What’s in a name? – Barbarino!

For the fall television lineup in the fall of 1975, a brand new show made it’s debut, Welcome Back Kotter, among it’s cast, a young John Travolta who portrayed Vinnie Barbarino. Now just where did that last name come from? Turns out the John had a close friend who was an executive in the record…

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Music to watch girls by – from The O’Kaysions

In August of 1968, a chartbuster sweeping the nation, was “Girl Watcher” by THE O’KAYSIONS, who hailed from Kenly, North Carolina, featuring lead vocalist / keyboardist Donnie Weaver. The song was recorded earlier that year at Sound Studio in Greenville NC, initially released on the regional North State label, and by summer of 68′ became…

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Remembering Aretha Franklin – Queen Of Soul

With much ‘R-e-s-p-e-c-t,’ recalling The Queen Of Soul, ARETHA FRANKLIN, as this week we mark the 3rd anniversary of her passing (August 16, 2018). Sharing a few reflections on her career, she was gifted with talent, evident in her first recordings as a teenager, to her signing in 1960 with Columbia Records. Unfortunately, while Aretha…

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3 Days Of Peace and Music = Woodstock

Hard to believe that this year marks the 52th anniversary of Woodstock, heralded as the forerunner of the term ‘rock festival.’ Held on Max Yasgur’s farm near Bethel N.Y., for three days, August 15-18, 1969, those in attendance (…estimated at over 500,000) were greeted by performances of an astonishing 32 acts, ranging from Richie Havens…

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