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Sonny Burgess

Posted on Jan 2, 2020 in 50s, Rockabilly

Sonny Burgess was one of the wildest rockers to record for the legendary Sun label in Memphis. He and his band the Pacers came out of Newport, Arkansas with a hard-rocking style that, unlike that of most rockabillies, owed little to nothing in the way of a stylistic debt to country music…

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Wooden Shjips

Posted on Dec 28, 2019 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Indie, Psychedelic

The enigmatically named quartet Wooden Shjips play a minimal, droning brand of garage-styled psychedelia with a noticeable Krautrock influence. The band’s vocals slip beneath waves of throbbing minimal rhythms, while fuzztone guitar and shrieking organs jump to the foreground. The group started in San Francisco during the mid-2000s…

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The Wombles

Posted on Dec 23, 2019 in 70s, Humour, ROCK/POP

Hugely popular for awhile in the U.K., the Wombles are creatures whose whole mission is to help clean up the world, carrying their “tidy bags” with them wherever they go, picking up the trash left behind by humans, and reusing it. Created in the late ’60s by children’s book author Elisabeth Beresford, the Wombles books caught on and were translated into several languages…

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Barbara Lynn

Posted on Dec 17, 2019 in 60s, Atlantic/Stax, Northern Soul, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

Singer/guitarist Barbara Lynn was a rare commodity during her heyday. Not only was she a female instrumentalist (one of the very first to hit the charts), but she also played left-handed and even wrote some of her own material. Lynn’s music often straddled the line between blues and Southern R&B, and since much of her early work — including the number one R&B hit “You’ll Lose a Good Thing”…

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Freddie Mercury

Posted on Dec 12, 2019 in 80s, ROCK/POP

Combining theatrics and an outrageously flamboyant stage persona with his fine natural-born talent (he possessed one of the greatest voices in all of music and penned some of pop’s most enduring and instantly recognizable compositions), one of rock’s greatest all-time entertainers/showmen was unquestionably Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury…

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Dexys Midnight Runners

Posted on Dec 5, 2019 in 80s, New Wave, ROCK/POP

Dexys Midnight Runners are best known in America as one of new wave’s ultimate one-hit wonders, thanks to their 1982 number one smash “Come on Eileen”, a distinctive fusion of ’80s pop, Celtic folk, and blue-eyed soul. In the UK, however, they earned a fair amount of critical acclaim and made a greater impression on the public consciousness with their frequent changes in sound, wardrobe, and personnel…

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Joe Brown

Posted on Nov 29, 2019 in 60s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP

In a career that has crossed 50 years (and which was still going strong in the opening decade of the twenty-first century), Joe Brown has cut a unique swathe across British rock & roll. Born Joseph Roger Brown in Swarby, Lincolnshire in 1941, he was raised in London. Brown proved a natural guitarist from an early age…

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The Shirelles

Posted on Nov 23, 2019 in 60s, Doo-wop, Northern Soul, Rhythm & Blues, ROCK/POP, SOUL

The Shirelles were the first major female vocal group of the rock era, defining the so-called girl group sound with their soft, sweet harmonies and yearning innocence. Their music was a blend of pop/rock and R&B — especially doo wop and smooth uptown soul — that appealed to listeners across the board, before Motown ever became a crossover phenomenon with white audiences…

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Happy Mondays

Posted on Nov 15, 2019 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Dance, Indie

Happy Mondays were the leaders of the late-’80s/early-’90s dance club-influenced Manchester scene … eventually becoming the most recognizable band of that drug-fueled scene. The Mondays’ music relied heavily on the sound and rhythm of house music, spiked with ’70s soul licks and swirling ’60s psychedelia…

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Barbara Dane

Posted on Nov 9, 2019 in 60s, BLUES, JAZZ, Traditional Folk

Barbara Dane’s parents arrived in Detroit from Arkansas in the 1920s. Out of high school, Dane began to sing regularly at demonstrations for racial equality and economic justice. While still in her teens, she sat in with bands around town and won the interest of local music promoters…

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