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This Week: It's Party Time!

The party starts this week!

The brand new “Saturday Soiree” starts this Saturday night at 7 PM.  The “Saturday Soiree” will feature the best music from 1964 through the early 1970s.  263 more words



Ritchie Valens was a pioneer of Chicano rock and Latin rock, and inspired many musicians of Latino heritage. He influenced the likes of Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Carlos Santana as he had become nationally successful at a time when there were very few Latinos in American rock and pop music. 104 more words

Most Importantly - The Vinyl

Ritchie Valens

I believe I may have mentioned that Buddy Holly was my first crush as a kid, but as much as I loved his music, I happened to love the other musicians that died in the same crash nearly as much. 135 more words

Most Importantly - The Vinyl

In 1814 we took a little trip...

In 1959, Johnny Horton earned a number one hit on the Billboard Charts for the song The Battle of New Orleans.  Written by Jimmy Driftwood… 585 more words

My Genealogy

runtam reblogged this on Three Dot ... and commented:

Reblogging here something by my daughter Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, posted today on her blog "Roots of Kinship". Great little family story about one of my favorite songs from my teen years, which took on family significance far exceeding the musical quality of the song! The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny HortonDespite its rather unusual subject matter, The Battle of New Orleans won the 1960 Grammy for Best Country & Western song and was 1959's #1 song on the Billboard Top 100 -- see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billboard_Year-End_Hot_100_singles_of_1959 Johnny Horton had several other hits with unlikely subjects, including "Sink the Bismarck", about the British Navy's efforts to sink the German battleship Bismarck in World War II; "Comanche", about the horse Comanche, which was the sole survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn and Custer's Last Stand; and "North to Alaska", about the 1896 Alaskan gold rush. Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits AlbumSadly, Horton was killed in an automobile accident on November 5, 1960, near Milano, Texas. Like several others of my favorite singers (including Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper and Eddie Cochran) he left us too soon. Thanks, Kiddo, for this trip down memory lane!  

0551 Malaguena - Ritchie Valens (1960)

This Cuban song was written in 1928 by Ernesto Lecuona. It was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia and he added Spanish lyrics. A German version of the song by Caterina Valente became popular in America in 1955. 51 more words