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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Tweet It is my quest here to establish those essential 100 best albums that I would save if the house is going up in flames. The first one to be saved is Strictly Personal by Captain Beefheart and His Magic band. That was an easy, easy choice. The second was equally easy. Gone Aint Gone […]
Tweet We went to see the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park. There is always a bit of trepidation when you see a band that you love and admire. Will they be as good as you remember? How will time have affected them? Will it seem as if they are only there for the money and […]
Tweet The strap line on this blog is a quotation from Nick Cave who says that music is the only art form that can change your brain chemistry in 3 minutes. It is true. A programme on BBC Radio 4 was talking about the science behind music and made the very same point. Music affects […]