Original Broadway Cast “Camelot” (1961)

     Immersed in 1961, America and the world around it was beginning to change.  The Kennedys had replaced the Eisenhowers in the White House.  The surge of rock and roll in the late 1950s had lost a bit of momentum, and while blues, jazz and country all evolved significantly within their given niches, popular musicContinue reading “Original Broadway Cast “Camelot” (1961)”

Junior Wells “Hoodoo Man Blues” (1961)

     Every now and then, it appears that my list gets a little out of sequence.  While we are in 1961, and my notes on my list say 1961, today’s album apparently was recorded in 1965.  The good thing is, it doesn’t really feel out of sequence at all.  “Hoodoo Man Blues”, featuring Junior WellsContinue reading “Junior Wells “Hoodoo Man Blues” (1961)”

Sam Cooke “Portrait of a Legend” (1961)

     So here we are, one month in the books.  As we sit here on the eve of Black History Month, there couldn’t be a better choice than today’s selection, “Portrait of a Legend”, by the phenomenal one-of-a-kind, Sam Cooke.  This album is rated #307 on Rolling Stone’s Greatest 500 Albums of All Time, butContinue reading “Sam Cooke “Portrait of a Legend” (1961)”

Patsy Cline “The Ultimate Collection” (1961)

     After a multi-day stop in New York City jazz, we return to Music City and the country sounds of Nashville for the amazing and haunting voice of Patsy Cline.  An inspiration and influence to essentially every female country vocalist who followed behind her, “The Ultimate Collection”, which is rated as album #229 on RollingContinue reading “Patsy Cline “The Ultimate Collection” (1961)”

Miles Davis “Sketches of Spain”

     On this journey, I have been introduced to a lot of new (for me) jazz music, and this is my second day in a row.  Following John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, today I am back with Miles Davis for his 3rd album on my list.  The current selection is “Sketches of Spain”, which is ratedContinue reading “Miles Davis “Sketches of Spain””

John Coltrane “Giant Steps” (1960)

     While the world of popular music drifted and stuttered a bit heading into the 1960s, jazz music continued to reach new heights and offer new extensions from the masters of the age.  On today’s discovery, we explore “Giant Steps” by master saxophonist John Coltrane, a previous featured artist on several pieces to include theContinue reading “John Coltrane “Giant Steps” (1960)”

Original Broadway Cast “The Sound of Music”(1960)

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens” “Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things”      Ahhh yes, the hills are alive.. with The Sound of Music.  We enter the 1960s with the #1 selling album of the year, the soundtrackContinue reading “Original Broadway Cast “The Sound of Music”(1960)”

Neil Sedaka “Rock With Sedaka” (1959)

         Confession time.. I’m a big Neil Sedaka fan.  We all have our guilty pleasures and secret shames, this is one of mine.  Is he a bit campy?  Yes.  Yet in this case, campy works.  It sometimes serves to torture those around me, but my playlist is heavily littered with the work of Neil Sedaka.Continue reading “Neil Sedaka “Rock With Sedaka” (1959)”

Muddy Waters “Anthology” (1959)

         Completing a trio of mid-century blues greatness along side Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf, today was the day I experienced “Anthology” by Muddy Waters.  Like his peers and predecessors, the music of Muddy Waters truly transformed and gave birth to the British Invasion blues-rock of the 1960s.  Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Rolling Stones,Continue reading “Muddy Waters “Anthology” (1959)”

The Everly Brothers “The Everly Brothers’ Best” (1959)

         Today’s album is the first real example of robust vocal harmonies on my journey. It is also the first “group” of artists featured, versus an individual lead performer.  There were many “doo-wop” sounds of the 1950s that filled this space in a fantastic way, but The Everly Brothers were one of the first actsContinue reading “The Everly Brothers “The Everly Brothers’ Best” (1959)”