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Each week I choose a song from the Rock and Roll Era (1950s-1980s) and dive into its history, some trivia, or anything else that might be of interest.

Each week I choose a song from the Rock and Roll Era (1950s-1980s) and dive into its history, some trivia, or anything else that might be of interest.
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Location:

Baltimore, MD

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Each week I choose a song from the Rock and Roll Era (1950s-1980s) and dive into its history, some trivia, or anything else that might be of interest.

Language:

Welsh

Contact:

443-615-2051


Episodes

47--Remembering Aretha Franklin

8/18/2018
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Aretha Franklin died on August 16, 2018. This week's show takes a look back at the life and music career of the Queen of Soul.

Duration:00:21:29

46--Mellow Yellow

8/11/2018
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Donovan struck lucky a couple of times with this song: first, it was the beginning of people looking into the deeper meaning behind absolutely every lyric. Second, the song got a weird boost from a practical joke being played by an underground newspaper out of Berkeley.

Duration:00:14:44

45--Rapture

8/4/2018
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Disco was on its way out, to be replaced by Hip-Hop or New Wave, depending on the clubs you frequented. Blondie's last major hit in the US was a track that departed from their previous style and broke a few barriers along the way.

Duration:00:14:29

44--Smoke on the Water

7/28/2018
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After a mishap during a Frank Zappa concert destroyed the space that Deep Purple was going to use for a recording space, the band had to scramble to find a new space. Once they'd found it, they wrote a song outlining the story of the accidental arson and the search for a new location. While they didn't have big hopes for the song, it became their first, and biggest, hit.

Duration:00:18:44

43--Where Did Our Love Go

7/21/2018
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The Supremes were doing so poorly on the charts that people around Motown were calling them the "No-Hit Supremes". Then along came a song that nobody at the label wanted to record, and the Supremes, backed into a corner, recorded what turned out to be their first Number One hit.

Duration:00:12:15

42--Baker Street

7/7/2018
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In 1978, Gerry Rafferty was finally untangled from the legal squabbles created by the multiple breakups of Stealers Wheel. He took the experience and turned it into a monster hit, but there are a couple of intriguing controversies surrounding the song.

Duration:00:14:59

41--Summertime Blues

6/30/2018
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The song that cemented Eddie Cochran's place in the Rock and Roll firmament was written in about an hour by a 19 year old Cochran and his manager.

Duration:00:13:09

40--Murray Head

6/22/2018
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Murray Head is another one of those famous guys whose name is known to few. He had two hit singles in the US, 15 years apart and very different in style, tone and content, but which have something very peculiar in common.

Duration:00:13:44

39--Under the Boardwalk

6/16/2018
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One of The Drifters' bigger hits might have been a sequel to one of their earlier songs, but it was definitely a prequel to one of their later songs.

Duration:00:13:59

38--Killing Me Softly With His Song

6/9/2018
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It's 1971 and Don McLean hadn't yet hit it big with "American Pie," so he was touring around and caught the attention of a singer-songwriter named Lori Lieberman, who was so touched by his performance that she wrote a poem which ultimately became a hit in multiple genres.

Duration:00:13:44

37--Walk This Way

6/2/2018
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The rumor goes that Aerosmith was inspired by a Mel Brooks movie to write the song that provided them with not only their first Top 10 hit, but that gave them the lever to make a comeback in 1986. As far as the rumor is concerned, let me quote another Mel Brooks movie: "It's twoo, it's twoo!"

Duration:00:12:53

36--Sultans of Swing

5/26/2018
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Mark Knopfler sees a band performing to a nearly-empty house in a South London pub, and turned the experience into Dire Straits' breakout single.

Duration:00:11:14

35--(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

5/12/2018
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By early 1965, the Rolling Stones had scored a couple of hits, but they were still Just Another British Band Covering a Bunch of American R&B Songs. Then one night Keith Richards literally wrote something in his sleep, and it became the start of something that turned them into a worldwide phenomenon.

Duration:00:15:44

Episode 34--Thompson Twins

5/5/2018
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There was nobody named Thompson, and there weren't any Twins. But they were a part of the Second British Invasion of the 1980s, and this is how they got there.

Duration:00:11:14

33--Ron Dante

4/28/2018
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In 1969 Ron Dante had two hits in the Top Ten at the same time, and nobody knew his name.

Duration:00:12:39

32--Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

4/21/2018
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In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis finally broke out of his role as a session musician at Sun Records, with a song that taught pretty much everyone that there's another way to play the piano.

Duration:00:11:44

30--Angel Baby

4/7/2018
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By the time Rosie and the Originals' only hit reached the Billboard charts, the band had already broken up, and Rosie herself was just beginning a decades-long battle for royalties. And the record isn't even that good; I'll fight you over that one.

Duration:00:11:29

28: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

3/10/2018
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Phil Spector was looking for some male acts to pad out his all-female stable of talent when he heard the Righteous Brothers. Shortly thereafter they recorded a song that few people thought would be a hit.

Duration:00:14:44

27--Bette Davis Eyes

3/3/2018
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It was late May of 1981 and I was thisclose to graduating high school. And from the radio came the sounds of a synthesizer and the raspy voice of an angel, and for the entire summer, she sang to me about a woman who looked like a movie star.

Duration:00:11:59

26--Stairway to Heaven

2/24/2018
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Led Zeppelin's biggest, most definitive track and unless you have several hundred bucks, you're not likely to see it on a 45 RPM record.

Duration:00:18:44