Mr. Pop History – None other than Chet Atkins and Nashville musician Grady Martin. Atkins and Martin were members of the celebrated Nashville collective nicknamed the “A-Team – along with Atkins, they were Buddy Harman, Floyd Cramer and Hank Garland.
Chet Atkins had a second life – as a producer for RCA Nashville. Together, he and rival producer Owen Bradley over at Decca turned Nashville into a hit machine during the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s.
From Lind L – Hello Mr. Pop History. My sister and her daughter sell May Kay products and do you, or could you give a little history on her company?
Mr. Pop History – She was born Mary Kathlyn Wagner and founded Mary Kay back in 1963. She parlayed $5,000 into a $billion company. Her biggest competitor was Avon – which was and still is the largest direct-sales cosmetics firm. The company created an award system designed for women with prizes such as mink coats, diamond rings and the famous pink Cadillacs. Pink was Mary Kay – as she once owned a 19,000-square-foot pink mansion.
Mr. Pop History – There was such a movie saluting the skilled group of Detroit studio musicians who helped create the sound of the Motown label. “The Funk Brothers” reigned from 1959 to about 1972 and they were the backing musicians on so many Motown hits from that era – but not all!
The name of the movie is ”Standing in the Shadows of Motown” and came out November 2002. Interestingly – Johnny Griffith (66)– a member keyboardist, died from a heart attack hours before the Detroit premiere of the movie – which he was to attend.