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Album 13 – Machito

ALBUM TITLE:  Kenya ARTIST NAME: Machito YEAR OF RELEASE: 1958 Favourite Song: Holly: Kenya Kelly: Holiday ALBUM HISTORY: This album comes from a time when Hollywood used afro-cuban jazz for a lot of things – suspense, bombastic chase scenes, and really anything even vaguely exotic. There were a lot of dime-a-dozen afro-cuban bands around, andContinue reading “Album 13 – Machito”

Song 110 – Shout

SONG: Shout (Parts 1 & 2) ARTIST: The Isley Brothers YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Shout (Part 1 and 2) were written and recorded by the Isley Brothers in 1959.  During their performances the previous year, the original 3 Isleys would end their set with “Lonely Teardrops” by Jackie Wilson.  At aContinue reading “Song 110 – Shout”

Song 106 – Brand New Cadillac

SONG: Brand New Cadillac ARTIST: Vince Taylor and the Playboys YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Brand New Cadillac” was written and recorded by Vince Taylor in 1959.  Although the song didn’t see a lot of airplay in Vince’s native UK it was a big hit in continental Europe, especially Scandinavia, being successfullyContinue reading “Song 106 – Brand New Cadillac”

Song 103 – Volare

SONG: Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu) ARTIST: Domenico Modugno YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Nel blu, dipinto di blu,” which translates roughly to “In the blue-painted sky” is the real name of the song more popularly known as Volare. This song was written by the singer Domenico Modugno and his writingContinue reading “Song 103 – Volare”

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