Throwback Thursday: 1961

The years between 1958 and 1963 are often thought of as a sleepy time for rock and roll, a quiet time between the genre’s initial burst onto the charts and the onslaught of the British Invasion. However, lots of great records were charting during those years. Check out this playlist of thirty hits from 1961 for proof.

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A Paul Simon/Simon & Garfunkel Playlist

To appreciate how impressive a body of work the Paul Simon catalogue his, hit play on the tracklist below. With each song you may say “Oh, yeah, he wrote that one, too.” There’s plenty more where these thirty come from, though I concede these are among his most recognizable works.

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A Daryl Hall John Oates Playlist

With six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, 16 top tens, 29 top fortys and 40 million records sold, the duo consisting of Daryl Hall and John Oates is the most commercially successful music duo of all time. Here are 30 examples of their craft.

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Throwback Thursday: 1956

Though it was 65 years ago, the names of many of the hitmakers of 1956 remain well-known to today’s public: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, The Platters, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, James Brown, Bill Haley and His Comets, Frank Sinatra, Bo Diddley, Ella Fitzgerald, The Drifters. What a year! Check out some highlights below.

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