Didja Know That … (10 Feb 18)

Like most of us, I have a few post-Beatles rock songs that have been favorites for decades.  Amongst those are the lively Gimme Dat Ding by The Pipkins (I’m tellin’ ya, this wacky song should’ve been featured on Benny Hill!), United We Stand by The Brotherhood of Man and Beach Baby by First Class.

But, aside from these all being British acts, there’s one other thing that connects them (as well as Love Grows by Edison Lighthouse and  My Baby Loves Lovin’ by White Plains):

None of these were actual bands!  They were all created and sung by British singer Tony Burrows.  And they were all released within months of each other in 1970.
Was this a new idea?  Hardly.  Most of us remember The Monkees who, for their first two albums, only sang whilst studio musicians like Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, along with Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka and others actually did the music.  And The Archies with “Sugar, Sugar” (a song originally written for The Monkees as a followup to I’m A Believer).  The lead vocalist was Ron Dante, who also was the “group”, The Detergents (“Leader of the Laundromat”) and The Cuff Links (“Tracy”, “When Julie Comes Around”), later produced a guy named Barry Manilow,
Then there was Steam’s “Na, Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey (Goodbye)”.  In that case, producers rushed to actually create a band by that name after Gary DeCarlo and Dale Frashuer recorded and released the song under the “Steam” name.
Unfortunately, no band could duplicate the sound (though one “highjacked” the recording and had their likeness placed on the album jacket.  Still, they had nothing to do with the recordings themselves …).

GOODBYE, YELLOW BRICK ROAD/SHEILA/MRS. ROBINSON  These songs were among signature hits by (respectively) Sir Elton John, Tommy Roe and Paul Simon (with Art Garfunkel).
Now word comes out that all three of these performers are retiring from performing (as did Neil Diamond just a few weeks ago).  Though the Rocket Man (not that Yung-Un from Pyongyang.  I mean, the guy who wrote and performed the song …) and a Garfunkelless Paul Simon haven’t set specific dates for their last shows, Tommy Roe (Dizzy, Sheila, Jack and Jill) announced his retirement this past Thursday, saying, “…I am stepping out of the spotlight from scheduled concerts and interviews. Thank you again for your loyal support. I love you all, and may God Bless you.”

ONE MORE:  Didja know that, while it was still being rehearsed and fine-tuned, the Eagles’ (actually, the band didn’t want “The” on it; their publicist said it was because it sounded too “British” – and, actually, there was a popular UK band already called The Eagles) song “Hotel California” was still called by its working title, “Mexican Reggae.”

Okay … that’s all for this special edition.  Sooo, until next time, remember: Keep your eyes on the skies, your feet on the ground, your heart with the music … and I’ll see ya on the flip side!

It Rocked This Week In History

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Every Friday, we’re gonna take a look back at some of the interesting things that happened during this week in rock history.  For example:

On Feb. 2, 1964, the guy who published The Kingsmen’s hit, “Louie Louie” (Max Frietag), offered a reward $1,000 to anybody who could find suggestive lyrics in the song (y’see, it’d already been banned by some stations because they though it was too … er, let’s just say “risque”).  Nobody won it, natch …
On Feb. 3, 1959 … well, I don’t think there’s any need for description here.  It was the “day the music died”; Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Richie Valens and their pilot died in a tragic plane crash after a show in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Feb. 4, 1989 saw a song called “When I’m With You” by a band called “Sheriff” hit #1 on the Billboard charts.  Problem was, there wasn’t a band by that name anymore; they’d split up four years earlier (and the song was recorded in 1983)!
On Feb. 5, 1966, many of us felt better after hearing that song on the Alka-Seltzer commercial,  “No Matter What Shape”.  The T-Bones made it to the Top 10 with that instrumental on this date.  A few years later, the band resurfaced as the guys you see at the upper left of this blog: Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, who hit with “Don’t Pull Your Love”.
The 6th of February, 1965 saw the Righteous Brothers hit #1 with a song that’s become radio’s most played record in  history (over 8 million times)!
If Feb. 3 of 1959 was “the day the music died”, then February 7, 1964 was the day that it was revived, thanks to the arrival of The Beatles at Kennedy Airport in New York City.
Two nights later …
February 9, 1964, on CBS Television between 7 and 8 PM EST (and with a pre-Monkees Davy Jones on it as part of the Broadway cast of “Oliver!”), the Fab Four performed on The Ed Sullivan Show – and rock music hasn’t been the same since.
Interestingly, exactly eight years to the day since The Beatles made their debut in America,  Paul McCartney debuted his new band, Wings, at Nottingham University in England.

And that, my friends, was “the week that was” in rock and roll.  But stay tuned; though we have one mid-week post coming up, we’ll have another “It Rocked This Week” coming up on Friday, the 16th.  Until then, remember:

Keep your eyes on the skies, your feet on the ground, your heart with the music … 
and I’ll see ya on the flip side …

 

 

 

The Return of The Rock Relic

We’re back with a new look, better content and a whole lot more for fans of classic rock, oldies, country-rock … shoot, just about any decent 4/4 sound.  You’ll find out what happened This Week In Rock History, get oldies news updates,  great videos (including some you recommend) – and info on new and exciting acts that are carrying on the true rock legacy.

What you (waitaminnit! Is it just me or did the font get a little larger?  Awww, I guess it’s because we’re using a new theme or somethin’) anyway … what you won’t see is this homogenized, synthesized, looped, grouped, sampled and simple electronic mess that newbies use.  Here, we promote the genuine rock and roll – we techno prisoners!

Now, this will run twice weekly (we haven’t decided yet, but it’ll be on days that end in “y”) and will officially kick off somewhere over the next 48 hours.
 
So hang on to your hats … we’re about to throw it into overdrive.  

Until then, remember … we’re starting this on the 54th Anniversary of Beatlemania: the day when Pan American Flight 101 landed at LaGuardia (now Kennedy) Airport in New York and deposited four mop-topped Liverpudlian lads whose sound, stage presence and creativeness changed the world of music forever: