Mass-marketed music for the X-Factor generation promoting attractive, clean-living male singers is hardly a new thing.
The track is celebrated as the only hit in which both the group and song names are palindromes.
Fifty songs that were part of rhythm and blues heritage but which didn’t fully find a mainstream audience until they were remade.
The erudite individual from the Bronx devised the very term rhythm and blues, before going on to help define it at Atlantic Records and far beyond.
In 1963, Bobby Darin turned 27 in good form, with some new hit singles and, 52 years ago exactly, a chart entry with the ’18 Yellow Roses’ album.
Ben E. King will forever be mentioned in the same breath as ‘Stand By Me,’ but as we sadly observe his death, we recall his many other soul classics.