Aaron Schroeder: Songwriter who wrote for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Nat 'King' Cole

The New York publisher and songwriter Aaron Schroeder was one of the key figures around the Brill Building in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a songwriter who preferred to collaborate with others, especially in improving the commerciality of a promising song. Several of his 300 published compositions were recorded by Elvis Presley, including the multi-million seller "It's Now or Never" (1960). He liked to say, not entirely in jest, "I don't read music – that's why I make so much money."

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Bob Keane: Record producer who kick-started the careers of Sam Cooke, Frank Zappa and Barry White

The Los Angeles record producer Bob Keane, who would go out of his way to spot new talent, had one motto in life: "The door is always open". During his key decade (1957-67), from the start of rock'n'roll to the beginning of psychedelia, he played a significant role in bringing Sam Cooke, Ritchie Valens, Frank Zappa and Barry White to public attention.

Mick Green: Guitarist with Johnny Kidd & the Pirates who also played alongside Paul McCartney and Van Morrison

The guitarist Mick Green didn't like to boast about his prowess as an instrumentalist, yet he was one of the most influential musicians to come out of the British Isles in the early 1960s.

C'mon everybody: How Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent changed British music for ever

In terms of popular culture, many commentators start the Swinging Sixties with the Beatles in 1963, but the Sixties started swinging in January 1960 itself with the UK's first rock'n'roll package tour featuring the American stars, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. Judging by reports in regional newspapers by inappropriate theatre reviewers, the tour was a Grade A disaster, but of course it wasn't. The audiences loved the shows and more importantly, fledgling British musicians watched closely and determined that this was the way forward. Considering there are now films about relatively unimportant moments in rock history, it is inexplicable that there has not been a film about Cochran and Vincent, especially when the story is so colourful.

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Album: Various artists, Nippon Girls (Big Beat International)

In 1960s Japan, Svengali producers used chirpy girl singers to cover hits by Connie Francis or Helen Shapiro, then started to get creative on original garage stompers, baroque ballads and bossa-nova exotica.

Album: Elvis Presley, Elvis 75: Good Rockin' Tonight (Sony Legacy)

One disc better endowed and not to be confused with the box set confined to the top 20 hits, Good Rockin' Tonight is a four-disc chronological collection of Presley moments expected and surprising.

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Album: Buddy Holly, Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More (Geffen/Hip-O Select)

It's appropriate that this definitive six-CD compilation of Buddy Holly's output is packaged in imitation of a High School Yearbook, since Buddy was, at the time of his death in 1959, The Boy Most Likely to Change the Face of Music.

Album: The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! 40th Anniversary Deluxe (Polydor)

Originally issued to confound Liver Than You'll Ever Be, a bootleg live album from the same American tour, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! arguably captured the Stones at the height of their powers, around the time of Let It Bleed, when they had found a more potent way out of the hippie impasse than most of their peers.

Luther Dixon: Songwriter and producer responsible for a slew of hits including '16 Candles'

The songwriter and record producer Luther Dixon was most associated with the New York all-female group the Shirelles. One of his songs for them, "Boys", became a beat-group standard and its many performers include the Beatles and the Flamin' Groovies. Strangely, none have appreciated that it is really a girls' song or, if they have, they haven't bothered to amend the lyric.

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