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“1959 HITS ARCHIVE: The Happy Organ – Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez (a #1 record)”

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David Cortez

Clowney, known by the stage name

Dave “Baby” Cortez

(born August 13, 1938, Detroit, Michigan), is an American pop and R&B organist and pianist.

Clowney attended Northwestern High School in Detroit. His father played the piano, and encouraged him to pursue a musical career. Clowney played the piano for 10 years, then he took up the organ.

Clowney made his first record in 1956 under his own name but it was not until three years later that he scored a major success using the stage name Dave “Baby” Cortez. His instrumental,

“The Happy Organ”

, was the first pop/rock hit to feature the electronic organ as lead instrument; it featured drummer Gary Hammond and was co-written by noted celebrity photographer James J. Kriegsmann and frequent collaborator Kurt Wood. The guitar solo is by session musician Wild Jimmy Spruill. The 45 rpm single was the first instrumental No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart. Before making his big break with an instrumental record, Clowney had sung with two doo-wop groups, the Pearls and the Valentines.

The original 45 rpm single was released on the independent Clock Records label but the LP which featured it was released by RCA Victor by arrangement with Clock.

Cortez had another Top Ten hit in 1962 with “Rinky Dink” on Chess Records. This record became well known in the UK as the signature tune of the Saturday afternoon programme Professional Wrestling, introduced by Kent Walton, although few knew the name of the tune or the artist. The song has a strong resemblance to 1957’s “Love Is Strange” by Mickey & Sylvia, since it used the same guitar riff.

In 2011, after a 39-year hiatus from recording, Cortez returned with a new album on Norton Records backed by Lonnie Youngblood and His Bloodhounds, including underground luminary Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs and the Gories.

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Posted by on April 19, 2018 in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, nostalgic

 

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“VINTAGE 1953 BETTY CROCKER MARBLE CAKE COMMERCIAL – GREAT LOOKING “BETTY CROCKER” ACTRESS”

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Betty Crocker is a brand name and trademark of General Mills, an American Fortune 500 corporation. The name was first developed by the Washburn Crosby Company in 1921 as a way to give a personalized response to consumer product questions. The name Betty was selected because it was viewed as a cheery, all-American name. It was paired with the last name Crocker, in honor of William Crocker, a Washburn Crosby Company director.

Founding

Marjorie Husted was the creator, together the advertiser Bruce Barton,[1] of Betty Crocker. She was a home economist and businesswoman under whose supervision the image of Betty Crocker became an icon for General Mills. In 1921, Washburn Crosby merged with five or more other milling companies to form General Mills.

In 1924, Betty acquired a voice with the debut of “The Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air” on one station in Minneapolis. It was the country’s first radio cooking show, and Agnes White was selected to portray Betty Crocker. The show proved popular, and eventually was carried nationally on NBC Radio, with Agnes as Betty. Over the next two decades, Agnes would anonymously portray Betty Crocker on the air and at cooking schools.[2]

In 1929, Betty Crocker coupons were introduced. Inserted in bags of flour, they could be used to reduce the cost of Oneida Limited flatware. By 1932, this scheme had become so popular that General Mills began to offer an entire set of flatware; the pattern was called “Friendship” (later renamed “Medality”). In 1937 the coupons were printed on the outside of packages, copy on which told purchasers to “save and redeem for big savings on fine kitchen and home accessories in our catalog”.

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“What’s My Line? – Wilt Chamberlain; Joan Crawford; Joey Bishop [panel] (Jan 8, 1961)”

“What’s My Line? – Wilt Chamberlain; Joan Crawford; Joey Bishop [panel] (Jan 8, 1961)”

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What’s My Line? is a panel game show which originally ran in the United States on the CBS Television Network from 1950 to 1967, with several international versions and subsequent U.S. revivals. The game tasks celebrity panelists with questioning contestants in order to determine their occupations. It is the longest-running U.S. primetime network television game-show. Moderated by John Daly and with panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf, What’s My Line? won three Emmy Awards for “Best Quiz or Audience Participation Show” in 1952, 1953, and 1958 and the Golden Globe for Best TV Show in 1962.[1][2]

After its cancellation by CBS in 1967, it returned in syndication as a daily production which ran from 1968 until 1975. There have been several international versions, radio versions, and a live stage version.

In 2013, TV Guide ranked it #9 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.[3]

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“Bruce Channel – Hey! Baby”

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“Hey! Baby”

is a song written by Margaret Cobb and

Bruce Channel

, and recorded by Channel in 1961, first released on LeCam Records, a local Fort Worth, Texas label. After it hit, it was released on Smash Records for national distribution. He co-produced the song with Major Bill Smith (owner of LeCam) and released it on Mercury Records’ Smash label. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, starting the week ending March 10, 1962.

The song features a prominent riff from well-known harmonica player Delbert McClinton, and drums played by Ray Torres. According to a CNN article[1] from 2002, while touring the UK in 1962 with The Beatles, McClinton met John Lennon and gave him some harmonica tips. Lennon put the lessons to use right away on “Love Me Do” and later “Please Please Me”. Lennon included the song in his jukebox, and it is also featured on the related compilation album.

The song was used in the 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing in the scene where Johnny and Baby dance on top of a tree’s log.

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“Elvis Presley – its now or never (1960)”

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Elvis Aaron Presley[b] (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a twinless twin, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.

In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42.

Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music,[11][12][13][14] with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide.[15] He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

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Posted by on April 11, 2018 in 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, nostalgic, rocknroll

 

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“A Lover’s Concerto (The Toys) with lyrics”

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The Toys

were discovered at a talent show by manager Vince Marc, who introduced them to songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell.[1] Linzer and Randell wrote most of the songs they recorded, including their U.S. #1 hit single

“A Lover’s Concerto”

, and also produced the group’s 1965-66 recordings on Bob Crewe’s DynoVoice record label.[1] Global sales of this disc exceeded two million copies, with a gold record awarded by the R.I.A.A. in 1965.[2] Their first U.S. tour was with Gene Pitney.[2] In 1967 the group changed labels and producers moving to Musicor Records, but charted only one more minor single (a cover of Brian Hyland’s “Sealed with a Kiss”) before breaking up.[1]

The Toys appeared on most of the major TV rock programs.[1] They had a cameo role in the 1967 beach movie It’s a Bikini World.[2][3] Harris continues to perform on public television and at oldies concerts.

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PLEASANTVILLE AMERICA… Is This Where Peggy Sue Got Married? (travel the unending and recurring roads of Hooterville and Mayberry)

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Many films made during the 1950s and 1960s, are of family values with traditions that reflect a conservative, modest America –no modern complexities.

The most popular genres of those times were Comedy, Western, Romance and Science Fiction. Today’s nostalgic film lovers always want to journey back in time … as real-time. But, they must consider all that it takes to make these imagined journeys through motion picture media real… Filmmakers have become so skilled with interlocking artifacts, great memories, history and imagination.

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Watch “Peggy Sue Got Married – Trailer – Movies TV Network” on YouTube

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2018 in 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, nostalgic

 

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