Setting the Record Straight: The Music and Careers of Recording Artists from the 1950s and Early 1960s ... In Their Own Words

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AuthorHouse, Nov 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Anthony Musso was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he was first attracted to the groundbreaking music recorded by many of the artists featured in this book. His interest in history and more important, historic accuracy resulted in his first book, FDR and the Post Office and was followed by Setting the Record Straight, Volume One. Musso lives in upstate New York's Hudson Valley region.

Setting the Record Straight, Volume Two continues author Anthony Musso's quest to dispel countless rumors, and maccurate information that surrounds the music and careers of another 50 top recording artists from the 1950s and 1960s. By way of first hand interviews with solo artists and/or founding and original members of leading vocal groups of the era, readers will learn the real stories about each artist's musical influences entry mix the music industry, and experience while touning and performing during the infancy of the rock and roll era

Learn how legendary vocalist Jerry Butler was first dubbed "The Iceman," why Ben E. King described his first year as lead singer of the Drifters as a grueling and somewhat harrowing experience, and how Gladys Hortort and four childhood friends from Inkster, Michigan (known as the Maryelettes) scored the very first number one hit recording for Motown Records. Hear how Connie Francis first entered the business with an accordion in tow, why Peggy March decided to relocate to Europe and subsequently became a top international star, and learn about the bittersweet performance that a young Bobby Vee gave as the replacement act for his departed idol Buddy Holly. These are the indispurable and accurate accounts as told by the artist themselves, with the mient of finally "Setting the Record Straight."

"Tony Musso bus written one of the most comprehensive biography that Danny and the Junior have ever bud. He's recally cleared up the facts and voe absolutely love the way it was dossel." Joe Terry founding members of Danny and the Junior.

"If you are looking for accuracy about the unsing heroes and legends of rock and roll, Tony Musso is your man." Kenny Vance founding member of Jay and the Americans and Kenny Vance and the Planiones.

"Tony Musso did a wonderful job in straightening out many of the that have existed in The Diamonds and many other artists biographies for a long time. Setting the Record Straight certainly lived up to its name and intent Thank you." Dave somerville original lead singer of The Diamonds.
 

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Contents

Jimmy Beaumont The Skyliners
13
Jerry Butler Your Precious Love
27
Larry Chance The Earls
47
Herb Cox The Cleftones
65
Lenny Dell The Demensions
79
Joe Favale The Emotions
93
Jimmy Gallagher The Passions
115
Charlie Gracie Butterfly
129
Earl Lewis The Channels
185
Tony Middleton The Willows
203
Tony Passalaqua The Fascinators
221
Jimmie Rodgers Honeycomb
237
Nick Santo The Capris
251
Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman
267
Gary Troxel The Fleetwoods
285
Bobby Vee Devil or Angel
299

Clarence Frogman Henry Aint Got No Home
143
Cathy Jean The Roommates
159
Dickey Lee Patches
181
Margaret Williams The Cookies
315
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