Music That We Adore

Take a trip through the 60s, 70's and 80's Music, and relive all the songs and artists that marked an Era.

Best-Selling Artists

The Beatles - Elvis Presley - Michael Jackson - Frank Sinatra - Bing Crosby - ABBA - Julio Iglesias - Led Zepplin - Nana Mouskouri - Queen

Best-Selling Singles [Millions Sold]

White Christmas 50m- Candle in the Wind 33m- Silent Night 30m- Rock Around the Clock 25m- Diana 20m - We Are the World 20m- If I Didn't Care 19m- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 18m- Yes Sir, I Can Boogie 18m

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Helen Shapiro - Discography

Helen Shapiro


Helen Shapiro is remembered today by younger pop culture buffs as the slightly awkward actress/singer in Richard Lester's 1962 debut feature film, It's Trad, Dad. From 1961 until 1963, however, Shapiro was England's teenage pop music queen, at one point selling 40,000 copies daily of her biggest single, "Walking Back to Happiness," during a 19-week chart run. A deceptively young 14 when she was discovered, Shapiro had a rich, expressive voice properly sounding like the property of someone twice as old, and she matured into a seasoned professional very quickly.

She grew up in London's East End and was performing with a ukulele at age nine as part of a school group -- supposedly called Susie & the Hula Hoops, whose members included a young Mark Feld (aka Marc Bolan) -- that used to sing their own versions of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly songs. She subsequently sang with her brother Ron Shapiro's trad jazz turned skiffle outfit at local clubs before enrolling in classes at Maurice Burman's music school in London. Burman was so taken with Helen Shapiro's voice that he waived the tuition to keep her as a student. He later brought her to the attention of Norrie Paramor, then one of EMI's top pop producers (responsible for signing Cliff Richard & the Shadows). Shapiro's voice was so mature that Paramor refused to believe from the evidence on a tape that it belonged to a 14-year-old until she came to his office and belted out "St. Louis Blues." She cut her first single, "Please Don't Treat Me Like a Child," a few weeks later and broke onto the British charts in 1961.

Lynn Anderson [RIP] - Discography

Lynn Anderson

Born: September 26, 1947 - Died: July 30, 2015
R.I.P.

Lynn Anderson, rightly described as a “singer’s singer,” ranked among the most admired and trailblazing entertainers in America throughout her six-decade career. Her sparkling vocals brought a new level of sophistication and glamour to country music. This groundbreaking pop-country sound—labeled “countrypolitan” by the media—helped her become one of the first female country artists to achieve mass crossover appeal. 

A distinctive stylist, she ranks among the ten most successful female country artists in all-time record sales and is also one of the most awarded country artists of any era. She performed for the Queen of England and for four American presidents, including a special invitation to appear at a Jimmy Carter birthday celebration at the White House. Anderson set a number of precedents for female country artists: She was the first female country singer to perform on The Tonight Show, first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden, and the first to win an American Music Award for Favorite Female Vocalist.


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Joe Cocker [RIP] - Discography

JOE COCKER 

Born: 20 May 1944 - Died: 22 December 2014
R.I.P.

John Robert "Joe" Cocker OBE was an English singer known for his gritty, bluesy voice and dynamic stage performances that featured spastic body movements. Most of his best known singles were covers of songs by other artists, though he composed a number of his own songs for most of his albums as well, often in conjunction with songwriting partner Chris Stainton.

His first album featured a recording of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends", which brought him to near-instant stardom. The song reached number one in the UK in 1968, became a staple of his many live shows, and was known to later generations as the theme song for the TV series The Wonder Years. He continued his success with his second album, which included a second Beatles cover: "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window". 

After Cocker got his big break by covering The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, which went to number one in the UK in 1968, the Fab Four sent him a telegram of congratulation.

A hastily thrown together 1970 U.S. tour led to the live double-album Mad Dogs & Englishmen, which featured an all-star band organized by Leon Russell. His 1974 cover of "You Are So Beautiful" reached number five in the U.S., and became his signature song. Cocker's best selling song was the U.S. number one "Up Where We Belong", a duet with Jennifer Warnes that earned a 1983 Grammy Award. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Jethro Tull - Discography

JETHRO TULL 

Jethro Tull were a unique phenomenon in popular music history. Their mix of hard rock, folk melodies, blues licks, surreal, impossibly dense lyrics, and overall profundity defied easy analysis, but that didn't dissuade fans from giving them 11 gold and five platinum albums. At the same time, critics rarely took them seriously, and they were off the cutting-edge of popular music by the end of the '70s. But no record store in the country would want to be without multiple copies of each of their most popular albums (Benefit, Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, Living in the Past), or their various best-of compilations, and few would knowingly ignore their newer releases. Of their contemporaries, only Yes could claim a similar degree of success, and Yes had endured several major shifts in sound and membership by the '90s, while Tull remained remarkably stable over the same period. As co-founded and led by wildman/flutist/guitarist/singer/songwriter Ian Anderson, the group carved a place all its own in popular music.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Judy Garland [RIP] - Discography

JUDY GARLAND 


Born: June 10, 1922 - Died: June 22, 1969
R.I.P.

Singer/actress Judy Garland had a varied career that began in vaudeville and extended into movies, records, radio, television, and personal appearances. She is best remembered as the big-voiced star of a series of movie musicals, particularly The Wizard of Oz, in which she sang her signature song, "Over the Rainbow." But unlike most other film stars of her era, she also maintained a career as a recording artist, and after her movie-making days were largely over, she was able to transfer her stardom to performing and recording, culminating in her Grammy-winning number one album Judy at Carnegie Hall.

The third daughter of former vaudevillians running a theater in Grand Rapids, MN, Garland made her stage debut singing "Jingle Bells" during the holiday season when she was two years old. Soon after, she joined the singing group formed by her two sisters. Early on, her surprisingly mature voice caused her to dominate the group. Her family moved to California in the fall of 1926, where the sisters found occasional work on-stage and on radio, even appearing in several film shorts in 1929 and 1930. In the summer of 1934, they toured in the Midwest, where George Jessel suggested they change their name from the Gumm Sisters to the Garland Sisters; eventually, each sister also picked a new first name, with Garland choosing hers for the Hoagy Carmichael/Sammy Lerner song "Judy."

She married her fifth husband, nightclub manager Mickey Deans, on March 15, 1969. In March, she embarked on a trio of Scandinavian dates, the last of which was at the Falkoner Center in Copenhagen on March 25. Three months later, she died of an accidental overdose of barbiturates.

Monday, June 21, 2021

The Bellamy Brothers - Discography

THE BELLAMY BROTHERS

Best-known for the easy rolling, '70s Southern soft rock classic "Let Your Love Flow," the Bellamy Brothers are the most successful duo in country music history, consistently climbing into the upper reaches of the Billboard country charts during the '80s. More than most acts of the late '70s and '80s, the Bellamys pushed the borders of country music, adding strong elements of rock, reggae, and even rap, racking up a string of Top Ten singles that ran into the early '90s, after which they remained a popular concert attraction.

Howard and David Bellamy were born and raised in Darby, Florida. Their father, Homer, played traditional country music around the house and performed with a Western swing band on the weekends. In addition to the country music they heard in their house, the brothers were drawn to the calypso music of the neighboring Caribbean islands. However, nothing provided as much attraction as the rock & roll they heard on their sister's records and the radio. From the Everly Brothers to the Beatles, the Bellamy Brothers soaked up the sounds of contemporary pop and rock. In their late teens and early twenties, they once again became infatuated with country music, thanks to the music of George Jones and Merle Haggard.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Fats Domino [RIP] - Discography

Fats Domino

Born: February 26, 1928 - Died: October 24, 2017
R.I.P.

The most popular exponent of the classic New Orleans R&B sound, Fats Domino sold more records than any other black rock & roll star of the 1950s. His relaxed, lolling boogie-woogie piano style and easygoing, warm vocals anchored a long series of national hits from the mid-'50s to the early '60s. Through it all, his basic approach rarely changed. He may not have been one of early rock's most charismatic, innovative, or threatening figures, but he was certainly one of its most consistent.

Domino's first single, "The Fat Man" (1949), is one of the dozens of tracks that have been consistently singled out as a candidate for the first rock & roll record. As far as Fats was concerned, he was just playing what he'd already been doing in New Orleans for years, and would continue to play and sing in pretty much the same fashion even after his music was dubbed "rock & roll."

Friday, June 11, 2021

Eric Bogle - Discography

ERIC BOGLE 

Eric Bogle is a Scottish folk singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Scotland, he emigrated to Australia at the age of 25, to settle near Adelaide, South Australia. Bogle's songs have covered a variety of topics, and have been performed by many artists.

Bobby Comstock [RIP] - Discography

BOBBY COMSTOCK [and The Counts] 


Born: 29 December 1941 - Died: 9 January 2020 (aged 78)
R.I.P.

Originally a country singer, the birth of rock n' roll brought major changes to CNY Music Hall of Famer Bobby Comstock. He performed rock versions of old country and rhythm & blues tunes in the auditorium of Ithaca's Boynton Junior High School. The biggest turning point in Ithaca's rock history came in early 1958, when Bobby Comstock put together a band called "Bobby & The Counts." This became Ithaca's first successful rock recording group.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hans Poulsen [Australian Artist] - Discography

Hans Poulsen

Hans Poulsen (born March 7, 1945, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian singer-songwriter and instrumentalist who was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

MPD Ltd [Australian Artist] - Discography

MPD LTD 


Mike Brady, Peter Watson and Danny Finley.

A short but sensational time in the spotlight ... a dynamic, gymnastic stage routine ... a spearhead act for the legendary Go!! label ... some incendiary singles ... such are the hallmarks by which we fondly remember the great beat trio that was MPD Ltd.

Formed in 1965, MPD Ltd arrived at their handle by combining the first name initials of core members Mike Brady, Pete Watson and Danny Finley. The "Ltd" appendage is also appropriate, since this band enjoyed only a short spell, albeit a very exciting and successful one while it lasted.

The band's meteoric rise to popularity is a classic example of serendipitous timing. With really only their friends The Easybeats to be considered as serious rivals, MPD Ltd emerged in a scene which saw The Aztecs embrace a decidedly MOR sound, The Whispers beginning to founder and stagnate, and exciting and innovative new bands like The Twilights and The Masters Apprentices yet to appear on the national musical horizon.

English-born bassist Pete Watson had for some time been a member of the venerable Melbourne instrumental outfit The Phantoms when, by one of those strange quirks of fate, the precocious fifteen year old amateur Mike Brady (also a British immigrant). Mike was playing with a high-school combo called The Hearsemen when he answered an ad for the position of guitarist. The Phantoms were looking for a temporary replacement for guitarist Dave Lincoln, who was on the sick-list, and Mike secured the gig.

Bev Harrell [Australian Artist] - Discography

Bev Harrell 


Petite (4'9") blonde pop vocalist Bev Harrell was one of the most popular female solo singers in Australia in the late 1960s. Bev began her career on radio, starting out when she was just six in the children's radio talent series Kangaroos on Parade in her hometown of Adelaide, South Australia.

She started performing as a pop vocalist as a hobby in 1965 while she was still at school. She appeared as a guest singer at Adelaide suburban dances with local bands such as The Harts and The Vibrants. In 1966 she joined Barrie McAskill as co-lead singer of the reformed The Clefs, which was led by Tweed Harris (who subsequerntly founded Groove) but when The Clefs relocated to Melbourne later in the year Bev decided to stay in Adelaide. Eventually she was spotted by promoter Ron Tremaine who offered to become her manager. Under his guidance she began to attract more bookings and soon turned professional.

In the mid-'60s Bev moved to Australia's pop mecca, Melbourne, with her new manager and boyfriend, Adelaide accountant Daryl Sambell, and she soon became a regular on television pop shows including Bandstand and Kommotion. After signing with EMI Bev recorded eight Singles for their HMV label and five for their Columbia label. Many of Bev's EMI releases were produced by David Mackay, who also produced Johnny Farnham and The Twilights.

Her debut single was a cover of "What Am I Doing Here with You?" (b/w "You Really Didn't Mean It"). The A-side, originally a hit for Johnny Rivers, was written by singer-songwriter-producer P.F. Sloan; his pop career went back to the late 1950s and he also scored major hits as a writer (with partner Steve Barri) including Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction" and Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" (which was also inimitably covered by DEVO). Many of Sloan's songs have been widely covered, including some done by Australian acts -- "Anywhere The Girls Are" was covered by Ol' 55, Surfin' Craze was covered by The Silhouettes and "These Are Bad Times (For Me And My Baby)" was covered by The Groop.

Bev's debut was released in late 1966, and it became a national Top Ten hit, charting in most cities in January 1967, reaching #6 in Sydney, #10 in Melbourne, #5 in Brisbane and #1 in Bev's hometown of Adelaide. It also earned her the prestigious "Best Australian Female Vocal" award in the 1966 Australian Record Awards.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

The Doors - Discography

The Doors


The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The group never added a bass player, and their sound was dominated by Manzarek's electric organ work and Morrison's deep, sonorous voice, with which he sang and intoned his highly poetic lyrics. The group signed to Elektra Records in 1966 and released its first album, The Doors, featuring the hit "Light My Fire" in 1967.