Inspired by Calvin Klein

Inspired by Calvin Klein

35 years ago today (January 18th, 1984) Van Halen kicked off its 1984 tour in Jacksonville, Florida.  The album produced their only number 1 single “Jump”.  That was followed by “I’ll Wait”. David Lee Roth says the lyrics were inspired by a Calvin Klein model. The song was written by David Lee Roth, Eddie Van…

You never know who is on bass

You never know who is on bass

Ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor celebrates his 70th birthday today (January 17th).He was in the Stones from 1969 until 1974 so that means he played guitar on the album Exile on Main Street in 1972.  But not always guitar. On the song “Tumbling Dice” he played bass not Bill Wyman. He explains: how he, rather…

Never Been There

Never Been There

Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Born on the Bayou” was inspired by the swamp; a place John Fogerty had never been. It was on the album Bayou Country.  He’d never been to the Bayou either. The song was never a hit as it was the B-side of “Proud Mary,” which peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot…

That’s NOT what they meant!

That’s NOT what they meant!

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant would have turned 71 today (January 15th).  Here’s a bit of history.  Back in the day if you had a hit single and it was moving up the Billboard Hot 100 quickly they put a bullet next to it.  That’s where the phrase “Number 1 with a bullet” came from.…

Not Tush?

Not Tush?

ZZ Top: “La Grange” might be the most significant Z Z Top song.  Tush is popular…the song I mean, but most people would say La Grange.  It was on their 3rd album Tres Hombres in 1978 and it was not their first single; that was “Francine,” from their second album, Rio Grande Mud. Nor was…

50 Years Ago

50 Years Ago

America got its first taste of Led Zeppelin 50 years ago Saturday when their self-titled debut album was released. The band came together the year before when Yardbirds’ guitarist Jimmy Page recruited his old friend from his session days, bassist John Paul Jones, along with drummer John Bonham and singer Robert Plant.. Here is Jimmy…

She is not the joke

She is not the joke

Pat Benatar turns 66 today (January 10th). Her first big song was “Heartbreaker” off the album: In the Heat of the Night back in 1979. It was her breakthrough hit 40 years ago and she still performs it. In fact, she closes her shows with it. But she approaches the song very differently now than…

He knew it was good

He knew it was good

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page celebrates his 75th birthday today (January 9th). In the song “Whole Lotta Love” from Led Zeppelin II in 1969; the weird part in the middle with sounds going from one speaker to the other? How did Jimmy do it? The song made it to # 4 on the Billboard Hot…

Shouda been obvious

Shouda been obvious

Today (January 8th) is Doors guitarist Robby Krieger’s 73rd birthday. It seems obvious now but The Doors song “Riders on the Storm” was inspired by the cowboy song “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” The “Storm” version was on the album: L.A. Woman in 1971 and made it to number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Robby…

It was the 70s!

It was the 70s!

Rod Stewart had a big hit with the song “Hot Legs” from the album: Footloose and Fancy Free in 1977. It was huge but Rod was too drunk to remember how or why he wrote it. “We wrote that in a hotel in Australia in those rampant ’70s days. I can’t remember too much about…