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On This day – Goodbye Jimmy Reed

Tweet 29th August 1976, Jimmy Reed died after an epileptic seizure at the age of 50. Jimmy Reed influenced many later guitarists with his distinctive sound. He also wrote many songs, perhaps the most noticeable was “Bright Lights, Big City” (a personal favourite of mine). He did not manage to get signed by Chess records […]

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On This Day – Wanna Buy a Record Player?

Tweet On this day, well nearly – actually on 22nd August 1906 – the Victor Talking Machine Company (New Jersey) started selling record players. The price was about $200 which must have been huge at the time. Records ranged from $1 to $7. This was one of those pivotal moments in the history of popular […]

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On This Day – Reverend Richard Perriman Speaks Out!

Tweet On this day in 1979 the Reverend Richard Perriman spoke out about the evils of rock ‘n’ roll. He told his congregation that redemption is possible. He said “If God can save an old homosexual like me he can save anyone.” The Reverend Richard Perriman is better known as Little Richard. Share on Facebook

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On This Day – Clashed With the Law?

Tweet On this day in 1979 (was it REALLY that long ago?) the Clash released their first single in the USA - “I fought the Law”.  The song was written in 1958 by Sonny Curtis who played in The Crickets (of Buddy Holly fame).  They recorded it in 1959 but the most famous version was by The […]

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On This Day – Led Zeppelin Play to Only 55 in the USA!

Tweet On this day in 1969 Led Zeppelin appeared at the Wheaton Youth Center, Wheaton, Illinois.  It was their first gig on their first North American tour. Reportedly, there were only 55 paying customers.  That would make it the smallest audience they ever played to!  From small acorns, etc.  Their fee?  $250. Although it was the […]

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On This Day – “The Beatles Played at My Wedding, Honest!

Tweet We all go to local gigs where the band is a group of friends who have just got together for a bit of fun.  I am sure that like me you have been to weddings where the band is just making its way in the world.  Sometimes the bands are good, moderate, or even […]

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On This Day – Hendrix, Suicide, Accident or Murder?

Tweet On this day in 1970 some firends and I were on holiday with our girlfriends in a cottage in South Wales. We were having breakfast when we heard the news of Hendrix’s death on the BBC. Since then there have been a number of theories as to what happened. Eric Burden of the Animals […]

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On This Day 15 September 1964 – Beatles’ Halted, To Protect The Fans!

Tweet On this day in 1964 The Beatles were playing a show at The Cleveland Public Hall in Ohio.  Things were going swimmingly, The band was playing well and no one could hear a thing because of the young girls screaming.  Just a normal performance really, when the show was stopped for health and safety […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – 7 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers, GT&tD

Tweet Recorded in 1977 this was the first Thorogood album.  Mainly blues covers with only two self penned songs it introduced me to the talent that is George Thorogood.  A love of blues shines through the playing.  It is one of those things, 10 bands can play the same song but you know instinctively which […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – 4 – Music in a Dolls House, Family.

Tweet   The first album by Family is a strange and wonderful thing.  Roger Chapman is blessed with a distinctive, warbling voice.  The band were all talented musicians including Ric Grech on bass and Jim King on sax being just 2.  Being co produced by Dave Mason did not hurt either.   Family released this […]

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