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Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens - 100% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop Musicals & The Arts
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Richard Steve Valenzuela, 13 May 1941, Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 3 February 1959, Iowa, USA. Valens was the first major Hispanic-American rock star, the artist who popularized the classic 50s hit ‘La Bamba’. He grew up in the city of Pacoima, California, and was raised in poverty. His parents separated when he was a child and Valens lived with his f Read more

Duane Eddy - 76% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks Action & Adventure Drama
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26 April 1938, Corning, New York, USA. The legendary simple ‘twangy’ guitar sound of Duane Eddy has made him one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most famous instrumental artists. The sound was created after hearing Bill Justis’ famous ‘Raunchy’ (the song that George Harrison first learned to play). Together with producer Lee Hazlewood, Eddy co-wro Read more

The Champs - 74% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass Dance
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Best known for the classic 1958 rock ‘n’ roll near-instrumental ‘Tequila’, a US number 1 song, the Champs were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in December 1957. The five musicians initially comprising the group were Dave Burgess (rhythm guitar), Danny Flores (Daniel Flores, 11 July 1929, Santa Paula, California, USA, d. 19 September 2006, Huntingt Read more

Johnny & The Hurricanes - 73% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Ventures - 73% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Comedy
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This pivotal instrumental group was formed in Tacoma, Washington, USA, in 1958 when work mates Don Wilson (10 February 1937, USA; rhythm guitar) and Bob Bogle (b. 16 January 1937, USA; lead guitar) discovered a mutual interest in music. They began performing together as the Impacts, using a pick-up rhythm section, before Nokie Edwards (b. Nole Edwards, 9 May 1935, Lahoma, Ok Read more

Paul Anka

Paul Anka - 72% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Vocals Music Videos & Concerts Vocals War Comedy Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Television Drama
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30 July 1941, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A prolific songwriter and child prodigy, Anka was one of the major teen-idols of the 50s. He burst onto the scene in 1957 with the self-written ‘Diana’, an intense ballad describing the frustration and unrequited love of a young teenager for a slightly older female. With its distinctive rhythm pattern, the song was powerfully Read more

The Shadows - 70% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Easy Listening World Music Instrumental Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Vocals
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Dick Dale - 68% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Comedy Documentaries
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Richard Monsour, 4 May 1937, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (Note: Dale himself has been quoted in interviews as saying he was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and that his family emigrated to Quincy, Massachusetts, when he was a child. Now, however Dale denies that story and claims to have been born in Boston.) Dale is usually credited as the inventor of the instrumental surf music st Read more

The Fireballs - 68% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music Doo Wop
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Formed in the autumn of 1957 in Raton, New Mexico, USA, the Fireballs originally comprised George Tomsco (24 April 1940, Raton, New Mexico, USA; guitar, vocals), Chuck Tharp (b. 3 February 1941, d. 17 March 2006, Clovis, New Mexico, USA; lead vocals), Danny Trammell (b. 14 July 1940; rhythm guitar), Stan Lark (b. 27 July 1940; bass, vocals) and Eric Budd (b. 23 October 1938; Read more

The Surfaris - 66% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Formed in Glendora, California, in 1962, the Surfaris - Jim Fuller (lead guitar), Jim Pash (1949, USA, d. 29 April 2005, Yucca Valley, USA; guitar), Bob Berryhill (guitar), Pat Connolly (bass) and Ron Wilson (d. 1989; drums) - achieved international success the following year with ‘Wipe Out’. This frantic yet simplistic instrumental, originally envisaged as a throw Read more

The Five Satins - 63% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop Jazz R&B / Soul Soundtracks
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This R&B vocal group was formed in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, in 1955. The Five Satins’ first hit, ‘In The Still Of The Nite’ (US R&B number 3 and pop Top 30 in 1956), was one of the definitive songs of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, with its strong chanting of doo-wop riffs in the background and impassioned lead work. The group on this record c Read more

Dion & The Belmonts - 61% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop Easy Listening
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The Penguins - 60% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Doo Wop R&B / Soul Jazz
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Formed in 1954 in Fremont High School, Los Angeles, California, USA, the Penguins were one of the most important R&B vocal groups from the west coast in the early 50s. Their hit ballad ‘Earth Angel’ remains one of the most fondly recalled ‘doo-wop’ recordings. The group comprised lead vocalist Cleveland ‘Cleve’ Duncan (23 July 1935, Los Ange Read more

Bobby Vinton

Bobby Vinton - 55% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals Westerns Comedy Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening R&B / Soul Television
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Stanley Robert Vinton, 16 April 1935, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Born of Polish extraction, Vinton was one of the more enduring boy-next-door pop idols who sprang up in the early 60s. He began as a trumpeter before agreeing to front his high school band as featured vocalist. A tape of one such performance reached Epic Records, who signed him in 1960. Composed by Al Byron Read more

Link Wray - 53% match to Santo & Johnny

Genres: Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Music Magazines
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Frederick Lincoln Wray, 2 May 1929, Dunn, North Carolina, USA, d. 21 November 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark. Guitarist Wray formed his first group in 1942, but his musical ambitions were thwarted by his induction into the US Army. He first recorded for Starday in 1955 as a member of the country outfit Lucky Wray And The Palomino Ranch Hands. He subsequently formed the Raymen wit Read more

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