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Most Popular Recording Artists of the Era

  

The sixties featured some of the best music ever recorded. So many great singers and groups. These artists are some of the most popular recording artists of the era.

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The Angels - The Angels became prominent after their number one hit "My Boyfriend's Back" in 1963 but they were formed earlier in 1961.  They hit the top 40 with "Till" in 1962 peaking out at number 14.  They only managed a half dozen hits on Billboard's Hot 100 but still were very popular during the sixties.

The Animals - The Animals were a rock 'n roll  band  from England during the 1960s that was part of the British Invasion. Known for their blues sound and deep-voiced lead singer,  Eric Burdon, they were best known by the song "House of the Rising Sun" which became their signature song.

The Association - The Association earned their place in pop music history with a string of hit singles from 1966 to 1968. Celebration of the 60s music would not be complete without recognizing The Association.  This 1960s group produced seven top 40 hits with 2 of them notching the top slot. 

The Beach Boys - The 60s music scene would have been incomplete if the Beach Boys had not have been. You mention summer or google summer you will get the Beach Boys.  Google surf music and you get the Beach Boys. The Beach Boys a definite icon of American Music and a favorite for most baby boomers.  Where would the 60s and especially the summers of the 60s be without the Beach Boys?

The Beatles - Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962.

The Bee Gees - The Bee Gees were a musical group founded in 1958. The group's line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a pop act in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco music era in the late 1970s. 

Chuck Berry - John Lennon said, "if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.

The Box Tops - A blue-eyed soul rock band is how the Box Tops are described. The Box Tops began as The Devilles, who had started playing in Memphis in 1963. As the band's personnel changed from time to time, so did the band name on occasion, which at one point became "Ronnie and The Devilles" and then later changed back to "The Devilles".

Solomon Burke - He was born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his adult life as a preacher in Philadelphia, and soon moved on to hosting a gospel radio show. In the 1960s, he signed with Atlantic Records and began moving towards more secular music. His first hit was "Just Out Of Reach Of My Open Arms", a cover of a country song. Though well-received by both peers and critics, and attaining a few moderate pop and several major R&B hits, Burke never could quite break through into the mainstream as did Sam Cooke or Otis Redding, who covered Burke's "Down in the Valley" for 1965's Otis Blue. His best known song is Cry to Me, used in the dance and seduction scene in the film Dirty Dancing.

Freddy Cannon - Inspired musically by Chuck Berry and Little Richard, he formed his own group, Freddy Karmon & the Hurricanes, which became increasingly popular in the Boston area, and began to develop a trademark strained singing style. He also became a regular on a local TV dance show, Boston Ballroom, and, in 1958, signed up to a management contract with Boston disc jockey Jack McDermott.

Vikki Carr - She was born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona in El Paso, Texas, though her family soon moved to Los Angeles where her name was simplified to Florence Cardona.  Young Florence  made her musical debut at the age of five as a singing angel in her school's Christmas pagent, performing "Silent Night" and "Adeste Fideles" in Latin.  Her budding career almost ground to a halt when she looked into the audience and spotted her mother crying, not realizing that they were tears of pride and joy in her accomplishment.

Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash is another great recording artist that needs no real introduction.  He is not only an American icon but was loved world wide especially in Great Britain.  His life was also a story book soap opera which made the screen in the movie "Walk the Line."

Patsy Cline - Millions of her records have sold since her death. She won awards and accolades, leading some fans to view her as an icon at the level of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Ten years after her death, in 1973, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1999, she was voted number 11 on VH1's special, The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll, by members and artists of the rock industry.

Dave Clark Five - Originating in North London, the band was promoted as the vanguard of the 'Tottenham Sound', a response to the Mersey Beat stable managed by Brian Epstein. They had a series of memorable hits, including "Glad All Over" that in January 1964 knocked the Beatles out of the number one position on the UK Singles Chart.

Petula Clark - Petula Clark's career started way before many of us baby boomers were born but a star she was and a star she  will always be.  Petula is an actress, a composer and of course a fabulous singer.  She was born November 15, 1932 in Surrey, England.

Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke  was an American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is considered to be one of the pioneers and founders of soul music. He had 29 Top 40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1965. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come," "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World" and "Bring It on Home to Me" are some of his most popular songs.

Cream - They were definitely a Super Rock Trio.  They were from Great Britain consisting of Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock provided by Clapton's blues guitar playing, Bruce's powerful, versatile vocals and prominent bass playing, Baker's pulsating, jazz-influenced drumming and Pete Brown's poetry-inspired lyrics.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook (all born in 1945) met at Portola Junior High School in El Cerrito, California. Calling themselves The Blue Velvets, the trio began playing instrumentals and "juke box standards", as well as backing Fogerty's older brother Tom at live gigs and in the recording studio. Tom soon joined the band, and in 1964 they signed with Fantasy Records, an independent jazz label in San Francisco that had released Cast Your Fate to the Wind, a national hit for jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi.

The Crystals - The Crystals were a very defining group of the 60s and surely one of my favorites. In 1961, Barbara Alston, Mary Thomas, Dolores "Dee Dee" Kenniebrew, Myrna Girard and Patricia "Patsy" Wright formed The Crystals through the help of Benny Wells, Barbara's uncle. Soon, the quintet signed with Phil Spector's label Philles Records.

Neil Diamond - Diamond spent his early career as a songwriter in the Brill Building. His first success as a songwriter came in November, 1965, with "Sunday and Me", a Top 20 hit for Jay and the Americans on the Billboard Charts. Greater success as a writer followed with "I'm a Believer", "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)", and "Love to Love," all by the Monkees.

The Doors - The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and John Densmore on drums. The band got its name, at Morrison's suggestion from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a quote made by William Blake, "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."

Ronnie Dove - From 1964 until 1969, Ronnie Dove was one of the top romantic balladeers in an era that boasted the Beatles and a peculiar mix of renewed rock an d roll with the acid sound of psychedelic music. In 1965 alone, Dove scored five hits, with all but one cracking the Top 20 or higher.

The Drifters - Their story began in early 1953, when Clyde McPhatter, the soaring high-tenor lead singer in the Dominoes, a vocal quintet formed by Billy Ward three years earlier, quit that group. The Dominoes were playing a scheduled gig at the New York club Birdland, one of their first performances without McPhatter, when one of the audience members present asked after the singer backstage. That fan was Ahmet Ertegun, a one-time record collector who had started Atlantic Records in the late '40s; as soon as he learned of McPhatter's having left the Dominoes, he contacted the singer and signed him to Atlantic.

Bob Dylan - There is no real introduction needed for Bob Dylan. He was and still is an American music icon.  The sixties would not have been the same without Bob Dylan.  My personal opinion is that he surely was a better songwriter and musician than a singer but there is no doubt he had a major impact on the music of the sixties and beyond.  His life was an up and down soap opera but an interesting trip.

Everly Brothers - Don Everly was born in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, and Phil two years later in Chicago, Illinois. Their father, Ike Everly, was a musician.  Ike, with Merle Travis, Mose Rager, and Kennedy Jones, was honored by the construction of The Four Legends Fountain in Drakesboro, Kentucky. Ike Everly had a show on KMA and KFNF in Shenandoah, Iowa, in the 1940s, with his wife Margaret and two young sons. Singing on the show gave the brothers their first exposure to the music industry. The family sang together live and traveled in the area singing as the Everly Family. The Everly Brothers grew up from ages 5 and 7 through early high school in Shenandoah. They are the cousins of actor James Best.

Fats Domino - He left an uncontested mark on rock 'n roll.  Although most of his work was during the 50s, his music is still being played and performed over 50 years ago.  As a 50s rock 'n roller and blues singer he sold over 65 million records to date and outsold every 50s rock 'n roll peformer with exception to Elvis.

Fifth Dimension - In the early 1960s, Lamonte McLemore and Marilyn McCoo, a former beauty pageant winner, got together with two other friends from Los Angeles, Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, to form a group called the Hi-Fis. In 1963, they sang at local clubs while taking lessons from a vocal coach. In 1964, they came to the attention of Ray Charles, who took them on tour with him the following year. He produced a single by the group, "Lonesome Mood", a jazz-type song that gained local attention. However, internal disagreements caused Butler and Elston to go their own way, eventually leading to their organizing the Friends of Distinction.

The Four Tops - All four members of the group began their careers together while they were high school students in Detroit. At the insistence of their friends, Pershing High students Levi Stubbs and Abdul "Duke" Fakir performed with Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton from Northern High at a local birthday party. The quartet decided to remain together, and christened themselves The Four Aims. With the help of Payton's songwriter cousin Roquel Davis, The Aims signed to Chess Records in 1956, changing their name to Four Tops to avoid confusion with The Ames Brothers.

Connie Francis - Connie Francis who was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero on December 12, 1937, is an Italian-American pop singer and top-charting female vocalist of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Although her chart success waned in the second half of the 1960s, Francis remained a top concert draw. Despite several severe interruptions in her career, she is still active as a recording and performing artist. Her career was filled with many episodes of tragedy but she bravely endured it all.

Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin,  was a title she was given early in her career.  She began her singing career singing in her father's church at the age of ten and started recording four years later. After several years in the gospel circuit and with her father's blessing, she formed a secular pop music career at the age of eighteen, signing with Columbia Records, where she was branded by its CEO John Hammond as his most important act since Billie Holiday.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - Frankie Valli's first commercial release was "My Mother's Eyes" (as Frank Valley) in 1953. The following year, he joined the Variety Trio and formed the group that evolved into the Variatones (with brothers Tommy and Nick DeVito and Hank Majewski), which between 1954 and 1956, performed and recorded under a variety of names before settling on the name The Four Lovers.

Marvin Gaye - After dropping out of the Air Forces in 1957, Gaye began his music career in several doo wop groups, settling on The Marquees, a popular D.C. group. With Bo Diddley, The Marquees released a single, "Wyatt Earp", in 1957 on Okeh Records and were then recruited by Harvey Fuqua to become The Moonglows. "Mama Loocie", released in 1959 on Chess Records, was Gaye's first single with the Moonglows and his first recorded lead.

Lesley Gore - Lesley Sue Goldstein professionally known as Lesley Gore is an American singer-songwriter of the "girl group era". She is perhaps best known for her 1963 pop hit, "It's My Party," which she recorded at the age of 16. Following the hit, she became one of the most recognized teen pop singers of 1963-1967.

The Grass Roots - The name "Grass Roots" originated in 1965 as the name of a band project by the Los Angeles, California songwriter and producer duo of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. Sloan and Barri had written several songs in an attempt by their record company, Dunhill Records to cash in on the budding folk rock movement. One of these songs was "Where Were You When I Needed You," which was recorded by Sloan and Barri and a now forgotten line-up of studio musicians.

The Happenings - The Happenings were formed in 1961 first as The Four Graduates who recorded for Rust Records in 1963. In 1965 they became The Happenings had a successful three year run during the 60s era with four top 40 songs. The group consisted of Bob Miranda (lead), Tom Guiliano (tenor), Ralph DiVito (baritone) and Dave Libert (bass). Bernie LaPorta replaced Divito in 1968.

Herman's Hermits - This pop band was formed in 1963 in Manchester, England. The original members of Herman's Hermits were Keith Hopwood (guitar, vocals), Karl Green (guitar, vocals), Alan Wrigley (bass guitar, vocals), Steve Titterington (drums), and Peter Noone (lead vocals). The youngest member of a remarkably young group, 15-year-old Noone was already an experienced actor on the British soap opera Coronation Street.

Tommy James & The Shondells - The band initially formed in 1959 as Tom and the Tornadoes, with the then only 12-year-old Tommy James as lead singer. In 1963, he re-named the band The Shondells after one of James' idols, guitarist Troy Shondell. The same year, they recorded the Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich song, "Hanky Panky" (originally a B-side by The Raindrops. James' version sold respectably in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, but the record label, Snap Records, had no national distribution. The single failed to chart, and the Shondells disbanded.

Jan & Dean - Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, both born in Los Angeles, California, began singing together as a duo after football practice at University High School. Primitive recording sessions followed soon after, in a makeshift studio in Berry's garage. They first performed onstage as "The Barons" at a high school dance. With the Barons, Jan Berry was experimenting with multi-part vocal arrangements — five years before he started working professionally with Brian Wilson.

Jay & The Americans - They were discovered while performing in student venues at New York University in the late 1950s. They auditioned for Leiber and Stoller who gave the group its name. In the manner of the time, Leiber and Stoller wanted to extend this to "Binky Jones and the Americans", but Traynor declined to be known as Binky Jones his whole career. He instead offered up "Jay", a family nickname, and it suited everyone.

Jefferson Airplane - Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. They performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969)—as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968).

B.B. King - In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King's early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips,who later founded Sun Records. Before his RPM contract, King had debuted on Bullet Records by issuing the single "Miss Martha King" (1949), which did not chart well.

Ben E. King - In 1958, Ben E. King  joined a doo-wop group called the Five Crowns. Later that year, the Drifters' manager George Treadwell fired the members of the original Drifters, and replaced them with the members of the Five Crowns.

Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas - Billy J. Kramer (born William Howard Ashton, 19 August 1943, Bootle, Liverpool, England) is a former British Invasion/Merseybeat singer. In sharing Brian Epstein as a manager with The Beatles he enjoyed access to the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney, recording several of their original compositions.

Tom Jones - Tom Jones hails from South Wales and the son of a coal miner.  He has been knighted and is known as Sir Thomas Woodward.  This great singer has performed in all venues of music from R&B, Rock, Country & Western, Show Tunes, to soul and gospel.  His voice had such a dynamic range and when his music was first heard many listeners thought he was a black singer.  Since 1965 he has sold over 100 million records.

The Kinks - The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s.

Brenda Lee - "Little Miss Dynamite," Brenda Lee, a dynamic perfomer who sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 37 US chart hits during the 1960s, a number surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis.  She is best known for her 1960 hit "I'm Sorry", and 1958's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", a US holiday standard for more than 50 years.

Lovin' Spoonful - The Lovin' Spoonful is an American rock band, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and well known for a number of hit songs in the 1960s including "Summer in the City", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?", and "Daydream".

The Marvelettes - Motown's first successful female vocal group, the Marvelettes are most notable for recording the company's first #1 Pop hit, "Please Mr. Postman", and for setting the precedent for later Motown girl groups such as Martha and the Vandellas and the Supremes.

The McCoys - One of the most popular groups in the mid 60s in the midwest especially in Ohio were the  McCoys. They were formed in Union City, Indiana, in 1962, this group was first comprised of guitarist Rick Zehringer, his brother Randy on drums and bass player Dennis Kelly. Starting out as Rick And The Raiders, then The Rick Z Combo, the group later added organist Ronnie Brandon, becoming the McCoys after Randy Hobbs replaced college-bound Dennis Kelly.  They were regarded basically as a bubblegum rock group.

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels - Ryder formed his first band - Tempest - when he was in high school, and the group gained some notoriety playing at a Detroit soul music club called The Village. Ryder next appeared fronting a band called Billy Lee & The Rivieras, which had limited success until they met the songwriter / record producer, Bob Crewe. Crewe renamed the group Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and they recorded several hit records on his DynoVoice Records label in the mid to late 1960s, most notably "Devil With A Blue Dress On", their highest-charting single at #4, as well as "Sock it to Me-Baby!", a #6 hit in 1967, and "Jenny Takes A Ride!", which reached #10 in 1965.

Elvis Presley - By 1956, Elvis Presley was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

James & Bobby Purify - The vocal duo of James Lee Purify from  Pensacola, Florida and his cousin Robert Lee Dickey of Tallahassee, Florida  formed in 1965. Dickey had previously worked as a guitarist with the Dothan Sextet. The duo were signed by Don Schroeder to Bell Records in 1966, with Dickey taking his cousin's surname as a stage name. They had immediate success with "I'm Your Puppet"

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap - The band recorded their first hit "Woman Woman" in 1967 and became their first hit which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Charts. This was followed during the next two years by "Young Girl" (#2), "Lady Willpower" (#2), "Over You" (#7), and "Don't Give In To Him" (#15). All were produced by Fuller, who also wrote "Young Girl", "Lady Willpower" and "Over You". Although the band never had a #1 record in the United States, "Young Girl" reached #1 on the UK singles chart, and #6 when it was reissued in the UK six years later.

Gene Pitney - His early musical influences were Clyde McPhatter and Doo Wop groups like The Crows. He attended Rockville High School from which he earned the name "The Rockville Rocket," and where he formed his first band called "Gene & the Genials." He also made a couple of records as part of a duo called "Jamie and Jane" with Ginny Arnell (who later had a solo hit of her own, "DumbHead"), and then released a single in 1959 under the name Billy Bryan.

Little Anthony & The Imperials - In 1957, a doo-wop group known as The Chesters existed with members Clarence Collins, Tracy Lord, Nathaniel Rodgers, and Ronald Ross. Anthony Gourdine, a former member of The Duponts, joined as lead vocalist. Ernest Wright took over for Ross, and the group recorded shortly for Apollo Records. Changing their name to The Imperials, they signed with End Records in 1958. Their first single was "Tears on My Pillow", which was an instant hit.

Johnny Mathis -Johnny Mathis has sold over 350 million records over the course of his career.  He became highly famous for being an album artist with a dozen achieving platinum or gold status and 73 making the Billboard Charts. He is frequently described as a romantic singer, his discography includes jazz, traditional pop, Brazilian music, Spanish music, soul music, rhythm and blues, soft rock, Broadway theatre, Tin Pan Alley standards, some blues and country songs, and even a few disco songs for his album Mathis Magic in 1979. Mathis also recorded five albums of Christmas music. In a 1968 interview, Mathis cited Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby among his musical influences.

The Rascals - The Rascals, along with the Righteous Brothers, Mitch Ryder, and precious few others, were the pinnacle of '60s blue-eyed soul. The Rascals' talents, however, would have to rate above their rivals, if for nothing else than the simple fact that they, unlike many other blue-eyed soulsters, penned much of their own material. They also proved more adept at changing with the fast-moving times, drawing much of their inspiration from British Invasion bands, psychedelic rock, gospel, and even a bit of jazz and Latin music. They were at their best on classic singles like "Good Lovin'," "How Can I Be Sure," "Groovin'," and "People Got to Be Free."

Roy Orbison - Orbison studied the songs on the Top Forty, hoping to capture whatever success they earned. Influenced by "Come Back to Me My Love" and "Come Softly to Me", Orbison and Melson wrote a song in April 1960 that used strings, the Anita Kerr doo-wop backup singers, and finally, an astounding note hit by Orbison in falsetto that revealed his powerful voice that, according to biographer Clayson, "came not from his throat but deeper within". It was titled "Only the Lonely", and Orbison and Melson tried to pitch it to Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers, who turned them down. Orbison released it on his own instead and it shot to No. 2 on the Hot 100 in the U.S. and hit No. 1 in the U.K. and Australia; it spent 15 weeks on the U.S. charts.

Paul Revere and The Raiders -This  group started in Boise, Idaho as an instrumental rock band led by organist Paul Revere Dick.  In his early twenties Revere owned several restaurants in the Caldwell, Idaho area and met singer Mark Lindsey while picking up hamburgers where Lindsey worked.  Lindsey joined Revere's group originally known as "The Downbeats." 

The Righteous Brothers - Their signature song "You' ve Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is the most played song in American radio history. "Unchained Melody" has been recorded by more artists than any song in rock 'n roll musical history, however; Bobby Hatfield's version of "Unchained Melody" is the best recorded version of the song. "Unchained Melody" was produced by partner Bill Medley and it appeared 25 years later in the movie "Ghost" which resulted in reaching the Billboard Top Forty Chart two more times. 

Johnny Rivers - In 1964, Elmer Valentine gave Rivers a one-year contract to open at the Whisky a Go Go, on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The Whisky had been in business just three days when the Beatles song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" entered the Billboard Hot 100. The subsequent British Invasion knocked almost every American artist off the top of the charts, but Rivers was so popular that record producer Lou Adler decided to issue Johnny Rivers Live at the Whisky A Go Go, which reached #12. Rivers recalled that his most requested live song then was "Memphis", which reached #2 on the US Hit Parade in July 1964.

The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the United States in 1964 and were identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the band started out playing covers but found more success with their own material; songs such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Paint It Black" became international hits.

The Ronettes -The Ronettes first appeared in 1961 as dancers at Joey Dee's Peppermint Lounge on 45th Street in New York City.  The Ronettes then still known as the Darling Sisters were booked in Miami at Joey Dee's Peppermint Lounge where they were spotted by disc jockey Murray K.  They became known as Murray K's dancing girls for his Brooklyn Fox Shows.

Diana Ross and The Supremes - It all began with "Where Did Our Love Go" which resulted in DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES becoming a household name in the summer of 1964. Not only was it a unique love of for these women but it was the formation of a great collaboration of Motown singers, writers, producers and players, they re-wrote the book on pop music in the Sixties and Seventies.

Bobby Rydell - During 1950, Rydell competed on the amateur talent television series, Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club; his first-place win gained him a regular role with the series. He worked with the Whiteman series for three years, changing his name to Bobby Rydell. He later joined several local bands in Philadelphia. As a teenage drummer, he played alongside Frankie Avalon in a musical ensemble known as Rocco and the Saints.

Neil Sedaka - Neil Sedaka is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter who is often associated with New York City's Brill Building. He teamed up with Howard Greenfield to write many major hit songs for himself and others. Sedaka's voice is in the tenor and alto ranges.

The Shirelles - The Shirelles were the first major female vocal group of the rock and roll era, defining the so-called girl group sound with their soft, sweet harmonies and yearning innocence. The Shirelles were originally formed in 1958 in Passaic, New Jersey by four friends: Shirley Owens Alston Reeves, Doris Coley Kenner Jackson, Addie "Micki" Harris McPherson, and Beverly Lee. Students at Passaic High School, they christened themselves 'the Poquellos', wrote a song called "I Met Him on a Sunday," and entered their school talent show with it, singing it a cappella.

Simon & Garfunkle - Simon & Garfunkle were one of the bestselling music groups of the 1960s and became counterculture icons of the decade's social revolution, alongside artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Bob Dylan.

Sonny & Cher - Cherilyn Sarkisian first met Salvatore Bono in a Los Angeles coffee shop in November 1962, when she was sixteen. The older Bono (11 years her senior) was working for record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. The two became fast friends, eventual lovers, and later married. Through Bono, Cher started as a session singer, and sang backup on several of Spector’s classic recordings, including "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers and Darlene Love's "A Fine, Fine Boy".

Spanky & Our Gang -  The group's first album, simply titled Spanky and Our Gang, was released by Mercury Records on August 1, 1967, and included three popular songs that were released as singles. These were "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" (their biggest hit, which reached number #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1967) followed by "Making Every Minute Count" and "Lazy Day" (both of which made the Top 30 that fall). Both "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" and "Lazy Day" sold over one million copies.

Dusty Springfield - In 1960 Dusty Springfield formed the pop-folk trio the Springfields with her brother Dion O'Brien (now known as Tom Springfield) and Tim Feild. The new trio chose the Springfields as their name during a rehearsal in a field in Somerset in spring.

Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf sold over 25 million records worldwide, released eight gold albums and 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles, of which six were top 40 hits, including three top 10 successes: "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Rock Me". Steppenwolf enjoyed worldwide success from 1968 to 1972, but clashing personalities led to the end of the core lineup. Today, John Kay is the only original member, having served as the lead singer since 1967.

Johnny Tillotson - Johnny enjoyed his greatest success in the early 1960s when he scored a series of Top Ten hits including "Poetry in Motion" and the self-penned "It Keeps Right on a-Hurtin' In total, he placed 30 singles and albums in the Billboard charts between 1958 and 1984, most of them in the pop chart, though he also reached the country, R&B, and easy listening charts.

The Turtles - The band, originally a surf-rock group called the Crossfires from the Planet Mars, was formed in 1965 in Westchester, California (a Los Angeles neighborhood) by Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. With the help of DJ and club owner Reb Foster, the Crossfires signed to White Whale Records and, adhering to the prevailing musical trend, re-branded themselves as a folk rock group called "The Tyrtles", the intentional misspelling inspired by The Byrds. However, the trendy spelling did not survive long.

Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge is an American rock band known predominantly for their extended rock arrangements of contemporary hit songs, most notably "You Keep Me Hangin' On". This band was a heavy influence on the development of metal rock.

Bobby Vee - Bobby Vee's career began amid tragedy. On "The Day the Music Died" (February 3, 1959), the three headline acts in the line-up of the traveling 'Winter Dance Party'---Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper---were killed, along with 21 year old pilot Roger Peterson, in the crash of a 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza v-tailed aircraft near Clear Lake, Iowa, while en route to the next show on the tour itinerary in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Bobby Vinton - Bobby Vinton formed his first band at the age of 16 and played around the clubs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His hometown of Cannonsburg named two streets in his honor, Bobby Vinton Boulevard and the shorter adjoining Bobby Vinton Drive.

The Yardbirds - The Yardbirds are on an English rock band. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton as #4, Page as #9, and Beck as #14).

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

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