Video of the Week: November 16. 2014

As a preview of David Amram's 84th birthday concert paying tribute to Pete Seeger this Thursday night at LIU Post, we offer one of the songwriter's last performances.  Among the performers at the show is Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary, who had one of their first hits with the song. At the other... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: November 10, 2014

On this eve of Veterans Day, we salute both the current members of the Armed Forces and our Veterans by focusing on two Grooveyard-era performers who also served.  Elvis Presley was well-known for serving at an Army base in Germany.  However, fellow Sun records artist Johnny Cash was also in the military in Germany.  After... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: November 3, 2014

Darlene Love announced last week that she will end the tradition of performing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on late night television with the retirement of David Letterman next month after 28 years. Speaking to Billboard backstage at a charity concert, Love said "They never told me not to, but it was an unspoken thing.... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: October 27. 2014

One of the brightest events in the history of the Chiller Theatre Expo took place in New Jersey on a stormy October 2006 weekend when Bobby 'Boris' Pickett took the concert stage with The Dead Elvi and Chiller's favorite son Zacherle, the Cool Ghoul. Nobody knew at the time that Bobby was very ill. But,... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: October 20, 2014

On this date in 1962, the debut album by Peter Paul and Mary reached the #1 spot on the national charts, a rarity for a folk music album.  The album remained at that position for a full month.  The lead-off singles "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree" reached numbers 10 and 35 respectively... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: October 13, 2014

Ed Sullivan, who died 40 years ago today, was best known for a variety show that often featured popular music acts, including this week's featured video with Buddy Holly.  In fact, he is remembered for his role in the careers of The Beatles, Elvis Presley and others. Sullivan originally did not want to book Elvis... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: October 6, 2014

On this date in 1991, Fox television broadcast the special Ray Charles: 50 Years Of Music ,a star-studded tribute to the performer.  Our and more.  The duet between Ray and Stevie was the only time the two performers appeared together.  Along with Stevie, performers included Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Randy Travis, Michael Bolton, and others.... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: September 29, 2014

While performing "Lonely Teardrops" onstage at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ during a Dick Clark oldies revue on this date in1975, a few months after this week's video was recorded, Jackie Wilson collapsed from a heart attack.  In the process, he bashed his head on the stage and lapsed into a coma, never... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: September 22, 2014

While most people credit the Beatles or Rolling Stones with starting the British Invasion, Dusty Springfield--along with her brother Tom--were the first British rock act to crack the US Top 20.  "Silver Threads and Silver Needles" achieved that distinction on this date in 1962.  Dusty went on to have many hits stateside, including her most... Continue Reading →

Video of the Week: September 15, 2014

This week, we celebrate the career of Bob Crewe, who helped create a parade of indelible hits, most notably for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, including “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and Mr. Valli’s soaring anthem of adoration “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.  Crewe died on Thursday in Scarborough, Me. He... Continue Reading →

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