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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‘Dirty Dancing’ with The Contours

It was the runaway box office hit for the year 1988, the movie ‘Dirty Dancing,’ and just as exciting as it’s plot with stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray, was the music soundtrack. In particular, the song “Do You Love Me” by THE CONTOURS, which had went to #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1962,…

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1971: Lee Michaels asks the musical question?

It was fifty years ago this week, on July 31,1971, when LEE MICHAELS released his mega hit, in which he popped the question, “Do You Know What I Mean.” The fledging vocalist / keyboardist, had signed to A&M Records in 1967, releasing four albums before his next, aptly titled “5th,”which spawned his first top 10…

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Iron Butterfly

The year was 1968, as we were caught up in the frenzy of new musical sounds, and along with it…. a new trend in band names, such as Strawberry Alarm Clock, Electric Prunes, Chocolate Watch Band, and along comes – IRON BUTTERFLY. Their main claim to fame, would be a song featured on their second…

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God Bless Tulips & Tiny Tim

In show business, the key to success, is being in the right place at the right time, and it sure was for Herbert Khaury, better known as TINY TIM. In 1968, after years of paving the streets of Greenwich Village in NYC, this falsetto singing troubadour armed with a ukulele, and a songbook of hundreds…

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