Category Archives: Traditional pop

What’s New & Hot in Music?… Kat Edmonson

Genre: Vintage pop / Traditional pop / Baroque pop
Origin: Houston > Texas > US

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The Big Picture – Kat Edmonson (US release: 30 SEP 2014)


Old School: The Mills Brothers

Paper Doll – The Mills Brothers (1942 & 1943)

The Mills Brothers
John, Jr. (1910 – 1936), Herbert (1912 – 1989), Harry (1913 – 1982), Donald (1915 – 1999), John, Sr. (1882 – 1967)

Genre: Jazz / Traditional pop
Origin: Piqua > Ohio > US
Career: 1928-1982
Tidbit: Originally comprised of four brothers, their father stepped in when John, Jr. died from pneumonia. In 1930, they were the first African-American performers to get a network radio show. In 1998, they were recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Whatever Happened To… Ben E. King?

Stand by Me – Ben E. King (1986)
Born Benjamin E. Nelson, King originally recorded and released this hit in 1961. It resurfaced 25 years later when it became the theme song for a film of the same name. With the re-release, King was discovered by a new generation, and his career experienced a resurgence. He delivered some original material in the early 90’s, but has since largely relied on his back catalog of hits, plus those of his contemporaries, to fuel his recordings and performances. King’s latest album came out in 2010, and he toured extensively in Europe throughout 2011.

Old School: Dean Martin

Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin (1964)

Dean Martin

Genre: Big band / Traditional pop
Origin: Steubenville > Ohio > US
Career: 1939–1995
Tidbit: Born Dino Crocetti, Martin had a career that spanned music, film, and television. This single, recorded during his years in the “Rat Pack,” bucked the onslaught of rock & roll and the British Invasion at the time by knocking the Beatles out of the #1 spot on the US charts.

Old School: Johnnie Ray

The Little White Cloud That Cried – Johnnie Ray (1951)

Johnnie Ray

Genre: Rhythm & blues / Traditional pop
Origin: Hopewell > Oregon > US
Career: 1951–1989
Tidbit: Ray was one of the most controversial recording artists of the 50’s. His emotional, animated performances caused a stir, but such behavior would soon become the fabric of an emerging genre called Rock & Roll.

Old School: Henry Mancini

Moon River – Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (1961)

Henry Mancini

Genre: Film & television scores (Big band, classical & traditional pop)
Origin: Cleveland > Ohio > US
Career: 1946–1994
Tidbit: Born Enrico Mancini, Henry attended Juilliard School of Music before being drafted to serve in World War II. His work was recognized with 20 Grammy Awards and four Oscars.

Old School: Nat King Cole

The Very Thought of You – Nat King Cole (1958)

Nat King Cole

Genre: Vocal jazz / Traditional pop / Jump blues
Origin: Montgomery > Alabama > US
Career: 1935–1965
Tidbit: Born Nathaniel Coles, Cole was the first African-American to host a television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show, in 1956. He was awarded with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Jazz and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame.

Old School: Rosemary Clooney

Come On-A My House – Rosemary Clooney (1951)

Rosemary Clooney

Genre: Traditional pop / Vocal standards
Origin: Maysville > Kentucky > US
Career: 1946-2001
Tidbit: One of the top vocalists of the 50’s, Clooney’s career languished during the 60’s while she battled depression, bipolar disorder, addiction to prescription medication, and two divorces. She returned to the spotlight in the 70’s and was one of the most prolific recording artists of her generation: She released an album almost every year from 1977 until her death in 2002.

Old School: Gene Pitney

Town Without Pity – Gene Pitney (1961)

Gene Pitney

Genre: Traditional pop / Singer-songwriter
Origin: Hartford > Connecticut > US
Career: 1961-2006
Tidbit: Pitney wrote several hits for other big artists of his day. And his performance collaborations were eclectic: He worked with both the Rolling Stones and George Jones. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Old School: Patti Page

Old Cape Cod – Patti Page (1957)

Patti Page

Genre: Traditional pop / Country
Origin: Claremore > Oklahoma > US
Career: 1947-present
Tidbit: Born Clara Ann Fowler, Page was the first pop artist to overdub her vocals on a song, in 1947. She went on to become the top-selling female recording artist of the 50’s.