I always thought Bent Fabric — the pianist and composer who had a big hit with “Alley Cat” in 1962 — had picked a strange stage name, one that sounded like a folded piece of cloth. But it turns out that it’s almost his real name. The Danish-born musician, who is now in his nineties … More Yes, Bent Fabric Is For Real
Radio City, the short-lived pirate radio station that operated off the coast of England for a while in the 60’s, was mentioned recently in a post titled Tony Newman And The Crazy 60’s Music Scene, but if you want to know more about it we probably should start with some history. Pirate radio has been … More Screaming Lord Sutch And The Radio City Pirates
On this edition of the Squeaky Wheel, the GMC Special Feature that allows me to grumble about whatever is currently bugging me, we’re going to tackle the question of why they keep trying to speed up the game of baseball. You can’t help but see it discussed everywhere these days, and you might think it’s … More Squeaky Wheel Says: Leave Baseball Alone!
Today we’re going to focus on British rock guitarist/singer Tony Newman, but don’t confuse him with the drummer of the same name, a contemporary of his who had a long career that included stints with bands like T. Rex and Boxer, and also accompanied David Bowie, Eric Clapton and others. Our Tony Newman’s career didn’t … More Tony Newman And The Crazy 60’s Music Scene
It always tickles me when I discover a surprising connection between two completely different types of musical artists. Johnny Tillotson, the subject of today’s post, has been entertaining fans for more than a half-century as a successful country/pop singer, but I think he’d be the first to agree that a lot of his early … More Connecting The Dots With Johnny Tillotson
A huge hit record from 1970 that has sometimes approached earworm status for me is a skiffle song called “In The Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. But even though I’ve heard it countless times in the last forty-plus years (and it’s probably going through your head right now) it has never occurred to me to find … More So Exactly What Is A Mungo Jerry?
In 1957, when 14-year-old Parisian Jean-Philippe Léo Smet first caught sight of Elvis Presley on the screen in the movie Loving You, it was the beginning of a transformation. Like a lot of European teens at the time he was intrigued by the new style of music represented by Presley, but in his case he … More Johnny Hallyday Was Known As The French Elvis
One of the most unappreciated rockabilly artists of the 1950s was Johnny Carroll, a talented and magnetic performer who was in many ways reminiscent of his friend, the much more successful Gene Vincent. In fact, Carroll’s surge of popularity later in his career was partly due to his appreciation for Vincent’s music, along with his … More The Redemption Of Johnny Carroll
Exactly six years ago today we spotlighted J.P. Richardson, better known as the Big Bopper, a DJ and songwriter-turned performer who had the misfortune to go down in the same 1959 plane crash that took the life of Buddy Holly. But just before that, he was instrumental in getting another rock and roller off to … More Johnny Preston Got A Boost From The Big Bopper
Yes folks, it’s time for another edition of Five Star Favs, the GMC Special Feature that has a pretty simple premise: it spotlights one of my tip-top, all time favorites. And a few of those might surprise you. For example, my infatuation with today’s featured song began about thirty years ago when I saw it … More Five-Star Favs: It All Began On MTV