Rest in peace, Jack Scott: “Leroy” (1958)

  Jack Scott passed away yesterday in Michigan after suffering from congestive heart failure at the age of 84. His may not be a name that's immediately familiar to you. Let's fix that. Scott was born Jack Scafone in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1936. His family relocated to the Detroit suburbs when he was ten … Continue reading Rest in peace, Jack Scott: “Leroy” (1958)

Rest in peace, Doris Day: “Everybody Loves a Lover” (1958)

Word circulated through the media this morning that actress and pop star Doris Day passed away at the age of 97. In a bit of irony, I got the news in my Facebook feed just as I was beginning a lecture in a communications class about death and mourning on social media, and how that … Continue reading Rest in peace, Doris Day: “Everybody Loves a Lover” (1958)

So you wanna be a rock and roll star: Dora Hall, “Did He Call Today, Mama” (1965)

(Above: Gift with purchase.) A few years ago music fans were subjected to Rebecca Black's "Friday," a song that, while not fantastic, also wasn't as purely terrible as people claimed that it was.  (I mean, the poor girl got threats over it.  What's wrong with people?) What we learned from the process of "Friday" becoming … Continue reading So you wanna be a rock and roll star: Dora Hall, “Did He Call Today, Mama” (1965)