Posts tagged "doo wop"

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Close Your Eyes" by The Five Keys

Song Of The Day – “Close Your Eyes” by The Five Keys Here’s the original 1955 hit version of a song later brought to the charts in 1967 by Peaches and Herb. The Five Keys hailed from Newport News, Virginia and featured the angelic vocals of Maryland Pierce and Rudy West. They found controversy with... Read more »

Today in Music History: Rudy Lewis / Drifters

On this date forty-seven years ago, Drifters lead singer Rudy Lewis dies at twenty-eight either from a drug overdose or from choking to death after binge eating.  The group was set to record Under the Boardwalk the next day.  Former backup singer Johnny Moore was brought in to sing lead.  Here’s one classic that Rudy... Read more »

Today in Music History: Marvin Gaye

On this date twenty-seven years ago, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father after attempting to intervene in an argument between his parents.  It is a day before Marvin’s forty-fifth birthday,  Here is the best cut on his landmark ’71 What’s Going On album:      
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Today in Music History: Jan and Dean

On this date seven years ago, Jan Berry dies after a suffering a seizure.  He is a week shy of his sixty-third birthday.  His health had been questionable since his near-fatal April ’66 accident, when his Stingray crashed into a parked truck.  This crash occurred just a few blocks from the title location of this... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Rock My Soul" by The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet

Song Of The Day – “Rock My Soul” by The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet The quartet was born in a Virginia barber shop in 1930. They were originally comprised of two friends from the Booker Washington High School glee club, the barber and a one-legged bass singer. On this particular 1938 recording the quartet includes... Read more »
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