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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

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.

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  • Col Joy And The Joy Boys – Oh Yeah Uh Huh
  • Bee Gees – Spicks And Specks
  • Bee Gees – New York Mining Disaster 1941
  • Bee Gees – To Love Somebody
  • Bee Gees – Massachusetts
  • Bee Gees – Words Live
  • Bee Gees – I’ve Gotta Get A Message
  • Bee Gees – I Started A Joke
  • Bee Gees – First Of May
  • Robin Gibb – Saved By The Bell
  • Bee Gees – Don’t Forget To Remember
  • Maurice Gibb – Somethings Blowing
  • Barry Gibb – I’ll Kiss Your Memory
  • Bee Gees – Lonely Days
  • Bee Gees – How Can You Mend
  • Bee Gees – Home Again Rivers
  • Bee Gees – Mr. Natural
  • Bee Gees – Jive Talkin
  • Bee Gees – Nights On Broadway
  • Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
  • Stevie Wonder – You Haven’t Done Nothing
  • Bee Gees – Stayin Alive
  • Bee Gees – Night Fever
  • Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
  • Bee Gees – If I Can’t Have You
  • Bee Gees – More Than A Woman
  • Samantha Sang – Emotion
  • Andy Gibb – I Just Want To Be Your Everything
  • Andy Gibb – Love Is Thicker Than Water
  • Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing
  • Bee Gees – Night Fever (Quick)
  • Bee Gees – Sgt Pepper (Quick)
  • Bee Gees – Tragedy (Loose)
  • Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven (Loose)
  • Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out (Steady)
  • Barbra Streisand – Guilty
  • Dolly Parton And Kenny Rogers – Islands In The Stream
  • Bee Gees – One (Loose)
  • Bee Gees – Secret Love (Cold Start)
  • Bee Gees – This Is Where I Came In (Steady)
  • Bee Gees – Words (Steady)
  • Frankie Valli – Grease

From Elvis In Memphis

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.

I Sabotaged My Own Career

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.

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  • Eric Clapton – After Midnight
  • Piper – Out Of Control
  • Billy Squire – You Should Be High Love
  • Billy Squire – The Stroke
  • Billy Squire – My Kinda Lover
  • Billy Squire – Everybody Wants You
  • Billy Squire – Rock Me Tonight
  • Billy Squire – The Girls Alright
  • Sinead O’Connor – I Want Your Hands On Me
  • Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares To You
  • Sinead O’Connor – War
  • Janet Jackson – Control
  • Janet Jackson – Nasty
  • Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me
  • Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principal
  • Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You
  • Janet Jackson – Let’s Wait A While
  • Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
  • Janet Jackson – Miss You Much
  • Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do
  • Janet Jackson – Escapade
  • Janet Jackson – Black Cat
  • Janet Jackson – If
  • Janet Jackson – Again
  • Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
  • Janet And Michael Jackson – Scream
  • Justin Timberlake Rock Your Body
  • Janet Jackson – Miss You Much
  • Janet Jackson – Escapade
  • Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

Lionel Richie

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.

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  • The Commodores – Squeeze The Fruit
  • The Commodores – Machine Gun
  • The Commodores – Sweet Love
  • The Commodores – Just To Be Close To You
  • The Commodores – Easy
  • The Commodores – Brick House
  • The Commodores – Three Times A Lady
  • The Commodores – Sail On
  • Kenny Rogers – Lady
  • The Commodores – Still
  • The Commodores – Lady (You Bring Me Up)
  • Lionel Richie – Endless Love
  • Lionel Richie – Truly
  • Lionel Richie – You Are
  • Lionel Richie – My Love
  • Lionel Richie – Frankenstein Stinger
  • Lionel Richie – All Night Long
  • Lionel Richie – Hello
  • Lionel Richie – Stuck On You
  • Lionel Richie – Running With The Night
  • Lionel Richie – Penny Lover
  • Lionel Richie – Say You, Say Me
  • Usa For Africa – We Are The World
  • Lionel Richie – Dancing On The Ceiling
  • Lionel Richie – Ballerina Girl
  • Lionel Richie – Do It To Me
  • Lionel Richie – Still In Love
  • Lionel Richie – Lady (Live)
  • Lionel Richie – I Call It Love
  • Lionel Richie – Jesus Is Love
  • Lionel Richie – Stuck On You

Who Is James William Guercio?

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.

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  • Chad And Jeremy – Distant Shores
  • The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
  • The Buckinghams – Kind Of A Drag
  • The Buckinghams – Don’t You Care
  • The Buckinghams – Mercy Mercy Mercy
  • The Buckinghams – Hey Baby They’re Playing Our Song
  • The Buckinghams – Susan
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears – God Bless The Child
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears – And When I Die
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears – Lucretia Macevil
  • Chicago – 25 Or 6 To 4
  • Chicago – Make Me Smile
  • Chicago – Beginnings
  • Chicago – Saturday In The Park
  • Chicago – If You Leave Me Know
  • Chicago – Color My World
  • Chicago – Dialog
  • Chicago – Just You And Me
  • Chicago – Feelin’ Stronger
  • Chicago – Call On Me
  • Chicago – Old Days
  • Chicago – Hard To Say Im Sorry
  • Chicago – Hard Habit To Break
  • Chicago – Rock Mountain Way
  • Rick Derringer – Rock And Roll Hootchie Koo
  • Elton John – The Bitch Is Back
  • Earth, Wind, & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World
  • Kenny Chesney – No Shoes, No Shirt
  • Billie Holiday – God Bless The Child
  • The Buckinghams – Kind Of A Drag
  • Maria Mulduar – Midnight At The Oasis
  • Lionel Richie – Endless Love

Jeff Lynne

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.

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  • ELO – Last Train To London
  • George Michael – Hand To Mouth
  • The Andicaps – You Make Me Happy
  • The Chads – Preachin’ The Blues
  • The Idle Race – Come With Me
  • The Move – Do Ya
  • ELO – 10538 Overture
  • Wizzard – See My Baby Jive
  • ELO – Roll Over Beethoven
  • ELO – Showdown
  • ELO – Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
  • ELO – Evil Woman
  • ELO – Strange Magic
  • ELO – Fire On High
  • ELO – Livin’ Thing
  • ELO – Telephone Line
  • ELO – Do Ya
  • ELO – Turn To Stone
  • ELO – Sweet Talkin’ Woman
  • ELO – Mr Blue Sky
  • ELO – Shine A Little Love
  • ELO – Last Train To London
  • ELO – Confusion
  • ELO – The Diary Of Horace Wimp
  • ELO – Don’t Bring Me Down
  • ELO – Midnight Blue
  • ELO – Xanadu
  • Olivia Newton-John – Magic
  • George Harrison – I Got My Mind Set
  • George Harrison – When We Was Fab
  • Jeff Lynne – Every Little Thing
  • Jeff Lynne – Lift Me Up
  • Jeff Lynne – Now You’re Gone
  • Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
  • Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down
  • Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down A Dream
  • Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line
  • Traveling Wilburys – Handle With Care
  • Tom Petty – Into The Great Wide Open
  • Tom Petty – Learning To Fly
  • The Beatles – Free As A Bird
  • ELO – Alright
  • ELO – Moment In Paradise
  • Roy Orbison – You Got It
  • Jeff Lynne – At Last
  • Black Sabbath – Iron Man

George Michael

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.

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  • Queen – 39
  • Wham! – Club Tropicana
  • Wham! – Wham Rap
  • Wham! – Wake Me Up
  • Wham! – Freedom
  • Wham! – Everything She Wants
  • Wham! – Last Christmas
  • George Michael – Careless Whisper
  • Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
  • George Michael & Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting
  • George Michael – Different Corner
  • George Michael – I Want Your Sex
  • George Michael – Faith
  • George Michael – One More Try
  • George Michael – Father Figure
  • George Michael – Monkey
  • George Michael – Hand To Mouth
  • George Michael – Praying For Time
  • George Michael – Freedom 90
  • Elton John – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down
  • George Michael – Too Funky
  • George Michael – Jesus To A Child
  • George Michael – Fastlove
  • George Michael – Star People
  • George Michael – Outside
  • George Michael – Roxanne
  • George Michael & Whitney Houston – If I Told You That
  • George Michael – Freeek
  • George Michael – Round Here
  • George Michael – Hard Day
  • George Michael – December Song
  • George Michael – White Light
  • George Michael – Look At Your Hands

Diana Ross

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.

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  • Dave Clark Five – Because
  • Thelonious Monk – Round Midnight
  • The Primettes – Pretty Baby
  • Diana Ross – There Goes My Baby
  • The Supremes – When The Lovelight Starts Shining
  • The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go
  • The Supremes – Baby Love
  • The Supremes – Come See About Me
  • Glee – Come See About Me
  • The Supremes – Stop! In The Name Of Love
  • The Supremes – Back In My Arms Again
  • The Supremes – I Hear A Symphony
  • The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
  • Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
  • The Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
  • The Supremes – Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone
  • The Supremes – The Happening
  • The Supremes – Someday We’ll Be Together
  • Florence Ballard – It Doesn’t Matter How
  • Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
  • Diana Ross – Reach Out And Touch
  • Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • Diana Ross – Touch Me In The Morning
  • Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye – My Mistake
  • Diana Ross – Do You Know Where You’re Going To?
  • Diana Ross – Ease On Down The Road
  • Diana Ross – Love Hangover
  • Diana Ross – The Boss
  • Chic – Le Freak
  • Diana Ross – Upside Down
  • Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
  • Diana Ross – Stoned Love
  • Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Love
  • Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
  • Diana Ross – Muscles
  • Diana Ross & Julio Iglesias – All Of You
  • Diana Ross – Missing You
  • Diana Ross – Working Overtime
  • Michael Jackson – This Time Around
  • George Michael – Everything She Wants

We Are The Uniformed

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.

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  • The Outcasts – I Can’t Thru To You
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – Woman Woman
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – Young Girl
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – Lady Willpower
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – Over You
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – Don’t Give In To Him
  • Rick Nelson – Travelin Man
  • Al Wilson - Show And Tell
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – This Girl Is A Woman Now
  • Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – I Just Don’t Know What To Do
  • Gary Puckett – The Christmas Song
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders – Like Long Hair
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders – Sharon
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders – Louie Louie
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders – Just Like Me
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders – Kicks
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders – Hungry
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders – Let Me
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders - Wednesday’s Child
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders - Indian Reservation
  • Paul Revere And The Raiders – Ballad Of The Unloved
  • Mark Lindsay – Arizona
  • Sex Pistols – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone
  • Pat Benatar – Just Like Me
  • Sammy Hagar – Hungry
  • Dave Clark 5 – The Pipeline
  • Dave Clark 5 – Soul Serenade
  • Dave Clark 5 – Glad All Over
  • Dave Clark 5 – Bits And Pieces
  • Dave Clark 5 – Because
  • Dave Clark 5 – Catch Us If You Can
  • Dave Clark 5 – I Like It Like That
  • Dave Clark 5 – Over And Over
  • Dave Clark 5 – You’ve Got What It Takes
  • Queen – Killer Queen
  • Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
  • Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line
  • Mark Lindsay – Sing Your Own Song
  • Mark Lindsay – Silverbird