Thursday, April 7, 2011

Discography: Doobie Brothers

1971:  The Doobie Brothers
1972:  Toulouse Street (#21)
1973:  The Captain and Me (#7)

The Doobie Brothers' Lineup with Tom Johnston

1974:  What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (#4)
1975:  Stampede (#4)
1976:  Takin' It to the Streets (#8)
1977:  Livin' on the Fault Line (#10)
1978:  Minute By Minute (#1)--Easily their best studio album

The group switches sounds with Michael McDonald

1980:  One Step Closer (#3)
1989:  Cycles (#17)
1991:  Brotherhood (#82)
2000:  Sibling Rivalry
2010:  World Gone Crazy (#39)

Live Albums:
1983:  Farewell Tour (#79)
1996:  Rockin' Down the Highway:  The Wildlife Concert
1999:  Best of the Doobie Brothers Live
2004:  Live At Wolf Trap

1976:  Best of the Doobies (#5), a must-have
1981:  Best of the Doobies, Volume II (#39), also good to be a companion to the first one
1993:  Listen to the Music:  The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers
1999:  Long Train Runnin':  1970-2000
2001:  Greatest Hits (#142)
2002:  Doobies Choice
2003:  Divided Highway
2007:  The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers

Performers at the 1979 California World Music Festival

Here was the lineup of stars to perform at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the 1979 California World Music Festival:

April 7:
Cheap Trick
REO Speedwagon
Ted Nugent
Head East
April Wine
Mahogany Rush
Fabulous Poodles

April 8:
Van Halen
Mother's Finest
Eddie Money
April Wing
Boomtown Rats

The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs of the 1980's: #70 through #61

Here are 10 more of the great AC songs of the 1980's:

70.    "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" by Laura Branigan

69.    "Got My Mind Set on You" by George Harrison

68.    "Comin' In and Out of My Life" by Barbra Streisand

67.    "Words Get in the Way" by Miami Sound Machine

66.    "Make Me Lose Control" by Eric Carmen

65.    "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac

64.    "Even the Nights Are Better" by Air Supply

63.    "Sara" by Starship

62.    "I Love a Rainy Night" by Eddie Rabbitt

61.    "Baby, Come to Me" by James Ingram & Patti Austin

The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, England

If you're in Liverpool, England for the Beatles tour (and what serious music fan wouldn't be at some point?), be sure to include a stop at the Casbah.

The Casbah Coffee Club provided a venue for early rock performers, including the group that would change music forever.  The Beatles even helped decorate the basement to ready the place for its opening.

Mona Best was the owner of the Casbah, who purchased everything for her business with money won from betting on a 33-1 Derby longshot named "Never Say Die".  The group then known as the Quarrymen signed a deal to play at the Club for 15 shillings each from opening night (August 29) to October of 1959.  After their first show, it was apparent to Mona that this was a group to sign for a longer deal--lines formed well out into the street to get into the Club to see the group.  In those early days, the Quarrymen had just one microphone and no amps--John Lennon soon asked Mona to hire an amateur guitar player to open for them, if for no other reason so that the group could use his 40-watt amplifier!  The Quarrymen at the time were Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ken Brown, four guitar players and no drummer.

Many historical things happened at the club that are important to every person who is a fan of rock & roll, besides being the place where the group that would become the Beatles first performed.  The Casbah also featured performances by the Searchers and Gerry and the Pacemakers, among others.  It was at the Club where a management agreement was signed by Brian Epstein to manage the Beatles in December of 1961.  Mona's son was Pete Best, who had become interested in playing the drums.  Mona bought him a new drum kit and Best formed his own group, the Black Jacks.  Well, it didn't take long before the group without a drummer and the drummer who was the son of the Casbah's owner to hook up.

The Quarrymen served customers from behind the bar in addition to playing sets.  To every rock fan's delight, the Casbah Coffee Club has been remodeled to look as it did in the early days.  Instruments, posters, microphones and amps, along with the silver stars painted on the ceiling by John, Paul, George and Pete remain to this day.  The Club is 3.5 miles from the Liverpool City Center.  The address is 8 Haymans Green in West Derby, Liverpool.  The only way to tour the Casbah is by reserving in advance, and it is recommended that you do so well in advance of your visit.  Tours are available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridayas and Saturdays.  The tour lasts approximately one hour and costs 15 Euros.  E-mail the Casbah at:

I think it’s a good idea to let people know about the Casbah. They know about the Cavern, they know about some of those things, but the Casbah was the place where all that started. We helped paint it and stuff. We looked upon it as our personal club.” Sir Paul McCartney
Small area with three black wooden walls; only an amplifer, speaker and guitar can be seen.

Misconception about the term "Rock and Roll"

Occasionally, I will run across people who say "That's not rock & roll-that's pop!" or something along those lines.  You probably have too.  Those people have no idea what "rock & roll" is.  As you can tell from the story I did about Alan Freed, rock & roll was born out of rhythm and blues music, and as Freed says, it is made up of many parts including country and R&B.  Go back and listen to Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley and Pat Boone--that is what is properly defined as "rock and roll".  What has transpired since is the genre spreading out into different areas, such as country rock, disco, rap, hard rock and heavy metal, to name just a few elements.

It's all rock and roll music; rock music is a very all-encompassing term, and to confuse it with pop is getting your definitions mixed up.  "Pop", as referred to in that instance, is short for "Popular", which means that it is the dominant style of music.  If rock and roll is the dominant type of music, then it can be both "pop" and "rock and roll".  And again, "Pop" doesn't have a specific sound, either in the past, now or the future.  Musical tastes change constantly, and what is popular today may not be in the future.  In the Rock & Roll Era (1955-present), pop and rock have become synonymous, since rock music has dominated the scene for longer than any type of music since classical music. 

But to say that a popular song is not rock & roll shows limited understanding of both music and popular history.  A song by, say Madonna or the Beach Boys sounds much more like rock and roll as it is defined by its beginnings than a song by, say Metallica or AC/DC.  The music has evolved to a point where most of it sounds very little like true "rock and roll" and therein lies the confusion in people's minds that have the misconception about what rock and roll is.  Those latter groups fall under the heavy metal portion of rock music, but obviously sound much different than the early rock records.

So next time you hear someone say that a rock and roll song is a "Pop" song, set that person straight.

Alan Freed

Alan Freed was instrumental to the beginning of rock and roll music, helping to promote the music in a series of concerts around the country and in fact the phrase "rock and roll" is attributed to him. He also helped segregate the youth if America by playing music by black artists and featuring groups in his concert series that attracted diverse groups. In the movie Rock, Rock, Rock Freed said that "Rock and roll is a river of music that has absorbed many streams: rhythm and blues, jazz, rag time, cowboy songs, country songs, folk songs. All have contributed to the big beat."
Freed was born December 15, 1921 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  His family moved to Ohio and he graduated from Salem High School in 1940.  While at Ohio State, Freed became interested in radio and when he served in World War II, he worked as a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio.  Following his service, he worked at WKST in New Castle, Pennsylvania, WKBN in Youngstown, Ohio and WAKR in Akron, Ohio.

When Freed got a job in 1960 playing classical music on WJW in Cleveland, Leo Mintz, owner of Record Rendezvous, inquired about purchasing airtime on WJW to be devoted exclusively to playing R&B songs with Freed as the host.  The station management agreed and on July 21, 1951, Freed began his show "The Moondog House". 

The next year, Freed helped organize "The Moondog Coronation Ball" on March 21, 1952 at the Cleveland Arena, which is believed to be the first rock and roll concert.  The concerts that Freed organized attracted crowds that far exceeded the capacity of the venues.  WJW increased the air time of Freed's show and his popularity increased dramatically.  Executives in the music business noticed and soon, tapes of Freed's Cleveland show began to air in New York City.

In 1954, Freed got a job offer at WINS and moved to New York as that station became a 24-hour rock and roll station.  Freed introduced himself to European audiences through appearances in movies such as Rock Around the Clock.  He soon began recording a weekly half-hour show called Jamboree that would air on Radio Luxembourg, heard throughout the British Isles and much of Europe.  Radio Luxembourg's signal was strong in Liverpool, and reportedly John Lennon and Paul McCartney were influenced by artists such as Little Richard and Chuck Berry that they would hear on Freed's radio program.  Luxembourg's signal was the only commercial radio station heard in England until 1964. 

Freed worked a brief stint at WABC 770 AM in New York (until 1958), the beginnings of WABC's evolution into becoming one of America's greatest Top 40 stations.  Freed was fired amidst the infamous payola scandal in which he refused to sign a document that he had never accepted payola (money or inducements in return for playing a particular song).  That practice continues to this day in various forms...

Freed appeared in several movies as well such as the aforementioned "Rock, Rock, Rock" and "Rock Around the Clock" starring Bill Haley & the Comets.  He hosted "The Big Beat" on ABC-TV in 1957 or a brief time, and appeared on the show "To Tell the Truth", where he defended rock and roll before the panelists who preferred swing music. 

Freed's career ended when it was confirmed that had had in fact accepted payola.  He also had a conflict of interest, being a songwriter on several songs that allowed him to receive royalties while also promoting those records on his own program.  He worked at some stations after this, such as KDAY-AM in Santa Monica, California and WQAM in Miami, Florida, but those stations did not allow him to promote rock and roll stage shows. 

Freed died in Palm Springs, California in 1965 from problems brought on by alcoholism. 

On January 23, 1986, Freed was among the first group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  It had been built in Cleveland to recognize Freed's early involvement there in promoting rock and roll.  Freed was also posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988, and has since been honored in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and by the Grammy Awards with their Trustees Award.

You can find much more about Freed (including a complete biography and tons of invaluable audio clips (including an interview with Buddy Holly and videos of his movies) on the site dedicated to him,

This Date in Rock Music History: April 7

1956:  Columbia Records announced that all future record releases would be at 45 R.P.M.
1956:  The Platters appeared on Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show on CBS.  (Note:  many websites claim the appearance represented their national television debut.  This is not true.  They appeared on 'The Perry Como Show' on February 11 on NBC-TV, as you can see in the above video clip.  This is also confirmed by '' as well as the book 'Perry Como:  A Biography and Complete Career Record' by  Malcolm Macfarlane and Ken Crossland.) 
1956:  CBS Radio Network premiered the first scheduled national radio program of exclusively rock & roll music, Alan Freed's "Rock 'n" Roll Dance Party".  The writing was on the wall that rock & roll wasn't going away.

1958:  Alan Freed's "Big Beat Show", a concert featuring rock performers, featured two shows at Memorial Hall in Canton, Ohio.  Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Lymon, the Diamonds, Billy Ford, the Chantels, Screaming Jay Hawkins, the Pastels and Larry Williams were on the bill.
1959:  Marty Robbins recorded "El Paso" at Studio 2 at Bradley Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

1962:  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones for the first time at the Ealing Jazz Club in England.  At the time, Jones was called Elmo Lewis and played guitar that night as a guest of Alexis Korner, who had put together a Rhythm and Blues Night at the Club.  The Ealing, which received a Blue plaque as an historic place, is credited with being "the birthplace of British rhythm and blues".  It is now a nightclub called The Red Room.

1962:  The Beatles played at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, England.  The group played without guitarist George Harrison who was ill.  This was the Beatles' finale at the Casbah before returning to Hamburg, West Germany for a third engagement.
1962:  Sam Cooke remained atop the R&B chart for a third week with "Twistin' The Night Away".
1962:  Shelley Fabares moved to #1 with "Johnny Angel" as former #1 "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" from Connie Francis slipped.  Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" moved from 9 to 4.  
1963:  The Beatles performed at the Savoy Ballroom in Portsmouth, England.
1966:  The Beatles worked on overdubs for the track "Tomorrow Never Knows" and on a new McCartney-penned song, "Got To Get You Into My Life" for the upcoming Revolver album.  The version of the latter recorded on this date, played with a harmonium, is included on the album Anthology 2.

1967:  Pink Floyd appeared at the Floral Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1968:  The Who, the Troggs, MC5 and Raja played at the CNE. Coliseum in Toronto, Canada.  The facility is now called Ricoh Coliseum.

1969:  Mercy released the single "Love (Can Make You Happy)".
1970:  "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (from the movie Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
1972:  Grateful Dead was at the Wembley Empire Pool in London, England.  

What's really sad is that African-Americans insist on doing rap music rather than contribute great songs like this one from Gladys Knight & the Pips...

1973:  Gladys Knight & the Pips had the top R&B song for a fourth week with the excellent "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye".
1973:  Tony Orlando & Dawn reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart on this date with "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree".
1973:  Diana Ross had the top album with Lady Sings the Blues.  The only new album in the Top 10 was the new Pink Floyd release, The Dark Side of the Moon, which jumped from #27 to #9.

1973:  The new Billboard Hot 100 chart came out on this day and Vicki Lawrence led everyone on top the Singles chart with "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia".  Lawrence vaulted from 10 to 1, the seventh-biggest jump to #1 of the Rock Era.  The rest of the top five--#2 "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)" by Gladys Knight & the Pips, #3 "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack (the former #1), "Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got" by the Four Tops, and "Break Up To Make Up" by the great soul group the Stylistics.
1975:  Stevie Wonder and his wife celebrated the birth of daughter Aisha.  She's the one heard crying at the opening of Stevie's song "Isn't She Lovely".
1975:  Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple to form the group Rainbow.  Tommy Bolin replaced Blackmore in Deep Purple.
1979:  Aerosmith, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, the Boomtown Rats and Ted Nugent performed at the California Music Festival.
Love Takes Time by Orleans on Grooveshark 1979:  Orleans had one of the hottest new songs on the radio as "Love Takes Time" moved from 69 to 35.
1979:  The new Top 100 Singles chart came out on this day; the top five:  #1 "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, #2 "What A Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers, which was on its way to #1, #3 "Tragedy" by the Bee Gees, a former #1, the debut release from Dire Straits "Sultans Of Swing" was #4, and #5 "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb.
1979:  "Crazy Love" by Poco topped the Adult Contemporary chart, where it would spend seven weeks at #1.

1979:  The Doobie Brothers scored their first and only #1 album Minute By Minute.  Spirits Having Flown from the Bee Gees fell to #2 with the tasty Dire Straits debut third.  Love Tracks from Gloria Gaynor preceded the latest from Rod Stewart, Blondes Have More Fun.  The rest of the Top 10:  2 (sic) Hot!  by Peaches & Herb, 52nd Street from Billy Joel, George Benson moved to #8 with Livin' Inside Your Love, Bad Company vaulted from 30 to 9 with Desolation Angels and the Allman Brothers Band moved to 10 with Enlightened Rouges.
1981:  Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band began their first major tour outside the U.S. at the Congress Central Hamburg (CCH) in Hamburg, Germany.
1981:  Kit Lambert, the 60's manager of the Who, died on this date of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 45 resulting from a fall down a flight of stairs at his mother's home in London.  Lambert produced the Tommy album and Arthur Brown's 1968 hit "Fire".
1984:  "Hello" by Lionel Richie moved to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1984:  The Scorpions had the fastest-rising song on this date as "Rock You Like A Hurricane" moved from 76 to 58.
1984:  A record 40 British artists were on the U.S. Hot 100 Singles chart that came out on this date.  The top five:  #1 "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, #2 "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell with help from Michael Jackson, #3 Against All Odds" by Phil Collins (which would soon hit #1), #4 "Here Comes The Rain Again" by the Eurythmics and #5 "Jump" by the Pointer Sisters.
1984:  Thriller by Michael Jackson spent a 36th week at #1 on the Album chart.  

1985:  Wham! became the first western rock group to perform live in China, appearing before 15,000 at the workers gymnasium in Beijing.  Several solo performers had played China before.
1985:  Prince wrapped up his 32-city tour at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida by announcing he would cease touring for "an indeterminate number of years".
1988:  Alice Cooper accidentally hung himself for several seconds during a European tour when a safety rope broke.  As luck would have it, a roadie saved his life.
1990:  Elton John, Garth Brooks, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Don Henley, Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Guns N' Roses, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne performed at Farm Aid IV at the Indiana Hoosier Dome to benefit America's farmers. 
1990:  Only Yesterday by the Carpenters climbed to the top of the U.K. Album chart.  The compilation album hit #1 seven years after the death of Karen Carpenter.
1990:  Bonnie Raitt had the biggest hit of her life with the album Nick of Time, which rose to #1.
1990:  Taylor Dayne had the #1 hit "Love Will Lead You Back" (written by Dianne Warren).  Tommy Page's "I'll Be Your Everything" was #2, followed by #3 "All Around The World" by Lisa Stansfield, #4 "I Wish It Would Rain Down" by Phil Collins and #5 was the former #1 song "Black Velvet" by Canada's Alannah Myles.
1990:  Taylor Dayne had the top Adult Contemporary hit for a third week with "Love Will Lead You Back".
1994:  Lee Brilleaux, lead singer and harmonica player with Dr. Feelgood, died of throat cancer at age 41 in Canvey Island, Essex, England.  (Note:  some websites report that Brilleaux died in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England.  According to the newspapers 'The New York Times' and 'The Independent', Brilleaux died at his home in Canvey Island.)
1994:  Courtney Love was arrested on drugs and theft charges, not aware at the time that her husband Kurt Cobain had committed suicide and lay dead at their home.  Cobain's body wasn't discovered until April 8.
1994:  Percy Sledge pleaded guilty to tax evasion for failing to report $260,000 in income earned between 1987 and 1989.  Sledge was ordered to serve six months in a halfway house.
1996:  Take That topped the U.K. Album chart with their Greatest Hits package.
1997:  The Chemical Brothers released the album Dig Your Hole.
1997:  Liam Gallagher of Oasis married Patsy Kensit at the Marylebone Registry office in London.
1999:  Shania Twain became the first female to sell 10 million copies of back-to-back albums (The Woman in Me and Come  On Over).  (Note:  some websites state that this occurred on April 11.  The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certified Come On Over at 10 million on April 7.)

2000:  Heinz Burt, bass player and vocalist with the Tornadoes, died of a stroke in Eastleigh, Hampshire, England at the age of 57.  The group scored a #1 song with one of the top instrumentals of all-time, "Telstar".  Burt also had a solo hit with a tribute to Eddie Cochran, "Just Like Eddie", that featured Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
2001:  Paul McCartney bought the Beverly Hills home of Courtney Love for $3.995 million.
2002:  Gareth Gates, who was runner-up at the U.K. Pop Idol contest, hit #1 with his cover of "Unchained Melody", making him the seventh artist to have a hit with the Righteous Brother classic.

2002:  Celine Dion had a huge #1 album with A New Day Has Come .
2003:  Jury selection began in a wrongful death suit against Tommy Lee of Motley Crue following the 2001 drowning death of a boy at a pool party.
2004:  Janet Jackson debuted at #2 with the album Damito Jo.
2004:  More trouble for Motley Crue as Vince Neil's lawyer entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor of battery in a Beverly Hills courtroom after a fight on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in 2002.
2008:  Olivia Newton-John set out on a 21-day, 141-mile walk along the entire length of the Great Wall of China to raise money for breast cancer research.

2008:  Bob Dylan received a Pulitzer Prize for his impact on music and culture.
2010:  Bobby Rydell had major shoulder surgery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after slipping on hail after a concert in Oregon four days earlier.
2013:  Andy Johns, noted producer and engineer, who worked with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Steve Miller Band, Jethro Tull, Free, Cinderella, Ten Years After, Humble Pie and Joe Satriani, died at the age of 62 in Van Nuys, California from complications of a stomach ulcer.  (Note:  some websites report that Johns died in Los Angeles, but he died in Van Nuys, according to his wife Annette in the story in the newspaper 'The New York Times'.)


Born This Day:

1908:  Percy Faith ("Theme From 'A Summer Place'") was born on Toronto, Ontario, Canada; died on cancer February 9, 1976 in Encino, California.
1917:  Mongo Santamaria, who gave us one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era* ("Watermelon Man"), was born in Havana, Cuba; died February 1, 2003 in Miami, Florida after suffering a stroke.
1920:  Ravi Shankar (Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury), sitar player who worked with George Harrison and performed at both Woodstock and the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and was the father of singer Norah Jones, was born in Varanasi, United Provinces, India; died December 11, 2012 in San Diego, California.
1935:  Bobby Bare ("All-American Boy" and "500 Miles From Home") was born in Ironton, Ohio.
1937:  Charlie Thomas of the Drifters was born in Lynchburg, Virginia.

1938:  Spencer Dryden, drummer of Jefferson Airplane, was born in New York City; died of cancer in Petaluma, California January 11, 2005
1943:  Alan Buck, drummer of the Four Pennies ("Juliet" in 1964), was born in Brierfield, Lancashire, England.  (Note:  some websites report that Alan was born in Brierfield, Burnley, Lancashire, England.  Burnley is not a county; Brierfield and Burnley are separate towns.  Buck was born in Briefield, Lancashire, according to the newspaper 'The Manchester Beat'.)
1943:  Mick Abrahams, guitarist of Blodwyn Pig and Jethro Tull, was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

1946:  Bill Kreutzmann, drummer of Grateful Dead, was born in Palo Alto, California.
1947:  Florian Schneider-Esleben, flautist, violinist and guitarist and a founding member of Kraftwerk, which scored their biggest hit with "Autobahn" in 1975, was born in Kattenhorn, Germany.
1947:  Patricia Bennett, original member of the Chiffons, was born in the Bronx, New York.

1949:  John Oates, singer, songwriter and producer of Hall and Oates, was born in New York City.
1951:  Janis Ian, whose real name is Janis Fink ("Society's Child" and "At Seventeen"), was born in New York City.
1952:  Bruce Gary, drummer of the Knack ("My Sharona"), was born in Burbank, California; died August 22, 2006 of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Tarzana, California.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs of the 1980's: #80 through #71

We've heard 20 of The Top 100 AC songs of the 1980's.  Here are 10 more according to that genre of music:

80.    "These Dreams" by Heart

79.    "Little Jeannie" by Elton John

78.    "Shame on the Moon" by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

77.    "Smooth Operator" by Sade

76.    "Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins

75.    "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago

74.    "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel

73.    "In Too Deep" by Genesis

72.    "Always On My Mind" by Willie Nelson

71.    "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge

Songs on the Beatles' Album "Revolver"

Side One:
1.  "Taxman"
2.  "Eleanor Rigby"
3.  "I'm Only Sleeping"
4.  "Love You To"
5.  "Here, There and Everywhere"
6.  "Yellow Submarine"
7.  "She Said She Said"

Side Two:
1.  "Good Day Sunshine"
2.  "And Your Bird Can Sing"
3.  "For No One"
4.  "Doctor Robert"
5.  "I Want To Tell You"
6.  "Got To Get You Into My Life"

7.  "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Salute to "Louie, Louie"

"Louie, Louie" was first recorded by Richard Berry and his backing band the Pharoahs.  The song became a regional hit on the west coast.  The song was recorded by the Kingsmen and Paul Revere and the Raiders at the same Portland, Oregon recording studio.  Kingsmen lead singer Jack Ely, at one point in the song, comes in too early before the restatement of the riff.  The rest of the band didn't realize his mistake and Ely stopped.  But the band kept playing and recorded the song in one take.  The lyrics are also slurred in the song and the production is substandard.  The Raiders' version is much smoother, doesn't contain the singing error, and is better produced.  Because of these advantages, the Raiders' version quickly shot up to #1 in Portland, San Francisco, Hawai'i and all over the West.   It would have been the much-bigger national hit but, as we found out later, the man in charge of promoting the song at Columbia Records didn't like rock & roll (?!--he sure was in the wrong business, wasn't he?) and pulled the song, stopping it short of going national. 

No matter how familiar, no matter how many times you've heard the Kingsmen's version, trust me, the one by Paul Revere & the Raiders is much, much better.

It is now believed that "Louie, Louie" has taken over from "Yesterday" as the most recorded song in rock history as over 1,500 different artists have now recorded their version.  Below, just a sample of the many diverse acts that have jumped on the Louie, Louie bandwagon.

Beach Boys
Chuck Berry
Richard Berry & the Pharoahs
Les Dantz and his Orchestra
Charlie & The Tunas
Stanley Clarke & George Duke
Don & The Goodtimes
Eddie and the Subtitles
Els Corbs
Jack Ely & The Courtmen
Fat Boys
The Feelies
Flamin' Groovies
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids
Pete Fountain
Friar Tuck
Grateful Dead
H.B. & The Checkmates
Iggy Pop
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Jr. Cadillac
Last, Black Flag
Jack E.Lee & The Squires,
Little Bill with the Adventurers and the Shalimars
Johnny Mercer with Paul Weston & his Orchestra
Mongo Santamaria
Robert Plant
Otis Redding
Red Square
Paul Revere and the Raiders
Rice University Marching Owl Band
Rockin' Robin Roberts & the Wailers
Smashing Pumpkins
Sounds Orchestral
University of Southern California Marching Band
Swamp Rats
Toots & The Maytals
René Touzet
Ike & Tina Turner
Tyme Code
Travis Wammack
University Of Washington Husky Marching Band
Ian Whitcomb

Hits List: Mamas & Papas

1965:  "Go Where You Wanna' Go"
           "California Dreamin'" (#4)
1966:  "Monday, Monday" (#1)
           "I Saw Her Again" (#5)
           "Words Of Love" (#5)
           "Dancing in the Street" (#73)
           "Look Through My Window" (#24)
1967:  "Dedicated To the One I Love" (#2)
           "Creeque Alley" (#5)
           "Glad To Be Unhappy" (#26)

           "Dancing Bear" (#51)
           "Twelve Thirty" (#20)
1968:  "Safe In My Garden" (#43)
           "Dream a Little Dream Of Me" (Mama Cass--#12)
           "For the Love Of Ivy" #81)
           "Do You Wanna' Dance" (#76)
1972:  "Step Out" (#81)

The Top Artists at Capitol Records

Since today (April 6) is the anniversary of the beginning of construction on the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, it's a fine time to look into a little history at Capitol.

The Tower itself is quite unique and every music fan will want to at least get a peak of it if you're in the L.A. area.  From above, it looks like a stack of 45's on a turntable, with the tall spike at the top looking like a spindle.  In 1955, EMI acquired Capitol Records and ordered the Tower built at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine.  All West Coast operations of Capitol are conducted from that site.  A rectangular ground floor is a separate structure that was joined to the famous tower when completed.  The Tower itself is a 13-story building that is resistant to earthquakes and is home to several recording studios.  The blinking light atop the tower spells out the word "Hollywood" in Morse code.  In fact, the switch activating the light was first thrown by Lyla Morse, Samuel Morse's granddaughter. 

In 2006, EMI announced it had sold the tower to a New York-based developer.  Unbelievable.  And soon the building of the record company that released the Beatles records will probably be torn down, knowing America.

Here are some of the top artists at Capitol Records:

Andrews Sisters
April Wine
the Band
Shirley Bassey

Beach Boys

Blind Melon
David Bowie
Garth Brooks
Glen Campbell
Kim Carnes

Nat "King" Cole
Natalie Cole
Crowded House
Duran Duran
Faith Evans
Foo Fighters
Four Freshmen
Glass Tiger

Grand Funk
Sammy Hagar

Billy Idol
Iron Maiden
Jane's Addiction
Jimmy Eat World
Katrina & the Waves
Kingston Trio

Paul McCartney & Wings
Dean Martin

Richard Marx
MC Hammer

Steve Miller
Kylie Minogue
Anne Murray

Anne Murray
Katy Perry
Pet Shop Boys

Pink Floyd

Bonnie Raitt

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Helen Reddy
Relient K

Linda Ronstadt

Diana Ross

Bob Seger
Snoop Dogg
Spandau Ballet
George Thorogood
Tina Turner
Gene Vincent

Discography: Elton John

There aren't too many artists who can rattle off six consecutive #1 albums.  Elton John did (7 if you count his Greatest Hits album released in 1974), beginning with Honky Chateau in 1972 through Rock of the Westies in 1975.  The best of those are Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

1969:  Empty Sky (#6)
1970:  Elton John (#4)
           Tumbleweed Connection (#5)
1971:  Friends Soundtrack (#36)
           Madman Across the Water (#8)
1972:  Honky Chateau (#1)
1973:  Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (#1)
           Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (#1)
1974:  Caribou (#1)

1975:  Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (#1)
           Rock of the Westies (#1)
1976:  Blue Moves (#3)
1978:  A Single Man (#15)
1979:  Victim of Love (#35)

1980:  21 at 33 (#13
1981:  The Fox (#21)
1982:  Jump Up! (#17)
1983:  Too Low For Zero (#25)
1984:  Breaking Hearts (#20)
1985:  Ice On Fire (#48)
1986:  Leather Jackets (#91)
1988:  Reg Strikes Back (#16)
1989:  Sleeping With the Past (#23)
1992:  The One (#8)
1993:  Duets (#25)
1994:  The Lion King Soundtrack
1995:  Made in England (#13)
1997:  The Big Picture (#9)
1999:  Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida Soundtrack (#41)
           The Muse Soundtrack
2000:  The Road to El Dorado Soundtrack (#63)
2001:  Songs From the West Coast (#15)
2004:  Peachtree Road (#17)
2005:  Billy Elliot the Musical Score

2006:  The Captain & the Kid (#18)
           Lestat:  The Musical Score
2010:  The Union (#3)

Live Albums:
1971:  11-17-70 (#11)
1976:  Here and There (#4)

1974:  Elton John's Greatest Hits (#1)  One good way to get his greatest hits is to buy this one, Volume II below and Volume 3.  That would be cheating yourself out of some great music, especially from the early to mid-70's.  Hopefully there will eventually be a boxed set.
1977:  Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume II (#21)
1980:  Lady Samantha
           The Very Best of Elton John
1982:  Love Songs
1985:  Your Songs
1987:  Elton John's Greatest Hits Volume III
1990:  To Be Continued... (#82)
           The Very Best of Elton John
           Greatest Hits 1976-1986
1996:  Love Songs (#24)
2005:  Elton John's Christmas Party
2007:  Rocket Man:  The Definitive Hits (#9)

This Date in Rock Music History: April 6

1956:  Elvis Presley signed a seven-year, three-movie contract with Paramount Pictures.  (Note:  some websites report that Elvis signed a three-movie deal with Paramount on April 4.  Some sites claim that Presley signed a one-picture deal, with an option for six more, on April 25.  According to the book 'The Gospel According to Elvis' by Kevin Crouch and Tanya Crouch, Presley signed his first contract, a seven-year, three-movie contract, on April 6.  The April 6 date is confirmed by the newspaper 'The Chicago Tribune', as well as the official website for guitarist Scotty Moore.)

1956:  Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records, was dedicated in Los Angeles, California.  The iconic building was the first circular building (13 stories and 92 feet in diameter) in America.
1957:  Fats Domino held off the competition to remain at #1 for a third week on the R&B chart with "I'm Walkin'".

1959:  Johnny Horton released the single "The Battle Of New Orleans" on Columbia Records.


                                               The Fleetwoods...

1959:  "Venus" by Frankie Avalon was #1 for a fifth consecutive week.  The Fleetwoods were second with "Come Softly To Me" while Brook Benton's crossover hit "It's Just A Matter of Time" grabbed the #3 spot.
1962:  The communist newspaper Pravda warned youths about the dangers of twisting (Chubby Checker had just released a smash hit about the dance "The Twist".)  The youth of Russia decided they would rather be free, and they later got that freedom with the collapse of the Soviet communist empire.
1963:  The great Motown group Martha & the Vandellas were a brand new act on this date.  Although most wouldn't know them until a bit later, their first single, "Come And Get These Memories", debuted on the chart.

1963:  The Kingsmen recorded their version of "Louie, Louie".
1963:  Skeeter Davis had the top Easy Listening song for a third week with "The End Of The World".
1963:  The Chiffons took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "He's So Fine".

1965:  The Beach Boys began recording "California Girls" with the recording of the instrumental track at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California.  It took 44 takes before Brian Wilson of the group felt it was satisfactory.  The song was completed June 4 with vocal overdubs.

1965:  Elvis Presley released the single "Crying In The Chapel" on RCA Victor Records.
1966:  The first studio session for the Beatles' album Revolver began at Abbey Road studios in London as the group recorded the rhythm track and vocals for "Tomorrow Never Knows".
1967:  The first master tape of the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was made.  The Beatles were insistent that there be no gaps between tracks, a revolutionary idea at the time.
1968:  Cliff Richard's song "Congratulations" finished second at the Eurovision Song Contest at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1968:  Pink Floyd made the announcement that group founder Syd Barrett was leaving the group.  Barrett's drug use had caused him to suffer from psychiatric disorders.

1968:  Apple Records, the new Beatles record company, opened in London.

1968:  Simon and Garfunkel reached #1 on the Album chart with "The Graduate" Soundtrack.
1968:  Paul Mauriat was #1 on the Adult chart for an eighth week with "Love Is Blue".

                                        One of the great voices of the Rock Era...

1968:  The late Otis Redding remained at #1 for the fourth week with "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay".  Gary Puckett, from Twin Falls, Idaho, and the Union Gap moved nicely from 7 to 2 with "Young Girl". The Monkees were next with "Valleri" and the Delfonics climbed to 4 with "La - La - Means I Love You".  The rest of the Top 10:  Aretha Franklin and "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone", the Box Tops exploded from 15 to 6 with "Cry Like A Baby", the Beatles were up with "Lady Madonna", Georgie Fame and "The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde", Paul Mauriat's #1 smash was finally down and Bobby Goldsboro moved from 23-10 with "Honey".

1971:  Carly Simon met James Taylor after her concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.  The two married November 3, 1972.
1971:  The Rolling Stones, ever wanting to copy the Beatles and share in some of that success, launched their own record label, Rolling Stones Records, albeit three years after the Beatles did.

1971:  Pete Quaife announced he was leaving the Kinks.

Waterloo by ABBA on Grooveshark
1974:  ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Waterloo".
1974:  Gladys Knight & the Pips moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me".

                                                  The incomparable Joni Mitchell...

1974:  John Denver's Greatest Hits was #1 again on the Album chart, holding off Band on the Run from Paul McCartney & Wings and Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark.
1974:  The Stylistics were hot with their new song--"You Make Me Feel Brand New" rose from 70 to 48.

1974:  Billy Joel had his first Top 40 hit with "Piano Man".

1974:  Blue Swede grabbed #1 with their remake of "Hooked On A Feeling".  Elton John moved to challenge with "Bennie And The Jets" and John Denver's #1--"Sunshine On My Shoulders" fell to #3.  Terry Jacks' former #1 "Seasons In The Sun" was ahead of Sister Janet Mead's "The Lord's Prayer" and "Come And Get Your Love" from Redbone.  The rest of the Top 10:  Cher with "Dark Lady", MFSB with the Three Degrees moved from 12 to 8 with "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)", Carly Simon & James Taylor with "Mockingbird" and Gladys Knight & the Pips entered the list with "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me".
1974:  California Jam 1 Festival took place in Ontario, California.  The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Seals & Crofts, Deep Purple, Rare Earth, Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Black Oak Arkansas were some of the performers.  The Festival attracted over 400,000 fans.
1978:  Peter Frampton was a guest star on the final episode of Black Sheep Squadron on NBC-TV.  (Note:  some websites show the date as April 5, but the correct date is April 6, according to 'TV Guide'.)
1979:  Rod Stewart married Alana Hamilton in Beverly Hills, California.
1981:  Bob Hite of Canned Heat died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 36.  36?  Sounds like mitigating circumstances.  And indeed, you're right if you think that.  Hite died of a heart attack brought on by drugs April 6, 1981 in Los Angeles, California.    (Some websites report that Hite died on April 5, and others on April 16.  Websites also report that he died in Hollywood.  This is the truth as close as we can piece it together: 

Canned Heat performed April 5 at the Palomino Club in Hollywood.  In between sets, Hite was given a drug vile by a fan backstage.  Thinking it was cocaine, he snorted it up his nose.  The vile was heroin, and Hite immediately collapsed.  Hite's condition was further compromised when fans fed him cocaine, which he impulsively snorted.  Hite was then loaded into his van, and taken to a nearby home in Los Angeles.  Hite died in the back of the van there, and the place of death of Los Angeles is confirmed by the Blues Hall of Fame.  Hite died on April 6, also according to Scott Stanton's book, The Blues Hall of Fame, as well as the newspapers 'The New York Times' and 'The Independent'.)
1984:  Thomas Dolby ("She Blinded Me With Science") made his first U.S. concert appearance at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center - Mair Hall in Poughkeepsie, New York.
1984:  Miami Steve Van Zandt left Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, replaced by Nils Lofgrin. 
1985:  Gilbert O'Sullivan won a lawsuit against former manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties and was awarded $2 million.

1985:  Paul Young earned his second #1 album in the U.K. with The Secret of Association featuring the song "Everytime You Go Away".
1985:  The Commodores worked the "Nightshift" to #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart.
1984:  Ral Donner ("You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It" from 1961) died of lung cancer at age 41 in Chicago, Illinois.
1987:  Roger Waters' attorneys released a statement saying that Roger believed he was the driving force behind Pink Floyd and that he would contest the use of the name by anyone else, including former band members.
1990:  Tommy Lee of Motley Crue gave himself a concussion after falling from his elevated drum kit in New Haven, Connecticut.  Lee had been dangling from the scaffolding prior to the fall.

                                           "Nothing's Changed" from Chris Isaak...

1991:  The self-titled Mariah Carey was #1 on the Album chart for a sixth week.  Gonna' Make You Sweat by C&C Music Factory was second with the great debut from Wilson Phillips third after 53 weeks of release.  Shake Your Money Maker by the Black Crowes was fourth, while R.E.M. bounded from 16 to 5 in their third week with Out of Time.  The rest of the Top 10:  Sting with The Soul Cages, Chris Isaak's excellent Heart Shaped World, "The Doors" Soundtrack, Vanilla Ice with To the Extreme and Gloria Estefan had #10 with Into the Light.

1992:  Celline Dion released the single "If You Asked Me To" in Canada and the United States.  She released the song in June in the U.K.
1992:  George Harrison played his first full concert in the U.K. since prior to the Beatles' breakup to benefit the Natural Law Party.
1996:  The Beatles' album Anthology 2 reached #1 on the Album chart, 26 years after the famous group's breakup.

                                      The Tony Rich Project with their huge hit...

1996:  Celine Dion remained at #1 for a third week with "Because You Loved Me".  Mariah Carey debuted at #2 with "Always Be My Baby" while the Tony Rich Project were still at #3 after 17 weeks of release with "Nobody Knows".
1998:  Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Lesley Gore and Fabian appeared on the television show Murphy Brown.
1999:  Tipper Gore played congas with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart at a fund-raiser for her husband and presidential candidate, Vice President Al Gore.
2000:  A tribute to Joni Mitchell was given at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.  Elton John, Bryan Adams, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin and Cyndi Lauper were among the performers.

2003:  White Stripes held down #1 on the U.K. Album chart with Elephant.

                                                        "Numb" from Linkin Park...

2003:  Linkin Park reached #1 on the US Album chart with Meteroa, the band's debut album.
2003:  K-Ci & Jojo were released from prison in Raleigh, North Carolina after being held for tax evasion.
2003:  Avril Lavigne won four Juno Awards including Album of the Year and Best New Artist of the Year.  Shania Twain won three statues including Best Artist of the Year.

2004:  Niki Sullivan, singer and guitarist, died of a heart attack at his home in Sugar Creek, Missouri at the age of 66.  Sullivan was one of the original members of Buddy Holly's group the Crickets.  (Note:  some websites report his place of death as Independence, Missouri.  His funeral was held in Independence, but Sullivan died at his home in Sugar Creek, according to the newspaper 'The St. Petersburg Times'.)

2008:  R.E.M. was back on top of the U.K. Album chart with Accelerate.

Born This Day:
1944:  Michelle Phillips (real name Holly Michelle Gilliam) of the Mamas and the Papas, was born in Long Beach, California.
1947:  Tony Connor, drummer of Hot Chocolate, was born in Romford, Essex, England.  (Note:  some websites report Connor was born in Romford, Havering, England.  This is not correct.  First, Havering is not a county, but rather a borough of London, located in the county of Greater London.  Second, Havering was created in 1965, long after Connor's birth.)
1951:  Ralph Cooper, drummer for Air Supply
1962:  Stan Cullimore, guitarist of the Housemartins (#1 UK hit "Caravan Of Love"), was born in Hull, England.