It finally got there

It finally got there

Onetime Scorpions bassist Francis Buchholz, who plays on “Still Loving You,” celebrates his 69th birthday today (February 19th). That song had a tough time making it onto a Scorpions album.  It was rejected numerous times by the band before they finally tried to play it. Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker wrote the music for “Still Loving You” in 1977, and it took unto 1984 until it made it onto the album Love at First Sting. Bandmate Matthias Jabs explains how the song came to be recorded years later.

“He brought it up every time we were recording an album. So at the time when we were doing Love Drive in ’78 nobody in the band liked it. In 1980, when we did Animal Magnetism, nobody liked it. Blackheart, same thing. So he always came up with that song and we didn’t know what to do with it. And then in ’83, when we started out rehearsing for Love at First Sting, we just played it and everybody played about the same thing that is on the album now the first time we tried it out. It just felt right and it felt magic the first moment we did it.”

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Too Deep

Too Deep

Former Styx singer and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung celebrates his 72nd birthday today (February 18th). He gets deep in his songwriting in fact Mr. Roboto pretty much caused him to leave Styx.  Or caused the band to leave him.  “The Best of Times” is a song he wrote for Paradise Theater and it made to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. He explains what inspired it.

“In 1980, when the album was constructed, we’d just come through the Iranian crisis — remember when they held the hostages. We’d just come through, really, in my mind, the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate, the oil embargo, and now we had taking hostages. And ‘The Best of Times’ was a song about trying to rationalize in my own mind, having grown up, really, in the late ‘50s-early ‘60s in probably the greatest time to be alive in the history of mankind — to be in this country at that time — and then to go through the turmoil of the late ‘60s and all through the ‘70s.”

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Win tickets to Sammy Hagar

Win tickets to Sammy Hagar

Listen for Picozzi’s 30 Second Six Song Challenge to win tickets to Sammy Hagar’s Full Circle Jam Tour (Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson) with Night Ranger at Foxwoods Resort Casino on May 30.

So it was a bathroom “break”

So it was a bathroom “break”

Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell turns 74 today (February 15th). His solo on “The Logical Song” was recorded in an illogical location.

They were recording the album Breakfast in America  and the guitar, piano and drums were being recorded in different parts of the, isolated from each other with baffles. His saxophone was so loud, though, that he need to be in a different room. He reveals where that turned out to be.

“When we were recording the backing tracks, we didn’t want the sound of the sax to spill onto the drum mics, in case the sax wasn’t good and the drum was good and we wanted to keep it or whatever. So the nearest place was the bathroom. So I sat on the toilet there, with a copy of Playboy in my left hand and my sax in my right hand and we did the takes there. In fact, the take that turned out to be the real good backing track was the one with the sax solo you hear on it. So I must’ve got the inspiration even through the walls, even sitting on the toilet.”

Written During Breakfast

Written During Breakfast

Elton John was a guest voice on a Valentines-themed episode of The Simpsons 20 years ago today (February 14th, 1999). His career was launched with the song…”Your Song” music by Elton, lyrics by Bernie Taupin released in 1970.  Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics while eating breakfast; Elton added the music before lunch. It made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is one of the most enduring love songs. Here is Bernie Taupin:

“I wrote ‘Your Song’ when I was 17 years old. Elton and I shared a room at his mother’s tiny little apartment. We had these bunk beds and I used to sit on the bunk and write lyrics while he was in the next room at the piano, and we used to work like that. I actually wrote that while I was having breakfast — because the original lyric had coffee stains on it and, like, you know, sort of egg stains — then sort of handed it to him and he just went into the next room and just hammered it out.”

The 48th Annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 9, 2019

The 48th Annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Join 102.9 The Whale at the 48th Annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11a!

Come down to the parade route early and get your seat!

The parade begins at Capitol Avenue by the State Capitol, takes a left on Main Street, a left on Asylum, a left on Ford Street, and then ends by the Memorial Arch.

Check out the 102.9 The Whale’s Float driven by Chucks Automotive of East Hartford!

Please note, there will be some road closures along the parade route before the parade. Parking is available in various lots and garages near the XL Center area and Convention Center. Click Here for a listing of Hartford Parking Lots and Garages

Come on out and support your town, including:
Cromwell
East Hartford
Glastonbury
Hartford
Manchester
Newington
South Windsor
West Hartford
Wethersfield

 

“Did I Write That?”

“Did I Write That?”

Mick Jones of Foreigner wrote the song: “I Want to Know What Love Is” on the album: Agent Provocateur in 1984.  He wrote it about circumstances in his own life, but that it has taken on more meaning than he’d initially imagined. Here he talks about the effect it has had on listeners:

“So many people relate to me the importance and the meaning that it’s had to them in their lives. I get all kinds of correspondence from people for whom that song has been an incredible and important part of their life, something that has helped them through some really bad patches, or some tragedy, or some joy sometimes. It’s kind of one of those things — it’s like, ‘Did I write that?’”