Category Archives: Pop Rock

PETER AND GORDON – In London for Tea – (Capitol) – 1967

I am partial to Peter & Gordon, I have always been partial to tea, I can take or leave London* *(though if I were to take it I would take North London where I stayed with friends in my salad … Continue reading

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FRANKIE AVALON – Frankie Avalon – (Chancellor) – 1958

Of all the pure pop stars of the late 1950s and early 1960s Frankie Avalon is perhaps the most derided. Well, it’s either him or Fabian. Like Fabian he was Italian-American. Like Fabian he was a product of un-hip Philadelphia. … Continue reading

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GENE PITNEY – I Must Be Seeing Things – (Musicor) – 1965

Pitney’s career was still on the way up. His career hadn’t been derailed by The Beatles or by changes in taste as had happened to so many other white male solo vocalists of the early 1960s. Ultimately, it was the … Continue reading

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BOBBY VEE – Live! On Tour – (Liberty) – 1965

A live album. 1965! This would have been the first live rock ‘n’ pop album ever … if it was live. It wasn’t. The audience noise is “canned” "Canned” applause is pre-recorded applause which is usually added to the sound … Continue reading

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BOBBY RYDELL – Wild (Wood) Days – (Cameo) – 1963

Music critics and enthusiasts often refer to the early 60s of rock and pop as the “Bobby era” due to the amount of singers named Bobby: Bobby Darin, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Vee. The reference is pejorative. The inference … Continue reading

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CHER – All I Really Want To Do – (Imperial) – 1965

This is Cher’s debut solo album Whilst Sonny & Cher were hitting it big with the "I Got You Babe" single, Sonny arranged a solo deal for Cher. Sonny, having worked for Phil Spector was well used to both the … Continue reading

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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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