Tag: 1950s

Just Jesse Belvin

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: Jesse Belvin, “Guess Who”

When singer/songwriter Jesse Belvin died in a car accident on February 6, 1960, he became the first artist of the rock ‘n’ roll...

Dale Hawkins

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: Dale Hawkins, “Susie Q”

The story behind one of the great rockabilly/swamp boogie tunes of all-time, Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q."...

Phil Phillips

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: Phil Phillips, “Weeping Willow”

Let's listen to an excellent, previously unreleased song by Phil Phillips called "Weeping Willow."...

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: Frank Sinatra, “Learnin’ the Blues”

Before We Was Fab checks in for the first time with the Chairman of the Board, circa 1955....

The Four Freshmen

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: The Four Freshmen, “It’s a Blue World”

A look at the first big hit for The Four Freshmen, 1952's "It's a Blue World."...

The Everly Brothers

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: The Everly Brothers, “Poor Jenny”

This week's spotlight shines on a great 1959 Cadence single by the Everly Brothers, "Poor Jenny."...

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: Ruth Brown, “5-10-15 Hours”

This week the pre-Beatles spotlight shines on Atlantic's Queen of R&B, the one and only Ruth Brown....

The Flamingos (1959)

Before We Was Fab, Music

Before We Was Fab: The Flamingos, “I Only Have Eyes for You”

In the spring of 1959, the Flamingos achieved immortality with one of the most beautiful pop songs ever released....

Jackie Gleason

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Jackie Gleason, “Music for Lovers Only”

Love life in the ruts? Pick up Real Gone Music's reissue of the classic Jackie Gleason album Music for Lovers Only and bring back the...

Books, Kirkus Reviews

Popdose at Kirkus Reviews: Getting Civilized with “Gentry”

For almost 80 years, Kirkus Reviews has served as the industry bible for bookstore buyers, librarians, and ordinary readers alike. Now...

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Music, Popdose

Here’s Something Else!: Kicking It Old School, Bo Diddley Edition

It’s hard, if you really listen, not to be startled when 1955’s “Bo Diddley” — all fast-driving beats and...

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Music

Here’s Something Else!: Kicking It Old School, Isley Brothers Edition

In a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career dating back to the early 1950s, the Isley Brothers stayed on the move — transforming...