In his continuing quest to prove that the music of the past has a lot to offer today's music lovers, Big Geez takes time off from his busy duties as a hammock tester to write RETRO REDUX. For those who remember the songs, it's a journey into musical nostalgia that will take you to places you haven't been for a while -- not only revisiting many of your favorite songs (even those you might have forgotten), but also telling the often surprising stories of the people who made the music. For those music lovers who might have come along a little too late to have actually experienced the music of the past, it's an opportunity to see what all the fuss was about.
Fred didn't want any part of it at first, but Ginger was willing.
His distinctive, lilting singing voice has shown up in some surprising places.
It seemed like a good idea. Turned out it was a great idea.
Whatever your feelings about him, Spector did influence pop music for many years.
The list of bandleaders she worked with reads like a who's who of the big band era.
But what would Gene and Roy say?
A popular entertainer for years in the US, she's even more beloved in the UK.
Get the new year off to a good start by remembering one of the talented stars of the past.
His best-selling record hit the top of the charts and stayed there for weeks, but he wasn't around to enjoy it.
If you played 'six degrees of..." with this group, it would include the Beach Boys and Glenn Campbell.
It was her signature song, but she probably never actually saw the lake — er, loch.
Sometimes a singer should stick to singing.
Two different songs, or just variations on the same theme? You be the judge.
Venturing into the strange world of pop music in the sixties.
It's a timeless tune, but the movie was pretty good too.
Rockabilly legend Carl Perkins had the right idea — you need to look especially cool if you want to rock.
It took a while, but they finally found the secret to career longevity.
Sinatra called him "one of the major singers of our time."
She had at least three different names, but her voice was for real.
Taking a look at the origins of a crooner.