Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Kinks

Led by uber-talented Ray Davies, who was the lead singer and composer, this group is almost forgotten now, but they were one of the leaders of the British Invasion. Drummer Mick Avory landed with these guys after being fired by Brian Jones and replaced with Charlie Watts in the Rolling Stones in 1963. Lead guitar Dave Davies was weird, but he was also the brother of Ray, which kept him in the group for decades.

The Kinks
Got Love If You Want It

The Kinks
You Really Got Me

We used to turn this one up loud as we drove around town in 1966.
The Kinks
Till the End of the Day

The Kinks
All Day and All of the Night

"Father Christmas,
Give us your money!
We'll beat you up,
if you make us annoyed"

Come on! Everybody sing!
The Kinks
Father Christmas

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Eric Burdon

The Animals
House of the Rising Sun

The Animals
We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Eric Burdon and the Animals

Eric Burdon and the Animals
When I Was Young

Eric Burdon and War
Spill the Wine

Friday, May 22, 2009

Female Pop Stars

Maybe the greatest female pop singer of all time...
Dusty Springfield (Mary O'Brien)
I Only Want To Be With You

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

The Seekers (Judith Durham) The first great Australian pop stars
I'll Never Find Another You

The Seekers
Georgy Girl

Here is the greatest selling female singer ever to come out of Great Britain. She was a child star in British films beginning in 1944 and her singing career includes Top 20 hits from 1954 to 2009.
Petula Clark

Petula Clark
Don't Sleep In the Subway

Petula Clark
I Know a Place

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The British Invasion

From the "Day the Music Died" in 1959 to early 1964, real rock&roll nearly died out. It was replaced by formula music, which was favored by the large music companies as safer investments. No one even suspected that a musical revolution was brewing in Great Britain and other English speaking countries as teenagers created their own versions of American rock&roll and blues tunes. These new "beat groups" exploded onto the scene at the same time and astonished the world for the next 30 years...

The Beatles
I Want to Hold Your Hand

The Beatles

The Beatles (George Harrison sings lead on this one.)
I'm Happy Just to Dance With You

The Beatles
She Loves You

The Animals
Boom Boom

The Animals
Talkin About You

Six foot five inch, red-haired, Paul Jones was offered the job of lead singer of the Rolling Stones by Brian Jones, but he turned it down. Don't feel too badly for him. His son became one of the richest businessmen in the world...
Manfred Mann
Hubble Bubble

These lads don't look too enthusiastic about having to lip-synch their anthem of teenage rebellion. Its a good thing those ducks and boaters don't get too close to Keith Moon...
The Who
The Kids Are Alright

This one is more like it...
The Who
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere

The teenage band that eventually became The Who were originally known as...
The High Numbers
I'm the Face

The Rolling Stones
Pain in My Heart/Around and Around

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Who
Baba O'Rielly

The greatest guitarist that I ever saw was Peter Townsend and the greatest drummer was Keith Moon: both of them were in this band. When their first hit records came out, the oldest member of the band, bassist John Entwhistle, was 19 and the youngest member of the band, Moon, was only 16.
The Who

Most of their songs were a continous battle between light melodies and harmonic vocals against a background of violent drumming with explosive guitar work.
The Who
Happy Jack

The Who
Won't Get Fooled Again

The masters of angry teenage music...
The Who
Behind Blue Eyes

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Birth of Rock & Roll

Here is the very first rock & roll tune from 1954.
The term "rock & roll" hadn't even been invented yet.
The Crew Cuts

Here is the tune that conquered the world.
In 1956, this band caused riots wherever they went.
Bill Haley and His Comets
Rock Around the Clock

The first rock & roll superstar was a 21 year-old truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi.
Elvis Presley
You Ain't Nothin', but a Hound Dog

Forced to wear tuxedos for TV, (so they wouldn't scare the parents) these motorcycle toughs from Texas were led by a 20 year-old who was killed two years later on "the day the music died."
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
Peggy Sue

The greatest teen idols of their time, these guys are seen here on American Bandstand: the first weekly rock & roll TV show, which was broadcast live from Philadelphia.
Dion and the Belmonts
A Teenager in Love

Here they are 50 years later. Modern equipment makes a big difference!
Dion and the Belmonts

This was filmed live just four days after "the day the music died" in February, 1959, when Buddy Holly (22), Richie Valens (17) and the Big Bopper (28) were killed in a plane crash. One year after this was filmed, Eddie was also killed in a taxi cab crash in London, England. He was 21.
Eddie Cochran
Summertime Blues

Eddie wrote his own material and he was a local kid from Bell Gardens, California.
Eddie Cochran
C'mon Everybody

White radio stations in the south wouldn't play black rockers on the air, but they were huge stars everywhere else in the world. Here Chuck Berry is introduced by the man who invented the phrase "rock & roll", Alan Freed.
Chuck Berry
You Can't Catch Me

Watch the teenagers react to Chuck Berry more than half a century ago...

Johnny B. Goode (Live 1958)

The wildest of them all was this guy.
Little Richard

Long Tall Sally (1956)

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin on