The Drifters, ‘There Goes My Baby’

Writers: Benjamin Nelson, Lover Patterson, George Treadwell Producers: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller Released: May ’59, Atlantic 19 weeks; No. 2 Leiber and Stoller wanted a striking sound to match new vocalist Ben E. King’s majestic voice. The odd arrangement featured out-of-tune timpani and strings that seemed to quote Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” “It sounded like a […]

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Media vrystelling: FRANCOIS VAN COKE gaan pa word!

Die solo kunstenaar en voorsanger van Afrikaanse rockgroep, Fokofpolisiekar, Francois van Coke en sy vrou Lauren het uitstekende nuus om te deel: “Ek en Lauren is baie opgewonde om ouers te word van ‘n dogtertjie! Sy kom in November en ons kan nie wag nie!” sê Francois. Francois en Lauren het besluit om naas hierdie […]

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Buddy Holly, ‘Peggy Sue’

Writers: Jerry Allison, Holly, Norman Petty Producer: Petty Released: Sept. ’57, Coral 22 weeks; No. 3 When the Crickets first played a new song called “Cindy Lou,” Allison’s snare drum was so loud that Petty told him to play in the studio’s reception area. To placate his exiled drummer, Holly changed the title to “Peggy […]

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Guns n’ Roses, ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’

Writers: Guns n’ Roses Producer: Mike Clink Released: Aug. ’87, Geffen 24 weeks; No. 1 Axl Rose wrote this love letter to his girlfriend, Erin Everly (daughter of Don). Slash said he was just “fucking around with the intro riff, making a joke”; he didn’t think much of it, but Rose knew better. Rose and […]

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The Chantels, ‘Maybe’

Writer: Arlene Smith Producer: Richard Barrett Released: Dec. ’57, End 18 weeks; No. 15 At 16, Smith wrote and sang lead on this towering doo-wop song, a template for a generation of girl groups. The Chantels’ second single, “Maybe,” was recorded at a church in midtown Manhattan in October 1957, when the girls were all […]

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SALLY VAUGHN RECEIVED A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD!

Frans Swart, CEO of Lefra Productions and Lance James presented Sally Vaughn with a lifetime achievement award on Saturday evening at the Country Spectacular Show at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena for her tremendous contribution to Country Music in South Africa.   In 1983 Sally Vaughn earned a Sarie award with her songs: ”The Teddy […]

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