Monday, January 25, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Isle of Skye – Magna Carta - Songs From Wastie’s Orchard
I Am The Audience - XTC - Go 2

The odd sock
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Richard Cheese

Better Gnomes & Gardens - Man Bites God - Man Bites God
Yachting Type - The Yachts - The Yachts
Box Office Draw - Manfred Mann - The Ascent Of Mann – The Fontana Years

Stuff you left in your pockets
Down Baby – Lightnin’ Hopkins
Steppin’ Out – Eric Clapton & John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
When You Got A Good Friend – Robert Johnson
Birdhouse – Gene Krupa & his orchestra
Liebestraum – Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra
Lonely Tenor - Coleman Hawkins

Sunday Morning Ascension - Harry Manx - Road Ragas
The Jack – AC/DC - TNT
One Day Without You - John Martyn - No Little Boy

Tears Are Not Enough - ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
The Ballad of Narelle parts 1 & 2 - Mental As Anything - Beetroot Stains
If It Don’t Work Out - The Zombies - The Time Of The Zombies

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (episode 2) – Douglas Adams

Motorhead – MotorheadMetal 11
Young Lust - Aerosmith - Pump
MEO 245 - Screen Memory

Quote – “
Chaos is a friend of mine
Bob Dylan

Intros & Outros (27th January)

1918Elmore James, blues guitarist & singer
1919 - David Seville (Ross Bagadasarian), inventor of The Chipmunks
1920 - Helmut Zacharias
1930 - Bobby Bland (Robert Calvin Bland)
1931 - Rudi Maugeri, baritone withThe Crew Cuts
1937 - Buddy Emmons
1938 - Kim Gardner, from Ashton, Gardner & Dyke and The Byrds (references also list as 1946 and 1948 Ed.)
1944 - Kevin Coyne
1945 - Nick Mason (Nicholas Berkeley Mason), drummer with Pink Floyd
1946Nedra Talley, singer with The Ronettes
1951Seth Justman, keyboard player & vocals with J.Geils Band
1951 - Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy
1961 - Gillian Gilbert of New Order
1961 - Martin Degville of Sigue Sigue Sputnik
1964 - Miguel “Migi” Drummond, member of Curiosity Killed the Cat
1968 - Mike Patton, vocals for Faith No More
1972 - Mahalia Jackson, gospel-blues singer, who once remarked that she sang “because I was lonely”, died of heart failure on this day. She was 60
1974 - Mark Owen, singer with Take That, and solo artist. He was the 2002 winner of UK Celebrity Big Brother

On this day (27th January)

1948 - The first tape recorder was sold
1956 - Productions by George Martin dominated the top 3 positions on the UK Top 20 singles charts. Eve Boswell’s Pickin’ a Chicken was followed by a monologue by Irish sports commentator Eamonn Andrews’s The Shifting Whispering Sands, and dance band vocalist Dick James followed with his theme to a popular TV series, Robin Hood. Also, Elvis Presley released Heartbreak Hotel
1958 - Little Richard entered the Oakland Seventh Day Adventist Theological College in Huntsville. He explained that, while flying over the Phillipines on tour, the wing on his plane caught fire, and his prayers that the flames go out were answered. As a result, he said he’d give up rock & roll so he could serve God.
1960 - Legendary British record producer Joe Meek launched his own label, Triumph Records. Gary Glitter, under the name of Paul Raven, released his first single Alone in the Night / Too Proud
1962Joey & The Starlighters had no 1 on the US singles charts with Peppermint Twist part 1, while Chubby Checker had 4 albums on the US Top 10 - For Twisters Only, Your Twist Party, Bobby Rydell/Chubby Checker and Let’s Twist Again. Elvis Presley received his 29th gold for Can’t Help Falling In Love
1964 - The Rolling Stones appear as judges on TV’s Juke Box Jury. Their somewhat impolite behaviour on set causes furore amongst British press. The Beatles release their Introducing the Beatles LP in US
1966 - The Overlanders were no. 1 in the UK with their cover of The Beatles’s Michelle
1968 - The Bee Gees made their live debut in the US when they played the Anaheim Centre, California. They pocketed $50,000 and returned to England without any more appearances in the US.Otis Redding’s Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay was released 6 weeks after the plane crash that killed him
1969 - Peter, Paul & Mary were awarded gold for Album 1700
1971 - David Bowie arrived in the US for the first time, but could not perform due to work permit restrictions. He did, however, attract publicity by wearing a dress to a promotion event
1972 - The New Seekers receive gold for I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing. It’s mainly remembered as a Coca Cola jingle
1973Roxy Music won “most promising new name in the NME readers’ poll. Also, Stevie Wonder’s Superstition was his 2nd no. 1 in US, 10 years after his first no. 1
1976 - David Bowie brought a $2 million law-suit against attorney Micahel Lippan. Bowie charged that Lippan took a 15% agent’s fee instead of the usual 10%, and that he withheld $475,000 after being dismissed by Bowie
1977 - The Clash signed to CBS Records in the UK
1979 - Ian Dury & The Blockheads hit no. 1 in the UK with Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
1980 - Def Leppard played the first of 2 nights at The Marquee, London, while Dexy’s Midnight Runners kicked off a 26-date UK tour at London’s Music machine
1981 - Georgia-based Capricorn Records filed for bankruptcy
1984 - Madonna made her first appearance in the UK on TV programme The Tube, performing Holiday. It was broadcast live from the Hacienda Club in Manchester. Also, Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi Cola commercial. John & Yoko Lennon release Milk & Honey
1986 - Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Huey Lewis & The News, Pat Benatar, Wham! and Chicago were award winners at the Grammys
1990 - Kylie Minogue) had her 3rd UK no. 1 with Tears On My Pillow, originally recorded by Little Anthony & The Imperials) in 1958. Also, Billy Idol won a libel action against British newspaper News of the World. Today is declared Tom Petty Day in Gainsville, Florida
1992 - Michael Bolton won the 19th American Music Awards
1993 - Warner Bothers announced they were releasing Ice-T from his contract due to “creative differences”. The previous summer, the company found themselves in the middle of controversy over Ice-T’s song Cop Killer
1996 - Babylon Zoo started 5 weeks at no. 1 on the UK charts with Spaceman, the fastest selling non-charity single ever (it sold 420,000 copies in 6 days)
1998 - James Brown was charged with possession of marijuana & unlawful use of a firearm, when police were called to his South Carolina home
2004 - R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband were charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana in Atlanta, Georgia

Friday, January 15, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Magic Box - The Loved Ones - Magic Box
Super Tuff - XTC - Go 2

The odd sock
Dracula’s Lament - Jason Segel

Dante’s Prayer - Loreena McKennett - The Book Of Secrets
I’ll Be Leaving You - The Yachts - The Yachts
A Child Of Her Own - Eden Mackenzie - Living In A Clock

Stuff you left in your pockets
Good Morning Blues – Leadbelly
Calcutta Blues – Eric Clapton & John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
Lady Luck Blues – Bessie Smith
Sometimes I’m Happy – Gene Krupa & his orchestra
Peg o’ My Heart – Bunny Berigan & his orchestra
Misty Morning - Coleman Hawkins

Time For The Leaving – Magna Carta - Songs From Wastie’s Orchard
On The Silent Wings Of Freedom - Yes - Tormato
Trailer Park - Man Bites God - Man Bites God

Tears Are Not Enough - ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
Box Office Draw - Manfred Mann - The Ascent Of Mann – The Fontana Years
Smokey Day - The Zombies - The Time Of The Zombies

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (episode 1) – Douglas Adams

Motorhead – MotorheadMetal 11
The Jack – AC/DC - TNT
Young Lust - Aerosmith - Pump

Quote – “
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life
Berthold Auerbach

Intros & Outros (20th January)

1889Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter), blues artist
1922 - Ray Anthony
1924Slim Whitman (Otis Dewey Whitman), country singer
1933Ronny Townson, singer for The 5th Dimension
1942Billy Powell, member of The O’Jays
1943 - Rick Evans, half of Zager & Evans
1945 - Eric Stewart, singer, guitarist and keyboard player with The Mindbenders, Hotlegs and 10CC
1946 - Jimmy Chambers, singer for Londonbeat
1946 - Duane Allman, guitarist & member of The Allman Brothers Band
1947 - George Grantham, drummer for Poco
1947 - Malcolm McLaren, singer, and sometime manager of The Sex Pistols
1948 - Melvyn Pritchard, drummer for Barclay James Harvest
1950 - Paul Stanley, guitarist & vocals with Kiss (also listed as 1952 – Ed.)
1952 - Ian Hill, bassist for Judas Priest
1953 - Robin McAuley of Michael Schenker Group
1955 - Michael Anthony, bassist & singer for Van Halen
1960 - Paul King of King
1965 - Alan Freed, member of The Sultans of Swing, radio disc jockey, concert promoter, songwriter, movie star, convicted of accepting payment for record promotion, died on this day. He was 43
1966 - Tracii Guns, founding guitarist for Guns ‘n’ Roses
1967 - Joe Pasquale
1969Nicholas Jones (a.k.a. Nicky Wire), bassist for Manic Street Preachers
1971 - Gary Barlow, vocalist, pianist & songwriter for Take That, and solo artist
1979 - Rob Bourdon, drummer for Linkin Park
1979 - Will Young, singer & winner of UK’s Pop Idol
1984 - Jackie Wilson died from a heart attack on this day. He was 49
1996 - Buster Benton, singer/guitarist, died on this day. He was 63
1999 - Bill Albaugh of The Lemon Pipers died on this day

On this day (20th January)

1956 - Buddy Holly recorded Blue Days Black Nights in Nashville
1958The Silhouettes released Get A Job. Also, a St Louis radio station KWK finished its “Record Breaking Week”. Management had all rock & roll music banned from the airwaves, so the disc jockeys gave each record from the library a “farewell spin” before it was smashed to pieces. The station manager called the action “a simple weeding out of undesirable music
1964 - The Beatles released Meet The Beatles, their debut album for the US market
1965 - The Rolling Stones and The Kinks made their first appearance on TV’s Shindig, along with The Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Bobby Vee, Bobby Sherman and Gerry & The Pacemakers. Also, The Byrds recorded Mr. Tambourine Man
1966 - Spencer Davis Group’s Keep On Runnin’ went to no.1. Also, Bill Graham, concert promoter, put on his 3-day Trips Festival at Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco. Large quantities of LSD were ingested
1967The Monkees TV show went to air in the UK
1968 - John Fred & The Playboy Band’s Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) started 2 weeks at no. 1 in the US. The Bee Gees released Words. Also, Bob Dylan, The Band, Joan Baez, Odetta, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Peter, Paul & Mary were amongst friends performing for the Tribute to Woody Guthrie Concert. It was Dylan’s first performance since his motorcycle accident 2 years earlier
1971 - Yoko Ono introduced John Lennon to her parents in Japan
1972 - The Rolling Stones were awarded gold for their greatest hits LP Hot Rocks
1973 - Jerry Lee Lewis was warned before his debut at the legendary Grand Ol’ Opry that there be “no rock & roll & no cussin’”. By the end of his set he had played Great Balls of Fire, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On and Good Golly Miss Molly. Jerry announced to the audience, “I’m a rock ‘n’ rollin’, country & western, rhythm & blues singin’ mother ****er!”. No one disagreed
1974 - Stevie Wonder made a successful comeback at the Rainbow Theatre in London, 5 months after a near-fatal car accident
1975 - The US Top 5 singles were 5: Boogie On, Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder), 4: Fire (Ohio Players), 3: Mandy (Barry Manilow), 2: Laughter In The Rain (Neil Sedaka) and at 1: Please Mr. Postman (The Carpenters)
1979 - Chic performed at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The Doobie Brothers released What a Fool Believes
1982 - Thinking it was a rubber prop, Ozzy Osbourne bit off the head of an unconscious bat after fans had thrown it on stage. He was taken to hospital for a rabies injection. Meanwhile, headlining a UNICEF benefit concert at The Savoy in New York were Charlie Daniels, Rick Derringer, Phil Lynott and Carmine Appice
1986 - Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan performed at a concert for the first Martin Luther King day
1988 - The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Drifters, Bob Dylan, Berry Gordy Jr., Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Les Paul and The Supremes<>Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. in his acceptance speech, The Beach Boys’ Mike Love managed to insult just about everyone in the industry, including Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger
1990 - Michael Bolton started a 3-week run at no. 1 with How Am I Supposed To Live Without You. It was his first no. 1 as well as the 90’s first no. 1 in the US. Meanwhile, the original members of The Byrds reunited for a Roy Orbison tribute concert
1996 - Bobby Brown was fined $1000, sentenced to 2 years probation and ordered to attend anger management classes after assaulting a security guard
1998 - Chumbawumba’s Alice Nutter appeared on ABC’s ,i>Politically Incorrect
advocating fans stealing copies of their album. Virgin Megastore responded by pulling their album off the shelves. Meanwhile, The Mamas & Papas and The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
2002 - George Harrison had a posthumous no. 1 hit with the re-release of My Sweet Lord, replacingAllayah’s More Than A Woman at the top spot. It was the first time in chart history that a deceased artist had taken over from another at no. 1

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Intros & Outros (13th January)
1864 - Stephen Foster, generally regarded as ‘the first pop composer’, died on this day when he tripped over a wash basin whilst drunk. He was 37
1884 - Sophie Tucker
1909 - Danny Barker, jazz guitarist
1930Bobby Lester, of The Moonglows
1938 - Richard Anthony (Ricardo Btesch)
1948 - John Lees, guitarist for Barclay James Harvest
1948 - T-Bone Burnett, rock guitarist
1952 - Cornelius Bumpuss, keyboard player for The Doobie brothers
1955Fred White, drummer with Earth, Wind & Fire
1955 - Trevor Rabin of Yes
1956Malcolm Foster, bassist for The Pretenders
1957 - Don Snow of The Squeeze
1961Graham McPherson (a.k.a. Suggs), vocalist with Madness
1963 - Tim Patrick Kelly, guitarist for Slaughter
1964 - David McClusky, drummer with The Bluebells
1970 - Zach de la Rocha, vocals for Rage Against The Machine
1979 - Donny Hathaway, soul singer, committed suicide when he fell from a 15th floor window in New York. He was 33
1983 - ”Doodles” Weaver, member of Spike Jones & His City Slickers died on this day. He was 71

On this day (13th January)
1854 - Anthony Foss patented the accordion (it’s not rock & roll, but….. Ed.)
1958 - Little Richard released Good Golly Miss Molly
1962 - Chubby Checker’s The Twist went to no. 1 on the US charts for the 2nd time, the previous time being September 1960. Meanwhile, The Beach BoysSurfin’ entered the Billboard charts at 118
1964 - The Beatles released I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Bob Dylan released The Times, They are a’Changin’
1967 - The Rolling Stones perform on The Ed Sullivan Show
1968 - Cream releasedSunshine of your Love. Elsewhere, Dr. H.C. Pollack of the University of Florida reported that ”test have found that the noise generated from rock & roll concerts is harmful to the ears of teenagers”
1969 - Elvis Presley returned to a recording studio in Memphis for the first time since he signed to RCA Records from Sun in 1955. Also, The Beatles released their Yellow Subnarine album
1973Eric Clapton - The made his stage comeback at the Rainbow Theatre with Pete Townshend, Rick Grech, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Jimmy Karstein and ’Rebop’ Kwaku Baah. The set opened and closed with Layla. Afterwards, Clapton told a reporter, ”I was very nervous, I felt sick, the whole bit.” Referring to the audience he added ”They don’t know how much it helped me.” Meanwhile, Slade’s LP, Slayed went to no. 1 on the UK charts
1974 - A small riot by fans broke out when Steve Miller was inadvertently not invited to his own ‘after-concert’ party at Tower Records in Los Angeles. Police closed down the store – there were 37 injuries including 17 police and 8 arrests
1976Greg Allmans was subpoena’d by a grand jury investigating a drug ring. Also, the trial of 7 Brunswick Records and Dukar Records employees, got underway. They were charged with bilking artists out of $184,000 in royalties. Charges had been brought during a federal investigation for possible instances of payola
1978 - The Police started recording their first album. Also, Elvis Presley’s cover of Paul Anka’s My Way went gold
1979 - The Young Mens’ Christian Association filed a libel suit against The Village People over their song Y.M.C.A.. The suit was later dropped
1980 - Grateful Dead, Starship and The Beach Boysheadlined a benefit gig in Los Angeles for victims of the Khmer Rouge in Kampuchea
1981 - Bow Wow Wow performed at The Venue in London
1984 - BBC Radio 1 announced a ban on Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax, calling “obscene”. BBC TV followed suit, but it still went on to be a UK no 1.
1986 - Sex Pistols members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as Sid Vicious’s mum sued former manager Malcolm McClaren for £1 million in unpaid royalties. They settled out of court
1990 - New Kids On The Block’s single Hangin’ Tough went to no. 1 on the UK charts
1993 - Bobby Brown was arrested for simulating sex acts on stage. This was the 2nd time Augusta Police had him for the same offense.
1999 - Steps’ single, Heartbreak / Tragedy went to no. 1 on the UK charts
2003 - Diana Ross appeared in a US court charged with driving while twice over the drink driving alcohol limit. Peter Townshend was arrested on suspicion of child porn offences. Police impounded 7 computers from his home in Surrey