The soundtrack of our lives

The girls in these groups — and sometimes they were girls, just 15 or 16 years old — were rarely known to the public as individuals. That made it easier for African-American singers like the Marvelettes (“Please Mr. Postman”) to be played on white radio stations.

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OH, BOY!

OH, BOY!

From Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to Jeff Buckley and Kurt Cobain, Americans have always had a special place in their hearts for rock stars taken before their time. Case in point, the original rock ‘n’ roller Buddy Holly.

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This weekend's best bets: March 28

If we could see anything this weekend, it would be the return of Synchronicity’s smart, vibrant “Petite Rouge,” which is good for all ages, and a lesson in harmony with “The Fabulous Lipitones” at Theatrical Outfit. Use our guide to make your picks for best bets.

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SPRINGTIME FOR MEL

“Where Did We Go Right?” producer Max Bialystock laments in “The Producers” when he achieves unwelcome Broadway success after betting on failure. Creator Mel Brooks may have asked himself “Where didn’t we go right?” when contemplating the emphatic popularity of the show.

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