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Annals of Music
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Music History, Music Business, Music in Politics,
Music in Film, Song Histories, Artist Profiles, etc.



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.

Beach Boys History

“Love & Mercy”

Brian Wilson Film

New film on famous
Beach Boy captures
his genius & his demons.

Film Music

“Philadelphia Morning”

1976-1977

Underrated & poignant
songs by Bill Conti
played key film role.

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.

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
sampled here with history.

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.