Billy Vera and the Beaters

Here’s another chapter from my upcoming book, Hit Records That Needed To Be Released Twice. A lot of really good music goes undiscovered and simply disappears.  Such was the fate of a record recorded by Billy Vera in 1981. Billy Vera spent decades working in the music industry.  He wrote a song that was recorded … Continue reading “Billy Vera and the Beaters”

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band

Here’s another chapter from Hit Records That Had To Be Released Twice, my next book: It isn’t just records that sometimes need more than one swing at success, sometimes films do as well. Eddie and the Cruisers was released to movie theaters in September 1983 but left theaters after only three weeks.  The film was about … Continue reading “John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band”

Cream’s Breakthrough in the US

Here’s another chapter from Hit Records That Had To Be Released Twice, my next book: There was a brief moment when Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page crossed paths in a group named the Yardbirds.  Clapton tagged Page as a replacement when he left the group in 1965, and Page brought along Beck.  After … Continue reading “Cream’s Breakthrough in the US”


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1957 Frankie Lymon – Goody Goody

1957 Frankie Lymon – Goody Goody  Singers Jimmy Merchant and Sherman Garnes formed the Earth Angels while still in junior high school in New York City. Herman Santiago and Joe Negroni joined the group, and they began using the name of a car, calling themselves The Coupe De Villes. Herman became the lead singer. They … Continue reading “1957 Frankie Lymon – Goody Goody”

1979 Poco – Crazy Love

1979 Poco – Crazy Love When Buffalo Springfield fell apart, its members became founding members of two other groups: Poco and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Poco’s initial lineup in 1969 included former members of Buffalo Springfield Richie Furay and Jim Messina on guitar and Rusty Young on an assortment of instruments. They recruited George Grantham … Continue reading “1979 Poco – Crazy Love”

1965 Reparata and the Delrons – Whenever A Teenager Cries

1965 Reparata and the Delrons – Whenever A Teenager Cries Here’s one reason a lot of oldies get forgotten: regional hits. At various times I’ve lived on Long Island, in Austin, and in a suburb of Chicago, and I know from personal experience that some of the songs I heard on the radio got little … Continue reading “1965 Reparata and the Delrons – Whenever A Teenager Cries”