Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Lawrence Welk Show

The Lawrence Welk Show was a famous music show that ran from 1951 to 1982. Hosted by big band leader Lawrence Welk, the show had many big band songs, country, pop, and other music genres. The show is known for its long lasting run and having great musicians in the orchestra.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

American Bandstand

American Bandstand was a famous music show that ran from 1952 to 1989. Hosted by Dick Clark, the show had teenagers dancing to the top songs of the time. Famous music artists appeared on the show. Some of them are ABBA, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Laura Branigan, Michael Jackson, Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, and many others.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Construction started in 1959 to build Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan, New York and continued through the 1960s.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Essential Duke Ellington

The Essential Duke Ellington

Pianist, composer, and bandleader Duke Ellington, is one of my favorite jazz musicians. He is one of the best jazz artists of all time. This collection has many of his songs from the 20s on. Some of my favorites are "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo", "Take It Easy", "Hot and Bothered", "The Mooche", "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", "Caravan", "Pyramid", "Tired Socks", "Ko-Ko", "Take the "A" Train", "Perdido", and "Arabesque Cookie". A must own collection for jazz fans.

The Essential Louis Armstrong

The Essential Louis Armstrong

Bandleader, cornet, and trumpet player Louis Armstrong, is one of the most popular jazz musicians ever. This is a big collection of songs from the 20s to the 60s. Some of my favorites are "Sugar Foot Stomp", "Heebie Jeebies", "Willie the Weeper", "Potato Head Blues", "Beau Koo Jack", "Tight Like This", "Georgia on My Mind", "Blueberry Hill", and "What a Wonderful World".

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Best of Freddy Cannon

The Best of Freddy Cannon

This collection has many of Freddy Cannon's rock and roll songs from the 50s and 60s. Some of my favorites are "Palisades Park", "Action", "Tallahassee Lassie", "Patty Baby", "My Blue Heaven", "For Me and My Gal", and "Teen Queen of the Week".

Monday, December 26, 2011

Elvis on Tour

Elvis on Tour

Elvis on Tour is a 1972 musical documentary. It has songs performed by Elvis Presley from his 1972 tour. Many of his songs from the 50s to the 70s are here. The band sounds great and Elvis has a lot of energy in his performances. Also shown is rehersals, Elvis backstage before concerts, Elvis on the road, scenes from his movies, and some interviews with his fans. This is a must own for all Elvis Presley fans. I also like The Essential Elvis Presley album.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Art Blakey - Moanin'

Moanin'

This 1959 album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers is one of his best. One of my favorites is "The Drum Thunder Suite". The album also has "Moanin'", "Are You Real?", "Along Came Betty", "Blues March", and "Come Rain or Come Shine". Lee Morgan - trumpet, Benny Golson - tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons - piano, Jymie Merritt - bass, and Art Blakey - drums. Moanin' is one of the best 50s hard bop albums. I also like his Orgy in Rhythm album.

Art Blakey - Orgy in Rhythm

Orgy in Rhythm

Art Blakey's 1957 Orgy in Rhythm, is a very different sounding jazz album. It is played with mostly percussion instruments; like the drums and timpani. Other instruments like the flute are also here. The album has "Buhaina Chant", "Ya Ya", "Toffi", "Split Skins", "Amuck", "Elephant Walk", "Come Out and Meet Me Tonight", and "Abdallah's Delight". The album has many musicians, including Art Blakey on drums. I also like his Moanin' album.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Crests songs

I listed some 50s songs I like by The Crests. They are all on my must hear 50s songs list.

Sixteen Candles
The Angels Listened In

Sunday, October 30, 2011

James Brown - 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!

20 All-Time Greatest Hits

James Brown is known as the "Godfather of Soul". He has many popular soul and funk songs from the 50s to the 70s. This collection has 20 of his songs. My favorite 60s songs are "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "I Got the Feelin'", "Mother Popcorn (Part 1)", "Think", and "Cold Sweat". The 70s songs "(Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1", "The Payback", and "Super Bad (Parts 1 & 2)".

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Beatles - Anthology 1

Anthology 1

The Beatles Anthology 1 collection covers the years 1958 to 1964, including when they were The Quarrymen. It includes rare songs, outtakes, live versions of songs from shows, and some small interviews in between some songs. Some of my favorites are "Free As a Bird", "That'll Be the Day", "Besame Mucho", "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", "One After 909", "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me to You", "Money (That's What I Want)", "She Loves You", "Twist and Shout", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love", "All My Loving", "And I Love Her", "A Hard Day's Night", "Long Tall Sally", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "I'll Be Back", "No Reply", "Mr. Moonlight", "Leave My Kitten Alone", and "Eight Days a Week".

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dino: The Essential Dean Martin

Dino: The Essential Dean Martin

Dean Martin is one of my favorite singers, along with Frank Sinatra. This collection has many of his hits from the 40s to the 60s. Some of my favorite songs are "Powder Your Face with Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)", "Mambo Italiano", "Memories Are Made of This", "Sway", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "Someone There's a Someone", and "The Door Is Still Open to My Heart".

Frank Sinatra songs

I listed some 50s songs I like by Frank Sinatra. They are all on my must hear 50s songs list.

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Come Fly with Me
Fly Me to the Moon

Frank Sinatra - Nothing but the Best

Nothing but the Best

Frank Sinatra is one of my favorite singers, along with Dean Martin. His songs are still very popular even today. This album is a great collection of his songs from the 50s to the 80s, with many from the 60s. Some of my favorites are "My Way", "Strangers in the Night", "Come Fly with Me", "The Best Is Yet to Come", "Luck Be a Lady", "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", "The Girl from Ipanema", "My Kind of Town", "Theme from New York, New York", and "Fly Me to the Moon".

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Very Best of Ben E. King

The Very Best of Ben E. King

Ben E. King is a popular R&B 50s and 60s singer. This collection has his solo songs and songs he did with The Drifters. Some of my favorites are "Stand By Me", "Amor", "Spanish Harlem", "I (Who Have Nothing)", "How Can I Forget", and "Young Boy Blues". Some songs he did with The Drifters are "This Magic Moment", "There Goes My Baby", "Save the Last Dance for Me", and "I Count the Tears".

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Best of Lloyd Price

The Best of Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price had many popular R&B songs in the 50s and 60s. Some of my favorites are "Stagger Lee", "I'm Gonna Get Married", and "Personality." Other songs here are "Just Because", "Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day?)", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Come Into My Heart", "Wont'cha Come Home", "Never Let Me Go", "Lady Luck", "No If's - No And's", and "Question".

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Best of The Five Satins

The Best of The Five Satins

The Five Satins are a 50s doo-wop group. "In the Still of the Night" is my favorite song along with the up-tempo "The Jones Girl". Other songs here are "Wonderful Girl", "Oh Happy Day", "Our Anniversary", "A Million to One", "A Night to Remember", "I’ll Be Seeing You", "Candlelight", and "Wishing Ring".

Johnny Maestro & The Crests - 20 All-Time Greatest Hits

20 All-Time Greatest Hits

The Crests were a doo-wop group from the late 50s and early 60s. Johnny Maestro was lead vocalist and his voice is easily recognizable on songs. My favorites are "Sixteen Candles" and "The Angels Listened In". Other songs here are "Pretty Little Angel", "I Thank the Moon", "Beside You", "Six Nights a Week", "Earth Angel", "Flower of Love", "A Year Ago Tonight", "Step by Step", "Silhouettes", "Trouble in Paradise", "My Special Angel", "Journey of Love", "Isn't It Amazing", "I Remember (In the Still of the Night)", "Model Girl", "What a Suprise", "Mr. Happiness", and "It Must Be Love".

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Paul Anka - 30th Anniversary Collection

30th Anniversary Collection

Paula Anka was popular as a teen idol in the late 50s and 60s. This collection has many of his songs from the 50s to 70s. Some of my favorites from the 50s are "Diana", "You Are My Destiny", and "Put Your Head on My Shoulder".

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dion & the Belmonts - Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

Dion & the Belmonts had many popular 50s and 60s songs. This collection has many of them from both eras. My favorite 50s songs are "A Teenager in Love", "I Wonder Why". Songs from the 60s I like are "The Wanderer", "Little Diane", "In the Still of the Night", "When You Wish Upon a Star", and "Sandy".

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bing Crosby - Definitive Collection

Definitive Collection

This collection has many of Bing Crosby's songs from the 20s to the 50s. A good 20s song is "Ol' Man River". Songs from the 30s I like are "Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", and "Home On the Range. The 40s songs "White Christmas", "Sunday, Monday or Always", "Swinging On a Star", and "It's Been a Long, Long Time".

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

Saxophone Colossus

Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus is one of the best 50s jazz albums. "St. Thomas" is easily recognizable and very popular. "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Strode Rode", "Moritat", and "Blue 7" make up the rest of the album. Sonny Rollins - tenor saxophone, Tommy Flanagan - piano, Doug Watkins - bass , and Max Roach - drums.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

Mingus Ah Um

My favorite Charles Mingus album, Mingus Ah Um is from 1959. It is one of the best jazz albums of all time. The album is mostly hard bop and avant-garde jazz. All the musicians sound good together. "Fables of Faubus" is one of my favorites. Charles Mingus plays the bass and also the piano on "Pedal Point Blues".

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ella Fitzgerald - The Best of the Song Books

The Best of the Song Books

Ella Fitzgerald was one of the best jazz vocalists ever. This great collection of her songs is from the 50s and 60s. Some of my favorites are "Something's Gotta Give", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Love for Sale", "Midnight Sun", and "Hooray for Love".