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The Ballad of Irving – Frank Gallop

The Ballad of Irving – Frank Gallop

Frank Gallop was born in 1900 and by the 1940s was an announcer for numerous radio programs before moving on to early television shows in the ’50s. “What’s a radio program?” I hear some younger readers asking. Those of you who were playing with Daddy’s MacIntosh or Hewlett-Packard desktop while still wearing diapers might very well be shocked to learn there was a time when there was no TV, let alone Internet or cell phones! In … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Country

MacArthur Park – Richard Harris

MacArthur Park – Richard Harris

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Three Little Pigs” by Green Jelly was Jim Barton’s last foray into the world of heavy metal one-hit wonders. But did you think he would go gently into that good night? Sorry, no such luck.:) From time to time he will continue his contributions and adding to the wacky and wonderful world of One-Hit Wonders, starting with this famous song, “MacArthur Park,” by Richard Harris. A most delightful little book that should be on … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, 1970s, Pop

I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman – Whistling Jack Smith

I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman – Whistling Jack Smith

I love everything about “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” by Whistling Jack Smith. Here’s why: none of what you believe about the song is true. First, the guy whistling on the record is not actually Whistling Jack Smith. His name is John O’Neill. Second, John O’Neill didn’t actually appear as Whistling Jack Smith. Whistling Jack Smith was actually performed by a guy named Billy Moeller. Third, Whistling Jack Smith was not actually Kaiser Bill’s Batman. I assume … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Pop

Tracy – The Cuff Links

Tracy – The Cuff Links

Bubblegum rock rules and I defy you to disagree. “Tracy” by The Cuff Links is one of the all-time greatest bubblegum rock songs you will hear today, tomorrow or ever. A little too over the top? Listen to this little pop gem three times in a row and then try to get it out of your head. Impossible. With the “bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Pop

Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett

Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett

Halloween is one of the greatest American holidays. “Monster Mash” is one of the greatest one-hit wonders. Except it’s not. “Monster Mash” actually charted on the Billboard Top 40 two separate times in two separate years. With eleven years between the hits. The first time is 1962 when the novelty song was first released and “Monster Mash” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. Listeners lapped up the Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi references and the song became … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, 1970s

In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly

In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly weren’t so much metal as hard psychedelia; sounding sort of like a heavy Doors. But the San Diego band’s signature song, the rambling, 17-minute “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida” (translation: “This Song Really is Much Too Long”) was heavy for the time (1968) and influential in the development of metal. The drum solo set thousands of teenage boys banging on school desks. DJs on the new “progressive” FM rock stations (the forerunner of today’s album- and classic-rock … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Rock