Have you wondered whatever became of your favorite pop music stars of the late 1950s and '60s?

Find out in

Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 1


Now available in three versions: print, ebook and audiobook 

"Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 1" book cover, showing a microphone on a spotlighted stage

Old songs are like old friends. They've brought us joy and comfort, made us laugh or brought tears to our eyes, inspired us to think and reflect. They can trigger strong emotions and memories associated with love, days gone by, places visited or journeys imagined. But while radio, CDs and downloads preserve those songs as we remember them when we first heard them, what of the talented people who composed and performed those old favorites? What has become of them? How have they lived their lives in the decades since their songs were pressed into the grooves of vinyl records and brought them fame?

Learn about the lives of more than two dozen performers in Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 1, the new book by EditPros co-owners Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March. Some, but not all, of those performers remained professional musicians following their initial success. Conversations we had with them, as well as producers, managers and family members, reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses into the lives of these creative, talented people.

Where Have All the Pop Stars Gone? Volume 1 includes chapters on seven musical groups and solo performers whose songs hit the top of the music charts in the late 1950s and in the '60s. The performers are:

  • THE ASSOCIATION (whose songs include three gold records — "Cherish," "Windy" and "Never My Love");

  • HERMAN'S HERMITS (whose extensive string of hits includes three gold records -- "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" and "There's a Kind of Hush");

  • THE KINGSTON TRIO (whose enormous popularity reflected in seven gold albums triggered the folk music craze of the early '60s, and whose hits included million-selling "Tom Dooley," along with "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Greenback Dollar");

  • CHRIS MONTEZ (whose hit tunes included "Let's Dance," "Call Me" and "The More I See You");

  • THE SPIRAL STARECASE (who recorded "She's Ready," "No One For Me To Turn To" and the smash hit "More Today Than Yesterday");

  • BOBBY VEE (whose 30 hit records included "Take Good Care of My Baby," "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" and the million-selling "Come Back When You Grow Up"); and

  • THE ZOMBIES (whose hits included "She's Not There," "Tell Her No" and the gold record "Time of the Season").

Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March with 1951 Seeburg 100c Select-O-Matic jukebox

The authors

Marti Smiley Childs (left) and Jeff March with 1951 Seeburg 100c Select-O-Matic jukebox (from the collection of Cindy and Terry Knight).

Photo and book cover design by Amanda Domingues.

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