Profile of a Performer: Elvis Presley– The Comeback King

In remembrance of the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, we will finish his profile this week. We’ve already discussed the younger years and his return from the Army. After a decade in films, Elvis Presley was considered a joke by both fans and critics. Now, it was time for some damage control. Colonel Parker made Read More

Profile of a Performer: Elvis is Back!

    After serving two years in the Army, the time had come for Elvis to return to his public.  Would he be able to make the comeback he hoped for? Elvis returned to the United States and was honorably discharged in early March 1960. Less than three weeks later he was in the recording Read More

Song Story: Que Sera, Sera

This hit Doris Day song is a mystery in it’s origin.   At least to some point. Doris Day was scheduled for the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1956.  Hitchcock wasn’t happy that Day was going to be in the picture.  He called songwriters, Ray Evans and Jay Livingston and asked Read More

Profile of a Performer: Frank Sinatra—The Hollywood Years

Frank Sinatra was making a name for himself with the Tommy Dorsey band.  The teenage girls of the day, also known as bobby soxers, were his biggest fans. With World War II underway, Sinatra was classified as 4F for a perforated eardrum.   He did support the war effort through USO tours. In 1943, he signed Read More

Profile of a Performer: The Bee Gees

The Bee Gees were a group that comprised of three brothers: Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.  Robin and Maurice are fraternal twins. The group is recognized for their three part harmonies.  The Gibb brothers were born on the Isle of Man, England.  The family lived in various parts of England before relocating to Queensland, Australia Read More

Profile of a Performer: Doris Day

      Doris Day was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati on April 3, 1924. She was named after the silent film actress, Doris Kenyon.  She is of German ancestry and her parents both had a great love and appreciation for music.  Her father was a music teacher and church organist.  She began Read More

Behind the Song: Turn! Turn! Turn!

Pete Seeger wrote the 1950s hit, “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)”. Most of the lyrics are adapted word for word from Ecclesiastes 3, which begins “for everything there is a season.”   Seegar used the King James Version of the Bible when writing the song.  The Biblical text was written by King Read More

Behind the Song: Puppy Love

Puppy Love was my parents favorite love song.  My mom even has the song as her ringtone. Paul Anka wrote the song in 1960.  At the time he was dating Annette Funicello and he wrote the song for her.  The song hit number 2 on the Billboard 100 charts in the United States.  The song Read More

The Untold Story: Earth Angel

Earth Angel became a hit for Frankie Avalon, but how he was far from the first to record the song. The demo was recorded in a garage studio in 1954 and released on the B-side to “Hey Señorita.”  The song quickly outshined “Hey Señorita.” One of the more popular recordings is by The Penguins.  Their Read More

Frank Sinatra—The Early Years

Frank Sinatra was the biggest star of his day.  He suffered numerous ups and downs throughout his career.   Yet, how did it all begin? Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915. From all accounts his birth was extremely traumatic and he almost did not survive.  He had a scar on his left ear, Read More