Music Charts Magazine Celebrity Interviews
In 1969 James Marvell was in the group Mercy and sitting at #2 on Billboard’s Top 10 music charts and # 1 on Cash Box’s Top 10 music charts with The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra with the “Mercy” million selling Warner Brother’s smash hit, “Love Can Make You Happy.”
Elvis Presley was at number 5 on the charts with “In The Ghetto” and Frank Sinatra was at number 7 on the charts with his signature song, “My Way.”
It was the only time that those three pop legends shared the top 10 simultaneously. James Marvell still can’t believe that he was part of this music time in history. Marvell says “not only did Jack Sigler write a great song then, he has written many potential hits for this new millenium!”.
“Love (Can Make You Happy)” was originally recorded on the small Tampa, Florida based Sundi record label, at which time it was also featured in the movie, Fireball Jungle. The B-side of the Sundi single was entitled “Fireball”.
MERCY’s first album spun off two more hits – “Forever” and
another Jack Sigler original – “Hello Baby”. Both hits broke
into the national charts and stayed in the top 100 across the
country. MERCY toured the U. S. and Canada appearing with other great
bands like Gary Pucket and the Union Gap, The Turtles, The
Association, The Cowsills, The Box Tops, The Rascals, The
Mama’s and Papa’s The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The
Shondells along with many others.
MERCY’s national television appearances include The Mike
Douglas Show – The National March of Dimes Telethon (with
Gary Collins and Mary Ann Mobley) plus interviews on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand.
For Part 2 ( James Marvell’s life in Country Music ) and Part 3 ( James Marvell’s life in Gospel Music ) – stay tuned to Music Charts Magazine Celebrity Interviews this June 2013.
– Celebrity Interview done by Big Al Weekley
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Music Charts Magazine Celebrity Interview with Grand Ole Opry Star Stonewall Jackson ( by Big Al Weekley )
Stonewall Jackson (born November 6, 1932) is an American country singer and musician who achieved his greatest fame during country’s “golden” honky tonk era in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Stonewall is not a nickname; he was named after (and claimed to be a descendant of) the Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. His father died when he was two and his mother moved the family to South Georgia. Jackson grew up there working on his uncle’s farm. Jackson enlisted in the Navy in 1950 and was discharged in 1954. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1956.
Jackson became the first artist to join the Grand Ole Opry before obtaining a recording contract. He toured with Ernest Tubb, who became his mentor. Jackson signed to Columbia Records and debuted in 1958 with “Don’t Be Angry”. The song did not score in the country music top 40, but it got him recognition.
His breakthrough came in the country Top 40 in late 1958, with a song written by a young George Jones, “Life to Go”. It peaked at No. 2 in early 1959 and his follow-up record, “Waterloo”, was No. 1
for five weeks and crossed over into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it reached No. 4. The track also reached No. 24 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1959. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
From 1958 to 1971, Jackson had 35 Top 40 country hits. Along with Ray Price, Jackson is considered a cornerstone, after Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, of the hard-driving honky tonk sound in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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