Talk on American Songs

This Tuesday evening  (May 13) at 7 p.m. in the Greece Town Hall is a talk by Michael Lasser on “America’s Songs: The Great American Songbook” Michael is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, he is the former theater critic for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and CITY Newspaper, host …

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Top Songs of 1964; #8

The next song to hit the top of the record charts was “My Guy” by Mary Wells. The song was written by Smokey Robinson and it would become Mary’s biggest hit. The short intro borrows the theme from the old song”Canadian Sunset.” Mary Wells was one of the first big stars for Motown Records. After …

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Top Songs of 1964; #7

After months of The Beatles controlling the top of the record charts in 1964, someone was to break their streak. It wasn’t a rock song. It was “Hello, Dolly!” by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars. The play “Hello, Dolly” opened on January 16, 1964 in New york City. The month before the play opened, …

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Top Songs of 1964; #6

Yet another Beatles song is to hit the top of the US record charts in 1964. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was hit the top spot only a little more than a month after it was recorded. The backgrounds were recorded in Paris in January and then Paul’s vocal and George’s guitar were recorded later in …

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Top Songs of 1964; #2

The second song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964  was “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen. The song was banned in some places because some people thought that the lyrics were indecent. In fact, the lead singer would later say that he had forgotten the words so he just mumbled. The song …

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Top Songs of 1963; #23

The last song to hit the top of the record chart in 1963 was very unusual. “Dominique” was written and preformed by by The Singing Nun also known as  “Sœur Sourire” (“Sister Smile”). The song is about Saint Dominic, a Spanish-born priest and founder of the Dominican Order, of which the Sister was a member. Although …

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