Rest in peace, Millie Small: “My Boy Lollipop” (1964)

(Millie poses with her LP. Credit: Getty Images) Millie Small, known as the "Blue Beat Girl," passed away on May 5 at the age of 73 due to complications from a stroke. A native of Jamaica, Small had been living in England since 1973. Small was first discovered in a talent contest in Jamaica at … Continue reading Rest in peace, Millie Small: “My Boy Lollipop” (1964)

The Beatles rule(d) the roost: Billboard’s Hot 100, April 4, 1964

(Above: Never before, and never since.) The first week of April 1964 was the peak of Beatlemania.  The group did something never before accomplished in the history of the Hot 100: they held down the top five positions on the chart at the same time.  "Can't Buy Me Love" shot from #27 to the top … Continue reading The Beatles rule(d) the roost: Billboard’s Hot 100, April 4, 1964

An overdue Grammy: The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)

(Above: Poster for a movie soundtrack that didn't win a Grammy.) I think it's more fun to watch Twitter during an awards show than to watch the awards show itself.  No matter who wins what, someone's got an opposing opinion, and the preponderance of gadgets allows those opinions to get out immediately. Such was the … Continue reading An overdue Grammy: The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)