Crystal Gayle

With almost three dozen hit records to her credit, Crystal has come a long way from her roots in the Appalachian coal mining town of Paintsville, Kentucky. The youngest of eight, Crystal was influenced by a wide variety of music.  She listened to folk, pop, rock and roll, Broadway show tunes, gospel and country with

Danny & The Juniors

Danny & The Juniors began singing together in the early 1950’s. The four Philadelphia youngsters — Frank Maffei, Danny Rapp, Joe Terranova and Dave White — were only 13 and 14 years old and known as The Juvenairs. Big fans of the local rhythm and blues radio stations. it was there they they heard the

Dee Dee Sharp

Born in Philadelphia on September 9, 1945, Dee Dee began singing in her grandfather’s church. Answering a newspaper ad at age 13 for a girl who could read music, play piano and sing, she was soon singing background vocals on records by Frankie Avalon, Freddie Cannon and Chubby Checker. In 1962 she took center state

The Del-Vikings

The Del-Vikings are a vocal group that came together in a Pittsburgh Air Force Base. When their single “Come Go With Me”, featuring the lead vocals of Norman Wright,  in early 1957, it began a 31-week run on the charts, reaching number four on the pop chart and number three on the R&B chart during the

Denny Laine

At the height of the British invasion, Denny Laine was one of the most recognizable voices on the entire British music scene. As the lead singer on the Moody Blues’recording of “Go Now” — a worldwide multi-million seller — he stood out in a large pack, and did so splendidly. His soulful, agonized lead vocal performance, coupled with

Dickey Lee

In his sixth decade of hit making, Dickey Lee’s awesome track record includes twenty “BMI” awards, six “Million Performance Awards” and a reputation as one of Nashville’s most consistently creative and soulful writers. Dickey’s place as a major hit recording artist beginning in the early, formative days of rock ‘n’ roll, and he still retains

Dion

Emerging from one of the most successful white doo wop groups, Dion hit the scene solo with a string of hits and a spectacular song that defined the restless spirit and a way of life, “The Wanderer”. Singer and songwriter, Dion DiMucci was born July 18, 1939 in the Bronx. He began singing at the age

Dionne Warwick

Billboard magazine notes that with no less than 55 hit singles, which include “Don’t Make Me Over”, “Anyone Who Had A Heart”, “I Say A Little Prayer”. “Do You Know The Way To San Jose”, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”, among many other classics, the legendary Dionne Warwick is the second most charted female of

Eddie Holman

No one need be lonely anymore when soul ballad king, Eddie Holman, is on stage with a great, live show featuring his spectacular million selling gold record “Hey There Lonely Girl” showcasing the full worth of his vocal range. Backed by the Eddie Holman Band, Holman has found the perfect match of musicians to bring out his

Elliot Lurie and Looking Glass

Elliot Lurie is a singer and songwriter best known for the hit “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)”. Recorded by Looking Glass, a band formed at Rutgers University featuring Lurie on vocals and guitar, “Brandy” was released in the summer of 1972. It quickly rose to the top of the charts, selling over a million copies and becoming one

Edison Lighthouse

Edison Lighthouse originated in England as an outgrowth of the successful group, The Flying Machine which had a US top 5 hit in November 1969 with “Smile A Little Smile For Me” featuring Les Fradkin on vocals, mellotron, organ and guitar. The producer of that smash hit assembled a new group for a new song

Exposé

Famous for Latin-flavored dance-pop as well as for adult contemporary ballads, the female vocal trio Exposé enjoyed a great deal of commercial success in the ’80s and early ’90s. Exposé was the creation of Miami-based producer/songwriter Lewis A. Martineé, who assembled the original Exposé lineup in 1984. Although Exposé’s best-known lineup included Jeanette Jurado (born

Fabian

Born on February 6, 1943, Fabian Forte was actually discovered at the age of 14 sitting on his front steps in Philadelphia, Pa. Soon thousands were to throng to his concerts. Capitalizing on his good looks and ability to excite an audience, Fabian reached dizzying heights of success. At 15, he won the Silver Award

Firefall

In 1973, when Florida-born Rick Roberts and his new Colorado based band needed a name, an image that had long stuck in his mind –  a woodpile stacked at the edge of a high cliff in Yosemite National Park, then set ablaze and pushed off the cliff as nature lovers from all over watched in

The Four Lads

From college campuses to supper clubs, fairs to industrial shows, commercials to concert halls, Tokyo’s Latin Quarter to New York’s Copacabana, Glasgow’s Empress Theatre to Notre Dame, Las Vegas’ Sands Hotel to Honolulu Stadium, Okinawa’s Naha Theatre to Manilla’s Aranete Concert Hall… the Four Lads radio, television and live appearances reads like a veritable “who’s

The Four Preps

35 girls and not one boy showed up to audition for the annual Hollywood High School talent show in the fall of 1955. The next day the school bulletin pleaded for “any guys out there who can do anything” and a show business story began that sounds a little like an MGM Musical. Unable to

The Four Tops

No other popular quartet stayed together with original personnel intact for as long as the legendary Four Tops. And no other group associated with the American 60s sound has succeeded in remaining as fresh, joyful, lively, and timely. The Four Tops created a special magic that continues to delight audiences of all ages and nationalities,

France Joli

On July 7,1979, an unknown French Canadian singer from Montreal – all of sweet 16 – stepped onto the boards of New York’s Fire Island before a screaming crowd of 5,000 to perform her very first single, “Come to Me”. She left the stage a star. “Come to Me” reached # 1 on Billboard’s dance chart, # 13 on its pop

Frank Stallone

Seldom has a performer been strongly considered for an Academy Award in both acting and music, yet Frank Stallone has managed to pull it off. His fiery portrayal of a brutish bartender in BARFLY had Hollywood insiders abuzz at Oscar time, and his #1 smash hit single, ‘Far From Over’ from Staying Alive was likewise touted for a “Best

Frankie Avalon

Born on September 18, 1940 as Francis Thomas Avallone, Frankie Avalon started out playing the trumpet. He was good enough to catch the eye of a local talent scout, who arranged for him to appear on Jackie Gleason’s CBS-TV show, which led to other appearances on national television. By the time he was 12, he

Freddy Cannon

No oldies collection would be complete without Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon’s thrilling “Palisades Park”, with its carnival sound effects, swooping organ, relentless driving beat, and, of course, Freddy’s inimitable holler. Written by Chuck Barris (of Gong Show fame), and based on what was then one of New Jersey’s most popular amusement parks, the song is an

The Friends of Distinction

They are called “The Friends of Distinction” and for much of the last two decades, this talented four member, sophisticated jazz, R&B styled vocal group has distinguished itself in major entertainment arenas across the US. and Europe. The original Friends of Distinction was formed in 1968 by Floyd Butler and Harry Elston, both alumni of

Gary “U.S.” Bonds

America’s baby boomers moved into their mid teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit,“New Orleans”, attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed “Buy U.S. Bonds” – hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary’ U.S.’ Bonds. The follow-up was the now legendary