Barry Levine


Barry Levine is a page designer and copy editor for The Albany Herald. Levine is responsible for editing copy, writing headlines and captions and designing pages as assigned.

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BARRY LEVINE: Nice to be first in the music world

THE OLD ROCKER: Williams ranked No. 1 among piano recording artists

Renowned pianist Roger Williams earned that honor. He recorded an instrumental version of “Autumn Leaves” in 1955. The song climbed to No. 1 in October of that year to become the first instrumental in the rock era to top the Billboard magazine charts.

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BARRY LEVINE: Female musical artists hitting record-setting pace

OLD ROCKERS: Elvis and the Fab Four are getting some company

The current records are inundated with female superstars during the past 25 years, including Mariah Carey, Madonna, Rihanna, Whitney Houston and Katy Perry.

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BARRY LEVINE: Albany residents pick their favorite Elvis song

OLD ROCKER: Where were you when Elvis died 38 years ago?

Elvis Presley recorded approximately 700 songs on 45s and albums and had a then-record 18 No. 1 hits. He also appeared in 33 movies. The Beatles hold the record with 20 No. 1 hits, two more than Presley and Mariah Carey.

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BARRY LEVINE: Somerville had long, successful career

THE OLD ROCKER: Diamonds' version of 'The Stroll' a No. 1 hit

Nicknamed Diamond Dave, Dave Somerville performed with a variety of acts and had a full schedule until his death.

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BARRY LEVINE: Old Rocker: Aug. 2, 2015

OLD ROCKER: Mammals, bird, reptiles, insects have their day on charts

Of all the words in the titles of rock ‘n’ roll songs during the modern era’s first decade, most were focused on love and relationships and good times. On the opposite end, few titles referred to mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

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BARRY LEVINE: One quick quiz before school starts

OLD ROCKER: Check your knowledge of No. hits in the 1050s

The Isley Brothers recorded their second single, “Shout,” on July 29, 1959. The song did not achieve great chart success, but would sell more than 1 million copies and became a rock classic.

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BARRY LEVINE: Songs set the moods on the silver screen

THE OLD ROCKER: Tunes in films make them more memorable

From “West Side Story”and “My Fair Lady” to “Grease” and “Ghost,” big screen entertainment wouldn’t be the same without a memorable soundtrack.

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BARRY LEVINE: Favorite list of songs from Broadway shows

OLD ROCKER: Broadway shows, movies fertile ground for great songs

Day sang “Que Sera Sera” near the end of the film as she and her husband tried to find her son who had been kidnapped. The song climbed to No. 2 in the summer of 1956 and won an Oscar.

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BARRY LEVINE: Happy 60th birthday rock n roll

OLD ROCKER: Bill Haley’s hit song credits as the first rock n roll song

During the 1970s, Bill Haley fell victim to alcoholism and died on Feb. 9, 1981, at his home in Harlingen, Texas.

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BARRY LEVINE: Weavers had huge impact on folk music revival

THE OLD ROCKER: With passing of Ronnie Gilbert, only one member of The Weavers is still alive

Even after splitting up during the 1950s Red Scare, The Weavers got back together in the mid-’50s and found they still had an audience, influing later folk singers.

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