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“Little Caesar & The Romans – Those Oldies But Goodies”

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Little Caesar & the Romans

were an American musical group from Los Angeles active briefly in the 1960s.

The Romans minus Little Caesar began recording in 1959 as The Cubans, but changed their name to The Upfronts after the Bay of Pigs Invasion. They had three hits: the first and biggest was the nostalgic tune “Those Oldies but Goodies (Reminds {sic} Me of You)”, a #9 Pop and #28 R&B hit in 1961.[1] “Those Oldies But Goodies” was written by Paul Politi. Charles Wright, the famous leader of Charles Wright and his Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, at the time was A&R Director for Del-Fi Records. Wright played both piano and bass on the original “Hit” recording of “Those Oldies But Goodies” (Reminds Me of You). The follow-up, “Hully Gully Again”, hit #54,[1] and subsequent release “Memories of those Oldies but Goodies” Bubbled Under at #101.[2] They also released a full-length album on Del-Fi Records.

David Johnson served a lengthy prison term beginning shortly after Hully Gully Again, and when he was released from prison, he reformed a group using the name Little Caesar and the Romans. They worked briefly in the mid seventies, performing at Art Laboe’s Club on the Sunset Strip. Singer Rickie Lee Jones was a back up singer for that show. ” The group’s live act sometimes included wearing togas on stage and on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” television show. They broke up in 1962, at least partly due to an argument between lead singer Carl (Little Caesar) Burnett and member David Johnson (who performed the spoken-word portion of “Those Oldies but Goodies”) as to which of them should be called Little Caesar.[2] In 1975, Johnson put together a new Little Caesar And The Romans and recorded a single called “Disco Hully Gully”. For a while they toured as Marvin Gaye’s opening act.

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“I Know Something About Love…. Tell Him”

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The Exciters was an American pop music group of the 1960s. They were originally a girl group, with one male member being added afterwards. At the height of their popularity the group consisted of lead singer Brenda Reid, her husband Herb Rooney, Carolyn Johnson and Lillian Walker.

Career

Brenda Reid, Carolyn (Carol) Johnson, Lillian Walker, and Sylvia Wilbur formed the group while at high school together in Queens, New York City, in 1961. They were originally called the Masterettes, as a sister group to another group called the Masters, and released their first recording, “Follow the Leader”, in early 1962. Wilbur then left the group to be replaced by Penny Carter, and they auditioned for Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, winning a recording contract. Penny Carter then left, and was replaced by Herb Rooney, a member of the Masters; Reid and Rooney later married.[1]

The group’s name was changed to the Exciters, and their first hit record, arranged by George “Teacho” Wiltshire and produced by Leiber and Stoller for United Artists Records, was “Tell Him”, which reached no.4 on the U.S. pop chart in early 1963. The song had previously been recorded unsuccessfully, as “Tell Her”, by Gil Hamilton later known as Johnny Thunder.[2] According to Jason Ankeny at AllMusic, the Exciters’ version of “Tell Him” “…boasted an intensity that signified a sea change in the presentation and perception of femininity in popular music, paving the way for such tough, sexy acts as the Shangri-Las and the Ronettes.”[1]

Dusty Springfield was on a stop-over in New York City en route to Nashville to make a country music album with the Springfields in 1962, when she heard the Exciters’ “Tell Him” playing while taking a late-night walk by the Colony Record Store on Broadway. The song helped Springfield decide to embark on a solo career with a Pop/Soul direction. She’d recall: “The Exciters sort of got you by the throat…out of the blue comes blasting at you “I know something about love”, and that’s it. That’s what I wanna do.”[3]

Other songs by the group included “He’s Got the Power” (written by Ellie Greenwich and Tony Powers), “Get Him”, and Northern Soul classic “Blowing Up My Mind”. The Exciters also recorded “Do-Wah-Diddy”, written by Greenwich and Jeff Barry, in 1963; with a revised title of “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” it was covered shortly after by Manfred Mann, for whom it was an international hit.

In 1965, the Exciters left the Leiber-Stoller management team, and the United Artists label, for Roulette Records. There they issued a remake (with revised lyrics) of the Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers’ song “I Want You to Be My Boy.” They continued to record through the 1960s for Bert Berns’ labels Bang and Shout, and later for RCA, but with little success.[1] Ronnie Pace and Skip McPhee replaced Johnson and Walker.[4] The group broke up in 1974.[2]

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“The Shangri- Las – Remember ( Walking in the Sand) – Long stereo mix”

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The group was formed at Andrew Jackson High School in Cambria Heights, New York, a neighborhood in Queens, New York City, in 1963. It consisted of two sets of sisters: Mary Weiss (lead singer) (born 28 December 1948) and Elizabeth “Betty” Weiss (born 1946), and identical twins Marguerite “Marge” Ganser (4 February 1948–28 July 1996)[1] and Mary Ann Ganser (4 February 1948–14 March 1970).[2][3][4]

They began playing school shows, talent shows, and teen hops, coming to the attention of Artie Ripp, who arranged the group’s first record deal with Kama Sutra. Their first recording in December 1963 was “Simon Says”, later issued on the Smash label, on which Betty Weiss sang lead. They also recorded “Wishing Well” / “Hate To Say I Told You So”, which became their first release in early 1964 when leased to the small Spokane label.[5]

Initially, the girls performed without a name. But when they signed their first deal, they began calling themselves the Shangri-Las, after a Queens, New York restaurant.

Some discographies list The Beatle-ettes and The Bon Bons, who both issued singles in 1964, as early versions of The Shangri-Las. However, they are different groups.[6]

Mary Weiss was the main lead singer; Betty, however, took lead on “Maybe” (the LP version), “Shout”, “Twist and Shout”, and a number of B-sides and album tracks. Mary Ann Ganser took lead on most of “I’m Blue”,[citation needed] which is a cover of the Ikettes biggest hit at the time, and was included on their 1965 album Shangri-Las 65!.

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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in 1940s, 1960s, nostalgic

 

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TIMOTHY LEARY-PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS DURING THE 1960s AND DRUGS TODAY

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Born on October 22, 1920, in Springfield, Massachusetts,

Timothy Leary

forged a career as a noted psychology professor and researcher before becoming a major, highly controversial advocate of

psychedelic drugs during the 1960s.

He was imprisoned on marijuana charges, yet escaped only to be caught. He later worked in entertainment and cybernetics and published many books. He died on May 31, 1996.

Background and Early Career

Timothy Leary was born on October 22, 1920, in Springfield, Massachusetts, into an Irish-Catholic household. He went on to attend several schools before graduating from the University of Alabama in 1943 and earning a psychology doctorate in 1950 from the University of California at Berkeley.

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NEITHER WILL WE EVER FORGET CHARLES MANSON!!!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT LSD

Albert Hofmann
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Albert Hofmann, a chemist working for Sandoz Pharmaceutical, synthesized1 LSD for the first time in 1938, in Basel, Switzerland, while looking for a blood stimulant. However, its hallucinogenic effects were unknown until 1943 when Hofmann accidentally consumed some LSD. It was later found that an oral dose of as little as 25 micrograms (equal in weight to a few grains of salt) is capable of producing vivid hallucinations.

Further reading here:
http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/lsd/a-short-history.html

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HEROIN

“Heroin cut me off from the rest of the world. My parents kicked me out. My friends and my brothers didn’t want to see me anymore. I was all alone.” —Suzanne

“From the day I started using, I never stopped. Within one week I had gone from snorting heroin to shooting it. Within one month I was addicted and going through all my money. I sold everything of value that I owned and eventually everything that my mother owned. Within one year, I had lost everything.

“I sold my car, lost my job, was kicked out of my mother’s house, was $25,000 in credit card debt, and living on the streets of Camden, New Jersey. I lied, I stole, I cheated.

“I was raped, beaten, mugged, robbed, arrested, homeless, sick and desperate. I knew that nobody could sustain a lifestyle like that very long and I knew that death was imminent. If anything, death was better than a life as a junkie.” —Alison

“Drugs equal death. If you do nothing to get out, you end up dying. To be a drug addict is to be imprisoned. In the beginning, you think drugs are your friend (they may seem to help you escape the things or feelings that bother you). But soon, you will find you get up in the morning thinking only about drugs.

“Your whole day is spent finding or taking drugs. You get high all afternoon. At night, you put yourself to sleep with heroin. And you live only for that. You are in a prison. You beat your head against a wall, nonstop, but you don’t get anywhere. In the end, your prison becomes your tomb.” —Sabrina

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http://www.drugfreeworld.org/real-life-stories/heroin.html

WHAT ARE THE FACTS ABOUT CRACK COCAINE AND CRYSTAL METH?

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“It’s like watching those you love transform into beings beyond those in grotesque horror films. Satan is real and he takes over the.minds and lives of people that use drugs”.

Anonymous

Original articles:
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http://www.drugfreeworld.org/real-life-stories/crack-cocaine.html

 

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“The Shangri-Las -Leader Of The Pack Video with High Quality Sound”

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The Shangri-Las were an American pop girl group of the 1960s. Between 1964 and 1966 they charted with often heartbreaking teen melodramas, and remain perhaps best known for their hits “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand)”.

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“The Crystals – Then He Kissed Me – New Stereo Remix”

“The Crystals – Then He Kissed Me – New Stereo Remix”

Then He Kissed Me” is a song written by Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. The song, produced by Spector, was initially released as a single on Philles Records (#115) in July 1963 by The Crystals. It is a narrative of a young woman’s encounter, romance, and eventual marriage with a fellow youth.

The single is one of The Crystals’ most remembered songs. It was recorded at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles in April 1963.The lead vocal was sung by Dolores “LaLa” Brooks, the arrangement of The Wrecking Crew‘s Wall of Sound was by Jack Nitzscheand Larry Levine was the engineer. In the United States the single peaked at number six and in the United Kingdom the single peaked at number two. The single was The Crystals’ third single to chart in the top ten in the United States and their second to reach the top ten in the United Kingdom. The song was also a major hit in the Republic of Ireland, reaching number three in the charts there.

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“Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack (Original)”

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“Hit the Road Jack”

is a song written by rhythm and bluesman Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous after it was recorded by singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendricks.

Ray Charles’ recording hit number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning on Monday, October 9, 1961. “Hit the Road Jack” also got a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. The song was also number one on the R&B Sides chart for five weeks, thereby becoming Ray Charles’ sixth number one on that chart. The song is ranked #387 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Posted by on February 5, 2018 in 1960s, classic television, nostalgic

 

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