The year was 1961. JFK was sworn in as the new U.S. president. The music presented here is pure U.S. material, purveyed to British fans by the London American label. Decca launched London on the UK domestic market releasing material from many U.S. independent labels.
I've spent what seems to be a lifetime doing radio on FM, and since that time, I have lived many experiences including losing beloved radio buddies along the way and meeting fabulous people. I'd would like you to hear some of those great moments on the radio in the coming weeks. This week we feature Part 3.
I've spent what seems to be a lifetime doing radio on FM, and since that time, I have lived many experiences including losing beloved radio buddies along the way and meeting fabulous people. I'd would like you to hear some of those great moments on the radio in the coming weeks. This week we feature Part 2.
I've spent what seems to be a lifetime doing radio on FM, and since that time, I have lived many experiences including losing beloved radio buddies along the way and meeting fabulous people. I'd would like you to hear some of those great moments on the radio in the coming weeks. This week we feature Part 1.
Motown was the only record label which actually turned into a musical genre. It was the sound of young America. It was the genre which black America hoped white America would fall in love with and indeed we did.
The Loop, East Side, West Side, North Side or South Side in Chicago back in the 50s and 60s enjoyed the early innovations by pioneers Leonard and Phil Chess. Rockin' Eddy takes you back to his hometown to relive what it sounded like and to countdown all the way from 40 to 1. What is the best Chess cut of all-time? You won't be disappointed!
This week, Rockin' Eddy is providing a throwback to his show. Relive what Rockin' Eddy sounded like over 20 years ago when he was on the FM dial. On this occasion, he is featured on 106.6 Spectrum FM, broadcasting from some haunted house. It's the Rockin' Eddy Oldies Halloween Special playing the Monster Mash, Spooky, I Put On Spell On You and The Purple People Eater.. Being a special week, we are stretching it a bit cutting off the playlist around the early 70s, so enjoy the show and Happy...
Back in England during the early Sixties and before Beatlemania hit the U.S., young English people were very fond of American Rock and Roll. Stateside was just one among several other labels which released the American hits there and hence the name Stateside which represented the other side of the Atlantic. To show its commitment to America, the label's symbol and logo became a dollar sign. All songs featured in the show are from 1962, the year the label launched its activity.
It could be any night between 1955 and 1965. At the wheel of your Cadillac - which complete with twin fins looks like a rocket ship, your arm around your sweetheart, you are on the way to the nearest sock hop or drive-in. No need to talk, the radio fills in for conversation, with one after another of these classics. Perhaps though, you aren't actually going anywhere. Maybe you are just... Cruising. Over the years, everyone has sung the praises of rock & roll allied to the automobile. They...
Out of Philly, Jamie was yet another label to showcase thriving hit records as did Cameo-Parkway and yet another label driven out in 1964 by the British Invasion. The twangy sound of Duane Eddy is a name that comes to mind and he made his home at Jamie, providing as the back-up musician to so many here. So from the land of American Bandstand, here's a label that is going to get you moving.
Sister label to Fury, it was also led by Bobby Robinson. You'll hear Bobby Marchan's version of "There Is Something On Your Mind, parts 1 and 2 (originally done by Big Jay McNeely), the harmonica of Buster Brown and the King of the Slide Guitar, Mr. Elmore James. These records are on fire, just burning out of my hands!
Cameo, along with Parkway later, out of Philly, helped break some of the most influential artists of the Rock and Roll Era. The heart of American Bandstand, which for some is regarded as the most fun label of all. So tune in and relive the Hucklebuck, the Mexican Hat Dance, the Bristol Stomp, the Mashed Potato and so many more dances.
Coming from our nation's capital, Monument provided us with the Roy Orbison hit-making machine. Hit after hit from the Big O, while he also made the label for what it would become to be, when he discovered 4 high school students and their teacher Virgil Johnson who would later become the Velvets, and he introduced them to the label. You'll also hear the label's very first release hit "Gotta Travel On" by Billy Grammar, the original "Tobacco Road" by Bobby Brinkley and you'll end up dancing...
Based in Chicago, Argo was a subsidiary of Chess Records. Its biggest hit "The Book Of Love" was inspired by a TV commercial - "You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent. Yes, the Moontones, may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was!
Founded by legendary Bobby Robinson, the Fury label had to wait only 2 years before it registered a No. 1 smash nationally in "Kansas City," a cover version by Wilbert Harrison who sped up the tempo from Little Willie Littlefield's original back in 1952. You'll also hear the distinctive croaked voice of Lee Dorsey, Frankie Lymon's sibling, and the very early works of Gladys Knight with her Pips.
Another great label which had to shut its doors in 1964 because of the British Invasion. Out of New York, hear the likes of the Everlys, the guitar licks of Link Wray and the finest Country crossover ballads of Johnny Tillotson.
Taking a trip back to L.A. in the 50s for some West coast doo-wop. You'll hear the original Little Bitty Pretty One by Bobby Day, the duo of Bob (Bobby Day) and Earl before their fame with the Harlem Shuffle and some obscure R n B material not heard on stations since the days of old.
Named after label founder Sussel's daughter Laurie, this label took the streets of NY city in 1958 with a huge artist Dion DiMucci who teamed up with the Belmonts and who later had a successful solo career. It was Dion's B-side "The Wanderer" which rose to No. 2 nationally that made the Italian-American a Rock and Roll Superstar. Quick trivia: Dion survived the Day The Music Died, as he didn't board the plane which killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.
Chicago based. Major acts on the label in the 1950s included blues singers Jimmy Reed, Memphis Slim, and John Lee Hooker, and rhythm and blues vocal groups the Spaniels, the Dells, and the El Dorados. The 1960s saw the label become a major soul label with Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Dee Clark, and Betty Everett having hit singles on both the pop and R&B charts. Vee-Jay was also the first label to nationally issue a record by the Pips (through a master purchase from the tiny Huntom label of...