Today in rock history (well, technically, it was yesterday), in 1946, albino musician, Edgar Winter (the Edgar Winter Group), is born in Beaumont, TX. He, and his group, are best known for the '73 album "They Only Come Out At Night" containing the #1 hit instrumental "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride." And yes, he's Johnny's kid brother. When I got this album in the '70's I stared long and hard at the cover – not because Edgar was hot or anything – just because of its inherent strangeness. Here's Edgar bare chested, wearing a necklace and heavy makeup, with his hair blown back like a super model in a wind tunnel, with no explanation whatsoever as to what this had to do with the music contained therein. Perhaps I'm being too literal, and it don't mean a thang, but...it's still strange nevertheless. Let's enjoy a cut from the album; Thanks to http://www.rockintown.com/today-in-rock.html for the info, and keep on rockin’!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Na, Na, Na, Na…On this date in rock history, in 1963, "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen peaks on the charts at #6. Oh yeah, yet another blog about the immortal “Louie, Louie,” so I’m not gonna go into too much detail, I’ll just leave you with probably the most famous film reference to this tune. Thanks to http://rockhall.com/story-of-rock/today-in-rock/ for the info, and keep on rockin’!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
… there’s no Cuba, I wonder if you can? In the who’d a thunk it dept: Today in rock history, on the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder in New York, a statue of Lennon is unveiled in Havana. Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, who severely criticized The Beatles in the ‘60s as ‘decadent’ now says Lennon was a ”revolutionary.” ‘nuff said – we still miss you John, RIP, and the rest of you, keep on rockin’!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
... but it takes so long... On this day in rock history, in 1970, George Harrison released "My Sweet Lord" in America. It wasn't released in the U.K. until January 15, 1971. Great song, but we all know what hot water George got into with this song's similarity to "He's So Fine." He went to court, paid his fine, and wrote "It's Only a Northern Song" in response to the court's ruling. Good thing nobody gives a rip about how much I steal from other artists when I write my songs...uh oh...I may have said too much! Enjoy the tune one more time, and keep on rockin'!