Category Archives: Pop Rock

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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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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