The selection featured on the Record Player is “Who’s Sorry Now?” by Connie Francis.

This song was one of her father’s favorites – an oldie, written by Tin Pan Alley songwriters Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, and Ted Snyder. It was originally recorded in 1923 by Isham Jones & His Orchestra. Francis was considering an end to her singing career, as she had been in the business for several years and did not have any hits. So she decided to record “Who’s Sorry Now?” in 1957.  It was promoted on American Bandstand, and, early in 1958, the song went to #4 on the U.S. Pop Chart and became a million seller.

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Check out a newly released album by Johnny D & The Moonlighters, who have put together some of their favorite songs from the '50s and '60s music they grew up on: Playing Favorites.

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For some great Christmas music with songs old and new, check out All the Bells on Earth by Terence P. Minogue with American Voices.

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There are several Classic TV selections, which will be there from February 17 through February 23:

  1. Dragnet Season 4, Episode 2 titled "The Big Fraud" first aired on September 2, 1954. Friday and Smith investigates a possible police fraud case. Jack Webb plays Sgt. Joe Friday. In this episode, he sets himself up as a mark to lure the crooks. Ben Alexander plays Officer Frank Smith. Webb was also the creator and the director of the series. Running time 26:00.

  2. Frank Zappa plays music on a bicycle on The Steve Allen Show from March 4, 1963. Running time: 9:59.

  3.  A clip from "Three Little Beers," starring the Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, and Curly). Running time: 00:53.

  4.  Vintage 1950s Kool-Aid commercial with jingle and singing pitcher. Running time: 00:59.

 


The Daily Doo Wop is a time machine to the first era of rock and roll. This starts around 1952 with the Eisenhower administration and goes until those longhaired Brits The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964, and the music began to change. During this time of the 1950s and early 1960s, doo wop music, with its beautiful vocal harmonies, lyrics about love, and a host of nonsense syllables thrown in, was a signature sound. It was an exciting period in popular music as so many strands of music were woven together. There was doo wop, rhythm and blues, barbershop music, pop, country, rock and roll, rockabilly, and plenty in-between. Radio stations were not hung up about musical genres. They played all kinds of music. The mantra was, "If it's a hit, it plays." The Daily Doo Wop goes beyond playing doo wop music, because that reflects the era.

The Daily Doo Wop blog has more than 250 posts with information about the great golden oldies music from this time, classic TV shows from what was called "the golden age of television," pop culture (from TV tray tables to lava lamps), history (remember the race to space?), recipes (gotta love those casseroles and cakes), and more.

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll. After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 100+ selections there. The Rec Room also has a TV set. There are several selections, which are updated twice a week. You'll find vintage TV series, game shows, cartoons and shorts, children's programming, and commercials. They're not called classic TV shows for nothing!

Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday, and the juke box is full of song requests of 1950s music and sixties music. Requests come mostly from those who see us on Facebook. There's lots of fun on The Daily Doo Wop Facebook page every day.

There is also a Daily Doo Wop Youtube channel, to which you can subscribe. The Daily Doo Wop music channel has music videos from favorite doo wop groups, rock and roll hits, and more golden oldies music.

Music is one of the best ways to remember the past. It's not always the lyrics to the song or the antics on a sitcom that are important. It's that it makes you smile and you remember who you were with. It might be a grandmother who is no longer here or a brother, sister, friend. Maybe you heard a song at a dance or were in a car when you had your first kiss.