Surprised and Pleased

Surprised and Pleased

: Sir Elton John turns 72 years old today (March 25th). Elton John’s: “Bennie and the Jets” from the album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” in 1973  first broke on black radio in Detroit, which couldn’t have pleased Elton more. Elton John was against releasing “Bennie and the Jets” as the third U.S. single off Goodbye…

Apparently he has a Mirror!

Apparently he has a Mirror!

Ric Ocasek, who was the main singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of The Cars, will celebrate his birthday tomorrow.(Saturday) Only we’re not sure how old he will be — depending on what source you believe, he will be 70, 75 or 76. Since his rise to fame with The Cars in the late ’70s, Ocasek…

Robert Plant, Yes; Metallica, No

Robert Plant, Yes; Metallica, No

When Woodstock founder Michael Lang announced in January that there would be a 50th anniversary show this summer, he planned to reveal the lineup in February. When that didn’t pan out, there were reports the festival was in trouble, which Lang tells us was not the case. Michael Lang on the delay in announcing the…

They’re Still Rockin’

They’re Still Rockin’

The lineup for Woodstock 50 — August 16th, 17th and 18th in Watkins Glen, New York — includes a number of artists who performed at the original festival in August 1969.Those returning are:   Santana (Carlos Santana is the only original member left) John Fogerty (performed with Creedence Clearwater Revival) John Sebastian Melanie Dead &…

The Whip Didn’t Work

The Whip Didn’t Work

Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19th, 2001. Steven Tyler lets us in on recording the song “Back in the Saddle” from te album “Rocks” in 1977. One of the highlights of “Back in the Saddle” is what Wikipedia calls the “sound effects of a galloping horse and…

The King is Gone

The King is Gone

Dick Dale, nicknamed “The King of the Surf Guitar,” died Saturday at age 81. He practically invented “surf music”.  He was in all those 60’s Beach movies playing the electric guitar in the sand with no amp (?) (Movie magic) Born Richard Monsour, Dale is credited with inventing the surf guitar sound during a lengthy…

Use Your Imagination

Use Your Imagination

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh celebrates his 79th birthday today (March 15th). There has always been the question for the Grateful Dead song “Uncle John’s Band” from Workingman’s Dead in1970.  Was it inspired by a real band or is it the Dead with John substituted for Jerry? Mickey Hart sets the record straight: ”It was…

You Knew it

You Knew it

The Doobie Brothers are a year shy of their 50th anniversary. But we’ve always wondered about their name. We suspected but to be sure here is the guy who founded the band, Tom Johnston and he says what you suspect is at least partly true. “Ah, we were all sitting around the table on 12th…

They Were Lucky

They Were Lucky

U2 bassist Adam Clayton celebrates his 59th birthday today.(March 13) “With or Without You”” was U2’s first number-one hit in Billboard. Daniel Lanois, who co-produced it with Brian Eno, says they were lucky it worked out so well. He remembers how the track came together: “’With or Without You’ started out with a tom-tom rhythm…

Shake that Vitamin Bottle

Shake that Vitamin Bottle

Pete Townshend continues to work on the music for the new Who album in London, while Roger Daltrey is elsewhere, trying to wrap his head around Pete’s lyrics. Pete has been recording guitar parts and percussion, including a shaken vitamin bottle. He says one of the songs is about guns, a subject about which he…