Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
My Daddy Rocks Me With A Steady Roll - The Conway Brothers Novelty Band - 2JJJ Recording
Spirit - The Doobie Brothers - What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

The Odd Sock
It’s In The Book - John Standley

Drive My Car - David Crosby - CSN Boxed Set
Tell All The People - The Doors - Soft Parade
Save Me - The Divinyls - Underworld

Stuff You Left In Your Pockets
Jim – Billie Holiday
Mean Red Spider – Muddy Waters
Nuages - Django Reinhardt
‘Round Midnight – Thelonius Monk Quintet

The Times, They Are A-Changin’ - Bob Dylan - The Times, They Are A-Changin’
Leave Love Enough Alone - Doug Ashdown - Leave Love Enough Alone
Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel - The Definitive Set

Dance With The Guitar Man - Duane Eddy - Greatest Hits
Cindy Incidentally - The Faces - They’re Good Boys (When They’re Asleep)

3-Piece Suit
Live Wire
Problem Child
Sin City
Gone Shootin’
High Voltage
The Jack
Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC - Going Dutch (Live in Nijmegen 1978)

Quote – “In order to send a more positive message, instead of smashing their guitars at the end of a concert, maybe rock stars could reconstruct guitars out of broken parts and play a song on them” -
John Alejandro King, Who Killed The Covert Comic?

ON THIS DAY – 25th August

Intros & Outtros (Births & Deaths)

· Leonard Bernstein, composer, pianist and conductor

· Wayne Shorter, sax player with Miles Davis and Art Blakey before forming Weather Report

· Walter Williams, singer with The O’Jays

· Gene Simmons fire-breathing bassist & vocalist for Chaim Witz and Kiss

· Willy DeVille, vocalist for Mink DeVille

· James Warren, vocalist & bassist for The Korgis
· Rob Halford, vocalist for Judas Priest

· Martin Jourard, keyboard player and vocalist for The Motels

· Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick McManus), singer / songwriter

· Damian McKee of The Rosetta Stone

· Billy Ray Cyrus, singer

· Vivian Campbell, guitarist with Dio, Whitesnake and Def Leppard

· Nigel Durham from Saxon

· Stan Kenton, jazz leader, arranger and composer died on this day

· A girl, Amber Rose, was born to Simon LeBon’s wife Yasmin
· John Mellencamp’s daughter, Michelle, gave birth to a girl, Alexis Suzanne Peach

· Aaliyah, singer / actress, died in a plane crash on this day, aged 22


· Paul Anka was at no. 1 in the UK with Diana, his only UK no. 1 as a solo artist

· The Everly Brothers had no. 1 with Bird Dog

· The Shadows had a UK no. 1 with Apache

· Little Eva was no.1 in the US with The Locomotion
· The Four Seasons released Sherry

· Paul McCartney was fined £31 and given a 1 year suspended license for speeding

· Brian Wilson, songwriter and genius behind The Beach Boys, made his first on-stage appearance with the band in 2 years

· Maharishi Mahesh Yogi bought a custom-built Bentley, with push-button controls for seat elevation, and stereo sound-system. It cost his followers $26,500

· Elton John made his US live debut when he kicked off a 17-date tour at The Troubador, Los Angeles
· Emerson, Lake & Palmer make their world debut at Plymouth Guild Hall in Plymouth, England

· Donny Osmond was no. 1 on the UK charts with Young Love
· Butch Trucks, drummer for The Allman Brothers, broke his leg when his Mercedes hit another vehicle
· Henry McCulloch, guitarist, quit Wings
· The Allman Brothers Band released Ramblin’ Man, and the album, Brothers and Sisters entered the charts
· Brother Louie had no. 1 in the US with Stories
· played what they claimed was the last UK date. Bassist Tetsu Yamaychi was denied a work permit by the Musicians Union, which had Rod Stewart calling the decision ”a disgrace”. The group stayed together and Rod claimed he’d devote all his time to the group since his next solo LP would be his last
· Stevie Wonder’s album, Innervisions, entered the charts

· Elton John played 2 sets on the first of 3 nights at Los Angeles’ Troubador to raise money for UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. $150,000 was raised on this 5th anniversary of his playing the same venue

· Boston released their eponymous debut album. It became the biggest selling-debut album to date

· Kiss played 3 sold-out concerts at the Los Angeles Forum. Recordings made that night were packaged as Kiss Alive II

· Jackson Browne’s album, Running On Empty, turned platinum

· 25 years after his first UK no. 1 single, Cliff Richard had his 10th with We Don’t Talk Anymore
· The Knack were no. 1 in the US with My Sharona
· Gary Numan released Cars

· John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, was sentenced to 20 years in prison

· Fleetwood Mac received platinum for Mirage

· Michael Jackson’s Thriller went to air on UK TV for the first time
· Glenn Frey’s Allnighter entered the charts

· Paul Simon released Graceland

· Snoop Doggy Dogg was released on $1 million bail after being accused of being involved with the murder of a member of the By Yerself Gang during a shootout in Los Angeles. He was acquitted of the charges in 1996

· Jimmy Page and Robert Plant recorded their MTV unplugged set at London’s television centre. They called it Unledded
· Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley were divorced
· Jimmy Buffett’s plane tipped over taking off from Nantucket, Massachusetts. He swam to safety

· A deranged man, who had escaped from a Helsinki, Finland mental institution, had planned to set fire to the stage that Michael Jackson was performing from. He man was arrested before he could light the fluid he had put on the stage

· Appearing at this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festival were Oasis, Primal Scream, Foo Fighters, The Bluetones, Muse, Eminem, Beck, Stereophonics, Blink 182, Slipknot, Placebo, Pulp, Rage Against The Machine, Gomez, Limp Bizkit, Embrace and The Wannadies

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
T-Bone Shuffle - Crank Handle - The Perthville Sessions
High ‘n’Dry (Saturday Night) - Def Leppard - High ‘n’ Dry

The Odd Sock
Dragnet - Jack Webb

The Ladder - David Meece - 7
Whispering Waves - Donna Summer - Love To Love You
Sean Flynn - The Clash - Combat Rock

Stuff You Left In Your Pockets
John Hardy – Leadbelly
I Won’t Be In Hard Luck No More – Big Joe Williams
‘Round Midnight – Thelonius Monk Quintet
Jeru - Miles Davis

Pennies From Heaven - The Conway Brothers Novelty Band - 2JJJ Recording
Where Is She? - Donovan - Barabajagal
As I Come Of Age - CSN - Boxed Set

3-Piece Suit

Jagger’s Jukebox (part 2) -

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 – “There’s a basic rule, which runs through all kinds of music, kind of an unwritten rule. I don’t know what it is” - Ron Wood (Rolling Stones)

ON THIS DAY – 11th August

Intros & Outtros (Births & Deaths)

· Buster Brown, singer

· Lou Reizner originally with The Skyliners and producer for Tommy with the London Symphony Orchestra

· Mike Hugg, drummer for Mann Hugg Blues Band and then Manfred Mann
· Guy Villari of The Desires

· Michael James Kale from Guess Who

· Jeff Hanna, guitarist / vocalist for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

· Bill Hurd from The Rubettes

· Eric Carman, vocalist, pianist and bassist with The Young Rascals, The Raspberries and a solo career

· Erik Brann, guitarist for Iron Butterfly and Flintwhistle

· Bryan Bassett, guitarist with Wild Cherry

· Joe Jackson, singer / songwriter

· Richie Ramone (Richie Beau), of The Ramones

· Alan Frew from Glass Tiger

· Paul Gendler of Modern Romance

· Hamish Seeloghan of The Pasadenas

· Charlie Sexton, solo artist

· A girl, Amanda Grace Sudano, was born to Donna Summer and her husband Bruce Sudano

· Mel Taylor, drummer for The Ventures, died of lung cancer on this day. He was 62

· A boy, Rocco Ritchie, was born to Madonna


· Hank Williams was fired from The Grand Ole Opry for unreliability due to alcoholism

· Elvis Presley released Don’t Be Cruel

· Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on The Big Beat 9 days after his previous appearance

· Neil Sedaka started a 2-week run at no. 1 on the US singles chart with Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
· The Beach Boys released Surfin’ Safari
· Booker T and The MG’s’ instrumental, Green Onions, was released

· The Kingston Trio were mystery guests on What’s My Line?

· The Beatles’s movie Help! premiered in New York City

· At a televised press conference at the Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologised for remarks he had made in a British tabloid interview several months earlier. It was the kind of quote a journalist would kill for when John said, Christianity will go, it will shrink and vanish – we’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.”
· The Beatles’ last concert tour of the US began

· 7th National Jazz, Pop, Ballads and Blues Festival held at The Royal Windsor Racecourse in England, starred The Small Faces, The Move, Marmalade, Paul Jones, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Donovan, Zoot Money, Cream, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. An advance 3-day ticket cost &pound2

· The Beatles launched their own label Apple Records and declared this week National Apple Week The first single on the new label, released today, was Hey Jude / Revolution

· Diana Ross invited 350 special guests to see Motown Records newest signing, The Jackson Five, perform at The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills

· The Mayor of San Antonio declared today as Cheech & Chong Day
· Elvis Presley and Priscilla filed for divorce

· Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Selwell left Wings
· Bill Aucoin first saw Kiss playing at a New York hotel and offered to become their manager, promising a record contract within 2 weeks. A handshake sealed the deal
· The Edgar Winter Group released Free Ride

· Aerosmith received gold for Toys in the Attic

· The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon was hospitalised after collapsing in a Miami hotel during a tour of the US

· The Knack started a 5-week run at no. 1 on the US album charts with get The Knack

· The Pretenders’ eponymous album was certified platinum

· Ray Parker Jr. started 3 weeks at no. 1 on the US singles charts with the theme from the Ghostbusters movie

· Duran Duran singer Simon LeBon’s boat collapsed off the English coast during a race. He was rescued by the Royal Navy after spending 40 minutes breathing from an underwater air-pocket

· After almost 20 years, 6 Monkees albums were re-released, and re-entered the Billboard album chart

· Three members of the LL Cool J crew were arrested and charged with raping a 15-year-old girl. The incident occurred after a concert when the girl had won a backstage pass on a radio contest

· Four music festivals took place in Cornwall for the full solar eclipse. James, The Levellers, Van Morrison, Kula Shakur and The Happy Mondays were all appearing at various events
· Kiss arrived on Hollywood Boulevard to unveil their star on the Walk of Fame. They had released over 30 albums and sold over 80 million records worldwide

· Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson played the Ozzfest at PNC Bank Arts Centre, New Jersey

· Bruce Springsteen started a 2-week run at no. 1 on the US album charts with The Rising