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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

Description:

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

58--Alice's Restaurant Massacree

11/17/2018
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No, that's not a typo; "massacree" is a real word, and it's part of the Arlo Guthrie song that has become a Thanksgiving tradition at radio stations nationwide.

Duration:00:14:59

57--Shel Silverstein, Part I

11/10/2018
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Shel Silverstein was a poet, a cartoonist, a humorist and a songwriter who wrote more hits than most people would suspect.

Duration:00:12:14

56--Shout

11/3/2018
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The Isley Brothers' first charting hit from 1959 got its start not as a song, but as a bit they'd do to extend another song they were already singing in concert.

Duration:00:14:29

55--Ghostbusters

10/28/2018
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Ray Parker Jr wasn't the first person approached to come up with a pop song to support this film, but he was the last, and the best.

Duration:00:16:24

54--Walk on the Wild Side

10/20/2018
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Lou Reed's signature song (he once joked that he knew his obituary would start with "doot, di-doot, di-doot...") has its origins in people he knew and worked with at Andy Warhol's studio, The Factory.

Duration:00:15:44

53--Both Sides Now

10/13/2018
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One fine evening in 1967, Judy Collins gets a call from Al Kooper and Joni Mitchell, and it turns into her first Top 40 hit.

Duration:00:13:44

52--Into the Night

9/23/2018
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Benny Mardones may be the only person to be a one-hit wonder twice, charting two times with the same version of the same song.

Duration:00:13:59

51--Barbara Ann

9/15/2018
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This hit from early 1966 isn't quite the spontaneous fun party it sounds like.

Duration:00:15:29

50--Exchange Students

9/8/2018
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This week we take a look at a bunch of artists who made it into the higher tiers of the Hot 100 with songs that weren't recorded in English.

Duration:00:18:14

49--School's Out

9/1/2018
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Alice Cooper's biggest hit was inspired by two things: Old movies and the last three minutes of the school day.

Duration:00:14:44

48--Under the Covers, Part 3

8/27/2018
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It's been a while since we took a look at a bunch of songs that you may not realize are covers of other artists' work.

Duration:00:14:44

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 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