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What do the Lyrics to La Bamba by Ritchie Valens Mean?

02 Jun 2017 03:02


Song: La Bamba (1958)

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Writer: Traditional Mexican Folk Song, rock arrangement by Ritchie Valens

Although his biggest hit was Donna, Richie Valens will forever be most recognized for his enduring Latino rock song La Bamba. In fact, I think it is safe to say that he single-handedly brought "Laino rock" into the mainstream. He was certainly not the first person to record the song. It is, in fact, a traditional Mexican folk song. He simply gave it a rock rhythm and rock flair, and to great effect. It peaked at no. 22 on the charts on February 2, 1959….

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Why's Everybody Always Pickin On Me?

13 Apr 2017 19:03


Song: Charlie Brown (1959)

Artist: The Coasters

Album: Yakety Yak (Atco)

Writers: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He's a clown, that Charlie Brown
He's gonna get caught
Just you wait and see
(Why's everybody always pickin' on me)

The Coasters, often called 'the clown princes of 1950's rock,' had a no. 2 hit in March 1959 with Charlie Brown. It was one of many songs by the Coasters written by two of the most important figures in Rock and Roll history, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who organized the group….

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What Song Goes "In 1814 We Took a Little Trip, Along with Colonel Jackson Down the Mighty Mississip?"

11 Feb 2015 19:25


Song: The Battle of New Orleans (1958)

Artist: Johnny Horton

Album: The Spectacular Johnny Horton (Columbia)

The Battle of New Orleans was a huge country/folk hit in 1959 for Texas born Johnny Horton, sometimes known as the "singing fisherman."…

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