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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Jimmy Radcliffe

This Record Could Win You $1 Million?

Insidious 1980s McDonald’s campaign that used music for crass commercial purposes: This musical ad immediately brings to mind last August’s piece about the history behind Jimmy Radcliffe’s gospel-flavored “R&B” take on “You Deserve a Break Today” for McDonald’s in the 1970s. Radcliffe, by the way, would release at least 8

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“Long After Tonight Is All Over”: Irma & Burt & Hal

A tale of a 45-that-never-was. Jimmy Radcliffe, I discovered, once recorded a version of a Burt Bacharach-Hal David composition I otherwise associated with the Crescent City’s own, Irma Thomas, due to its inclusion on a CD sampler that came into my possession somehow.  I have been searching vinyl discographies in

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Jimmy Radcliffe Deserves a Break Today

Revisiting those iconic images of the world’s peoples joined together on a hillside singing as one – while sipping a Coke – brought to mind The Hillside Singers, whose non-denominational plea for unity, “We’re Together,” I had always assumed was the inspirational basis for what would later get turned into

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