Our music philosophy

The emphasis at Deep Sky Radio is 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s oldies music. Deep Sky is primarily a 60’s station.

You will hear more 60’s songs (50%) than the music of the 50’s (40%). 70’s and more are heard less. Top 20 songs are played more often, but not much.

This is our philosophy for playing music at Deep Sky Radio. We hope you enjoy listening. You can always contact us at studio@deepskyradio.com with suggestions. We hope to have a request form soon.

The Darlings

The Darling Sisters placed nine hits in the Hot 100 during the 1960’s. They were really sisters-plus-one. One cousin (Nedra Talley) and the Bennett sisters (Veronica and Estelle Bennett) had been singing together at least since they were teenagers. Their big break came in 1963 when they moved from Colpix records to Phil Spector’s Phillies label.

They were known as Ronnie And The Relatives for a short time while at Colpix. As Ronnie And The Relatives they also became dancers at The Peppermint Lounge in NYC and did some song performances, also. Copix issued the first single credited to The Ronettes, not Ronnie And The Relatives.

It was as The Ronettes that the group scored their hits on Phillies Records. Other songs they recorded at Phil Spector’s studios were credited to The Crystals.

“Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You” are just two of their great recordings played on deepskyradio.com!

Do you remember an English group called The Deltas?

Before 1962 the Hollies were known as The Deltas around Manchester. Prior to that two of the group members, including Graham Nash, were members of a band called The Fourtones.

The Deltas first called themselves The Hollies for a December 1962 gig at the Oasis Club in Manchester. Although it’s not known as fact, it has been suggested that Eric Haydock named the group as a reference to a Christmas holly garland, though in a 2009 interview Graham Nash said that the group decided just prior to a performance to call themselves The Hollies because of their admiration for Buddy Holly. In 2009, Nash wrote, “We called ourselves The Hollies, after Buddy and Christmas.”

“Bus Stop”, “Stop Stop Stop” and “Carrie-Anne” were the Hollies first Top 10 hits in the USA.

The Hollies placed 11 Top 40 hits on the charts from 1966-1974. You can hear all their hits on Deepsky Radio. deepskyradio.com

Did you know Dave Clark of the DC5 was a stunt car driver?

World-wide the DC5 has sold more than 50 million records. There was a definite friendly competition with the Beatles. Many Called it a rivalry, but that was more created than actual. There was mutual admiration between the groups.

In the time between 1964 and 1966, two and a half years, the DC5 placed 15 consecutive Top 20 hits on the charts in America! That’s more than any other American OR British group…except the Beatles.

They were known for the “Tottenham” sound, which was inventive, stylish, full of energy, excitement, and emotion.

Actually, Dave drove cars alright, but as a stunt man who crashed cars. That’s how he made money to buy studio time for some of their first recordings.

We play all 15 of the DC5’s top hits on DeepSkyRadio.com

Did you know DeepSky Radio plays songs by Caesar & Cleo?

This duet was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s. You know many of their chart hits. Caesar was a successful songwriter in California and worked sessions with Phil Spector producing, writing, and singing back-up vocals.

Cleo was a shy singer who turned up at Spector’s studio one day in 1964. She began singing back-up, also. “Dream Baby” was her first solo effort. It has a good sound but didn’t make the Hot 100 in 1965.

Caesar also released his first solo single in 1965. It hit the #10 spot on the Top 40 chart. They joined forces in 1965 and first performed as Caesar & Cleo. Thankfully, they changed to their real names, Sonny & Cher.

They were music’s hottest couple from 1965-1967. You can hear all the hits on DeepSkyRadio.com.

The Song that wasn’t sung (by them)!

It happened twice. The first song hit the top of the charts and the second landed at number 11.

What?

This female group started in Brooklyn in the early Sixties. It didn’t take long for them to be noticed as they made the switch from church music to popular music.

Phil Spector was attracted to them and wrote their first hit, “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)”. They recorded on Spector’s Phillies label.

Spector moved to California to set up a new studio and kept The Crystals in his stable of artists. Impatient for them to make the move to the West Coast, Spector wanted to get their next record produced so substituted another girl group (Darlene Love & the Blossoms) to record “He’s A Rebel”. The record went to number one but under the Crystals name! The second song went to number 11 and was also recorded by Darlene Love & the Blossoms but released again under The Crystals name!

Of course, The Crystals did sing those songs at concerts. Don’t know who received the royalties for the recordings.

Swamp Rock (Pop). It’s about alligators and crocodiles, right?

Actually, a sub-genre of Rock ‘n’ Roll, swamp rock is a combination of Rhythm and Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. It includes drums, piano, bass, guitar and at least two horns. Most likely a tenor sax and trumpet.

This music originated in South Louisiana, especially New Orleans. Cajuns and Creoles are credited with the development of the sound.

Jimmy Clanton was one of the first major artists to reach the charts with great success. From Baton Rouge, Clanton bought his first guitar for $12 and even formed a group called “The Dixiecats”. He was asked to join a band called “The Rockets” when he turned 18 years old. After graduation he traveled to New Orleans and eventually made contact with Ace Records owner, Johnny Vincent in Jackson, MS.

In 1958 “Just A Dream” was released and reached #4 on the charts. Clanton enjoyed a dozen chart entries between 1958 and 1963. Three of those entered the Top 10. He also appeared on American Bandstand and in movies.

You can hear “Venus In Blue Jeans”, “Just A Dream”, “Another Sleepless Night” and more on deepskyradio.com

Ever hear of Luggee & the Lions? The lead singer’s name was Luggee Alfredo Giovoni Sacco. We know him as Lou Christie. He grew up outside of Pittsburg. His first solo performance was in the first grade when he sang “Away In A Manger.” By Junior High his singing abilities were recognized by everyone and he organized a group called the Crewnecks. The group didn’t last long but he learned a lot from the experience. One of his first releases “Little Did I Know” is a new addition to the DeepSky play list. It never charted, but it is a catchy tune. It was followed about a year later by his first big hit “The Gypsy Cried.”

You can hear all his great songs on DeepSky Radio.