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What Beatles Song Features An Inverted Melody In The Break?

It wasn’t a song from the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.  Or The White Album. Or Magical Mystery Tour.  This top 5 hit for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles [/lastfm]was their first in 1966, and […]

01/09/2012

Johnny Rivers Classic TV Theme Secret Agent Man

It was a great show, and a great theme to one of the surprise hits of the 1965-1966 season, but as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Johnny Rivers[/lastfm] told me, it wasn’t a complete song when he got it.  […]

11/03/2011

The Lovin’s Spoonful’s Biggest Hit Wasn’t John Sebastian’s Favorite

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Sebastian[/lastfm] was the lead singer and songwriter of[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] The Lovin’ Spoonful[/lastfm].  With his brother Mark and bass player Steve Boone they wrote the group’s only #1 son,. so what was it?  You’ll hear […]

06/24/2011

Eleanor Rigby Was Credited To The Beatles, But That’s Untrue

The real facts came out in a 1966 press conference. 

05/12/2011

Which Beatles Member Sang On Donovan’s Mellow Yellow?

More important, what the heck is the song about?  A few years back I had the chance to ask [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Donovan[/lastfm] about it.  it was a surprise to me what a regular guy he was […]

04/22/2011

Why John Lennon’s Nowhere Man Wasn’t A Typical John Song

There is one unique aspect to [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm] Nowhere Man that I didn’t realize until I heard this audio dissection from producer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]George Martin[/lastfm].  I’ll bet it’s something you didn’t know about it either.

03/15/2011

Lee Dorsey Had Given up On “Working In The Coal Mine”

Our first Top 6 @ 6 today features working songs,  and one  of the most famous was [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lee Dorsey[/lastfm]‘s Working In The Coal Mine.  Lee was known for songs like Ya-Ya, Do-Re-Mi, and his […]

03/07/2011

What Does The Beatles “Day Tripper” Mean?

I’ve heard a lot of different interpretations through the years about song.  This 1965 interview clip with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] says it best for me. 

02/02/2011

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 […]

01/24/2011

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 […]

01/18/2011

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