By Randal C. Hill  In the summer of 1973, Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s original “Monster Mash” reached the American Top 10 for a second time. Pickett sang lead with a Hollywood band called the Cordials. One evening, while performing the old...
By Randal C. Hill  The once-ubiquitous Andrews sisters – Patty, Maxine and Laverne – premiered “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in the 1941 Abbott and Costello comedy film “Buck Privates.” For the beloved Minnesota trio, that perky ditty became their twenty-fourth...
By Randal C. Hill  Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” began as “Goin’ Home,” but the poetic perfectionist soon felt that that sounded too ordinary. Thus, he shifted creative gears, restructured the lyrics and came up with “Kodachrome,” which, to him, sounded close...
By Randal C. Hill  Even before he became a successful and respected musician, Gerry Rafferty had developed a loathing for the often-underhanded machinations of the pop-music industry.  Born in 1947 in Paisley, Scotland (near Glasgow), Rafferty came from a working-class family,...
Writer: Randal C. Hill  Inspirations for a hit song can sometimes spring from a most unusual source.  Members of the California septet War hailed from different neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles. Of disparate backgrounds and different ages, the musicians found...
“Imagine a moonless night in the Rockies at 10,000 feet; a meteor went by, its tail stretching across the sky, and burned itself out. It was raining fire in the sky.”
By Noreen Kompanik  The Oak Ridge Boys – the legendary group consisting of William Lee Golden, Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban – has been performing on stage together for over 50 years. But the fascinating and unique history...
Thumbnail image by Rahul Yadav from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  It was more—much more—than just another rock ‘n’ roll hit.   While “Black and White” became the third single by Three Dog Night to reach the top of the Billboard charts, the...
Thumbnail image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay By Kathy A. Megyeri  Recently, Virginia’s 10th District Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton sponsored legislation and President Joe Biden signed it into law that the post office along Old Town Winchester, Virginia’s walking mall, be named...
Thumbnail image by Pexels from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  By the early 1970s, Motown’s teenage brother music group the Jackson 5 was regularly burning up the Billboard singles and album charts. Lead singer Michael later recalled, “It was Berry...
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