Joe D

Joe D

Making Your Memories is a commentary on the music of the 1950’s and early 60’s. “Joe D” is an on-air talent for Orange County based KSBR FM 88.5 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories With Rock & Roll and  Doo Wop - -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.” For info, visit www.making-your-memories.com

What is in a name? Everything, at least in the 1950’s and early 60’s! Our name branded us. Whether it was a nickname, our given name or the use of our middle name. The first official act of parental power was giving a name to the baby.

The baby naming business was large in the 1950’s and early 60’s with the baby booming generation. A child could not prosper without a name that resonated. Did the child become successful because or in spite of the name?

Does the name we give our child matter? If we can use it to rhyme or harmonize will it matter? We were and are known by our name. And, they sang songs about it. At least they did back then. Our names, or at least the names of girls were immortalized forever. We all knew “Diana” because of Paul Anka, “Donna” because of Ritchie Valens and “Ruby” because of Dion. Neil Sedaka’s “Oh, Carol” was for every Carol we knew. And there were plenty of names to pick from. So why the fascination with names?

Girl’s names dominated the charts. Doo Wop songs were created that became an anthem for the music with songs like “Gloria” by the Cadillacs, Vito and the Salutations and the Passions. It has been said that you were not a Doo Wop group of any magnitude unless you could match Earl Carroll (lead singer of the Cadillacs) and his use of falsetto and harmony. “Florence,” by the Paragons used all falsetto as a way of marking their turf on the name.

Names of actors and actresses were adopted by our parents from movies and movie stars, remaining a part of the name game for decades. Sandra came from Sandra Dee, Maria from West Side Story, Natalie from Natalie Wood, “Connie” from Connie Francis and “Brenda” from Brenda Lee.

The origin of names also came from the Bible, with names like “Mary” being the most popular as a name and as a song title. We also reach back in history for names of an ancestor such as “Phoebe,” “Grace,” or “Kathryn”.

There were only a handful of boy’s names that were paid tribute in song. “Norman” by Sue Thompson, “Teddy” by Connie Francis, a host of “Johnny” songs and of course, “Danny Boy” by Conway Twitty and other artists, including Elvis. A tribute to “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore,” by the Highwaymen also topped the charts. But it was to be the guys pining for their girls that resonated with everyone.

But the taste of parents would change over the years. A variety of motives are at work now to be unique, distinctive, trendy or even more traditional. In the space of ten years the names would become more diverse and the musical salute to a name would ultimately give way to gender neutral names or names from movies such as “Madison” from “Splash” or from popular athletes. Names have become overexposed and utilized in a number of combinations, spellings and pronunciations. Parental labeling signals an expectation for their child. Does a name really make a difference? Yes, to the lyricists and writers of today’s music they will have a much more difficult time in saluting and honoring our loved one.

Why did this music resonate with the teenagers that were a product of the 50’s? The music was theirs. DJ’s of the day would play the songs over and over, yet the audience never tired of listening. There were times when one record would be played over and over to break it down and listen to what the words meant.  It was untouched idealism.

Going steady meant a pledge to see or date only that one person, exclusively. Guys and girls went “steady” even if they never kissed or were forbidden by their parents to date. It meant a letterman’s sweater, class ring, nightly phone calls or an angora mirror warmer exchange. And, for many, that was sufficient.

Until Art Laboe came on the scene.

Art Laboe was a Los Angeles DJ who sincerely loved the new breed of music. He wanted his audience to love it and created a way to make that happen through the magic of radio and the art form of dedications. He found a way of broadcasting from a Hollywood Drive-in diner, Scrivener’s, in the late afternoon, right after school. He arranged the rather primitive technology to take phone calls and actually put the call on the air, play a song that was asked for, and dedicate it to a special “someone”. How exciting was that? When the audience heard their name and dedication, “this song goes out to Patty, from Marty,” or “this is dedicated…to the one I love…” it cemented a relationship that was destined to last forever. And it did!

In his 90’s today and living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Art Laboe has been the voice of oldies but goodies since the 1950’s. He is as iconic as the Los Angeles Dodgers and earthquakes, continuing to schedule Valentine’s Day concerts each year. Even great-grandmothers attend and continue to dedicate songs. Recently replaced in Los Angeles radio by the more modernistic hip-hop music, he can be heard in cities from Fresno to San Diego and Bakersfield to Las Vegas on the world-wide web. He is still a part of the fabric of the 1950’s and early 60’s music and the culture of serenading loved ones (Los Angeles Times, 2014).

Another Los Angeles DJ, Hunter Hancock (“old HH”), played nothing but Doo Wop and Rhythm & Blues late into the night on radio station KGFJ. Well, perhaps until 10PM. He took dedications and used his secretary, Margie and her very sexy voice to dedicate songs that came from girls in the audience. She would use her voice to melt the guys into thinking that it was her you were in love with. The special part of Margie was that she was married to Tony Williams, lead singer of the Platters and would announce where he was performing. Does it get any better?

Banned Songs

Let the record reflect, (pun intended), this age of innocence was real. No one meant harm and neither did the artists who wrote and/or performed the music. Somehow, someone, somewhere decided that some of the music was vulgar, risqué or just down right “dirty”. The audience never thought so, but if “they,” the people who banned songs from the airways, would not play them on the radio, teenagers would just buy the recording and play it at home, away from parents or at parties.

There were only a few songs that fit that bill, but those that come to mind include Party Doll – Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids, I’m a Man – Bo Diddley and Brown-eyed Handsome Man by Chuck Berry.
Compared to what is heard on the airwaves today…well, just listen today to these songs, smile and still say…t’was a simpler time.

Just to Be With You –  Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions
Having an oldies’ radio show brought back its own memories. Digging into the archives to find that golden oldie meant that hearing the title of a song flooded the senses.

I received phone calls such as, “I have not heard that song in 50 years!” or “I remember who I was dancing with when that song played.” That meant that I got to them with that memory. To a certain extent, that is why we enjoy listening to the oldies. Our lives were simpler, entwined with innocent relationships, attention to school, and doing things as a family.

The songs listened to in the ’50s and early ’60s were embedded in the brain, as were the words. We could not sing them by ourselves, but when we heard them, we could definitely sing along, even if we were a fraction of a second behind the artists. They triggered the memory of what the next words were going to be. But many of those songs from the past have not been heard in half a century. Why are the melody and their lyrics still there? Why do we know where we were and what we were doing then, when we cannot even remember what we had for breakfast yesterday?

If artists made the top annual list, they could say they had a hit. What of the songs that did not make the cut? What of the songs everyone danced to and held each other close to—as close as the chaperone would permit? Those are the songs not heard today, even on an oldies’ radio station. Those were the songs to emulate because of their uniqueness and their ability to communicate exactly the message we wanted to hear.

They may not have been on someone’s weekly chart of hits, but it was word of mouth or an obscure radio station that brought these songs to our attention. Someone would acquire the 45rpm record and bring it to the next party and play it repeatedly until we all had every beat and word down pat.

While compiling the list of those songs that never charted on the annual top Billboard songs of the year or made it to the “Hit Parade Top Ten,” I reflected on their titles. Most of them were our thoughts, expressed or not. And, West Coast top hits were not East Coast top hits. Having friends on the East Coast who were as intense about doo-wop and the ’50s music as I, meant challenging one another with musical trivia. The problem was our trivia was not theirs.

East Coast songs had a different tone or message, but regardless, sometimes a song snuck over the Mississippi border to the other side. An example of that is “Just to Be with You” by Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions and their follow-up song, “This Is My Love.” They received minimal play on the West Coast, but everyone knew them east of the river.

We all knew “In the Still of the Night (I Remember)” by the Five Satins, and their next release, “To the Aisle,” found its way on the soundtrack of American Graffiti but not the charts. How many remember the Righteous Brothers’ first record, “Little Latin Lupe Lu?” We all remember their following songs but not that one. Jesse Belvin was Los Angeles-based, and his music did not resonate on the East Coast. His songs “Guess Who” and “Goodnight My Love” were classic party tunes and bring back a flood of memories.

Cleveland Still and the Dubs gave us “Could This Be Magic?” and followed it up with “Please Don’t Ask Me to Be Lonely.” Heard them lately? The same can be said for the Chimes’ “Once in a While,” and of course, the Aquatones’ “You,” the Classics’ “Till Then,” and the Duprees’ “I’m Yours.” Listen to the Hitmakers and “Chapel of Love,” because it is not the song you think it is by the Dixie Cups. Neither is Jivin Jean’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”; it is not Neil Sedaka’s song with the same title.

Was it eighth grade or freshman year that we heard Johnny Funches and the Dells and their heavy breathing with “Oh, What a Night?” It was so good they did it again over a decade later as a part of the Motown experience. The big hit by Jay Siegel and the Tokens was “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” But their follow-up song, “He’s in Town,” is classic doo-wop.

It is said that a group called the Harptones have had the most positive influence on doo-wop music in the 1950s yet never had a Top 40 hit or a song that charted. Willie Winfield and the Harptones’ “Sunday Kind of Love” and “Life Is But a Dream” will go down as two of the classic songs of the ’50s that influenced many of the groups that had not yet performed.

What do all of these incredible songs have in common? Many things. They never charted, or if they did, it was for one or two weeks. They are remembered when they are played, and everyone still knows the words. Their titles, for the most part, make a statement; they capture our thoughts, moods, and feelings. They resonate time and again in our memories.

And, most importantly, they reflect on a simpler time, when music dominated the fabric of our lives.

How can one word bring back such memories? Sometimes it was just a first name of a person, and with other songs it was a term that described in so much detail what we felt. Connie Francis called out to “Teddy,” and proclaimed we were “Together,” while Sue Thompson saluted, “Norman.” But it was the guys who crooned and pinned for their ladies. In the majority of songs of the 50’s and early 60’s, women were revered, placed on that exalted pedestal and idolized.

Doo Wop was to have its own anthem with multiple versions of “Gloria.” This song was developed to challenge any street corner group to see if they had what it took to really sing in doo-wop style. While the Cadillacs possessed the classic version with Earl (Speedo) Carroll on lead, Vito and the Salutations and Jimmy Gallagher and the Passions would rival them.

The salute to the ladies would continue with songs about “Maria, Nadine, Ronnie, Sheila, Sandy, Lucille, Sherry, Venus, Bernadine, Diana, Leah, Tammy, Ruby, Peanuts, Patches, Alfie and Denise”. All were names that could be sung on the street corner. Unforgettable songs such as “Desiree” by the Charts and Ritchie Valens’ “Donna,” could easily be harmonized as a sing-along tribute. “Maybelline” may be a girl’s name but it was a song about a car!

Other songs would tip the scales as Elvis’ and “Trouble,” from his movie “King Creole.” The Coasters would be “Searchin,” Hal Miller and The Rays with “Silhouettes,” Lee Andrews and the Hearts, “Teardrops,” Billy Ward & the Dominoes with their version of “Stardust,” and Jackie Wilson with an operatic stronghold on “Night,” all sent messages with just one powerful word.

Instrumentals such as Miserlou, Rumble, Sleepwalk (is that really one word?), Tequila, Patricia, Telstar, Apache, Baja and Pipeline made the charts and we knew every nuance of their melody.

Perhaps the song that is still etched in our collective memories was the one hit wonder, “You” by the Aquatones. Named after the color of their shirts, they enlisted a 17-year-old opera singer, Lyn Nixon, to sing lead and produced yet another MYM.

The English language creates the opportunity to utilize one word as the most profound visual and reflective method of communication. It can become the ultimate quiz show game where a one-word song will identify the artist or group who performed their song. Ready? Set. Go!

“What in the world’s come over you…?” Jack Scott, “What in the World’s Come Over You”

The lyrics of the 1950’s and early 60’s almost always portrayed innocent love between innocent people. There was no violence, sexual power or anger. It was an age of idealism and reverence for girls, women, or in the case of lady performers, “the guy.” A segment of music in the early era of rock and roll expressed the sadness of a relationship in a manner that perhaps even helped heal after a breakup in real life.

The majority of songs of the 1950’s carried the positive message of hopeless love, losing someone to another and being hurt by our own choosing. The artists sang their song about someone they cared about, walking away or being taken from them. And, oh, how it hurt! The phrases used to describe anguish over losing someone made the song and the title that much more memorable. There were just sad songs of melancholy and loss, a physical sense that our heart was in fact breaking, or the loss of a companion that we merely held hands with or shared an innocent kiss. There was no anger, retaliation or bitterness, just ‘sad movies made us cry” because of the loss of someone.

There were “tears on our pillow” because it ‘hurt so bad.’ When ‘out of sight we were out of mind,” and it was ‘time to cry.’ The musical question was asked, “what in the world’s come over you?’ Not knowing that “it was only make believe” or that “he would break your heart.” “Since I don’t have you” it was “crying time,” or I’m a fool to care,’ was a “poor little fool” or just, “don’t pity me.”

There was always the recognition “it’s over,” or “it doesn’t matter anymore.” “Hello heartbreak, goodbye love,” and “it was all in the game,” meant that “only love can break a heart.” There was never a display of anger or sadness with any more expression than, “whose sorry now,” “I’m sorry,” “you cheated,” or “you don’t know what you got until you lose it.” The most emotion called for “I cried a tear”, there were “long lonely nights” and “teardrops,” were shed. Oh, how “breakin’ up is hard to do.” The only thing ever asked was to “take good care of my baby,” but it was also “the end of the world,” and perhaps “bye, bye love.”

The most shocking music of the early era of rock and roll came from songs that went past the point of sadness, heartbreak and breakup to something that was even more sinister. Songs pinned over lost loves or recognized the depth of how much hurt there was when songs were released that took it to another level.

Ray Peterson wanted to “Tell Laura I Love Her,” but what was in that message? Was he going off to war, dying, or taking his own life because she rebuffed him? No, he wanted to win an auto race to pay for her ring and died trying.
While not so certain about that message, it was very clear what Dickey Lee’s message in “Patches” was. There was a hurt that stayed each time he told the story of losing his beloved Patches. The visualization of him confronting her Father and receiving a response he was not expecting is still etched in the mind.

Closely aligned with Patches was Mark Dinning’s “Teen Angel.” The love of his life went back to retrieve his ring from the stalled car on the railroad tracks. Was this a movie, a television special, real life or just a record? Interestingly, Mark Dinning and Dickey Lee were close friends. Lee would also provide a stirring rendition of “Teen Angel.” Was there something in the water they drank?

There was one song that sounded ominous without a word being sung. When the E string of Jody Reynolds guitar moved up just one fret, we heard the unmistakable sounds of “Endless Sleep.” Another picture developed in our mind’s eye that “the night was black, the rain was coming down, and his baby was nowhere around.” Did the sea take her away? Why? Again, was it a movie, TV or just listening to a song of tragedy?

Speaking of tragedy…did Thomas Wayne (Perkins) really mean it when he sang, “you’ve gone from me, oh, oh, tragedy.” It was more than a breakup or heartache; it really was catapulted into the category of a “Tragedy.” Thomas Wayne used only his first and middle name because his more famous guitar playing brother, Luther, was part of the Tennessee Two that backed up Johnny Cash and he wanted to distance himself and chart out his own career. Gary Troxel and the Fleetwoods would produce a much softer version of “Tragedy” but it still hurt, no matter how softly the words were spoken.

Both Little Richard (Penniman) and Clyde McPhatter would produce a version of “Without Love” that would resonate. The message that was sent, that “I have conquered the world, but without you I am nothing, nothing at all” reached the point of desperation.

Regardless of the version listened to, the message of unrequited love dominated the charts with its sadness, tragedy and heartache.

“Let’s go surfin now, everybody’s learnin how, come on a safari with me…” The Beach Boys

Of all the various trends and fads that influence the younger generation there is only one that transcends from a sport to music. While surfing is not a new sport, it is, or was, in the dawn of 1960, a relatively new way of life. Surfing came to California by way of Hawaii. Wave riding had been a past time for two thousand years but found its way to Huntington Beach in 1914 when George Freeth would become the first surfer to catch a wave on an eight-foot piece of wood.

The Surf Craze

The surfer was different. They mastered the big waves with a custom surfboard, dressed differently and created their own language, (who could forget: ‘Ho-Dad, Skeg, Woody, Gremmie, Hotdoggen, Shootin the Pier, Walkin the Board and Goofy Footin’?) But it was the dancing and music that would create a new lifestyle that would be emulated in the words of songs and finally reach Hollywood and the film industry.

Surfing was a talent that not everyone could master. It is an elevator ride where you fall off a wave with water sliding down your board. If you try to control it, you will lose your way. If you just let it ride itself, it is an incredible feeling.

Surf Music – Dick Dale

The origin of “surf music” can be directly attributed to Dick Dale and his band, The Del-Tones. Growing up in Southern California and specifically the Newport Beach area, Dick Dale created a unique sound and style. As the “King of the Surf Guitar,” Dale set up shop on the Newport Peninsula at an old dance hall called The Rendezvous Ballroom. Since 1928 big band greats Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa and Woody Herman had all gone before him. No one packed 2500 kids in a hall to do the “Surfer’s Stomp” like Dick Dale and the Del-Tones. All on a 12,000 square foot hardwood dance floor. The Rendezvous Ballroom burned down in 1935 and was rebuilt. Coincidently, it burned again in 1966 and never reopened. The site is now home to condominiums that are directly on the sand of the Balboa Peninsula. All that is left is a commemorative plaque with a very fitting inscription, the memories linger on…

Dick Dale was unique in many ways. He played the guitar left handed without reversing the strings, and also doubled on trumpet and drums. He utilized electronic reverberation, the altering of sound to provide a type of echo effect, developing a portable device with the help of Leo Fender of “Fender Instruments” in Santa Ana/Fullerton. With a Fender Showman amplifier and ‘reverb’ he captured a sensation as if the guitar was being played wet or under water.

Instrumentals were almost non-existent. Dale would change that as well with “Let’s Go Trippin,” his first recording and what should be considered as the very first surf record. Waiting off stage by just a few months were the likes of Jan and Dean, The Beach Boys and a host of “me too” bands, including your author. It was his use of tremolo in “Miserlou” that separated Dale from all others. The song still shakes the walls and makes you stomp your feet!

He truly is the King of the Surf Guitar.

To give our readers an idea of the overall impact of Surf music, one need only look at the fact that the Beach Boys music became the musical backdrop for the Joffrey Ballet.

The music was an expression of the surfing lifestyle. It was a means of describing what it was like being a teenager and growing up in Southern California.

The Beach Boys

The South Bay of Los Angeles County comprises Palos Verdes, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Torrance and Hawthorne. It was Hawthorne High School that would spawn the Beach Boys with the Wilson brothers, Brian, Dennis and Carl, along with cousin Mike Love and Al Jardine. When the brothers announced they were forming a band and going to do “surf music,” one of their classmates, Ezekiel Montenez, joked that “hey, you guys don’t even surf! I surf and you don’t. Can I join in?” Wanting to keep it a family affair, Brian declined. Ezekiel would not tell anyone, but he had just recorded a song for an obscure record company and would soon be known as Chris Montez with his hit, “Let’s Dance.” As a footnote, Dennis Wilson did surf and drowned in the process.

While the Beach Boys are still doing their 50th anniversary tour with a few new members, the sounds of “Surfin” is still with us. Their astonishing harmonies embody a happy ‘So Cal’ that engulfed an entire nation. Everyone wanted to know a “Surfer Girl,” and knew that “California Girls,” were the cutest and best looking athletic charmers. Eastern teenagers had their turf of ‘Jersey’, ‘the Bronx’ or ‘Queens,’ but So Cal had cars, girls, surfing and drive-in restaurants.

The Movies and Surfing

It would not be long before Hollywood figured out that the surfing era was fertile ground for movie making. After all, we had the perfect set in our own backyard, the ocean. The book “Gidget: The Little Girl with Big Ideas” would spawn a series of movies, and Teen Queen Sandra Dee would become the first “Gidget” that would depict the surfing craze, the music, and the loves. There would be six movies ranging from “Gidget goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome, Gidget Grows Up, Gidget Gets Married”, and finally, “Gidget’ s Summer Reunion.” While various actresses would portray Gidget, there was really only one; Sandra Dee. Frankie Avalon would sing Annette’s praises with surf music in the background throughout “Beach Blanket Bingo.” The only challenges for teenagers was what to wear, catching the next wave, and holding on to your girlfriend/boyfriend.

Jan Berry and Dean Torrence would hook up in the studio and create somewhat of a copycat sound of the Beach Boys, but with their tacit approval. After all, they were all friends and loved So Cal. “Jan and Dean” would talk about “Surf City,” and “Ride the Wild Surf,” and Dead Man’s Curve.” The Beach Boys would counter with “Surfin USA,” and “Surfer Girl.”

Surf Instrumentals

It was the instrumentals from various So Cal regional bands that would carry the day with surf music. While obscure to the rest of the nation, The Lively Ones (Surf Rider), Eddie and the Showmen, The Sunsets (Blue Love and Latin Surfer), Astronauts (Baja), Rhythm Rockers, Surfaris, Chanteys and the Tornadoes (Bustin Surfboards) would recreate the surf craze each weekend at every teen age dancing spot from San Diego to Ventura. It was not until the movie “Pulp Fiction,” by Quinten Tarrentino in 1994 that the anthem for surf music would be resurrected in “Miserlou.” Used as the opening song, Dick Dale’s staccato style trademark accented a period movie that brought the music back, just one more time.

From Santa Ana High School, the Chanteys would counter with “Pipeline,” a surfing term used to depict hiding inside the curl of a wave. Other notable surfing songs included ”Surfer’s Stomp” by the Mar-Kets, and “Rumble,” by Link Wray and the Wraymen.

Other vocal groups came on the scene to briefly take advantage of the musical lament called surf music. The Happenings with, “New York’s a Lonely Town, (When You’re the Only Surfer Boy Around),” The Regents and the Beach Boys each had medium hits with the same song about, “Barbara Ann,” but the Regents version would get the nod for the movie soundtrack for American Graffiti. “I Live For the Sun,” by none other than the Sun Rays, with Glenn Campbell on guitar, was a one-hit wonder and even Roy Orbison, in his last album, saluted the waves with “Windsurfer.”

Surf music was to have a very small window in the scheme of the industry, but it was profound and lasting for many of the groups. Dick Dale is still performing around the country as is Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean (Jan passed away in 2004). Dean was instrumental in the City of Huntington Beach being labeled “Surf City” after the song he and Jan wrote.

To give our readers an idea of the overall impact of Surf music, one need only look at the fact that the Beach Boys music became the musical backdrop for the Joffrey Ballet.

The music was an expression of the surfing lifestyle. It was a means of describing what it was like being a teenager and growing up in Southern California.

I will admit to being a hopeless romantic! The music of the 1950’s and early 60’s told the story of pure romance. Each song emitted a feeling that was innocent, yet suggestive of raw emotion, with words that reached out and grabbed you, held you and refused to let you go. They drenched their audience in emotive words that communicated what was thought, but could not be verbalized.

This was the idyllic world that provided a crystal ball into a romantic respite that transformed the listener away to a comforting and soothing romantic world. The feeling of love that was projected by the artists was lustful but still anything but “dirty.” It was the expression of emotion, a feeling, without having to act it out completely. It was how a boy felt about a girl and how a girl felt about a boy.

The songs were not messy, they did not inflict a deep pain, but more a pining or a wanting. It was a classic commandment that advised the future would be like the present. It was like the world was making the music, just for an audience of one.

The music was pure, honest and unadulterated, disregarding age, religion, race or culture. And sometimes the words did not make sense. Vernon Green and the Medallions delivered a talking bridge in the song “The Letter,” that whispered, “the pulpitudes of love,” and talked of “sweet words of pismotality,” and, everyone knew exactly what he meant. Spellcheck has nothing on Vernon Green.

As you read the lyrics of some of the songs included, close your eyes and remember where you were, whom you were with, and how you felt at that time. The prose or poetry is better than a greeting card because it keeps being repeated every time the song is played or sung. The lyrics send the very message desired, or thought to say, but, for whatever reason, could not. Try these out on someone or just read them aloud. After all, the memories are still in the music!

OH, WHAT A NIGHT, TO LOVE YOU, DEAR. THAT’S WHY, I LOVE YOU SO!
I WON’T FORGET ALL THOSE THINGS YOU HAVE DONE TO ME!
FAITH IN MY HEART WON’T LET ME FORGET YOUR LOVE.
THAT’S WHY, I LOVE YOU SO!
THE DELLS – OH, WHAT A NIGHT

MY LOVE MUST BE A KIND OF BLIND LOVE, I CAN’T SEE ANY ONE BUT YOU.
ARE THE STARS OUT TONIGHT? I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S CLOUDY OR BRIGHT.
I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU.
THE FLAMINGOS – I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

I DON’T HAVE PLANS AND SCHEMES, I DON’T HAVE HOPES AND DREAMS.
SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU.
I DON’T HAVE FOND DESIRE, AND I DON’T HAVE HAPPY HOURS
SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU
THE SKYLINERS – SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU

I FELL FOR YOU AND I KNEW, THE VISION OF YOUR LOVELINESS
I HOPE AND PRAY, THAT SOMEDAY, THAT I’LL BE THE VISION OF YOUR HAPPINESS.
THE PENGUINS – EARTH ANGEL

WHY DO BIRDS SING SO GAY?
WHY DOES THE RAIN FALL FROM UP ABOVE?
WHY DOES MY HEART SKIP A CRAZY BEAT?
WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?
FRANKIE LYMON AND THE TEENAGERS – WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?

THEY ASKED ME HOW I KNEW, MY TRUE LOVE WAS TRUE, SOMETHING HERE INSIDE, CANNOT BE DENIED.
THE PLATTERS – SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES

The prose and poetry could go on and on with lyrics and memories but you get the idea. There is an agonizing awareness that transforms, not because they may be corny or even sophomoric, they are ours. The songs, artists and lyrics called out to the audience. One cannot repress what has been learned about ourselves listening to this music. It is in the artistry of this romantic music that causes a response in a mystical and magical way. It is a music to feel, not just listen to.

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Seaside Dining at the Ritz-Carlton,  Laguna Niguel: enoSTEAK & 180blu

In the past decade, public attention has shifted to focus on the matter of how we obtain our food, and what exa...

Beacon Carpet Cleaning. Lighting the Way to a Cleaner Space

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Beacon Carpet Cleaning. Lighting the Way to a Cleaner Space

When I was a child, I remember my parents moving our family into a new house, with pristine, white carpets. Bea...

Brio Tuscany Grille

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Brio Tuscany Grille

Winner of the Dana Point Times 2017 “Best of Dana Point” People’s Choice Award for “Best Happy Hour” and “Bes...

Expanding Your Practice at Spa Montage

Health & Wellness Jody Robinson

Expanding Your Practice at Spa Montage

I giggled my way through my first yoga class. I took one in college, alongside two of my girlfriends, and we ju...

Yanni Celebrates 25th Anniversary of His Iconic “Live at the Acropolis” Concert Segerstrom Center…

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Yanni Celebrates  25th Anniversary  of His Iconic “Live at the Acropolis” Concert  Segerstrom Center for the Arts  June 10, 2018

Legendary performer and composer Yanni will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis” with a wo...

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces 2018 – 2019 Jazz Series

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Announces 2018 – 2019 Jazz Series

Ahmad Jamal Quartet and Shahin Novrasli Kenny Barron Quintet • Kurt Elling Christmas Branford Marsalis Quartet ...

Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Ina Garten  Barefoot Contessa Returns to  Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Ina Garten, the American culinary icon, author of 10 New York Times b...

Is Your Enlarged Prostate Interfering with Your Quality of Life?

Health & Wellness Robert G. Pugach

Is Your Enlarged Prostate Interfering with Your Quality of Life?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, (BPH), is a condition in men in which the prostate gland is enlarged and not canc...

Is Your Enlarged Prostate Interfering with Your Quality of Life?

Health & Wellness Robert G. Pugach

Is Your Enlarged Prostate Interfering with Your Quality of Life?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, (BPH), is a condition in men in which the prostate gland is enlarged and not canc...

Pageant of the Masters “Under the Sun”

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Pageant of the Masters “Under the Sun”

July 7 – September 1, 2018Shows Nightly at 8:30pm The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most uniqu...

Luxury for Every Age at the Grand Velas Los Cabos

Travel Jody Robinson

Luxury for Every Age  at the Grand Velas  Los Cabos

When I was 24 and planning a trip with a girlfriend to Cabo San Lucas, our families thought the idea sounded, w...

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