Thursday, October 3, 2013

Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone? Vol 2 by Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March

Overview:

"Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? -- Volume 2" tells the true life stories of 21 singers and musicians who achieved fame in the 1960s as soloists or members of hit-making bands -- the Buckinghams, Bobby Goldsboro, the Moody Blues, Donnie Brooks, Sam & Dave, Ray Stevens, and the Grass Roots. Authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March obtained information about all artists from conversations with the performers themselves, and with family members and close friends of some of the deceased performers. The musical artists and others took part in refining the content to ensure accuracy. The book preserves conversations with three performers who have died since Childs and March spoke with them. These musical performers collectively recorded a total of 118 singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including 19 that made the top 10, four that hit No. 1, and eight that earned gold-record certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Their recordings encompassed 17 singles on the R&B chart, including eight that reached the top 10 and two that hit No. 1; and 58 singles on the country chart, including five that peaked in the top 10, and one that hit No. 1. "Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? -- Volume 2" contains 56 photos, 32 of which are rare or never previously published.

My Review:

Ray Stevens....now that is a name that takes me back to my childhood!  My Dad was a huge Ray Stevens fan.  I know many of his songs by heart!  I can remember listening to Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" on the radio in my younger days too.  Who hasn't listened to The Moody Blues, The Buckinghams, Sam & Dave, The Grass Roots, and Donnie Brooks!  All of those names take me back as my parents loved listening to all types of music!

When I told my Mom I was reviewing this book she was excited to learn what had happened to these Pop Stars as that was her "Journey, REO Speedwagon, and Chicago" of her time.

This really is a must for those who enjoyed this music!  The authors do a fantastic job with this book.  This book is about the formation and beginning of each of the musician's careers and conversations with their friends and families. 

After reading the book, you will agree that the authors took the time to research.  They did an amazing job with this book!

I highly recommend this book!

Thank you to the authors for providing me with a complimentary copy for my review!

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