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Annals of Music
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Annals of Music

“1960s Girl Groups”

1958-1966

The innocent & upbeat
sound that came between
Elvis & The Beatles.

Music & Biography

“Dion DiMucci”

1950s-2012

From 1950s Doo-Wop,
to 1960s folk rock,
Dion turned out the hits.

14-Year Chart Run

Dark Side’s 40 Years”

1973-2013

Pink Floyd album has
record-breaking
Billboard chart run.

Musical Demarcation

“…No Satisfaction”

1965-1966

A Rolling Stones hit song
becomes a generation’s
dis-satisfaction anthem.

Music & Biography

“Taylor Swift, Rising”

2003-2009

A 19-yr-old singer/
songwriter storms the
music charts …and more.

Message Music

Sting: “Russians”

1985

A song about the Cold
War’s nuclear threat
finds a pop audience.

Music & Advertising

“Microsoft & Too Close”

2012

A Microsoft TV ad uses
an Alex Clare dubstep
tune to get notice.

Hard Knocks Music

“Sinatra: Cycles”

1968

The ‘Chairman’ brings his
“wee-hours” seasoning to
a “that’s life” song.

Music, Politics, Big Biz

“Paradise”

John Prine-1971

A country song about
strip mining, coal power,
& demise of Paradise, KY

Annals of Music

“The End of the World”

1963

Skeeter Davis sings
a sad song
of unbearable loss.

Music & Pop Culture

“Beatles in America”

1963-1964

New rock ‘n roll group
brings “pop explosion” in
music, business, culture.

Annals of Music

“Dear Prudence”

1967-1968

The history of a beautiful
Beatles’ song and a
productive retreat in India.

Annals of Music

“What A Wonderful World”

In 1967, at age 66, Louis
Armstrong records a
poignant song for the ages.

Music & Biography

“Be My Baby”

1960s-2010

The Ronettes & Phil Spector produce a game-
changing new sound.

Music, Film, Celebrity

“Bette Davis Eyes”

1981

A top song of the 1980s
tells the story of a
Hollywood legend.

Music & Advertising

“Madonna’s Pepsi Ad”

1989

A Madonna TV ad
stirs controversy
by association.

Music & Television

“Bandstand Performers”

1957

Dick Clark’s “American
Bandstand” offered music
artists national TV debuts.

Music & Television

“Bandstand Performers”

1963

Some 200 guests appeared
on “Bandstand” during its
final year from Philadelphia.

Music Censorship

“Rumble Riles Censors”

1958-1959

Link Wray’s guitar song
prompts some radio
managers to ban its airing.

Music Controversy

“Elvis Riles Florida”

1955-1956

Elvis Presley’s music
& dancing on stage
brings judicial threat.

Beatles History

“Paul-is-Dead Saga”

1969-2008

Rumor of Paul McCartney
death circulates as the
Beatles are breaking up.

1960s’ Beatlemania

“Beatles’ D.C. Gig”

Feb-March 1964

The Beatles’ first-ever,
live U.S. concert was held
in Washington, D.C.

Music & Advertising

“Google & Gaga”

2011

Lady Gaga’s hit song,
“The Edge of Glory,” is
used in a Google TV ad.

Music & Advertising

“The iPod Silhouettes”

2000-2011

Apple’s iPod ad campaign
used music & imagery
to sell its technology.

Radio & Rock ‘n Roll

“Moondog Alan Freed”

1951-1956

He coined the term
“Rock ‘n Roll” & gave
exposure to R&B artists.

Music & Advertising

“Keira & The Zombies”

2014 & The 1960s

A Chanel perfume ad
features Keira Knightley
& a 1960s Zombies’ tune.

Music Celebrity

“The Sinatra Riots”

1942-1944

Bobbysoxer hysteria gives
one of the world’s greatest
singers his early start.

Rock ’n Roll

“Elvis on the Road”

1955-1956

Elvis Presley on his hard-
working U.S. concert
tour, w/dates, mid-1950s.

Music & Madison Avenue

“Big Chill Marketing”

1980s & 1990s

How 1983′s The Big Chill,
sparked the use of
rock ‘n roll music in TV ads.

Movie Trailer

“Big Chill Promo”

1983 & 1998

Film trailer for Big Chill provides overview of story, music & characters.

Annals of Music

“Early Beach Boys”

1962-1966

The five guys who
created “Sunshine Pop”
and a lot more.

Annals of Music

“Early Beach Boys”

Pt. 2: Six Songs

Gorgeous harmonies &
imaginative composition
in a distinctive ’60s sound.

TV, Music, Civil Rights

“Harry & Petula”

1968

Pet Clark & Harry Belafonte
make civil rights history
challenging Chrysler.

Music & Marketing

“Sting & Jaguar”

1999-2001

Rock star Sting uses
a Jaguar TV ad to raise
the visibility of his music.

Music Promotion

“The Jackson Statues”

1995

Nine giant Michael Jackson statues help promote
a pop star & his music.

Music, Money, History

“Michael & McCartney”

1980s-2009

Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney & The Beatles’
1960s song catalog.

Annals of Music

“Paint It Black”

1966-2000s

A Rolling Stones tune has
a long shelf life in film,
television, and video games.

TV, Music & Marketing

“Dinah Shore & Chevrolet”

1951-1963

“See-the-U.S.A.” tune
helps define a celebrity
and America’s “car culture”.

Music & Biography

“Joplin’s Shooting Star”

1966-1970

Janis Joplin’s last
five years; her
music, life & legacy.

Annals of Music

“U2 Song – One”

1992

Irish rock group, chasing
their muse, creates one of
the 1990s’ top songs.

Annals of Music

“I Only Have Eyes
For You”

A 1959 remake of
an old standard has
resonance for the ages.

Music, Business, 1960s

“Motown’s Heat Wave”

1963-1967

Martha & the Vandellas’
dance music captures teens
& boosts Motown biz.

 Music, Film, Biography

“Let The River Run”

1988-1989

Carly Simon’s rousing song for film Working Girl became an inspiration for many.

Music, Film, Soundtrack

“Streets of Philadelphia”

1993-1994

Bruce Springsteen’s haunting
song for film Philadelphia
captures tragedy of AIDs.

Ad Clip

Nike’s “Revolution” Ad

1987-1988

Nike TV advertisement
uses classic Beatles song
to sell athletic shoes.

Music & Marketing

“Nike & The Beatles”

1987-1989

Nike finds the ideal song
to promote its athletic shoes,
& the Beatles file a lawsuit.

Protest Music

“Four Dead in O-hi-o”

1970

A protest song recalls
America’s darker days
during the Vietnam War.

Blue-Eyed Soul

Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

1964-1965

Righteous Bros’ music is
‘most played’ on radio
& powers popular film.

TV, Music & Marketing

“American Bandstand”

1956 – 2007

How Dick Clark & TV
helped make rock ‘n roll
a major business.

Music & Advertising

“Selling Janis Joplin”

1995

How Mercedes-Benz
used a Janis Joplin tune to
hook baby boomers.

Music, Marketing, Technology

“Start Me Up”

1995

Bill Gates uses a
Rolling Stone’s tune to
launch Windows 95.

Annals of Music

“The Story In
Your Eyes”

A 1971 Moody Blues
song of hope, love &
concern for the future.

Music & Celebrity

“Candle in the Wind”

1973 & 1997

An Elton John tune
written twice for two
special ladies.

Annals of Music

“Streisand Rising”

1961-1965

A struggling singer
carrying around a folding cot
becomes a music icon.

Annals of Music

“Fingertips, Pt.2″

1963

A 12 year-old blind boy,
Stevie Wonder, has a
dazzling harmonica debut.

Jazz Film Score

“Of Bridges & Lovers”

1992-1995

A best-selling love story,
some howling critics, and a
beautiful Streep-Eastwood film.

Video

Dylan: “Only A Pawn…”

1963

Bob Dylan performs a famous
civil rights song at the
Newport Folk Festival.

Music & Civil Rights

“Only A Pawn in
Their Game”

Dylan’s 1963 appearance
in Mississippi & his
’60s civil rights music.

Second Chance Music

“Do You Love Me”

1962 & 1988

A 1962 Motown hit song
by The Contours is given
new life by “Dirty Dancing.”

Annals of Music

“Sixteen Tons”

1955-1956

Tennessee Ernie Ford’s coal-mining song tops the charts; sells millions of copies.

Global Music Celebrity

“Rocker Supreme”

1958-2008

The tough times, amazing
comeback & global fan
base of Tina Turner.

Music Biz & Celebrity

“Beatles’ Closed-Circuit Gig”

March 1964

The Beatles’ first-ever, live U.S.
concert from Washington was used
in closed-circuit theater showings.

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