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The Shirelles "What Is Love?" (From The Shirelles Greatest Hits Vol II, 1967).

The Shirelles “What Is Love?” (From the LPĀ The Shirelles Greatest Hits Vol II, 1967).

As I get ready for my first ever lecture on girl groups, I’m combing through powerpoint slides and notes and MP3 of who and what mattered most in the girl group era, and I’m humbled that I get to bring Women’s History, Astrology and The Shirelles together (alongside other women underrepresented in music and pop culture) together in a documented way. 107 more words

Soul Song Of The Day

Rocking him, gently: Songwriting legend Andy Kim takes a critical look at today's crop of pop stars

In the wake of a Grammy Awards ceremony that disappointed many, from Kanye West to the masses on Twitter lamenting the state of pop music, a historical perspective is key. 1,101 more words


Happy Birthday, Gerry Goffin

Seeing as it was Gerry Goffin’s wife and songwriting partner, Carole King’s, birthday two days ago, some of the best songs of their partnership are at that post, so here’s a few from Goffin’s excellent, 1973, Dylan influenced, solo 2LP, It Ain’t Exactly Entertainment. 42 more words


Happy Birthday, Barry Mann

Carole King AND Barry Mann share a birthday?! There must be some sort of harmonic convergence towards pop perfection on this date. Mann and his wife/collaborator Cynthia Weil, also worked in that famous house of hits, The Brill Building and contributed their fair share of classics. 21 more words


Happy Birthday, Carole King

One of the most gifted songwriters of any generation, Carole King’s astonishing talent took her from writing hits for other artists throughout the sixties (largely with her husband and songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, or other co-writers), to creating one of the biggest solo LPs of all time, 1971’s era defining Tapestry. 144 more words


Pizza and Pop: The Two Ps of the late 1950s & early 1960s in NYC

I’m surrounded by East-coasters at work who often complain about Cleveland’s pizza scene. Everyone agrees that the gourmet pies are great (looking at you Dewey’s and Angelo’s) but what about your average, Friday night pizza? 941 more words

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