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  • Rock & Roll Muse: Donna Ludwig
    Anyone who’s seen the movie La Bamba (1987), knows the story behind Ritchie Valens rock classic, “Donna.” Valens wrote the song for his girlfriend, Donna Ludwig at a time when his career was starting to…
  • Now Playing at the Boomtown Drive-In: Jailhouse Rock
    Jailhouse Rock (1957), Elvis Presley’s 3rd feature and the first to really offer Elvis’ brand of rock ‘n’ roll undiluted, is probably his most famous and best-regarded film. The production number where the King sings…
  • The Story Behind the Song – “Runaround Sue” (1961)
    “Runaround Sue” the rock classic that topped the charts in 1961, was Dion’s only #1 song (despite having 32 other records hit the charts) and has since gone on to become an enduring classic of…
  • Shelley Fabares: The Reluctant Pop Star
    One of the most unlikely of pop stars was Shelley Fabares, who parlayed her role on The Donna Reed Show into a #1 record! Shelley had been acting since she was 3 and made her…
  • Superstars of the 60s: Johnny Rivers
    Imagine it you had 9 top 10 records, 17 songs in the Top 40 and founded your own record label where you discovered such acts as the 5th Dimension. Now, imagine all that and you’re…
  • The Face That Launched Two Pop Classics
    In 1965, Michael Brown was a 16-year old classically trained musician who had formed a rock band (like many classically trained young men and women of the day). He also had become infatuated with a…