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A Christmas Gift From Phil Spector
At the height of his career, Phil Spector produced more than twenty-five Top 40 hits in the 60?s, writing or co-writing many of them. He is often called the first auteur among musical artists. Today we look at what many call the greatest Christmas album.
The Bee Gees sang tight, three-part harmonies and were famous for it. They wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists, but the writing talents of Barry would be key. The talents of these three amazing artists are obvious, but you must remember they are brothers, and they fight like it. Point your disco finger upward and boogie to the Bee Gees on Cool Stories In Music.
Throughout the 60’s Elvis had not recorded an album of original material. He spent most of that decade recording forgettable songs for movies that few would see. Elvis’s movie contract with Paramount studios was now over. Elvis was free to do as he wished, and it gave birth to one of the best albums ever released. Today on Cool Stories In Music, the story of From Elvis In Memphis.
Today we focus on three artists who lost it all by their own hand. In musical entertainment, most artists who hit it big do their best to ride that success wave as long as they can, fighting to stay relevant. But some take a path of self-destruction. A moment of “lapse in good judgment” costs them their careers. One was just starting, one was well on the road, and one owned the world, only to watch it all come tumbling down in 3 short seconds.
Many can write a great song, many can sing one, but few do both to the extent of success that Lionel Richie has. Beginning as a simple saxophonist for a funk band, then catapulting to superstardom as a solo act, Lionel learned that success can be lethal. Like a great ballad? Then prop up your feet, open up your favorite ice cream, and keep the tissues near by. Lionel Richie is on Cool Stories In Music.
James William Guercio is known by most as the single individual who introduced the idea of brass into mainstream pop. But the extent of his work is so much more. He founded and ran a major recording studio and record company that hosted a list of artists which may never be duplicated. His approach to business didn’t confine him to just music. He was a movie producer, and eventually moved into the cattle business. He is James William Guercio and he’s featured on Cool Stories.
Jeff Lynne gained fame as the leader and sole constant member of the Electric Light Orchestra. But you have no idea how much Jeff Lynne had to do with the success of so many others. So let’s turn on the fog machines and marvel at the laser lights as we raise the spaceship and beam up Jeff Lynne on Cool Stories In Music.
George Michael rose to superstardom during the 80s and has been characterized as a blue-eyed soul-singer. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Yet, none of that made him happy. Why? Well, you be the judge. This week’s spotlight is on George Michael.
The Supremes rivaled the The Beatles in worldwide popularity. Diana Ross’ success made it possible for future African American female soul acts to find mainstream success. She also discovered the definition of the term, “being used.” Her name face and voice are recognized the world over, but you may not know all of what she accomplished. Supreme to solo, the remarkable career of Diana Ross on Cool Stories In Music.
The idea of musical groups wearing uniforms or matching outfits wasn’t born in the 60’s but it was never more prevalent than when the Beatles showed up on the Ed Sullivan Show. They wore suits of grey, matching ties, and black boots. But the concept would die out by the end of the 60’s. Today we look at three bands who all wore matching outfits, but these three did it better than most.