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"It Goes Like This, The Peppermint Twist!" Spotlight on The Starliters' Joey Dee
Spotlight Central recently caught up with Joey Dee, who shared insight into his childhood as a budding musician, recounted his rise to fame with Joey Dee and the Starliters, and filled us in on highlights of his six-decade-long career in the music business.
"Lonely Days Are Gone, I’m A-Goin’ Home..." Spotlight on The Box Tops’ Gary Talley
Gary Talley is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founding member of The Box Tops, the blue-eyed soul group from Memphis which scored in the late 1960’s with hits like “Cry Like a Baby,” “Soul Deep,” and “The Letter.” Spotlight Central recently caught up with Talley and talked with him about his musical childhood, his work with The Box Tops, his career as a musician, and what he’s been up to lately.
"Bring Back That Sunny Day!" Spotlight on Tom Garrett of The Classics IV
The Classics IV enjoyed pop music success in the 1960s with million-selling records including “Traces,” “Spooky,” and “Stormy.” In 2008, lead singer Dennis Yost passed away, but before he died, he hand picked vocalist Tom Garrett to carry on the legacy of the group.
"Bless Your Heart!" Spotlight on The Allman Betts Band's Berry Duane Oakley
Berry Duane Oakley is the talented bassist for The Allman Betts Band, a group which plays an eclectic mix of rock, blues, country, folk, vintage R&B, jazz, and soul. Of the seven musicians who comprise the ensemble, three are the sons of original members of The Allman Brothers Band. Devon Allman is the son of vocalist/keyboardist Gregg Allman, Duane Betts is the son of guitarist Dickey Betts, and Berry Duane Oakley is the son of The Allman Brothers’ bassist Berry Oakley. In addition, Oakley’s stepdad is singer Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night fame.
Joyride! Spotlight on Jazz Banjoist Cynthia Sayer
Cynthia Sayer is an award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist, and bandleader. While proficient on several musical instruments, Sayer is considered one of the world’s top 4-string jazz banjo players. Her latest album is entitled Joyride.
"See You in September!" Spotlight on The Happenings’ Bob Miranda
Bob Miranda is a singer/songwriter best known as a founding member of the ’60s pop vocal group, The Happenings. Between 1966 and 1968, he and the group had nine Billboard Hot 100 singles including their signature song, “See You in September.”
"Guess There's Just No Getting Over You!" Spotlight on The Union Gap’s Gary Puckett
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the 1960s. Thanks to Puckett’s signature vocal style, the group garnered six consecutive gold records with such memorable hits as “Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower,” “This Girl is a Woman Now,” and “Over You.”
"Cherish is the Word" Spotlight on The Association’s Jim Yester
Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Jim Yester is best known for his work with The Association, the sunshine pop vocal group which produced such great ’60s hits as “Cherish,” “Windy,” “Never My Love,” and “Along Comes Mary.” The first band in history to open a rock festival at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival, Yester and The Association went on to sell over 80 million recordings, earning six gold records and three platinum disks along the way.
"Music is the Medicine" Spotlight on The Rascals' Eddie Brigati
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Brigati is a singer/songwriter best known for his work with the ’60s band, The Rascals. Thanks to their R&B-inspired songs, The Rascals were the first all-white group signed to Atlantic Records. Between 1966 and 1968, Brigati and The Rascals made Billboard’s Top 20 with nine singles including “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got to be Free.”
"Call Me!" Spotlight on Chris Montez
Chris Montez is a singer/guitarist well-known for performing rock, pop, and Latin music. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hawthorne, CA, Montez was influenced by Hispanic culture and the rock and roll success of Ritchie Valens. While many in the United States recognize him for his 1962 Top 10 rocker, “Let’s Dance,” others associate him with a more adult contemporary sound as exemplified by such 1966 hits as “Call Me” and “The More I See You.” Still others know Montez for his international catalog of recordings in addition to his live performances presented around the globe.
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