Archive for the ‘rock music’ Category

J.J. Cale, 1938 – 2013

July 27, 2013

“J.J. Cale, Musician and Songwriter, Dies at 74,” By Ravi Somaiya, New York Times

“Grammy-winning singer-songwriter J.J. Cale dies at 74,” Matt Schudel, Washington Post

“Musician JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits,” Chris Talbott, AP via USA Today

“Tulsa Sound artist JJ Cale dead at 74,” Tulsa World

J.J. Cale website

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Rockin’ Grandma

July 22, 2013

Unknown elder at the Coalition Drum Shop, La Crosse, WI.

h/t: Allison Reiber, Mashable

UPDATES:

“‘Grandma Drummer’ Mary Hvizda has long history in drumming,” Pauleen Le, WKBT

“Drumming Grandma Stuns Watchers; 2M Views on YouTube,” David Ogul, NewsMax

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Superman

June 20, 2013

“I’m too weak, I’m so thin / I’d like to fly, but I can’t even swim.”

Related:

“10 Sciencey Stats on the Man of Steel,” Kyle Hill, Scientific American blog

“Superman: Flying to a church near you,” Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog

“Superman Turns 75,” The Onion

“How The National Guard Is Using ‘Man of Steel’ To Recruit You,” Asawin Suebsaeng, Mother Jones

“Why Can’t Anyone Recognize Superman?” Kyle Hill, Slate

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Doc Pomus

June 6, 2013

There’s a film about the amazing life of legendary songwriter Doc Pomus (Jerome Felder). It’s being screened in St. Louis and Toronto next week.

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Hound Dog History

May 22, 2013

(“You Ain’t  Nothin’ But a) Hound Dog” first became a hit 6o years ago.

“The song was born in the famed Brill Building of New York, written by two Jewish teenagers named Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber. They had intended it, Leiber later recalled, for a female blues singer, and though they had several candidates in mind, it was Willie Mae Thornton who first took it into the studio on August 13, 1952. Big Mama, as she was known, growled that the songwriters were ‘a couple of kids,’ but the great bandleader Johnny Otis put her through her paces with several takes even as she tinkered with the lyrics, threw in a few suggestive howls, and changed the accent to make ‘Hound Dog’ wholly her own.”

– “‘Hound Dog’: An Old Dog That Keeps on Running,” Gregory McNamee, Britannica blog

Related:

“Mama’s Voice: The lasting influence of Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton,” Maureen Mahon, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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No Brown M&Ms

May 3, 2013

Van Halen‘s infamous rock concert contract rider: “NO BROWN M&MS!” Excessive? No, brilliant. David Lee Roth explains it all to you.

h/t: Ezra Klein

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Levon Helm

April 22, 2013


Levon Helm (Mark Lavon Helm), best-known as the drummer in The Band, died a year ago this week. We’ve just come across this 1971 video of him singing “Baby Don’t You Do It,” the Holland-Dozier-Holland song that was a hit for Marvin Gaye in 1964. The horn charts here are by Allen Toussaint.

h/t Ed Kilgore

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British Senior Citizens to Visit North America

April 4, 2013

British Senior Citizens to Visit North America

Some elderly English blokes plan to spend their hols pottering around the Colonies. The Paddington Pigeon Fanciers Rolling Stones will visit Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia in May and June. Whilst in ‘Vegas, will they motor out to Lake Havasu and visit London Bridge? What jolly fun!

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River Deep, Matterhorn High

January 27, 2013

River Deep, Matterhorn High

Rhythm & Blues great Tina Turner has successfully petitioned local authorities for Swiss citizenship. Born in Nutbush, Tennessee 73 years ago as Anna Mae Bullock, she has lived in Kuesnacht, on Lake Zurich, since 1995. If Swiss federal and state authorities approve the application as expected, Frau Turner will surrender her U.S. Passport.

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Happy Birthday, Jimi Hendrix

November 27, 2012

James Marshall Hendrix, November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970.

“Golden rose, the color of the dream I had
Not too long ago
Misty blue and lilac too
Never to grow old.”

More: 

“Jimi Hendrix at 70: Rock Stars Remember the Late Guitar Legend,” ABC News

“Happy 70th Birthday, Jimi Hendrix: Seattle’s EMP Museum Celebrates Guitar Hero,” Huffington Post

Official website: jimihendrix.com

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