This Day in Rock Music History: August 1

    1954:  Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, the Clovers, the Orioles and Little Walter performed at the "Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars" at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.
    1960:  Aretha Franklin recorded her first non-gospel songs "Today I Sing the Blues", "Over the Rainbow", "Love is the Only Thing" and "Right Now".
    1960:  Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper Young World.

               Brian Hyland had his biggest hit

    1960:  Brenda Lee remained at #1 for a third week with "I'm Sorry".  Brian Hyland had the #2 song--"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" while Elvis Presley moved from #14 to #3 with "It's Now or Never".
    1963:  Beatles Monthly, a magazine devoted to the group, was first published on this date.
    1964:  Ringo Starr was a panelist on the British television show "Jukebox Jury".
    1964:  Johnny Burnette, who had the original hit with "You're Sixteen", drowned at the age of 30 in a boating mishap at Clear Lake in California. 
    1964:  Dean Martin had the #1 Easy Listening song with "Everybody Loves Somebody".

    1964:  "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles was the new #1 song, taking over from "Rag Doll" by the 4 Seasons.  Jan & Dean were up strong with "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena", Dean Martin jumped up from 11 to 4 with "Everybody Loves Somebody", the Supremes exploded from 18-5 with "Where Did Our Love Go" and Dusty Springfield had song #6--"Wishin' and Hopin'".
    1965:  The Rolling Stones, the Moody Blues, the Walker Brothers and Steam Packet (with lead singer Rod Stewart) were in concert at the London Palladium.
    1968:  The movie Performance starring Mick Jagger premiered in theaters.
    1968:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience were in concert at City Park Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    1969:  Creedence Clearwater Revival, Three Dog Night, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Little Richard, Canned Heat, Procol Harum, Dr. John, and Iron Butterfly performed at the Atlantic City Pop Festival.

    1970:  It was one of the great events in music history and people were still celebrating.  The Soundtrack to "Woodstock" was #1 on the album chart.  Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 rose to #2 while Cosmo's Factory from CCR moved from 14 to 3.  Self Portrait by Bob Dylan stayed at #4 and McCartney was at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Let It Be from the Beatles, Closer to Home by Grand Funk Railroad was at #7, Live at Leeds by the Who, Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young dropped to #9 and ABC from the Jackson 5 was #10.
    1970:  "Patches" by Clarence Carter moved from #60 to #29 on this date.
    1970:  The Carpenters remained at #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the fourth week with "Close To You".

           The Five Stairsteps had a winner with "O-o-h Child"

    1970:  "Close To You" was an across-the-board smash, staying at #1 for the second week.  Bread moved to #2 with "Make It With You" and Three Dog Night's former #1 "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" was at 3 in a fantastic Top 10.  Freda Payne was at the #4 position with "Band of Gold" while Stevie Wonder had the original hit of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered ("I'm Yours)".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Jackson 5's former #1 "The Love You Save", Eric Burdon had himself a new group (War) and they moved from 14-7 with "Spill the Wine", the Temptations' great song "Ball of Confusion" was at #8, an awesome summer song from Alive & Kicking--"Tighter, Tighter" entered the Top 10 and the great Five Stairsteps song "O-o-h Child" was at #10.
    1971:  Tony Kaye left the group Yes to form Badger, with legendary Rick Wakeman taking his place.
    1971:  Black Sabbath released the album Master of Reality.
    1971:  "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" debuted on CBS-TV.

    1971:  George Harrison set a shining example by hosting the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar joined him in the benefit concert to fight famine in that country.
    1972:  Drummer Bill Bruford left Yes to join King Crimson.

    1973:  The rock & roll movie American Graffiti, with Ronny Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and so many more opened in theaters.
    1973:  The Grateful Dead performed at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey.
    1974:  Drummer Keith Moon and guitarist Pete Townshend of the Who joined Eric Clapton on stage at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia for the song "Layla".
    1976:  Gladys Knight gave birth to her third child Shanga-Ali.
    1977:  Meco released his version of "Star Wars".
    1978:  George Harrison and wife Olivia gave birth to son Dhani.

    1980:  George Harrison started his own production company called "Hand Made Films Productions".
    1980:  Def Leppard made their American debut opening for AC/DC in New York City.
    1981:  Back when MTV stood for "Music Television", the network debuted at 12:01 a.m., as "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles was the first video shown.  The next video was "The Corporation killed MTV".
    1981:  Shakin' Stevens conquered the U.K. chart with his remake of "Green Door".
    1981:  Jealousy reigned as "Jessie's Girl" took over at #1 for Rick Springfield.  
    1983:  Spandau Ballet released the single "True".

    1984:  Jermaine Jackson appeared on the television soap opera "As the World Turns".
    1986:  Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead was released from a hospital, three weeks after falling into a diabetic coma.
    1987:  Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics married Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama in France.  You put all that into a gene pool and I'm not sure what kind of music you get.
    1987:  Los Lobos earned the top spot in the U.K. with their remake of "La Bamba".
    1987:  Steve Winwood was enjoying a huge comeback as he gained the #1 spot on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Back in the High Life Again".

                           Suzanne Vega's powerful song "Luka"

    1987:  Bob Seger rose to #1 with "Shakedown".  U2 moved up to the runner-up spot with "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", Heart's "Alone" fell after three weeks at #1, George Michael had #4--"I Want Your Sex" and Gloria Estefan had a smash in "Rhythm Is Gonna' Get You".  The rest of the Top 10:  T'Pau with "Heart and Soul", the Jets rose quickly with "Cross My Broken Heart", Suzanne Vega's "Luka" was the talk of the land going up from 15-8, Whitney Houston's former #1 "I Wanna' Dance With Somebody" was song #9 and Robbie Nevil moved into the Top 10 with "Wot's It To Ya".
    1989:  Eric Clapton performed in Mozambique in front of 100,000 fans with all proceeds going to help the struggling country.
    1992:  Elton John's 43rd Adult Contemporary hit was another chart-topper for one of the Rock Era's top superstars--"The One" was #1 for a second week.
    1992:  En Vogue took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "Giving Him Something He Can Feel".

    1992:  Boyz II Men jumped from #32 to #8 on this date with "End of the Road".
    1994:  The Rolling Stones began a tour at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
    1994:  Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announced that they had been married 11 weeks previously (on May 26th) in the Dominican Republic.
    1996:  MTV began another channel to be called M2.
    1996:  Bill Buchanan of Buchanan and Goodman died of cancer  at the age of 66.
    1998:  The Spice Girls made it seven #1's in the U.K. with "Viva Forever".
    2000:  AC/DC began their Stiff Upper Lip tour at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
    2004:  Busted had the top U.K. song with "Thunderbirds/3 a.m.".
    2004:  The Red Hot Chili Peppers moved to the top of the U.K. album chart with Live at Hyde Park.
    2004:  Ashlee Simpson reached #1 in the U.S. with her album Autobiography.
    2007:  Prince began 21 sold-out concerts at 02 Arena in London.
    2009:  Daughtry had the top album with Leave This Town.

    Born This Day:
    1898:  Morris Stoloff, arranger ("Moonglow and Theme from 'Picnic'" from 1958), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died April 6, 1980

    1942:  Gerry Garcia was born in San Francisco, California
    1946:  Boz Burrell, bass guitarist of Bad Company and King Crimson, was born in Lincoln, England
    1947:  Rick Coonce, drummer of the Grass Roots, was born in Los Angeles, California
    1947:  Rick Anderson, bassist of the Tubes was born in St. Paul, Minnesota
    1951:  Tim Bachman, guitarist and co-founder of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    1951:  Tommy Bolin, guitarist with Deep Purple and the James Gang, was born in Sioux City, Iowa; died of drugs December 4, 1976

    1953:  Robert Cray ("Smoking Gun")  was born in Columbus, Georgia
    1958:  Michael Penn ("No Myth" from 1989) was born in Greenwich Village, New York City

    1959:  Joe Elliott, lead singer of Def Leppard, was born in Sheffield England
    1960:  Chuck D. of Public Enemy was born in Roosevelt, New York
    1963:  Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.) who had a smash #1 with the remake of Stevie Wonder's "Gangsta' Paradise", was born in  Monesson, Pennsylvania

    1964:  Adam Duritz, lead singer of the Counting Crows, was born in Baltimore, Maryland
    1968:  Dan Donegan, guitarist of Disturbed, was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois
    1970:  Kenwyn House, guitarist of Reef 
    1981:  Ashley Parker of O-Town was born in Redding, CaliforniaSource URL:
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The #10 Album of All-Time in the Rock Era--"Back in Black" by AC/DC

    Inside the Rock Era has featured one album per day this summer as we salute The Top 100 Albums of All-Time in the Rock Era*.  We are up to #10.

    Back in Black is a monumental achievement in many ways.  First, it was the first album by AC/DC since the death of lead singer Bon Scott and the album was dedicated to him.  The group even considered disbanding to honor him before hiring new lead singer Brian Johnson.  For a new singer to step up the way Johnson did on an album that is now up to #10 All-Time is incredible, to say the least.  Second, the album hit a national consciousness--when someone says "Back in Black" one immediately thinks of this album.  Although just a few songs made it into mainstream radio (the singles "You Shook Me All Night Long" and the title track), the album sold like gangbusters pretty much from the beginning.  Back in Black has proven to be one of the most durable albums as well, continuing at a steady sales pace to this day. 

    Although Def Leppard's album Hysteria has represented the top heavy metal album for quite some time, this one has overtaken it, at least temporarily.  Every track on Back in Black is solid; it's one of the most consistent albums of the Rock Era. 

    Robert "Mutt" Lange, who as I'm sure you've noticed has produced several of The Top 100 Albums*, returned to help out AC/DC here and once again did an amazing job.

    The chief factor in favor of this album is sales--22 million in the United States.  Worldwide sales are up to 49 million, placing AC/DC right behind Michael Jackson's Thriller.  When Inside the Rock Era presents The Top 100 Albums in the World, this will very much be a factor in favor of Back in Black getting a higher spot in that ranking.  We do not know how many of those sales were from people who first bought an LP, then bought the cassette, then purchased the CD.  Obviously, if the same people are buying the album multiple times, it's less impressive than if 22 million people purchased it.

    You listen to this album and it's difficult to believe the group came up with all of these songs at once--they remain among the most popular songs AC/DC has ever done.  "Hell's Bells", "Shoot to Thrill", "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", "Shake a Leg", "Have a Drink On Me"--they read like a Who's Who of top AC/DC songs.  Most got exposure on album-oriented rock stations at the time and still get played to this day.   That consistency is reflected in the Track Rating* of 8.95.

    Despite all this, Back in Black was not a #1 album--it only peaked at #4 in the United States (It was a #1 album in both the U.K. and Australia.)  Hence, as I've said many times, you can't look at only chart success, just as you can't look only at album sales.  The most responsible ranking and the most credible ranking is going to look at a number of factors.  That's what this Top 100 Albums ranking does.  Back in Black, in fact, was only in the Top 10 for 22 weeks.  

    Back in Black:
    (All songs by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson.)

    Side one
    1.  "Hell's Bells" --5:10
    2.  "Shoot to Thrill" --5:17
    3.  "What Do You Do for Money Honey" --3:33
    4.  "Give the Dog a Bone" --3:30
    5.  "Let Me Put My Love Into You" --4:16

    Side two
    1.  "Back in Black" --4:14
    2.  "You Shook Me All Night Long" --3:30
    3.  "Have a Drink on Me" --3:57
    4.  "Shake a Leg" --4:06
    5.  "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" --4:15

    As mentioned above, Brian Johnson was the new lead singer for the group on this album, the phenomenal Angus Young was on lead guitar, Malcolm Young played rhythm guitar and sang backing vocals, bassist Cliff Williams also provided vocals while Phil Rudd played drums and percussion.

    Back in Black was recorded from April to May of 1980 at Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas and Electric Lady Studios in New York City.  The amazing Robert "Mutt" Lange was the producer, Tony Platt was he engineer, Brad Samuelsohn mixed it and Bob Ludwig and Barry Diament mastered the album.  Bob Defrin provided art direction while Robert Ellis was the photographer.  The album was released July 25, 1980 on Atlantic Records.

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This Day in Rock Music History: July 31

    1959:  Neil Sedaka recorded the song "Oh Carol!" that he had written for Carole King.
    1959:  Cliff Richard ruled the U.K. chart with "Living Doll".
    1961:  "The Boll Weevil Song" by Brook Benton was #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the third week.

    1961:  Bobby Lewis made it four weeks in a row at #1 with "Tossin' and Turnin'".  Chris Kenner's "I Like It Like That" was #2 with "The Boll Weevil Song" from Brook Benton trailing.  Brenda Lee had #4 with "Dum Dum".  The rest of the Top 10:  Del Shannon moved up with "Hats Off To Larry", Gary, "U.S." Bonds dropped with "Quarter To Three", the Mar-Keys moved from 12-7 with their great instrumental "Last Night", Connie Francis had the #8 song--"Together", Chubby Checker had song #9 with "Let's Twist Again" and another instrumental, "Yellow Bird" by the Arthur Lyman Group, was #10.
    1964:  The Rolling Stones' concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was stopped after 12 minutes when violence broke out in the crowd.  But they're such a calming influence.
    1964:  Jim Reeves died when his light plane, a single-engine Beechcrafter, crashed outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

    1965:  The Yardbirds performed at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival in England.
    1965:  The Who were are Wilton Hall in Bletchley, England.
    1965:  Sonny & Cher had a healthy move with "I Got You Babe", which moved from #57 to #22.
    1965:  The Four Tops had one of the top R&B songs of All-Time with "I Can't Help Myself", which on this date topped the chart for the ninth consecutive week.
    1966:  Cream played their first concert in Windsor, England.
    1966:  The Doors performed at the Fifth Estate in Phoenix, Arizona.
    1967:  Another special time in the Rock Era as on this date, Bobbie Gentry released "Ode To Billie Joe".

    1968:  There must have been magic in the air.  The Beatles recorded "Hey Jude" on this date.
    1968:  Tommy James & the Shondells rocked the U.K. with the #1 song "Mony Mony".
    1969:  Elvis Presley played a private concert in Las Vegas for the press and friends including Dick Clark, Burt Bacharach and Wayne Newton before kicking off his four-week, $1.5 million run at Las Vegas International Hotel.
    1971:  The documentary film "Gimme Shelter", which includes footage of the disastrous concert at Altamont, premiered at the Rialto cinema in London.
    1971:  Pink Floyd left London for a tour of the Far East.

    1971:  James Taylor had the #1 Easy Listening song with "You've Got a Friend".
    1971:  "Mr. Big Stuff" by Jean Knight remained the top R&B song for a fifth week.

                It's not the haters but the good people whose story lives

    1971:  James Taylor reached #1 for the first time with "You've Got a Friend", bumping "Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere & the Raiders from Boise Idaho.  Stanley, Idaho's Carole King was still in the top three with "It's Too Late", Jean Knight climbed up with "Mr. Big Stuff and Tommy James had #5 with "Draggin' the Line".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Bee Gees were at 6 with "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds were on their way down with "Don't Pull Your Love", John Denver had song #8 with his first hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads", the Grass Roots were up one with "Sooner or Later" while Tom Clay exploded up the chart from 26-10 with "What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin and John".

                 Jethro Tull had a Top 10 album

    1971:  Tapestry by Carole King was #1 for the seventh week, holding off Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon by James Taylor.  Here's two opposites:  Sticky Fingers from the Rolling Stones at #3 and Jesus Christ Superstar at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Ram from Paul & Linda McCartney at #4, What's Going On by Marvin Gaye at #6, the self-titled Carpenters album, Aqualung by Jethro Tull, Stephen Stills 2 moving up to #9 and the third solo release from Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story at #10.
    1972:  Monday fell on this date and of course that meant new releases.  Chicago sent "Saturday in the Park" for consideration while Michael Jackson released the single "Ben".
    1973:  Stevie Wonder released the single "Higher Ground".

    1976:  Breezin' by George Benson made it to #1, dethroning Frampton Comes Alive...briefly.  Wings at the Speed of Sound was the #3 album, followed by Chicago X and Jefferson Starship's Spitfire.  The rest of the Top 10:  Beautiful Noise by Neil Diamond, the self-titled Fleetwood Mac still in the Top 10 after 53 weeks, Rock 'N' Roll Music by the Beatles at #8 six years after their breakup, Fly Like An Eagle from Steve Miller Band and people were discovering there was much more to the album The Dream Weaver by Gary Wright than its #1 title song--it moved from 16-10.

    1976:  "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" from Lou Rawls set the pace on the R&B chart for the second straight week.
    1976:  Lou Rawls had a lot of fans that liked his "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", taking it to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
    1977:  Starland Vocal Band began their summer replacement television series on CBS.
    1979:  Donny Osmond and his wife celebrated the birth of Donny Jr.
    1979:  James Taylor gave a free concert in New York City's Central Park to benefit the city's campaign to restore the park's Sheep Meadow.
    1980:  John Phillips of the Mamas & Papas was arrested for possession of cocaine and sentenced to five years in prison.
    1981:  Debbie Harry released her solo album Koo Koo.

    1982:  Survivor stayed tough at #1 with "Eye of the Tiger" while "Rosanna" by Toto endured a fifth week at #2.  John Cougar (Mellencamp) was still at #3 with "Hurts So Good", Fleetwood Mac had #4 with "Hold Me" and the Steve Miller Band had their first Top 10 in five years with "Abracadabra".  The rest of the Top 10:  Chicago moved from 11 to 6 with one of their biggest hits "Hard To Say I'm Sorry", the Human League was at #7 with "Don't You Want Me", Air Supply was still on a roll with another Top 10"Even the Nights Are Better", the Motels were steady at 9 with "Only the Lonely" and REO Speedwagon had #10--"Keep the Fire Burnin'".
    1984:  Something didn't click...Eric Clapton left Roger Waters' tour in Canada after just two weeks.
    1985:  The Eurythmics rose to #1 in the U.K. with "There Must Be An Angel".
    1991:  Bryan Adams topped the U.K. Charts with "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", a song that would break all records with 16 weeks at #1.

    1993:  Janet Jackson moved from 57 to 20 with "If".
    1995:  Aerosmith fired their manager Tim Collins.
    1999:  Christina Aguilera reached #1 with "Genie in a Bottle".

    2003:  In today's segment of "Inmates Run Rap Music" we have not a rapper but the actual founder of Death Row rap records Suge Knight, who was sentenced to 10 months in prison for punching a parking valet while already being on probation.
    2004:  Lubbock, Texas celebrated "Mac Davis Day" and named a street in his honor.

    2004:  Simon & Garfunkel closed out their European reunion tour with a free concert at the historic Coliseum in Rome in front of a Rock Era record 1,000,000 fans.
    2010:  Mitch Miller ("The Yellow Rose of Texas" in 1955) died at the age of 99.

    Born This Day:

    1923:  Amhet Ertegun, founder and president of Atlantic Records and the Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was born in Istanbul, Turkey ; died December 14, 2006 after falling and slipping into a coma
    1932:  Morey Carr of the Playmates was born in Waterbury, Connecticut
    1934:  Barry DeVorzon who co-wrote "Nadia's Theme", "Bless the Beast and the Children" and many others, was born in New York City
    1937:  Bonnie Brown of the Browns ("The Three Bells" from 1956) was born in Sparkman, Arkansas
    1939:  John West, keyboard player of Gary Lewis & the Playboys
    1942:  Daniel Boone (real name Peter Lee Stirling, who did "Beautiful Sunday" in 1972), was born in Birmingham, England

    1943:  Lobo (Roland Kent Lavoie) was born in Tallahassee, Florida

    1946:  Bob Welch, a one-time member of Fleetwood Mac and later a solo performer, was born in Los Angeles, California
    1946:  Gary Lewis (Gary Lewis & the Playboys), son of Jerry Lewis, was born in Los Angeles, California
    1947:  Karl Green, guitarist of Herman's Hermits, was born in Davyhulme, Manchester, England
    1951:  Carlo Karges, guitarist and songwriter of Nena ("99 Luftballoons" from 1984), was born in Hamburg, Germany 
    1953:  Hugh MacDowell, cello player of ELO, was born in Hampstead, London
    1957:  Daniel Ash of Love & Rockets
    1958:  Bill Berry, drummer of R.E.M., was born in Duluth, Minnesota
    1963:  Norman Cook, rapper of the Housemartins and record producer, was born in Bromley, England
    1964:  Jim Corr, singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Corrs ("Breathless" from 2000) was born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
    1978:  Will Champion of ColdplaySource URL:
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"Coach" Stephen Kinsey Fund

    This has nothing to do with music; the story is featured on our sister blog Blue Through and Through.  Some things are more important than music, and some things are more important than sports.

    Bronco Nation has started a fund for Stephen Kinsey, the young boy from Texas who was flown up to Boise last year as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation program.

    Kinsey, 13, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November, 2009 and had his first chemo treatment on Christmas Day of that year. He was flown to Boise along with mother Betsy, father Bryan and siblings Bethany, 10, and Jonathan, 5, for the Boise State-Hawai’i football game last season.

    Kinsey was given a sideline pass, was named honorary Boise State football assistant coach, and showered with gifts from Boise State including Bronco bedding, a Bronco jersey with his name on the back, a piece of the famous Blue Turf and a helmet autographed by members of the 2010 Boise State football team.   

    All three of the Kinsey children have serious medical issues.   Bethany has a pacemaker and Type 1 diabetes. Jonathan has a pacemaker and asthma.

    At the beginning of Stephen's treatment, the doctors told the family that Stephen would have 3-5 years of chemo, if the treatment followed the normal plan. The chemo is causing Stephen to show the beginning signs of diabetes, and as he has one kidney, the doctors have had to reduce the amount of chemo he is receiving. So far the chemo has killed the original tumor, but Stephen still has cancer cells all throughout his body (in his blood).  This current treatment is keeping the cancer the same, and not getting worse, and it is not getting any better either.  His body is getting tired.

    The biggest financial need that the Kinsey's have is a second vehicle, specifically a van. Only the father, Bryan, is able to work, because of all the medical appointments.  Having a second vehicle would help with the crazy schedule. Another major financial need are the medical related expenses that occur with all treatments.  Co-payments for numerous hospital and doctor visits, tests and medications not covered by insurance, parking, gas, food, and Lysol wipes and disinfectants needed due to Stephen’s compromised immune system.  Financially, even though they have medical insurance, they are in a severe financial situation.

    Both an account at Wells Fargo bank and a PayPal account has been set up for contributions.  Donations may now be deposited into a Wells Fargo business banking account named, "Kinsey Family Donate".  Account number is  5012763511.  It can be done either online from your bank or at any Wells Fargo bank location.  You can contribute by sending money via PayPal at:  

    Disclaimer: The account is not set-up as a charity, so deposits can't legally be deducted from your income taxes, just like it would be if you just wrote a check to help out.

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Hits List: Grass Roots

    This Los Angeles band put together an impressive string of hits in the 60's and early 70's.  Here is the complete Hits List:

    1966:  "Mr. Jones (Ballad of a Thin Man)"
               "Where Were You When I Needed You" (#28)
               "Only When You're Lonely" (#96)
    1967:  "Tip of My Tongue" 
               "Let's Live for Today" (#8)
               "Things I Should Have Said" (#23)
               "Wake Up, Wake Up"
    1968:  "Melody For You"
               "Midnight Confessions" (#5)

    1969:  "Bella Linda" (#28)
              "Melody For You" (Re-release)
              "Lovin' Things" (#49) --highly underrated song
              "The River Is Wide" (#31)
               "I'd Wait a Million Years" (#15) --underrated song
               "Heaven Knows" (#24)
    1970:  "Walking Through the Country" (#44)
               "Baby Hold On" (#35)
               "Come On and Say It" (#61)
               "Temptation Eyes" (#15) --highly underrated song
    1971:  "Sooner or Later" (#9)
               "Two Divided By Love" (#16)
    1972:  "Glory Bound" (#34)
               "The Runway" (#39)
                "Anyway the Wind Blows"
    1973:  "Love Is What You Make It" (#55)
               "Where There's Smoke There's Fire"
               "We Can't Dance To Your Music"
               "Stealin' Love (In the Night)"
    1975:  "Mamacita" (#71)
               "Naked Man"
    1976:  "Out in the Open"
    1982:  "Here Comes That Feeling Again"
               "She Don't Know Me"
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Hits List: Carole King

    Stanley, Idaho's Carole King made her living mostly from songwriting in the 1950's and early 1960's with then-husband Gerry Goffin.  She became a great artist, most noted for her sterling album Tapestry in 1971.  Here is the complete Hits List of legendary Carole King.

    1958:  "Right Girl"
    1962:  "It Might As Well Rain Until September" (#22, #3 U.K., #12 Canada)
    1964:  "He's a Bad Boy" (#94)

    1971:  "It's Too Late"/"I Feel the Earth Move" (#1, #1 Adult Contemporary, #6 U.K., #8 Canada)
               "So Far Away"/"Smackwater Jack" (#14, #3 AC, #17 Canada)
    1972:  "Sweet Seasons" (#9, #2 AC, #12 Canada)
               "Been to Canaan" (#24, #1 AC, #15 Canada)
    1973:  "Believe in Humanity" (28, #44 Canada)
               "You Light Up My Life" (#67, #6 AC, #44 Canada)
               "Corazon" (#37, #5 AC, #28 Canada)
    1974:  "Jazzman" (#2, #4 AC, #5 Canada)
    1975:  "Nightingale" (#9, #1 AC)
    1976:  "Only Love Is Real" (#28, #1 AC, #53 Canada)

               "High Out of Time" (#76, #40 AC)
    1977:  "Hard Rock Cafe" (#30, #8 AC, #23 Canada)
               "Simple Things" (#37 AC)
    1978:  "Morning Sun" (#43 AC)

    1980:  "One Fine Day" (#12, #11 AC, #86 Canada)
    1983:  "One to One" (#45, #20 AC)

    1989:  "City Streets" (#14 AC, #92 Canada)
    1992:  "Now and Forever" (#18 AC)
    2001:  "Love Makes the World"

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Hits List: Sonny & Cher

    They were the consummate duo of opposites.  Sonny went on to become a respected Congressman, Cher went on to become...well-Cher.  Here is the complete Hits List of Sonny & Cher:

    1965:  "I Got You Babe" (#1, #4 Canada, #1 U.K.)
                "Why Don't They Let Us Fall in Love" (#2)
               "Laugh At Me" (#10, #26 Canada, #9 U.K.)
               "Baby Don't Go" (#8, #1 Canada, #11 U.K.)
               "Just You" (#20, #15 Canada)
               "Sing C'est La Vie"
               "But You're Mine" (#15, #17 U.K.)
               "The Letter" (#75, #24 Canada)
               "The Revolution Kind" (#70, #35 Canada)
    1966:  "What Now My Love" (#14, #16 Canada, #13 U.K.)
               "Have I Stayed Too Long" (#49, #42 U.K.)
               "Little Man" (#21, #6 Canada, #4 U.K.)
               "Living for You" (#87, #44 U.K.)

    1967:  "The Beat Goes On" (#6, #9 Canada, #29 U.K.)
               "A Beautiful Story" (#53)
               "Plastic Man" (#74)
               "It's the Little Things" (#50)
               "Good Combination" (#56)
               "A Beautiful Story" (#53)
               "My Best Friend's Girl Is Out of Sight"

    1971:  "All I Ever Need is You" (#7, #1 Adult Contemporary, #10 Canada, #8 U.K.)
    1972:  "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done" (#8, #4 AC, #4 Canada)
               "When You Say Love" (#32, #2 AC)
    1973:  "Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs Part 1 (#77)      Source URL:
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Hits List: Del Shannon

    Del Shannon will forever be remembered if for no other reason that he gave us "Runaway", one of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era*.  Del was one of the biggest acts of the early 60's in the U.K.  Here is his complete Hits List:

    1961:  "Runaway" (#1, #1 U.K.)
               "Hats Off to Larry" (#5, #8 U.K.)
               "So Long Baby" (#28, #10 U.K.)
               "Hey!  Little Girl" (#38, #2 U.K.)
    1962:  "I Won't Be There"
                "Ginny in the Mirror"
                "Cry Myself to Sleep" (#99, #29 U.K.)
               "The Swiss Maid" (#64, #2 U.K.)
               "Little Town Flirt" (#12, #4 U.K.)
    1963:  "Two Kind of Teardrops" (#50, #5 U.K.)
               "From Me to You" (#77)
               "Two Silhouettes" (#23 U.K.)
               "Sue's Gotta' Be Mine" (#71, #21 U.K.)
    1964:  "That's the Way Love Is"
                "Mary Jane" (#35 U.K.)
                "Handy Man" (#22, #36 U.K.)
               "Do You Want to Dance" (#43)
               "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow the Sun)" (#9, #3 U.K.)
    1965:  "Stranger in Town" (#30, #40 U.K.)
               "Break Up" (#95)
               "Move It On Over"
    1966:  "The Big Hurt" (#94)
                "Under My Thumb"
    1967:  "She"
                "Runaway" (re-make)
    1969:  "Comin' Back To Me"
    1981:  "Sea of Love" (#33)
    1985:  "In My Arms Again"
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