Cool Stuff

  • Those first LONG PLAY VINYL (78 rpm) albums running $2 were mostly marketed to families, the affluent, the older market. Very little Beach Music. Best Selling albums of the 1950s were Sinatra, Belafonte, Johnny Mathis, Elvis, musical soundtracks, Christmas albums and several religious albums. So...
  • LITTLE RICHARD, born 1932 in Macon to a religious bootlegger, said he was inspired to music by Lloyd Price’s black and gold cadillac when he was a dishwasher.  First hit in ’55 was Tutti Frutti. Had to change his line from “Good booty” to “Aw rutti”. Saw...
  • LITTLE EVA: Born Eva Narcissus Lloyd in Belhaven, Conn, she took Carole King and hubby Goffin’s song, Locomotion to #1 and created a national dance craze. Grand Funk covered the song in ’74 and took it back to #1. Whoda thunk that?
  • LITTLE DARLING, a smash hit by The Diamonds which hit #2 Pop behind Elvis’ All Shook Up, was written by 13-yr-old South Carolinian Maurice Williams about his young sweetheart.
  • LLOYD PRICE’S Lawdy Lawdy Miss Clawdy in 1952 featured drummer Earl Palmer and Fats Domino on piano. Price flubbed the 3rd line but it didn’t matter, it hit #1 R&B  anyway. Later, In 1959 Price took an old folk song called Stak-o-Lee bout two gamblers and rewrote it into...
  • Legendary songwriters, LIEBER AND STOLLER remembering a Coasters session where they were producing Searchin and Young Blood. “I remember one of the original Coasters was unable to come to the studio that day. So as a ringer we put in Young Jesse. And so Young Jesse is one of the voices....
  • LAVERN BAKER, one of the sexiest growling voices of her era, didn’t start out growling. Wasn’t til Georgia Gibbs ripped off  her Tweedle Dee note for note that Lavern decided to take her voice a place Georgia’s couldn’t go. Georgia Gibbs tried covering her Jim Dandy...
  • One-time chauffer to Lloyd Price, LARRY WILLIAMS wrote and sang Short Fat Fannie in ’57 backed by Little Richard's band. The lyrics mention at least 15 songs, from Slippin n Slidin to Hound Dog to Blueberry Hill. Larry Williams is also the same man who came close to killing Little...
  • Come the Rock n Roll 50s,  the KU KLUX KLAN had to get their biased behinds in on the censorship silly ship. They circulated a Flyer: STOP! Help Save the youth of America. Don’t buy negro records. The screaming, idiotic words and savage music is undermining the morals of our white...
  • KANSAS CITY: Written by Lieber /Stoller was originally released as KC Lovin. Later released by Little Richard, Hank Ballard and Rocky Olson. But Wilbert Harrison’s version (a $40 session) out-charted them all. His classic version started at the bottom of the Hot 100 and went straight to the...