Archive for the ‘60’s Singers’ Category

Chuck Brown

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Onstage, October 1, 2005
Background information
Birth name Charles Louis Brown
Born August 22, 1936
Gaston, North Carolina
Origin Washington, D.C.
Died May 16, 2012 (aged 75)
Baltimore, Maryland
Genres Funk, go-go
Occupations Singer, musician, songwriter, record producer, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1960s–2012
Website windmeupchuck.com
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-335 (blonde)
Charles Louis “Chuck” Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012) was an American guitarist and singer who is affectionately called “the Godfather of Go-go”. Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around Washington, D.C. in the mid and late 1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music.

Bobbie Gentry

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Gentry in 1970
Background information
Birth name Roberta Lee Streeter
Born July 27, 1944 (age 71)
Origin Chickasaw County, Mississippi, United States
Genres Country, pop, soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1964–1981
Labels Capitol
Associated acts Glen Campbell
Roberta Lee Streeter (born July 27, 1944), professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Her songs typically drew on her Mississippi roots to compose vignettes of the Southern United States.

Gentry rose to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative “Ode to Billie Joe” in 1967. The track spent four weeks as the No. 1 pop song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was fourth in the Billboard year-end chart of 1967 and earned her Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968. Gentry charted eleven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and four singles on the United Kingdom Top 40. Her album Fancy brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. After her first albums, she had a successful run of variety shows on the Las Vegas Strip. She lost interest in performing in the late 1970s, and since has lived privately in Los Angeles.

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The Beatles 1996/1998

I’m so happy that two more double CD’s of The Beatles Anthology came out as well as the video version of The Beatles Anthology. I bought them all, before anyone else that I knew got it.

John Lennon Anthology came out in 1997, but I’m waiting for the other three Anthologies to come out, I wish it was soon !!!

The Beatles 1994/1996

1994

Theirs been rumors that their be a new Beatles album with new music by all four Beatles, including The Late John Lennon and everyone was waiting for its release. Time went by and no word about its release date. Then a new Beatles album came out, but wasn’t what the hype was about. The Beatles Live At The BBC was a disappointment to what we hoped to have new music from The Beatles.

The Beatles Live At The BBC was great for me. I just went in the CD store and bought it and I wouldn’t care if I had to come back for the case that it came in. I played it until my ears bleed out over and over again. I listened to the lnterview and the songs, until I can recite it note for note on the double CD, and I didn’t care what people think of me. I know I’m crazy, so why stick around and hear their remarks about me.

I live near a college frathouse, and at night they’d be playing Rap Music and drinking. Neighbors would complain, but I don’t. I got something better, each night I would play Grace Jones and Yoko Ono and the frathouse couldn’t hear their music.

Can they complain or call the police (that would be funny), no they have to lower their music and wait for me to do the same, which if their blessed, it be for another hour I want to listen to Weird Al Yankovic, Spike Jones, Latoya Jackson, just to name a few before I stop. It’s hard to find anything that can top me and seeing that I own their house, it wouldn’t be good to try it. However playing The Beatles Live At The BBC over and over and over again without stopping, might be too much for them, or maybe they were quite for a week or two, just to listen to it as well. The neighbors thanked me, but my tenants moved out, and I wonder why !!!

 

1995

Now the album that everyone was waiting for The Beatles Anthology 1 album with a new Beatles song, mainly written by John Lennon. This double CD was all I ever wished to have that year and I weared it down and I’m glad that I still have it and I hope the second one will come out soon !!!

Tom Petty

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Birth name Thomas Earl Petty
Also known as Charlie T. Wilbury Jr., Muddy Wilbury
Born October 20, 1950 (age 65)
Gainesville, Florida, US
Genres Rock, rock and roll, roots rock, heartland rock, blues rock
Occupations Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1969–present
Labels Shelter, Backstreet, MCA, Warner Bros., American, Reprise
Associated acts Eric Clapton, Epics, Mudcrutch, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Grateful Dead, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Sam Smith, Dwight Twilley, Prince, Phil Seymour
Website tompetty.com
Notable instruments
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson Dove
Gibson ES-335
Gibson Flying V
Gibson J-200
Rickenbacker Guitars
Vox Mark III
Vox Phantom
Thomas Earl Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury) and Mudcrutch.

He has recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music has been classified as rock and roll, heartland rock and even stoner rock. His music, and notably his hits, have become popular among younger generations as he continues to host sold-out shows. Throughout his career, Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Randy Newman

Birth name Randall Stuart Newman
Born November 28, 1943 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Soft rock, roots rock, comedy rock, film score
Occupation Singer-songwriter, arranger, musician, pianist
Instruments
Vocals Piano
Years active 1961–present
Labels
Warner Bros.
Reprise
Walt Disney (Disney/Pixar films)
DreamWorks/Interscope/Universal
Nonesuch/Elektra
Website randynewman.com
Randall Stuart “Randy” Newman (born November 28, 1943) is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice, mordant (and often satirical) pop songs, and for film scores.

Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, Cats Don’t Dance, Meet the Parents, Cold Turkey, and Seabiscuit. He has scored seven Disney-Pixar animated films; Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University, as well as Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and James and the Giant Peach.

Newman has received twenty Academy Award nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories and has won twice in the latter category. He has also won three Emmys, six Grammy Awards, and the Governor’s Award from the Recording Academy. Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, and as a Disney Legend in 2007. Newman was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013.

Laretta Lynn’s Day

I’m the only nonblack at my real job, however I’m the only one that knows about Laretta Lynn.

What is it about County and Western that people who are black don’t like ???

To me music is music, it doesn’t matter what you are or who you are, C&W is like R&B in a lot of ways.

It’s R&B, C&W, Jazz, Folk, Hillbillies, Blues and Crooners that made RocknRoll, so we all should love them all, in different ways. So what’s wrong with C&W ???

Do you know that there’s people that are black sing C&W ???

Charlie Price, Aaron Neville, Percy Sledge and others that recorded C&W Music, but the people that are black, only knows their R&B Music and that’s wrong, for they have part in Black History and it should be played on radio stations that plays mostly black performers

So why don’t People who are black listen C&W and why is there someone that isn’t black texting you about it ???

If you going to want to celebrate Black History, then talk, text, type and print about everything that the black race have done including C&W

Happy Birthday Laretta Lynn and sorry for being  political on your birthday. Your one of my favorite singers and I’ve been playing your music for a long time and I don’t care about what they call me at my job. If they don’t like you then theirs other jobs to find, for I’m the boss !!!

Al Green Day

I believe that music is important, just like history is important. If we choose to forget our past, then there is no future.

I’m nonblack and my skin color is not important to this text, but I have to tell you that Black History is a joke. If Black History is important, then why isn’t it taught in schools, or these so called black leathers teaching it to their followers ???

Today, I played every song that I could on Al Green from iTunes and seeing that I’m the only nonblack where I work, that my coworkers would  appreciate my thoughtfulness, but not one knew who I was playing and not his birthday either.

He’s birthday doesn’t matter, but his music does and my (20’s-40’s) men and women who is black, didn’t know what I was playing.

If Black History matters, then why aren’t anyone learning it ???

I love music, of any category and everyone that is on my website I have on LP’s, CD’s and iTunes, but I shouldn’t be the one to teach you anything about Black History, you should know it yourself. Since I don’t know if anyone is reading my text, then I’ll just post things that I already know and I wouldn’t learn anything about it, which is a shame but I’m hoping someone is reading it, so I’m not waiting my time on it.

Happy Birthday Al Green and I’m sorry if I’m being too  political on your birthday, but it’s how I feel. I’m going to play your music, because I’m your fan and I enjoy your telent. No one in the  present performers can match you and be a fool to try, I just wish I could find someone who has your skin color, that knows who you are.

Black lives matter, but so do black history, if you forget your past, then you tend to repeat it and you never learned from it !!!

Gary Lewis (musician)

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Gary Lewis (musician)
Gary Lewis
Birth name Gary Harold Lee Levitch
Born July 31, 1946 (age 69)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Instruments Vocal, drums, guitar
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Liberty
Associated acts Gary Lewis & the Playboys
Website garylewisandtheplayboys.com
Gary Lewis (born Gary Harold Lee Levitch, July 31, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American musician who was the leader of Gary Lewis & the Playboys.

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Minnie Riperton

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Riperton in 1977
Background information
Birth name Minnie Julia Riperton
Born November 8, 1947
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died July 12, 1979 (aged 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Soul, R&B, Jazz
Occupations Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1962–1979
Labels Chess, GRT, Epic, Capitol
Associated acts Rotary Connection, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Gwen McCrae
Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979), known professionally as Minnie Riperton, was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single “Lovin’ You”. She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in 1979. They had two children: music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedian Maya Rudolph.

Riperton grew up on Chicago’s South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago’s Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group, The Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters. While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. On April 5, 1975, Riperton reached the apex of her career with her #1 single, “Lovin’ You”. The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album entitled Perfect Angel.

In January 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a radical mastectomy. By the time of diagnosis, the cancer had metastasized and she was given about six months to live. Despite the grim prognosis, she continued recording and touring. She was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis, but did not disclose she was terminally ill. In 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. In 1978, she received the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter. She died at age 31 on July 12, 1979.

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