles start their gigs at Liverpool's Cavern Club. 
-Later in the year, Brian Epstein sees The Beatles perform there.
-The Beach Boys release 1st single "Surfin'".

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By 1961, rock 'n roll was morphing into "rock music"; a reflection of its increasing acceptance by the mainstream. Studio technology improved significantly with Phil Spector's "little symphonies for the kids". Ray Charles mixed country with R&B. Folk rock produced the hit remake of "Michael" by The Highwaymen and embraces rising star Joan Baez. Del Shannon's "Runaway" impressed audiences with its clavioline solo.
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Friday, July 31, 2015

ROCK ERA TIMELINE Update: 1955-1960.
This weekend- 1961-62.

60 YEARS OF
ROCK
(1955-2015)
---  JULY 9, 1955
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1956
 
1957
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1958
 
1959
Head and shoulders shot of Ray Charles next to a microphone, his sunglasses reflecting his hands on piano keys and the shadow of the microphone cast on his face
1960
 

THE ALL-TIME CAMPEST #1s EVER! This update: #40-36. This countdown continues next week.
THE ALL-TIME TOP 100
CAMPEST
#1 SINGLES
(1960 - 2015)
The 100 campest chart topping singles in the USA or UK.
36 YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN & JOHN TRAVOLTA
UK & USA (1978)
37 I'VE NEVER BEEN TO ME
CHArLENE
UK (1982)
 
38 THE POWER OF LOVE
JENNIFER RUSH
UK (1985)
 
39 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH)
DONNA SUMMER & BARBRA STREISAND
USA (1979)
40 FLASHDANCE...WHAT A FEELING
IRENE CARA
USA (1983)
 
200 BEST ALBUMS. Update:  #171. This countdown continues next week.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included.
#171
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VENUS AND MARS: 
PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS
 [1975] 
For 'Venus And Mars', Paul McCartney expanded the Wings line-up. This is a more cohesive ensemble effort. Hindered at times by the overindulgent tendency that the former Beatle falls victim to so often on record, this album is saved by some of his best Wings era tracks. When the planets do align, McCartney delivers in spades. There are irresistible pop hooks aplenty on songs such as "Listen To What The Man Said" and "Magneto And Titanium Man". Wings rock out on "Rock Show" and "Letting Go". McCartney offers some lovely ballads such as "Love In Song" and the title track. Ignore the cheesy fluff and enjoy the quality selections. Highlight tracks: Magneto And Titanium Man; Letting Go; Listen To What The Man Said.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems. Feel free to nominate a song for next month.


THE ANTHEMS 

2015
 JULY
I'M COMING OUT - Diana Ross
Chic's Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers created this anthem for Diana Ross' 'Diana' album, reflecting the fact that the former lead singer of The Supremes was leaving the Motown label. Rodgers drew inspiration from guys he saw in a gay bar dressed as Diana Ross. 


JANUARY - JUNE          
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - Abba
GO WEST - Pet Shop Boys
IT'S RAINING MEN -The Weather Girls
BORN THIS WAY - Lady Gaga
OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


CAMPEST #1s. Update: #45-41. More songs added tomorrow.
THE ALL-TIME TOP 100
CAMPEST
#1 SINGLES
(1960 - 2015)
The 100 campest chart topping singles in the USA or UK.
41 STAND BY YOUR MAN
TAmmY WYNETTE
UK (1975)
 
42 TOP OF THE WORLD
THE CARPENTERS
USA (1973)
43 LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY
DENIECE WILLIAMS
USA (1984)
 
44 9 TO 5 (MORNING TRAIN)
SHEENA EASTON
USA (1981)
45 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD)
DEAD OR ALIVE
UK (1985)
 
200 BEST ALBUMS. Update:  #172. This countdown continues tomorrow.
THE CAFFE` LATTE`
200
MOST RECOMMENDED ALBUMS
Some are the best selling, while others may be obscure, but the albums listed here are all worthy of a listen. No compilation/ best of sets. Only exceptional live albums included.
#172
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JAZZ: QUEEN
 [1978] 
On 'Jazz', Queen serve up tracks that take a high camp approach to various musical styles. Opening with "Mustapha", Brian May is resplendent on guitar. "Fat Bottomed Girls" is stadium rock. "Jealousy" is a tender ballad. "Fun It" is disco. Queen deliver great harmonies and mighty pop on "Don't Stop Me Now" and many other songs. Highlight tracks: Don't Stop Me Now; Bicycle Race; Jealousy.