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BARRY LEVINE: Just wondering about a few things

THE OLD ROCKER: Christmas tunes time is here? Aaaallllvviiiin!!

The Old Rocker contemplates a few things in the music world.

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LEVINE: Small screen produces big stars

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The history of television is inundated with performers who were superstars. Besides those whose stars shined brightly on the small screen, there were those who gained recognition playing subordinate and limited roles.

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LEVINE: Motown group creates hits to remember

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Groups from the Motown era create memorable songs.

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LEVINE: 'Answer song' a hidden rock 'n' roll genre

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The answer song is a song recorded in response to a previous song. As an example, Jim Reeves’ hit “He’ll Have to Go” reached No. 2 in 1960. Jeanne Black answered with “He’ll Have to Stay,” which rose to No. 4 later that year.

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LEVINE: Anatomy of a hit record

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Wayne Cochran of Thomaston, Ga., has written approximately 60-70 songs and the only one to reach the Top 40 was “Last Kiss.”

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LEVINE: Just how successful were novelty hits in the early years of rock 'n' roll?

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Ray Stevens of Albany was among the artists who gained fame by performing novelty songs in the early days of rock and roll.

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LEVINE: Rock 'n' roll sings a tragic tune

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Music and movies writer Barry Levine takes a look at songs that turn to tragedy.

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LEVINE: What's in a name?

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The Old Rocker explores how different rock bands got their names.

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