Mr. Wonderful, Are You Slipping Through My Fingers?


Teddi King (September 18, 1929 – November 18, 1977) was an American jazz and pop vocalist, born in Boston, Massachusetts.

She also had some minor chart success with the singles “Mr. Wonderful” (which made the Top 20 in 1956), “Married I Can Always Get” and “Say It Isn’t So” (both of which made the Hot 100 from 1957–1958). In the 1960s, she opened the Playboy Club, where she often performed. After developing lupus, she managed to make a brief comeback with a 1977 album with two more albums released posthumously. She eventually died of the disease on November 18, 1977.

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Mr. Wonderful

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Are You Slipping Through My Fingers

Dreaming Isn’t Good for You in Shambala, You’ll Be Going in Circles


Three Dog Night earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was “One” (US #5), which had been written and recorded by Harry Nilsson. The group had three US #1 songs, each of which featured a different lead singer: “Mama Told Me Not to Come” (Cory Wells on lead), which was also their only Top 10 hit in the UK; “Joy to the World” (Chuck Negron on lead); and “Black and White” (Danny Hutton on lead). Dunhill Records claimed that 40 million record albums were sold by the band during this time period.

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The Family of Man

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Going in Circles

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Shambala

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Our “B” Side

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Easy to Be Hard

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Dreaming Isn’t Good for You

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One

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Chest Fever

Ma Belle Amie


Tee Set was a pop rock band formed in 1966 in Delft, Netherlands. The group recorded a single in 1969 entitled “Ma Belle Amie”, which was a hit in their native country, selling over 100,000 copies. The group released an album in the United States, entitled Ma Belle Amie. The title single eventually reached #5 on Billboard. The single sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The group disbanded in 1975, but briefly reunited in 1979 and 1983.

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Ma Belle Amie

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Angels Coming in the Holy Night

The Temptations


Find me somebody that doesn’t like The Temptations and I’ll show you a person I don’t like. That might be a little harsh, but come on! My dad loved them as well, despite not having many of their singles. I remember watching them perform for tele-a-thons and he would always tell me which of the members were originals and who the replacements were replacing and why. Personally, my favorite song would have to be Just My Imagination, but My Girl is up there, if not tied for first!!

The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s.

Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group was highly influential to the evolution R&B and soul music. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. Featuring five male vocalists and dancers (save for brief periods with less or more members), the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan.

Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles, and their material has earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations were the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award – for “Cloud Nine” in 1969 – and in 2013 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

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The Plastic Man

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Hurry Tomorrow

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Lady Soul

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Put Us Together Again

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Papa Was a Rolling Stone

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Papa Was a Rolling Stone (Instrumental)

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Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)

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You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth

Out in the Country For Good Time Living


Some bands seem to go through constant changes. Three Dog Night was not immune to that. The line up changed quite a bit over the decades and below is a list of all the members, past and present.

Current members

Cory Wells – vocals (1964-1976, 1981–present)
Danny Hutton – vocals (1964-1976, 1981–present)
Jimmy Greenspoon – keyboards (1968-1976, 1981–present)
Michael Allsup – guitar (1968-1974, 1981-1984, 1991-present)
Paul Kingery – bass, guitar, vocals (fill-in for Allsup 1982-1983, then full-time member 1985-1988, 1996–present)
Pat Bautz – drums (1993–present)

Former members

Chuck Negron – vocals (1964-1976, 1981-1985)
Floyd Sneed – drums (1968-1974, 1981-1984)
Joe Schermie – bass (1968-1973; died 2002)
Jack Ryland – bass (1973-1975)
Skip Konte – keyboards (1973-1976)
Mickey McMeel – drums (1974-1976)
James “Smitty” Smith – guitar (1974-1975)
Dennis Belfield – bass (1975-1976)
Al Ciner – guitar (1975-1976)
Jay Gruska – vocals (1976)
Ron Stockert – keyboards (1976)
Mike Seifrit – bass (1981-1982)
Richard Grossman – bass (1982-1984)
Mike Keeley – drums (1985-1993)
Scott Manzo – bass (1985-1988)
Steve Ezzo – guitar (fill-in for Allsup 1983-1984, 1985)
Gary Moon – bass, vocals (1988-1989)
T.J. Parker – guitar (1988-1989)
Richard Campbell – bass (1989-1996)
Mike Cuneo – guitar (1989-1991)

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Out in the Country

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Good Time Living

Jackie Robinson of Comedy


Well, here’s something they don’t cover in your Black History Month class assignments… I’ll admit, my history on the comedy side of things is a bit weak. I grasp the general facts, mostly because of the overall knowledge of the times, but names are hard for me to come up with. That’s the great thing about this blog, I get to look into different artists’ lives and careers just a little bit more and expand my own awareness.

Timmie Rogers (July 4, 1914 – December 17, 2006) was an American comedian, singer-songwriter, bandleader and actor.

Rogers starred in US television’s first black prime-time show Sugar Hill Times in 1949. He was also a recurring guest star on The Jackie Gleason Show for over 12 years, and would continue to work with Jackie Gleason for the next thirty years. Rogers later credited Gleason for giving him national exposure which helped his career.

Rogers also wrote music including “”If You Can’t Smile and Say Yes”, a song recorded by Nat King Cole. He also wrote songs for Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. In the late 50’s and living in Philadelphia, he recorded on Cameo and Parkway Records. His hits included “Back to School Again” and “I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya”.

Rogers was inducted into the National Comedy Hall of Fame in 1993. He was known as the Unknown Pioneer of (Black) Comedy. He insisted on not wearing blackface when performing his comedy act and stood firm with his conviction, dressed well, often wearing a tuxedo. Rogers was one of the first black comedians allowed to directly address a white audience when he worked. Before Rogers, African-American funny men had to either work in pairs or groups, only conversing with each other, and they had to play a character, while popular white comedians got to play themselves.

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Back to School Again

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I’ve Got a Dog Who Loves Me