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The Jackson Five’s Star Studded Audition For Motown

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Barry Gordy[/lastfm] signed [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Jackson Five[/lastfm] to Motown records in 1969.  41 years ago today, they had their first #1 hit for the label.  The audition was a star studded affair in Barry’s […]


The Jackson Five’s First Record

Today marks the 41st anniversary of the day [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Jackson Five[/lastfm]’s I Want You Back became their first #1 record.  I’ll count down their top 5 on today’s Top 5 @ 5.  But before […]


Four Tops Levi Stubbs On A Hit That Caused Him Problems

Everyone I’ve spoken to from Motown Records loved Levi Stubbs.  Levi was the lead singer for the Four Tops through the glory years and beyond.  Today’s top 5 @ 5 features the groups first hit […]


The Beach Boys Hit From A Throwaway Session

In 1966 The Beach Boys recorded an album whose only purpose was to buy Brian Wilson time to finish his masterpiece Pet Sounds.  It was an informal set of sessions with the group knocking out […]


Papa John And Mama Cass Recall California Dreamin’

When The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mamas and Papas[/lastfm] released their first album it blew me and a lot of other people away.   California Dreamin‘ was just a start, and it’s in today’s top 5 compiled by KOOL […]


Barbra Streisand On Men

Today’s Top 5 @ 5 features the top hits of 1981 and Barbra Streisand’s duet with Barry Gibb is one of the songs you’ll hear.  You may remember they were an ‘item’ and the time […]


What Gary Lewis Hit Emulated The Beach Boys

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gary Lewis and The Playboys[/lastfm] has a string of 15 chart hits – 7 went top 10.  But there was one in particular that featured extra voices because Gary couldn’t get the ‘[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beach […]


Tommy James With The Story Of Crimson And Clover

Today’s Top 5 @ 5 takes a look at the five biggest songs on this day in 1969.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tommy James and the Shondells[/lastfm] Crimson and Clover is one of the tracks.  Do you have […]


Barry White On The Feeling Of Having A Hit Song

Today’s Top 5 @ 5 looks at the year 1975 and features one of[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Barry White[/lastfm]’s biggest hits that year.  Before his death on July 4, 2003, Barry placed 27 songs on the charts […]


Quincy Jones First Collaboration With MJ

It was 30 years ago today that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]’s Rock With You was in the top 5.  You’ll hear it on today’s Top 5 @ 5 as I countdown the chart from this day […]