Play Our Song!

Play Our Song!

ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard celebrates his 70th birthday today (June 11th).  The song “Cheap Sunglasses”  from the album: Deguello in 1979 is a fan favorite.  The fans let them know that they couldn’t drop it from the set. Bands that have been at it for a long time know you can only play so…

He swooped in to save the day

He swooped in to save the day

Stevie Nicks released her second solo album, The Wild Heart, on this day in 1983 (June 10) The song stand out making in to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Stand Back”.  It was inspired by and then completed by Prince. Stevie Nicks wrote “Stand Back” after hearing Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” on…

CSN turns 50

CSN turns 50

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Crosby, Stills & Nash. The supergroup’s debut album includes such classics as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Helplessly Hoping” and “Marrakesh Express.” The union of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash combined artists whose résumés included The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Hollies. The album that…

It’s where he learned how to swim

It’s where he learned how to swim

John Fogerty celebrates his 74th birthday today (May 28th). The Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Green River” is one of his favorites on one of his favorite albums “Green River” Not only did the single hit # 2 but it came from his childhood. “I’ve long said that was my favorite album from the Creedence era…

There’s No Crying in Recording

There’s No Crying in Recording

Today (May 24th) is Bob Dylan’s 78th birthday. The Bob Dylan song “Forever Young” brought The Band’s late bassist Rick Danko to tears. He remembered tearing up after cutting the slow version on a Friday, then returning to the studio to record a fast one Monday morning. In a 1980s interview, he talked about cutting…

Another song written as a joke?

Another song written as a joke?

40 years ago today (May 23rd,1979) and 10 years to the day after Tommy was released in Britain (May 23rd, 1969), The Who documentary The Kids Are Alright premiered in New York. The Who song “Long Live Rock” was an attempt at a Chuck Berry parody that Pete Townshend calls “not a very good song.”…

It was a joke

It was a joke

40 years ago today (May 22nd), Cheap Trick at Budokan, featuring “I Want You to Want Me,” was certified platinum for a million copies sold.  The live version of the song “I Want You to Want Me” was career-changing, but they sure don’t like the original studio recording. The studio version didn’t chart. The live…

They were Neighbors!

They were Neighbors!

Queen’s Hot Space album, featuring “Under Pressure,” was released on May 21st, 1982. Inspired by listening to classic records, Queen and David Bowie write a classic of their own. It was released as a single and on Queen’s Greatest Hits in 1981 and on Hot Space in 1982  David Bowie, John Deacon, Brian May, Freddie…

Never Played Songs Live

Never Played Songs Live

The Doobie Brothers made history last fall in New York with their first-ever complete album shows. Due June 28th, Live From the Beacon Theatre will be available in two-CD, two-CD/DVD, and Blu-ray versions. Focused on the band’s second and third LPs — Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me — the shows include never-before-performed live…

A Twist Not The Twist

A Twist Not The Twist

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne celebrates his 67th birthday today (May 14th). Their song “Wild Wild Life” was written to sound like a typical pop song you’d hear on the radio, but with a little twist.. “Wild Wild Life” was the first single from Talking Heads’ 1986 album True Stories, which featured the group’s…