Thursday, May 21, 2015

I Like It

Gerry and the Pacemakers was the second act signed by Brian Epstein, right behind the Beatles. They rivaled the Beatles in England and for a while, did very well in the USA.  The song "I Like It" was a #1 hit in England and reached the top 20 in the U.S. in late 1964.  Just another mostly forgotten oldie today...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Don't Throw Your Love Away

In 1964 the world was rocking with the British Invasion.  Among the many groups from the British Isles, the Searchers scored several hits starting just weeks after the Beatles.  The record that followed the smash hit "Needles and Pins" was a cover version of an Orlons single from 1963 called "Don't Throw Your Love Away". The song was #1 in England and a top twenty hit in the USA. Mostly forgotten today, I've always thought it was a great song!
watch a live version here

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Penny Lane

Back to 1967, this is the era of Beatle music I love most... when they changed rock and roll again, and we went along willingly!!
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Friday, May 15, 2015

R.I.P. B.B. King!

A legend died yesterday, known as Beale Street Blues Boy King, or B.B. King,  there are very few artists that influenced as many musicians as King did.  I had the pleasure of introducing BB at the La Crosse Center ten years ago or so, and he was a complete gentleman.  I spent some time chatting with him, and I'll tell you a couple things... Lucille, his legendary guitar, did not feel special at all (very rough neck actually), and, he's not very happy when his fruit juice isn't sugar free (he was a diabetic).
R.I.P. B.B. King!
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tribute to Keith Relf

I remember the great shock and sadness I felt on May 14, 1976, when I heard of the death of Keith Relf.  Keith was one of my absolute favorites. As lead singer and harmonica player for the British band The Yardbirds, he strongly influenced my musical direction back in the 60's.  As tribute today to Keith Relf on the sad anniversary of his far too early death, a forgotten oldie that shows his amazing harmonica talents, and his vocals ain't  bad either!  Today, give a listen to "I'm A Man" by the Yardbirds from 1965 featuring Keith Relf.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One Fine Morning

Lighthouse was a Canadian band that formed in 1968 and had a string of hits through the mid 70's, most of them in Canada.  The band won the coveted Juno award several times.  Their biggest top 40 score came in 1971 with "One Fine Morning".  With their horn and string sections, the band was a big favorite at the Fillmore West and Fillmore East, as well as Carnegie Hall.  They reunited in 1992, and recently have appeared on the Moody Blues cruises.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Silliness...

I'm just feeling silly and happy that it's Friday!!