Wayback Wednesday

Wayback Wednesday: Levi Stubbs

June 6th marks the birth anniversary of one of the greatest R&B singers ever…Levi Stubbs of the 4 Tops. Born in 1936, Levi met his fellow group members while they were still in high school. They formed in 1954, calling themselves The Four Aims. They changed their name to the Four Tops after signing with…

Wayback Wednesday: The Beatles "White Album"

It was 50 years ago today, May 30th, 1968 that the Beatles began recording what came to be known as the “White Album”. The 2 disc set was so named for its plain white album cover, with “The Beatles” embossed on the front. The total opposite of the cover of the previous year’s Sgt. Pepper,…

Wayback Wednesday: Pet Sounds By The Beach Boys

On May 16, 1966 Capitol Records released what’s now regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time…Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys! Believe it or not, this masterpiece, produced, arranged, and almost entirely composed by Brian Wilson, only reached Number 10 on the Billboard 200 LP’s chart, a significantly lower peak than any…

Wayback Wednesday: Lesley Gore

May 2nd is the birth anniversary of Lesley Gore. She was born in Brooklyn, but raised in Tenafly, NJ! And she was just a Junior in High School when Quincy Jones produced her first single, It’s My Party in 1963, which became #1. She later worked as an actress, and, along with her brother wrote…

Wayback Wednesday: Chuck McCann

Lots of great childhood memories probably flooded back to you, as they did for me, when we heard that the great Chuck McCann had passed away this week at the age of 83. Chuck hosted a number of kids’ shows, first on Channel 5 in New York, then on Channel 11. Later the multi-talented Mr.…

Wayback Wednesday: Van Morrison

On March 28, 1967 Van Morrison of Belfast entered a studio and recorded a song he’d written called “Brown Eyed Girl”. It was released in June on the Bang record label, and became the signature song of his career. At the time, though, Brown Eyed Girl was not a “huge” hit, peaking at Number 10…

Wayback Wednesday: Walter Parazaider

March 14th marks the 73rd birthday of Chicago saxophonist Walter Parazaider. He’s been with the band since the beginning, and after 50 years, recently announced he’s retiring from touring due to a heart condition. Let’s celebrate his birthday by watching and listening to one of Chicago’s best….a 1973 live performance of Saturday In The Park!