Category Archives: Pop Rock

CONNIE FRANCIS – Connie Francis Sings “Never on Sunday” – (MGM) – 1961

The full title of this album (as on the cover) is “Connie Francis sings "Never on Sunday" and Other Title Songs from Motion Pictures”. Now, this is a treat for me because, as you may know, I love my film … Continue reading

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BOBBY RYDELL – The Top Hits of 1963 Sung By Bobby Rydell – (Cameo) – 1964

The music is both streetwise and innocent. Can they exist together? Yes, Cast your mind back to a time when you were a teen. You thought you knew it all and you had all the answers and you tried to … Continue reading

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TOMMY ROE – Sweet Pea – (ABC) – 1966

Tommy Roe is another one of those sixties pop stars I like to resurrect. Why. He is, to the wider music public, occasionally derided, rarely discussed, often mistaken, largely forgotten, and greatly undervalued. The mid to late-60s Tommy’s and Bobby’s … Continue reading

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DAVID CASSIDY – Dreams are Nuthin’ More then Wishes – (Bell) – 1973

David Cassidy was on a roll in 1973. He was the teen idol. It is hard to explain how popular he was but think of the lunacy about One Direction or Justin Bieber at there most popular and Cassidy was … Continue reading

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FELIX CAVALIERE – Felix Cavaliere – (Bearsville) – 1974

I've nattered on about Cavaliere solo and with his time in the Young Rascals on other posts so check them out for biographical detail and bits and pieces of errr,  whatever. This, here, naturally enough, given the self title, is … Continue reading

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GENE PITNEY – Gene Italiano – (CBS) – 1964

Important things were happening in music in 1964. Gene Pitney sings in Italian. And, why not? Pitney's hyper emotional style with his operatic vocal tendencies is perfect for Italian pop music of the 60s. The beat and pop appeal to … Continue reading

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THE SKYLINERS – Once Upon A Time …. – (Kama Sutra) – 1971

The Skyliners were a white American doo-wop group from Pittsburgh. The original line-up was: Jimmy Beaumont (lead), Janet Vogel (soprano), Wally Lester (tenor), Jackie Taylor (bass voice, guitarist), Joe Verscharen (baritone). In 1956 Joe Rock (aged 20), an ABC promotion … Continue reading

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TRINI LOPEZ – The Whole Enchilada – (Reprise) – 1969

I'm sure they like Trini in Nicaragua. I'm sure they like Trini throughout Latin America. I know I like Trini. A regular find in op shops crates he has become a firm favourite. This Dallas born Hispanic American had his … Continue reading

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GENE PITNEY – This Is Gene Pitney Singing The Platters’ Golden Platters – (Musicor) – 1970

Check out my other comments for biographical detail on Gene. In late 1969 Gene was not riding high in the charts, well, not the US charts, His album sales had slumped and he wasn't a big album seller anyway. But … Continue reading

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TRINI LOPEZ – The Latin Album – (Reprise) – 1964

If there is one person who could do a Latin album it's Trini Lopez. And, it was inevitable. As the title suggests it's not "a" Latin album but "The" Latin album. This isn't just a matter of semantics, it's a … Continue reading

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