Posts Tagged ‘Rock and Roll’

I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis

December 11, 2017

“I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis,” written by Don Kirshner and Bobby Darin, performed by “Debbie Dabney” (or “Marlene Paul,” apparently Marlene Ver Planck). Accompanists include guitarist Kenny Burrell.

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Elvis français a quitté le bâtiment.

December 7, 2017

Elvis français a quitté le bâtiment. Johnny Hallyday, the “French Elvis,” has left the building. He died Wednesday at age 74. He was best known for his versions of American pop hits with French lyrics.

More:

“Johnny Hallyday, Gallic rocker worshiped as the ‘French Elvis,’ dies at 74,” Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times

“Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis Presley of France, Is Dead at 74,” William Grimes, New York Times

“The Untranslatable French Love for Johnny Hallyday,” Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

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Shake, Rattle And Roll

November 4, 2017

“Shake, Rattle And Roll,” written by Jesse Stone, interpreted by The Animals (lead singer, Eric Burdon) on Radio Bremen TV’s “Beat Club,” 1967. Burdon is the one who isn’t chewing gum. The tune, originally recorded by Big Joe Turner, was a huge hit for Bill Haley & His Comets.

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Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino Jr., 1928 – 2017

October 25, 2017

Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr., the singer, pianist and songwriter who was New Orleans’ ambassador to Rock n’ Roll, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. He brought a boogie-woogie, R&B sensibility to the world of teen tunes.

More:

“Fats Domino, boogie-woogie pianist who helped launch rock-and-roll, dies at 89,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post

“Fats Domino, piano-playing prodigy and rock and roll legend, dies at 89” John Pope, Times-Picayune

“Fats Domino, Architect Of Rock And Roll, Dead At 89,” Gwen Thompkins, NPR

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Johnny B. Goode

October 7, 2017

“Johnny B. Goode,” written by Chuck Berry. Performed by the composer on “The T.A.M.I. Show” in 1954.

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Brown Eyed Handsome Man

August 26, 2017

“Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” written and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1956.

Chuck Berry (guitar, vocals) Johnnie Johnson (piano), L. C. Davis (tenor sax), Willie Dixon (bass), and Fred Below (drums).

Lyrics

Chuck Berry website

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Little Queenie

August 13, 2017

“Little Queenie,” written by Chuck Berry, interpreted by The Rattles on Radio Bremen TV’s “Beat Club,” 1965.

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Rock and Roll Music

May 14, 2017

“Rock and Roll Music,” written in 1957 by Chuck Berry, performed by Mr. Berry with Tina Turner in 1982.

Related:

“Chuck Berry tributes pour in: ‘Greatest rock‘n’roll writer who ever lived,’” James Tapper, The Guardian

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Chuck Berry, 1926 – 2017

March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry, the perpetual wild man of rock music who helped define its rebellious spirit in the 1950s and was the sly poet laureate of songs about girls, cars, school and even the ‘any old way you choose it‘ vitality of the music itself, died March 18 at at his home in St. Charles County, Mo. He was 90.”

— “Chuck Berry, wild man of rock who helped define its rebellious spirit, dies at 90,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post [links added]

More:

“‘Shakespeare of rock ‘n’ roll’ Chuck Berry dies at 90,” Bonnie Kristian, The Week

“Chuck Berry tributes pour in: ‘Greatest rock‘n’roll writer who ever lived,'” James Tapper, The Guardian

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Sleigh Bell Rock

December 11, 2016

“Sleigh Bell Rock,” written by Hal Schneider and recorded by him with his band Three Aces & A Joker in 1960.

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