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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 1957 The Everley Brothers reached the top of the charts in the USA with “Wake Up Little Susie”. That inspite of it being banned by some radio stations because of the suggestive lyrics. I have always said that it is a dirty little song, a threat to the morals of […]
Tweet On this day in 1955 Chrysler introduces a high fidelity record player that was to be available in some of their 1956 Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, and Plymouth models. The unit played 7 inch discs played at 45rpm as well as the relatively new 16 2/3 rpm. It was some 4 inches high and a […]
Tweet John Winston Lennon joined this world today in 1940. As part of the Beatles he helped shape modern music writing some iconic songs. He worked for peace and against the Vietnam War. He was threatened with deportation from the USA by the Nixon administration, investigated by the FBI. He was murdered on 8th December […]
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 […]