Thursday, July 29, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Ginger’s Tune - Crank Handle - The Perthville Sessions
Sugar Train - Daryl Braithwaite - Edge

The Odd Sock
Bob - ’Weird Al’ Yankovic

Tumblin’ Down - David Meece - 7
Another Hit & Run - Def Leppard - High ‘n’ Dry
Eyeball Kid - Tom Waits - Mule Variations

Stuff You Left In Your Pockets
Come Back Baby – Lightnin’ Hopkins
Frankie – Mississippi John Hurt
The Moose – Charlie Barnet & his orchestra
Artistry Jumps - Stan Kenton & his orchestra

Atom Tan - The Clash - Combat Rock
Need A Man Blues - Donna Summer - Love To Love You
Pennies From Heaven - The Conway Brothers Novelty Band - 2JJJ Recording

Barabajagal - Donovan - Barabajagal

3-Piece Suit

Jagger’s Jukebox (part 1) -

The Rolling Stones' frontman hand-picks a selection of artists and music that influenced the band's ground-breaking sound, in particular their classic album Exile On Main St. In conversation with Paul Sexton, Mick talks through a wide-ranging playlist that reflects his own, and the band's, love of classic R&B, gospel, country and reggae.
The fascinating mix of material conjures up the musical environment of the late 60s and turn of the 70s, in which the Stones, and so many of their peers, were scaling new and ever more eclectic creative heights. In a show that includes both vintage hits and lesser-known gems, we'll find out which of the band's fellow rock acts from that era have Jagger's personal seal of approval. We'll also hear some brilliant soul records that have remained his all-time favourites; plus singer-songwriters; giants of country and Americana; and much more besides.

Jagger's Jukebox follows closely behind the documentary Exile Of The Stones, which told the story behind the Rolling Stones' 1972 album.
Broadcast on: BBC Radio 2, 31st May 2010

Quote – “It’s a noise we make, that’s all. You could be kind and call it music” - Mick Jagger

ON THIS DAY – 4th August

Intros & Outtros (Births & Deaths)

· Louis Armstrong, singer, band-leader, trumpet-player. He is the oldest musician in Billboard history to have a no. 1

· Elsberry Hobbs, vocalist with The Drifters

· Larry Knechtel, guitarist & keyboard player for Bread

· David Carr of The Fortunes

· Maureen Cox Starkey, wife of Beatle, Richard Starkey

· Paul Layton of The New Seekers
· Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream
· Rick Derringer, rock guitarist

· Roy Flowers from Sweet Sensation

· Marie Ni Bhraonain , singer with Clannad
· Paul Reynolds of A Flock Of Seagulls

· Robbin Crosby from Ratt

· Jody Turner from Rock Goddess

· Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist, died of a bone disease on this day. He was 67


· Elvis Presley released Hound Dog
· The Platters had a no. 1 hit with My Prayer

· The Everly Brothers made their 2nd appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, introducing their upcoming single Wake Up Little Suzie. The song went on to cause controversy and be banned for its risqué lyrics

· Billboard introduced the ”Hot 100 Singles Chart”. No. 1 was Ricky Nelson with Poor Little Fool

· UK music weekly, New Musical Express, reported that The Beatles could score their first US hit, From Me To You, as it was “bubbling under” at position 116

· The Troggs were no. 1 on the UK singles charts with With A Girl Like You, their only UK no. 1
· Radio stations in 6 US cities banned the playing of Beatles’ records after the London Evening Standard quoted John Lennon’s comment that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. The blasphemous statement set off international uproar, complete with public burning of the band’s records

· A female Monkees fan stowed away on the band’s plane between shows in Minneapolis & St Louis. The girl’s father threatened to bring charges against the band for transporting a minor across state lines
· British pirate radio station Radio 355 went off the air

· The 2-day Newport Pop Festival began in Costa Mesa, California, featuring Canned Heat, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Tiny Tim, Iron Butterfly, Eric Burdon & The Animals and Jefferson Airplane. Over 100,000 fans attended

· Concert promoter Bill Graham announced that he was ”finished with San Fransisco” effective December 31, when new owners took over the old Fillmore Auditorium

· The Medicine Ball Caravan left San Francisco on its journey across the US. Members included Grateful Dead, Wavy Gravy, The Hog Farm, and 7 tie-dyed teepees. They later formed Stoneground
· Jim Morrison was arrested and charged with public drunkenness in Los Angeles when he fell asleep on a woman’s front porch

· Maureen McGovern’s The Morning After (Song from Poseidon Adventure topped the charts

· Paul Simon released Loves Me Like A Rock

· Robert Plant, his wife and two children were seriously injured in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece. Plant had to be flown back to Britain in plaster to recuperate. He recorded the vocals of The Presence LP from a wheelchair

· A benefit concert was held to raise money for the widow of Little Feat’s Lowell George who died from a heart attack linked to a drug overdose a few weeks earlier. Members of his band, Payne, Barrere, Kenny Gradney, Sam Clayton and Richie Hayward, as well as Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, Nicolette Larson and Bonnie Raitt helped to raise over $230,000
· Electric Light Orchestra released Don’t Bring Me Down
· Led Zeppelin played their 1st UK concert in 4 years at Knebworth in Hertfordshire, England

· John Lennon started recording what would be his last album, Double Fantasy at the Hit Factory, New York
· Pink Floyd began a 5-night season at London’s Earls Court Arena. The concerts were unique in that during the 1st half of each show, a wall was built across the stage to represent the separation of the group from its audience. During the 2nd half of each show, the wall was demolished

· Prince started a 24-week run at no. 1 on the US album charts with Purple Rain
· Phil Collins married Jill Tavelman

· The soundtrack to Dirty Dancing was released

· During a New Kids On The Block concert in Montreal, Canada, armed robbers stole souvenir sales proceeds valued at $260,000
· Mariah Carey started a 4-week run at no. 1 on the US singles charts with her debut Vision of Love

· Oasis roadie, James Hunter was crushed to death between a fork-lift and a lorry during the band’s show at Balloch Country Park, Loch Lomond in Scotland

· Britney Spears and support band Steps played The Paramount Theatre, Denver

· News of the World reported that Mariah Carey had hired a private eye to spy on her ex-husband, recording boss Tommy Mottola. The investigator told the newspaper that Mariah believed her ex-husband was conducting a smear campaign against her

· Bruce Springsteen scored his 5th UK no. 1 album with The Rising, also No. 1 un the US

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
She’s Got Medals - David Bowie - A Second Face
Comes And Goes - Dan Fogelberg - Captured Angel

The odd sock
Masseuse - Guido Hatsis

I Shall Be Released - Tom Robinson Band - Power Of Darkness
All I Do - Daryl Braithwaite - Edge
Black Market Baby - Tom Waits - Mule Variations

Stuff you left in your pockets
Peach Orchard Mama – Big Joe Williams
A Poor Man’s Plea – Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
Gonna Follow My Baby – Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup
I Never Knew – Lester Young & his orchestra
What Love? – Charlie Mingus
Twin City Blues - Woody Herman & his orchestra

EBay - ’Weird Al’ Yankovic - Poodle Hat
You Can Go - David Meece - 7
Who’s To Blame? - Crank Handle - The Perthville Sessions

Let It Go - Def Leppard - High ‘n’ Dry
Overpowered By Funk - The Clash - Combat Rock
Full Of Emptiness - Donna Summer - Love To Love You

Bourgeois Town - The Conway Brothers Novelty Band - 2JJJ Recording
Barabajagal - Donovan - Barabajagal
Stairway To Heaven - Dread Zeppelin - 5,000,000

3-piece suit
Things we Do For Love
Food For Thought
Good Morning Judge
Feel The Love
Dreadlock Holiday
I’m Not In Love – 10CC - ‘Ahoy Rotterdam!’ 1983

Quote – “Rock is so much fun. That’s what it’s all about - filling up the chest cavities and the empty kneecaps and elbows” - Jimi Hendrix

ON THIS DAY – 28th July

Intros & Outtros (Births & Deaths)

· George Cummings, steel-guitar player for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

· Mike Bloomfield, guitarist & member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag

· Rick Wright, keyboard player for Pink Floyd

· Peter Doyle, singer with The New Seekers
· Simon Kirke, drummer for Free and Bad Company
· Steve Peregrine Tooke, percussionist with T.Rex

· Gregg Guiffria, of Angel

· Rachel Sweet

· Tex Axile, from Transvision Vamp

· Marge Ganser, from the Shangri-Las, died of breast cancer on this day


· The first press interview with the 19-year-old Elvis Presley was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar

· Gene Vincent appeared on The Perry Como Show, Gene’s first national exposure on US TV

· Jerry Lee Lewis made his TV debut on The Steve Allen Show

· Billboard magazine reported the research from Esso Research Centre indicated that “tuning in to rock & roll music on a car radio can cost a motorist money” due to the rhythm causing the driver’s foot to jiggle on the accelerator, thus wasting fuel

· Tommy Roe released Sheila

· Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts purchased a 16th-century manor house in Sussex, England

· Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds were no. 1 on the UK singles charts with the Jagger & Richards penned Out of Time
· James Brown played the Apollo Theatre, New York

· Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public telephone booths had been vandalised after thieves were stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this

· Jimi Hendrix performed at his home town of Seattle for the last time
· The film Ned Kelly starring Mick Jagger premiered in Glenrowan, near Melbourne, the scene of the final showdown of the Kelly saga. Australians didn’t take kindly to their national hero being portrayed by a middle-class English rockstar

· Cheech & Chong’s debut LP was awarded gold

· Organisers called it the biggest rock audience ever – 600,000 people turned up to an open-air show at Watkins Glen racetrack in New York for Summer Jam featuring The Allman Brothers Band, The Band and Grateful Dead. Presumably, the crowd was there for the atmosphere as it was doubtful anyone could see any of the artists. The only casualty was a skydiver whose parachute caught fire
· Gary Glitters’s I’m The Leader Of The Gang went no. 1 in the UK
· Grand Funk Railroad released We’re An American Band and B.W. Stevenson released My Maria

· A record 140 hours and 34 minutes of continuous rock & roll was set by The Animation in St. Andrews Church Hall, Liverpool, England

· Steve Miller received gold for Fly Like An Eagle

· I Don’t Like Mondays, a song inspired by a real-life shooting incident, was the 2nd UK no. 1 single for The Boomtown Rats
· Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Journey and Thin Lizzyheadlined the World series of Rock at Cleveland Stadium in Ohio. 65,000 people attended, an 18-yaer-old man was shot to death in the car park, 30 people were robbed and 2 women were raped

· The Police, Squeeze and a local band, U2 played the Dalymount Festival in Dublin. U2 had released their first single several weeks earlier, but it had failed to chart

· The Beatles sued Nike and Capitol Records for the use of Revolution in shoe commercials

· Elton John started a 5-week run at no. 1 on the UK album charts with Sleeping With The Past
· Partners In Kryme had UK’s first rap no. 1 with Turtle Power

· 2000 young people rioted after a MC Hammer concert in Penton, Canada. Almost 100 arrests were made

· 10,000 Maniacs performed their last show with lead singer Natalie Merchant

· Jimi Hendrix’ father, Al Hendrix won back the rights to his son’s name, likeness, image and music after a number of companies had profited from them over previous years

· Pete Townshend played the Supper Club in New York to showcase his upcoming album Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy. He was joined onstage by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder performing Magic Bus, Heart To Hang Onto and Better Man

· Dave Matthews Band went to no. 1 on the US album charts with Busted Stuff

· The wine Sir Cliff Richard made from his Algarve estate started a UK supermarket battle. Fans asked all supermarket stores when would it go on sale; Tesco said they would be the first, but the Waitrose shops had been selling it for a week

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Rob’s Song - Nuisance - Sample Bag
Tomboy - Crosby, Stills & Nash - Live It Up

The odd sock
Things I Like - Eliot Goblet

Love Like A Man - Ten Years After - The Essential …
Other Voices - The Cure - Faith
The Bells Are Ringing - They Might Be Giants - Factory Showroom

Stuff you left in your pockets
Keeps On A-Rainin’ – Bessie Smith
T-Bone Shuffle – Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
Stop Breakin’ Down Blues – Robert Johnson
Blow Mr. Dexter – Dexter Gordon’s All Stars
I Surrender Dear – Stan Kenton
Emanon - Dizzie Gillespie & his orchestra

Sell Me A Coat - David Bowie - A Second Face
Daddy Cool - Daddy Cool - Golden Hits
Right On Sister - Tom Robinson Band - Power Of Darkness

Aspen / These Days - Dan Fogelberg - Captured Angel
What’s He Building? - Tom Waits - Mule Variations
You Could Be Wrong - Daryl Braithwaite - Edge

Why Does This Always Happen To Me? - ’Weird Al’ Yankovic - Poodle Hat

3-piece suit
Wall Street Shuffle
City Lights
I’m Mandy, Fly Me
Working Girls
Art For Art’s Sake
Lying Here With Me – 10CC - ‘Ahoy Rotterdam!’ 1983

Quote – “
I hate music, especially when it's played” - Jimmy Durante

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Tuesday’s Dead - Cat Stevens - Teaser & The Firecat
Blue Condition - Cream - Disraeli Gears

The odd sock

Rock & Roll Hero - Nuisance - Sample Bag
Black Notes – Strangers’ Room - David Crosby & Graham Nash - Graham Nash & David Crosby
I’m Coming On - Ten Years After - The Essential …

Stuff you left in your pockets
War Is Over (Goodbye California) – John Lee Hooker
Raise A Ruckus Tonight – Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
Toad Frog Blues – Ma Rainey
Our Delight – Todd Dameron Sextet
When we’re Alone – Harry James
Move - Miles Davis

I Can Hear You - They Might Be Giants - Factory Showroom
If Anybody Had A Heart - Crosby, Stills & Nash - Live It Up
Let Me Sleep Beside You - David Bowie - Another Face

Primary - The Cure - Faith
Glad To Be Gay - Tom Robinson Band - Power Of Darkness
Lollipop - Daddy Cool - Golden Hits

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (episode 26) – Douglas Adams

Quote – “Music inflames temperament” -
Jim Morrison

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
She Took A Little With Sugar - Steely Dan - The Early Years
Dance The Night Away - Cream - Disraeli Gears

The odd sock
Transylvania Twist - Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett

Bloody Dub - Stiff Little Fingers - Nobody’s Heroes
Whole Cloth - David Crosby & Graham Nash - Graham Nash & David Crosby
How Can I Tell You - Cat Stevens - Teaser & The Firecat

Stuff you left in your pockets
Little Geneva – Muddy Waters
Goin’ Down Slow – Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
Me & My Chauffeur Blues – Billie Holiday
Off Minor – Thelonius Monk Trio
A Sailboat In The Moonlight – Johnny Hodges
Hot Mallets - Lionel Hampton & his orchestra

Sister - Nuisance - Sample Bag
(Got To Keep) Open - Crosby, Stills & Nash - Live It Up
Sweet Little Sixteen - Ten Years After - The Essential …

Holy Hour - The Cure - Faith
Pet Name - They Might Be Giants - Factory Showroom
I’ll Never Smile Again - Daddy Cool - Golden Hits

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (episode 25) – Douglas Adams

Quote – “Musically, my dream is to do what Norah Jones (jazz pianist / singer) did. I can’t play the piano, but to sit next to it and just sing” - Jessica Simpson