It was in the Beatles' initial repertoire, it was recorded by Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra — but first made popular by Lucho Gatica. It is a simple melody, full of tenderness that, like the best boleros, will never grow old.The teenage tragedy song is a style of ballad in popular music that peaked in popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s.The Monkees, "I'm a Believer" (1966) Like so many people in love, "I'm a Believer" doesn't care if it's a little cheesy — it's positively euphoric, and it embraces that feeling unabashedly. Dusty Springfield, "The Look of Love" (1967) Has any pop single ever taken longer than "The Look of Love" to stoke a fire of anticipation?The gently brushed percussion sets a languid pace, and Springfield uses her impossibly slow, natural vibrato like one long caress.In honor of Martin Luther King Day we thought we’d take a look at some of the amazing songs across many genres that helped to give strength and hope in the endeavor for equality and justice.
It’s also not too hard to imagine that legendary Lotharios like Gene Simmons and Mick Jagger are probably singing from experience.
Examples of the style are also known as "tear jerkers," "death discs" or "splatter platters", among other colorful sobriquets coined by DJs that then passed into vernacular as the songs became popular. was embracing rock and roll, and the folk revival was also approaching its zenith – the narrative style of many teenage tragedy songs had similarities to folk balladry.
Often lamenting teenage death scenarios in melodramatic fashion, these songs were usually sung from the viewpoint of the dead person's sweetheart, as in "Last Kiss" Other examples include "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning (1959), "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ray Peterson (1960), "Ebony Eyes" by the Everly Brothers (1961), "Dead Man's Curve" by Jan and Dean (1964), and "Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri-Las (1964). Prison ballads (such as The Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley", based on a folk song about a real murder) and gunfighter ballads (including Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"), with similar themes of death, were also popular during the heyday of teen tragedy songs.
Jim Croce wrote and recorded this song about lustful comeuppance for his last album, which hit stores just after the singer-songwriter died in a plane crash.
In the boogie-woogie ‘Five Short Minutes,’ Croce has an encounter with an underage member of the famous Plaster Casters of Chicago.