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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Dick Clark – 1957: Bandstand goes national !

We’re goin’ hoppin!’… on August 5, 1957, the TV show AMERICAN BANDSTAND, with host Dick Clark, went into national syndication, emanating from WFIL in Philadelphia PA. Following the earlier departure of Bob Horn in 1956, Clark had embraced the show, and made rock and roll music more palatable to the masses. Even though many top…

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Hushabye – book chronicles The Mystics

One of the most fondly recalled songs of the late 1950s, was “Hushabye,” and the group that crooned that one single word, was THE MYSTICS a vocal group that hailed from Brooklyn NY. Group member Al Contrara, has written a poignant book which tells the tale of this quartet, entitled “Hushabye: The Mystics, the Music…

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Music in the key of Liberty

With another Fourth Of July holiday greeting us, we often think about songs with titles that imply, freedom and justice for all. With that being said, there are many tunes from the 1950s – 70s, that exemplified the meaning, but unfortunately, mainstream oldies radio has long forgotten. Here’s a few of those tunes: “God, Country,…

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