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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.

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

Episode 105–Under the Covers, Part 6

2/18/2020
True story: I hire models from Fiverr to do these pictures. All three of them, coincidentally, are from the same (non-US) nation. I don't do that on purpose but I'm starting to think I have a "type". Thanks for your patience as the show migrates from one server to another. As I noted on the social media, I'm working hard to make it as invisible as possible if you listen via Google or Apple or Spotify, etc. And the website here is going to look kind of weird for awhile with a lot of double...

Duration:00:17:29

104–I Want to Know What Love Is

2/10/2020
Released just before Christmas 1984, this became Foreigner's one and only chart-topping hit in the winter of 1985, and it was a nail in the band's coffin.

Duration:00:18:14

103–A Whiter Shade of Pale

1/27/2020
Procul Harum's debut single eventually became THE most-played song on British radio of all time.

Duration:00:18:44

102–The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

1/6/2020
The first of Roberta Flack's several hits was an album track that a movie director discovered a few years after it first came out.

Duration:00:20:14

101–In Bloom

12/30/2019
As Nirvana picked up fans, they noticed something peculiar about them--they didn't know anything about Nirvana. So Kurt Cobain wrote a song about them.

Duration:00:19:55

100–Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

12/29/2019
Phil Spector's Christmas album from 1963 had only one original composition on it, and it went pretty much ignored for over twenty years.

Duration:00:14:59

99–Purple Rain

12/23/2019
Prince's first trip to the Top Ten was a slightly edited version of a live recording of the first time he and the Revolution played it for an audience.

Duration:00:16:29

98–What a Wonderful World

12/8/2019
This week we take a look at a couple of songs that have the same title but are different, and which had different lives on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Duration:00:16:59

97–Like a Virgin

11/17/2019
Madonna's sixth single and her first Number One hit was the one that established her as a genuine superstar, able to re-invent herself with each album.

Duration:00:14:59

96–Deacon Blues

11/10/2019
Steely Dan's fifth single, and the second from the album Aja, was not, in fact, inspired by Wake Forest's struggling football team.

Duration:00:13:59

95–Born to Run

11/3/2019
Bruce Springsteen's breakout hit took over six months to record, and another several months of clever publicity to make it big.

Duration:00:19:59

94–Touch of Grey

10/27/2019
While the Grateful Dead was a very popular band, it took them 22 years to score their only Top Ten hit.

Duration:00:16:14

93–Vehicle

10/20/2019
A teenage boy is inspired by his on-again, off-again relationship with a girl who only seems to like him for his cool Plymouth Valiant.

Duration:00:15:59

92–Dancing in the Moonlight

10/14/2019
A near-fatal beating inspires a song that describes a world of total joy, and the song fails twice before it becomes a hit for a band that had already broken up.

Duration:00:11:59

91–Under the Covers, Part 5

10/6/2019
Once again we're taking a look at popular songs that you may not have realized were covers of other recordings. Some of the stories, I believe, have a deeper history than you think.

Duration:00:20:14

90–Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)

8/26/2019
It was probably The Hollies' biggest hit (in the US, anyway), and it still managed not to make it to Number One.

Duration:00:13:14

89–Woodstock

8/19/2019
The Summer of 1969 was also the Summer of Woodstock, and all the tropes that came with it. But it also yielded two hit songs.

Duration:00:14:45

88–Manson and the White Album

8/11/2019
This week is the 50th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders, committed by Charles Manson and his cult "Family". Manson said it was inspired by The Beatles, specifically the White Album.

Duration:00:17:29

87–Hair

7/28/2019
The spring and summer of 1969 were dominated by four records that all derived from the same Broadway show.

Duration:00:19:14

86–First Man on the Moon

7/21/2019
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a look at three records that commemorated the event.

Duration:00:20:29