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“This is Dedicated to the one I love – The Shirelles”

“This is Dedicated to the one I love – The Shirelles”

Dedicated to the One I Love” is a song written by Lowman Pauling and Ralph Bass which was a hit for The “5” Royales, The Shirelles and The Mamas & the Papas.[1] Pauling was the guitarist of The “5” Royales, the group that recorded the original version of this song, produced by Bass, in 1957. Their version was re-released in 1961 and charted at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The Shirelles version

A version recorded by The Shirelles[1] reached #83 in 1959.[3] In 1961, they re-released their version and it reached #3 on the Hot 100 chart and #2 on the R&B charts.[4]

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“Jennell Hawkins Moments To Remember”

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Jennell Ruth Hawkins (née Grimes, April 8, 1938 – October 13, 2006) was an American R&B and jazz singer and musician who recorded in the 1950s and early 1960s, and had a US Top 50 chart hit in 1961 with “Moments To Remember”.

Biography

Jennell “Jenny” Grimes was born in Los Angeles, and while at Jefferson High School formed a singing group, the Fidelitones, with friends Marc Gordon (later a successful songwriter and record producer), Ray Brewster, and Bill Piper. She also became acquainted with fellow pupil and aspiring songwriter Richard Berry, and in 1954 she and Berry recorded one of his songs, “Each Step”, with arranger Maxwell Davis, which was released on the Flair label, credited to Ricky and Jennell. She also played piano on “My Aching Heart” by the Flippers in 1955.[1] Although initially reluctant, as she saw herself as more of a pianist and organ player than a singer, she joined Berry’s backing group, the Dreamers, and sang lead on the Dreamers’ own 1957 single, “Since You’ve Been Gone.”[1][2] She married Lawrence Hawkins in 1956,[3] and around that time joined another vocal group, the Combonettes, who recorded three singles for the Combo label, including “Hi Diddle Diddle”.[1]

She made her first solo recordings in 1961, releasing “I Pity You Fool” on the Dynamic label before recording Richard Berry’s song “Moments To Remember” on the small Titanic label. The record became locally successful and, retitled ”

“Moments”, was reissued by the larger Amazon record label owned by DJ Rudy Harvey. The record rose to no.16 on the national Billboard R&B Chart, and no.50 on the pop chart. She followed it up in 1962 with a version of Barrett Strong’s hit “Money (That’s What I Want)”, co-written by Berry Gordy, which reached no.17 on the R&B chart.[4] She also released two albums on the Amazon label, The Many Moods of Jenny (1961), credited to the

Jennell Hawkins Quintet, and Moments To Remember (1962).[1][2]  However, Hawkins became disillusioned with Harvey’s business practices (he was later the victim of an unsolved murder), and she left the recording business soon afterwards to devote herself to her family and church. She later worked for funeral companies, driving a hearse and playing the organ at funerals. In the 1970s she re-emerged with a sextet to back Johnny Morisette on his jazz-funk recording of “I’m Hungry”. She also performed occasionally with her sextet in Los Angeles nightclubs, often appearing together with saxophonist Big Jay McNeely. In 2002, she reunited with the Dreamers to perform at a doo wop revival event.[1][2] She suffered a serious stroke in 2005, and died the following year at the age of 68, on the day she was due to receive a mayoral certificate to recognise her contributions to local music.[1][2]

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“The Champs – Tequila (original 78 rpm)” 

“The Champs – Tequila (original 78 rpm)” 

Tequila” is a 1958 Latin-flavored rock and roll instrumental recorded by the Champs. It is based on a Cuban mambo beat. The word “Tequila” is spoken three times throughout the tune. “Tequila” became a #1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts at the time of its release and continues to be strongly referenced in pop culture to this day.[1]

History

In 1957, Gene Autry’s record label, Challenge Records, signed Dave Burgess (born 1934), a rockabilly singer-songwriter from California who often recorded under the name “Dave Dupree”. At the end of 1957, having produced no hits, Challenge Records looked to Burgess, who organized a recording session on December 23 in Hollywood. In the studio that day were Burgess on rhythm guitar, Cliff Hills on bass guitar, the Flores Trio (Danny Flores on saxophone and keyboards, Gene Alden on drums, and lead guitarist Buddy Bruce), and Huelyn Duvall contributing backing vocals.[2] They gathered primarily to record “Train to Nowhere”, a song by Burgess, as well as “Night Beat” and “All Night Rock”.

The last tune recorded was “Tequila”, essentially just a jam by the Flores Trio. There were three takes, and Danny Flores, who wrote the song, was also the man who actually spoke the word “Tequila!”. Flores also played the trademark “dirty sax” solo.[3] The song served as the B-side for “Train to Nowhere”, which was released by Challenge Records on January 15, 1958. Duvall recalls that the record initially found little success, but, after a DJ in Cleveland played the B-side, “Tequila” skyrocketed up the charts, reaching #1 on the Billboard chart on March 28, 1958.

Daniel Flores had written “Tequila”, but, because he was signed to another label, the tune was credited to “Chuck Rio”, a name he adopted for the stage. Those present for the December 23 session began recording together again on January 20, 1958, under the name the Champs; the group technically formed after recording “Tequila”. The tune has been noted[by whom?] to have a similar rhythm structure to Bo Diddley’s 1958 release “Dearest Darling”.

Challenge Records was founded in Los Angeles in 1957 by cowboy singer Gene Autry and former Columbia Records A&R representative Joe Johnson. Autry’s involvement with the label was short lived as he sold his interest to the remaining partners in October 1958. The label’s first success came with instrumental group the Champs, who had their biggest hit in 1958 with “Tequila”. They also had a series of hits with pop singer Jerry Wallace (“Primrose Lane”) and country singer Wynn Stewart (“Wishful Thinking”). Other recording artists with the label included Jan and Dean, Gary Usher, the Knickerbockers, and singer-songwriter Jerry Fuller. The first Challenge label was blue with silver print, followed after the first half dozen releases by a short-lived light blue label with red print, then a maroon colored label with silver print. Finally around late 1959, the company issued their singles on a green label with silver print

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“Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison (HD – HQ 720p – 1080p) DVDRip High Quality and Definition”

“Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison (HD – HQ 720p – 1080p) DVDRip High Quality and Definition”

Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), also known by his nickname the Big O, was an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including “Only the Lonely”, “Crying”, and “Oh, Pretty Woman”. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but was revived by several covers of his songs and the use of “In Dreams” in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet (1986).

In 1988, he joined the Traveling Wilburys supergroup with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne and also recorded his final solo album. He died of a heart attack in December that year, at the zenith of his resurgence. His life was marred by tragedy, including the death of his first wife and his two eldest sons in separate accidents.

Orbison’s vocal instrument bridged the gap between baritone and tenor, and music scholars have suggested that he had a three- or four-octave range.[1] The combination of Orbison’s powerful, impassioned voice and complex musical arrangements led many critics to refer to his music as operatic, giving him the sobriquet “the Caruso of Rock”.[2][note 1] While most male performers in rock and roll in the 1950s and 1960s projected a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison’s songs instead conveyed a quiet, desperate vulnerability. He was known for performing while standing still and solitary and for wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses, which lent an air of mystery to his persona.

Orbison was initiated into the second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 by longtime admirer Bruce Springsteen. The same year he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame two years later. Rolling Stone placed Orbison at number 37 on their list of the Greatest Artists of All Time, and number 13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[3] In 2002, Billboard magazine listed Orbison at number 74 in the Top 600 recording artists.[4] In 2014, Orbison was elected to America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame.

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“THE SENSATIONS- “LET ME IN” (W/LYRICS)”

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The Sensations were an American doo wop group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The group formed in 1954 under the name the Cavaliers, soon after changing to the Sensations. The group scored two hits on the US R&B chart in 1956 with the Atco Records singles “Yes Sir That’s My Baby” (#15) and “Please Mr. Disc Jockey” (#13).[1][2] By 1957 they were managed by Kae Williams.[3] The group disbanded soon afterwards, and lead singer Yvonne Mills married and started a family.[4]

In 1961, bass singer Alphonso Howell persuaded Yvonne Mills Baker that the group should re-form, and they won a contract with Chess Records subsidiary label Argo. They soon had a hit with a version of “Music, Music, Music”, which reached #12 on the R&B chart and #54 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] A few months later, they released the tune “Let Me In”.[3] It was their biggest success, peaking at #2 R&B and #4 on the Hot 100.[5] However, later releases were less successful and the group broke up.[4]

Yvonne Baker later started a solo career, recording a number of tracks that achieved cult status among Northern Soul fans, most notably “You Didn’t Say a Word” on Parkway Records in 1966.[4]

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“The Elegants – Little Star”

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The Elegantsis an American doo-wop vocal group, that was started in 1958 by Vito Picone, Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogno, Carmen Romano and James Mochella in South Beach, Staten Island, New York. Before their nursery rhyme inspired song, “Little Star”,[1] became a number one hit, the band usually performed informally under the boardwalk by their homes. “Little Star” was the only million seller for the group, and was written by Venosa and Picone.[2] It spent 19 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, earning gold disc status.[2]

The song reached number 25 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1958.[3]

After their success with “Little Star”, the band, still in their teens, toured with artists such as Buddy Holly, Dion and the Belmonts, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. However, none of their subsequent singles reached the charts at all making them a prime example of one-hit wonders.

In early 1970s, lead singer Picone returned to the group replacing Tardogno as the lead singer. That group comprising Vito Picone, Freddie Redmond, Nino Amato and Bruce Copp have been together ever since and to this date, have not stopped touring. They can be seen annually performing at the San Gennaro Festival, in Little Italy, Manhattan, New York City.

According to the Elegants website, Freddie Redmond died of emphysema in 2006, and was replaced by original member, James Moschella. As of 2012, the Elegants are still performing at concerts and events throughout the United States, under the name “Vito Picone & The Elegants”. They still perform “Little Star”, as well as their interpretations of many golden oldies. The Elegants band consists of Mike Catalano on bass guitar, Joe Lucenti on lead guitar, Mark Garni on keyboards and Sal Albanese on drums.

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“LINDA CARR – BABY ARE YOU PUTTING ME ON (LIVE VIDEO FOOTAGE)”

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Linda Carr is an American pop-soul singer. Before going solo, she was a backing singer for James Brown, replacing Tammi Terrell.[1][2][3] She and her band The Love Squad had a Top 20 1975 hit in the UK with a song called “Highwire”.

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