Remembering Niki Sullivan – The Crickets

One of the focal points in the early recordings of Buddy Holly & The Crickets, was the talented lead guitar stylings, which were done by Niki Sullivan, whose birthday is this week on June 23. Not widely documented, is that Sullivan’s work graced no less than 27 songs released by the act, and on Buddy…

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With a ‘bang’ – The Bert Berns Story

One of the greatest songwriters / producers who came to prominence during the 1960’s was BERT BERNS.  As songwriter, he was responsible for such eclectic tunes as “Twist & Shout,” “Piece Of My Heart,” and legions of hits recorded by The Jarmels, The Exciters, Solomon Burke, etc. And as producer, by 1964, Berns excelled to…

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England Swings With Del Shannon

The 1st wave of ‘Beatlemania’ officially made it’s imprint on Billboard’s Hot 100, June 23, 1963 as we found DEL SHANNON’s cover version of “From Me To You,” the first Lennon-Mc Cartney composition to grace the U.S charts, but unfortunately the public wasn’t quite ready for that Liverpool sound yet, as Del’s version only peaked…

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