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Singer, songwriter and musician Dr. John (bo…

Singer, songwriter and musician Dr. John (born Malcolm John Rebennack in New Orleans, LA) – November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019, RIP

On this day in music history: June 6, 1964 – &…

On this day in music history: June 6, 1964 – “Chapel Of Love” by The Dixie Cups hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector, it is the biggest hit for the R&B vocal trio from New Orleans, LA. Consisting of sisters Barbara Ann, Rosa Lee Hawkins and their cousin Joan Marie Johnson, the group are known as Little Miss And The Muffets when they are discovered by singer Joe Jones (“You Talk Too Much”). Jones brings them to the attention of songwriters and producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, best known for their work with Big Mama Thornton, The Coasters, and Elvis Presley. Impressed with the girls, they are one of the first acts signed to Leiber and Stoller’s newly formed label Red Bird Records in early 1964. The husband and wife songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich write “Chapel Of Love” with producer Phil Spector a year before in the Spring of 1963. Darlene Love is the first artist to record the song, but it is not a hit. The Ronettes also cut a version that also goes nowhere. Barry and Greenwich cut the song with The Dixie Cups in early 1964 when they become staff writers and producers with Leiber and Stoller’s label. Released as the first single on Red Bird Records in April of 1964, the song is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #72 on May 2, 1964, it streaks to the top of the chart just five weeks later. An instant pop classic, “Love” is covered by numerous artists including The Beach Boys, Bette Midler, and Elton John. The Dixie Cups version is featured in a number of films including the remake of “Father Of The Bride” and “Full Metal Jacket”.

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On this day in music history: May 22, 1961 – &…

On this day in music history: May 22, 1961 – “Mother-In-Law” by Ernie K. Doe hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 5 weeks on April 24, 1961. Written and produced by Allen Toussaint, it is the biggest hit for the New Orleans born and raised singer. Doe (real name Ernest Kador, Jr.) actually rescues the song from the trash after Toussaint throws it away, feeling that it isn’t any good. The song is especially relatable to the singer since he is having problems with his own mother in law at the time. “Mother-In-Law” features fellow New Orleans R&B singer Benny Spellman (“Fortune Teller”, “Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)”) singing the deep bass vocals on the track, and Allen Toussaint playing piano. Entering the Hot 100 at #55 on March 27, 1961, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Mother-In-Law” is Ernie K. Doe’s only major hit, only scoring one more chart entry with “Popeye Joe” (#99 Pop) in January of 1962.

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Tony Frank in New Orleans, 1969.

Born on this day: February 26, 1928 – Rhythm &…

Born on this day: February 26, 1928 – Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll icon Fats Domino (born Antoine Dominique Domino, Jr. in New Orleans, LA). Happy Birthday to this legendary musician on what would have been his 91st Birthday.

On this day in music history: February 25, 197…

On this day in music history: February 25, 1973 – “In The Right Place”, the sixth album by Dr. John is released. Produced by Allen Toussaint, it is recorded at Sea-Saint Studios in New Orleans, LA in Late 1972. After recording several acclaimed, but moderate selling albums, the New Orleans born musician and songwriter finally makes his commercial breakthrough with his sixth release. Working with legendary songwriter and musician Allen Toussaint, the producer surrounds John with a group of top notch musicians including The Meters, Ralph MacDonald, and David Spinozza. Sporting a more funk oriented sound than his previous albums, it spins off two singles including “Right Place, Wrong Time” (#9 Pop, #19 R&B) which become his most successful single. It is followed up by “Such A Night” (#42 Pop, #76 R&B), which also become’s another one of Dr. John’s signature songs. The original vinyl LP is issued in a tri-fold sleeve, that is discontinued on later pressings, reverting to a single pocket sleeve.  First reissued on CD in the mid 90’s, “Right Place” is reissued on translucent orange vinyl in 2012. Another limited LP reissue pressed on multi-colored vinyl (orange, yellow and green) is released by Rhino Records in 2015. “In The Right Place” peaks at number twenty four on the Billboard Top 200.

Born on this day: November 21, 1940 – Singer, …

Born on this day: November 21, 1940 – Singer, songwriter and musician Dr. John (born Malcolm John Rebennack in New Orleans, LA. Happy 78th Birthday, Dr. John!!!

On this day in music history: June 6, 1964 – &…

On this day in music history: June 6, 1964 – “Chapel Of Love” by The Dixie Cups hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector, it is the biggest hit for the R&B vocal trio from New Orleans, LA. Consisting of sisters Barbara Ann, Rosa Lee Hawkins and their cousin Joan Marie Johnson, the group are known as Little Miss And The Muffets when they are discovered by singer Joe Jones (“You Talk Too Much”). Jones brings them to the attention of songwriters and producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, best known for their work with Big Mama Thornton, The Coasters, and Elvis Presley. Impressed with the girls, they are one of the first acts signed to Leiber and Stoller’s newly formed label Red Bird Records in early 1964. The husband and wife songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich write “Chapel Of Love” with producer Phil Spector a year before in the Spring of 1963. Darlene Love is the first artist to record the song, but it is not a hit. The Ronettes also cut a version that also goes nowhere. Barry and Greenwich cut the song with The Dixie Cups in early 1964 when they become staff writers and producers with Leiber and Stoller’s label. Released as the first single on Red Bird Records in April of 1964, the song is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #72 on May 2, 1964, it streaks to the top of the chart just five weeks later. An instant pop classic, “Love” is covered by numerous artists including The Beach Boys, Bette Midler, and Elton John. The Dixie Cups version is featured in a number of films including the remake of “Father Of The Bride” and “Full Metal Jacket”.

twixnmix: Sonny and Cher photographed by T…

twixnmix:

Sonny and Cher photographed by

Tony Frank in New Orleans, 1969.

On this day in music history: January 7, 1967 …

On this day in music history: January 7, 1967 – “Tell It Like It Is” by Aaron Neville hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 5 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 for 1 week on January 28, 1967. Written by George Davis and Lee Diamond, it is the biggest hit for the New Orleans born vocalist. Recorded in 1965, Davis and Diamond shops the track around to various record labels and are turned down by all of them. Over a year after that, they start their own label, Par-Lo Records and release it themselves. The record is an instant smash and sells over a million copies within two months of its release. However, Neville sees no real monetary reward from sales of the multi-million selling single. The owners of the Par-Lo record label find themselves in dire financial straits when they find it nearly impossible to collect money from various independent distributors, leading them to file for bankruptcy. “Tell It Like It Is” has enduring popularity over the years being covered by numerous artists including Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Percy Sledge, Nina Simone, Andy Williams, and Heart whose version returns the song to the top 10 in early 1981, peaking at #8 on the Hot 100. Aaron Neville’s version of “Tell It Like It Is” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2015.