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 famous Lieber & Stoller songwriting team almost met its end in 1956. They had been composing together since 1952 and four years later the duo faced a sudden threat just like the Titanic in 1912. The team almost sank!


Mike Stoller was on an overseas trip when the boat he was on, the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria, collided with a Swedish liner named the
Stockholm. The wreck killed 52 people and the Swedish liner sank.

When Stoller arrived safely on shore his teammate, Jerry Lieber, met him with the news of a new song hit titled “Hound Dog”. Stoller asked, “Big
Mama Thornton?” She recorded the original version in 1953. Leiber answered “No, some white kid named Elvis Presley.”

Did you know Jimmy Dean (singer, actor, entrepreneur) was a cousin of actor James Dean? It’s true although they had no real friendship or close relationship.

Born and raised in Plainview, Texas Jimmy Dean was always drawn to music. He learned to play piano at a very early age, then guitar.

After serving his time in the military Jimmy decided to pursue music as a career and formed “The Texas Wildcats” which included Roy Clark of Hee Haw fame. “Big Bad John” and “P.T. 109” were his only Top 10 hits.

Jimmy’s best work came on television and a variety show he hosted in Washington, D. C. in the early 1960s called “Town and Country Time” a local show. Using this medium it is said that Jimmy brought country music to America. CBS television realized the potential of a national show and Jimmy moved to New York City to host the national variety show, again promoting country music.

If you are ever near Plainview, Texas, plan a stop at The Jimmy Dean Museum on the campus of Wayland Baptist University.

Of course, you know of Jimmy Dean sausage, right?

Deepskyradio.com plays “Big Bad John” and “P.T. 109”.

This photo shows the location of Buddy Holly’s planned Prism Record Company in Lubbock, Texas. The building blueprint included recording studios with rest room, kitchen access and an outdoor dining terrace.

The structure was also to be the living quarters for Buddy’s parents. All housed under one roof with the studio and office the living area was three bedrooms, three baths, sun terrace, gallery, living room, dining room and large kitchen with a breakfast area. There was to be a large entrance patio and a four-vehicle carport. The plans are quite impressive in a mid-century modern style.


The blueprint and elevation rendering can be viewed at The Buddy Holly
Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Their very first single went to number 1. Not many individuals or groups can claim such success.

Gary Lewis, the first son of comedian Jerry Lewis, learned to play drums starting at age 5. He then performed his first song on his Dad’s 1957 movie, “Rock-A-Bye Baby”, when he was 12 years old. He also sang on Jerry’s TV show in the early 60s.

The real motivation for performing was The Beatles. They were the impetus for Gary assembling a band playing drums and lead vocals. The rest of the group included Dave Walker (guitar), Dave Costell (guitar), Al Ramsey (bass), and John West (cordovox).

They were fortunate in gaining the attention of producer Snuff Garrett (Lubbock, Texas native) at Liberty Records. Mr. Garrett suggested “This Diamond Ring” for their first single which was a rhythm and blues single by Sammy Ambrose. The record became the first and only number 1 hit for the group.

They placed 7 records in the Top 10 from 1965 to 1966 and totaled 12 Top 40 hits by 1968.

One of my absolutely most favorite groups, you can hear Gary Lewis and The Playboys on DeepSkyRadio.com including “Count Me In”, “Save Your Heart For Me”, “Sure Gonna Miss Her” and all the other great songs.

Ever hear of a group called The Bedouins?

Or 13th Floor?

Both groups existed in the California music scene in the mid-60’s. Both became the Grass Roots, originally dubbed Grassroots. The Bedouins were only The Grassroots for less than a year. Citing the need for independence, they rejected the control of the Dunhill record label.

The first hit for the Grassroots was recorded by session musicians, much like the Monkees and 1910 Fruitgum Company, the Grassroots were a figment of the imagination. “Where Were You When I Needed You” reached number 28 the Summer of 1966. There was no band to perform the hit song publicly. That’s when the 13th Floor Became the Grass Roots. Throughout the next 7 years they put together a string of 14 Top 40 hits.

One of my favorite bands of the 60s, the Grass Roots songs “Let’s Live For Today”, “Midnight Confessions” and Sooner Or Later” all went to the Top 10 on the charts. You can hear those songs and the rest of their Top 40 hits on DeepSkyRadion.com.

Tommy Sands –A cowboy movie star?

That’s what Colonel Tom Parker (yes, THE Colonel) hoped to invent for Tommy Sands! Tommy had been a young performer on The Louisiana Hayride. Now, as a teenager, Parker first saw him in Houston.

Sands rejected the cowboy image for pop music. Parker signed him to RCA records with nominal success. His break came when Parker got him the lead in Kraft Television Theatre’s “The Singin’ Idol” episode in 1957. A song from the show (Teen-Age Crush) was released and landed at number 3 on the charts. His career had been launched.

Did Elvis get paid with donuts?

Yes!

One thing the King and I had in common. I’m sure Southern Maid was his favorite donut. Mine, too! Photo shows the donut store I patronized for many years. Still, when I make it back to my hometown, I MUST get some glazed donuts there. Nothing like them.

Strange love. Or Strangelove.

No, not the satirical comedy movie from 1964. That wasn’t really about love.

I’m talking love. Strange Love. Love Is Strange.

The song from 1957 by Mickey and Sylvia. That Top 40 hit was their only entry on the chart. They had several others in the Hot 100 over the years but nothing like the success of “Love Is Strange’ on RCA’s Groove label. It remained in the Top 40 for three months.

Mickey Baker was a prominent session guitarist and had been in the music business for many years. Sylvia Vanderpool, a singer who was known as “Little Sylvia”, became a student of Mickey’s who was also teaching guitar. They teamed up and recorded first on the Rainbow record label with no success.

John Wayne said it. Buddy Holly sang it. “That’ll Be The Day”

The Beatles sang it, also.

The first song the Beatles (as The Quarry Men, 1958) ever sang in a recording studio was “That’ll Be The Day”.

It was a difficult song for anyone to play, much less record. The intro was the greatest puzzle for all groups to figure out. That lead guitar of Buddy’s was a challenge and one of the first to break the code, and do a decent job, was a recent addition to The Quarry Men. George Harrison played that intro and lead guitar on the first recording in Liverpool. The neophyte Beatles owed a lot to Buddy Holly and always freely admitted it.

John Wayne said it. Buddy Holly sang it. “That’ll Be The Day”

The Beatles sang it, also.

The first song the Beatles (as The Quarry Men, 1958) ever sang in a recording studio was “That’ll Be The Day”.

It was a difficult song for anyone to play, much less record. The intro was the greatest puzzle for all groups to figure out. That lead guitar of Buddy’s was a challenge and one of the first to break the code, and do a decent job, was a recent addition to The Quarry Men. George Harrison played that intro and lead guitar on the first recording in Liverpool. The neophyte Beatles owed a lot to Buddy Holly and always freely admitted it.

(Source: Rave On: The Biography of Buddy Holly by Phillip Norman)

Did you know Shelley Fabares starred in three films with Elvis, knocked Elvis out of the number one spot on the Billboard chart and was married to Mike Farrell of “Mash” fame? “Girl Happy”, “Spinout”, and “Clambake” (1965-1967) were the Elvis movies. Shelley was also a regular on TV shows from the 50s to the 80s and starred in other movies.

Many People think her only chart hit was “Johnny Angel”. Shelley charted again in 1962 with “Johnny Loves Me” at number 21. She recorded until 1968 though none of those efforts landed on the charts.

In addition to her two chart hits you can hear “I Know You’ll Be There” and “Lost Summer Love” on deepskyradio.com.

Gary U. S. Bonds

Gary Levone Anderson was born in Florida and raised in Virginia, yet he was famous for his “New Orleans” sound. He first started singing in church and with a group known as “The Turks”. He soon drew the attention of Legrand Records in Norfolk, Virginia established in 1959.

One of his early promotion tours included Dick and Dee Dee from California on a tour of Texas in 1961. Gary had three songs on the Top 40 charts, while Dick and Dee Dee were trying to get exposure outside California.

His first two songs were released under the name “U.S. Bonds” leading many to believe this was a group. The U.S. came from Legrand Records trying to benefit from advertisements for U.S. savings bonds. After the confusion on the name, subsequent records included the name “Gary U.S. Bonds”.

During the Top 40 Era (1955-1975) Bonds placed nine songs on the popular chart.

“New Orleans”, “Quarter To Three”, “School Is Out”, “Dear Lady Twist”, and “Twist, Twist Senora” can all be heard on DeepSkyRadio.com along with other hits.

16 Reasons

Ever hear of a group called “The Foremost” or “The Three Debs”? Most people haven’t. They were groups formed by Concetta, our featured artist, in the early 1950’s. The first group included 3 men and Concetta. The men later became part of The Lettermen.

Born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingolia in Brooklyn, New York. Connie Stevens became a successful singer and actress. Best known for her good looks and acting, Connie was also on the Top 40 carts in 1059 and 1960. She also scored several minor numbers in 1962 and 1964.

She appeared in several movies but was a popular actress on TV in “Hawaiian Eye” from 1959-1963. Connie became an instant teen idol when she appeared in teen movies “Young and Dangerous”, “Eighteen and Anxious”, “The Party Crashers”, “Dragstrip Riot”, and with Jerry Lewis in “Rock-A-Bye Baby”.

She will be 84 in August of 2022. Connie was the first guest on the first Muppet Show ever taped.

Connie Stevens songs on deepskyradio.com

Rick Nelson or Ricky Nelson? It depends.

It’s Ricky Nelson from a young age until the Spring of 1961. Then he becomes Rick Nelson. What’s the difference? Maybe it’s age. Ricky is a boy’s name. Rick is more “grown up”. Oh, then there’s the music.

A noticeable change takes place in Ricky’s music about 1959. Until then, his music is upbeat and has a driven, rockabilly sound and style. Perhaps guitar legend James Burton, who later played with Elvis Presley and the material provided for many of Nelson’s early hits by Johnny and Dorsey Burnett contributed to the sound. Twenty-five songs hit the Top 40 chart during this time.

Rick Nelson has a more mellow, slow, reflective style from the summer of 1961. Only nine songs are hits during the next 3 years. He scores two more Top 40 hits in 1970.

You can hear Ricky’s early style on deepskyradio.com: “Be-Bop Baby”, “Believe What You Say”, and more. You can also hear Rick’s more mellow songs like, “Young World”, “It’s Up To You” and more.

Roy Orbison

Texan by birth, Roy was popular in west Texas where he spent his early years. As leader of The Wink Westerners and later The Teen Kings he performed in many towns surrounding Wink, Texas. Roy performed in Odessa, Texas regularly. It was in Odessa he first saw Elvis in concert and that motivated him to investigate Rock and Roll instead of the country music he’d been performing.

When “Ooby Dooby” was recorded at the Petty Studios in Cloves, New Mexico, the Teen Kings got the attention of Sam Phillips in Memphis who also recorded them and on to Monument Records in Memphis for Roy.

Roy was a songwriter and pitched “Only The Lonely” to Elvis and the Everly Brothers who both rejected the tune. So, Roy recorded it himself and was rewarded with the number 2 spot on the Billboard Chart. That song catapulted Roy’s career. Between 1960 and 1965, Orbison recorded nine Top 10 hits. Ten more broke into the Top 40.

“Running Scared,” “Crying,” “It’s Over,” and “Oh, Pretty Woman,” are just a few of Roy’s songs you can hear on deepskyradio.com.

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.