Rock the Day Voice Fantastical
December 31, 1974: Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are invited to join Fleetwood Mac. They accept and things are cool for awhile. Really cool. Stevie’s still cool. Here she is this year with Rhiannon:
Rock the Day Not Enough Candles
A bunch of birthdays: 1928 — Bo Diddley, 1934 — Del Shannon, 1942 & 1945 — Michael Nesmith & Davy Jones, and 1946 — Patti Smith.
1951: Christopher H. “Chris” Jasper is born in Cincinnati. He’s a former member of both the Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley and is responsible for writing and producing the majority of the Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley music. Jasper writes and is lead vocalist on that latter group’s biggest hit, 1985’s Caravan of Love. Here’s a video that’s pure unadulterated ’80s for you:
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Rock the Day Sweet Covers
1948: Houston’s Amos Milburn goes to #1 on the R&B chart with his cover of Bewildered, written in 1936 and a 1938 hit for Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. James Brown & the Famous Flames will chart with their cover of the song in 1961.
1980: We lose singer/songwriter Tim Hardin to a heroin OD.
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1946: Edgar Winter (the Edgar Winter Group), is born in Beaumont, Texas. He and his group are best known for the ’73 album They Only Come Out At Night containing the #1 hit instrumental Frankenstein and Free Ride. And yes, he’s Johnny’s kid brother.
Rock the Day Packaging Repackaged
December 27, 1967: The Doors are featured in a pre-recorded segment of The Jonathan Winters Show. The group is performing live at The Winterland in San Francisco when the show airs. So they interrupt their performance, wheel a television onto the stage and watch themselves do Light My Fire and Moonlight Drive while the live audience watches The Doors watch themselves. When the Winters segment ends, keyboardist Ray Manzarek turns off the TV, wheels it offstage and the live concert resumes. Far out.
Rock the Day Psychedelia Aborning
December 26, 1964: Some of the first faint sounds of the psychedelic music revolution are heard on I Feel Fine, released this day by The Beatles. That intro note is feedback created by Paul McCartney pressing his electric guitar against an amp. This is the first recording to deliberately include feedback, which soon will be heard in the music of those in vanguard of psychedelia, like Jimi Hendrix. I Feel Fine is written by John Lennon, somewhat to the irritation of U.S. bluesman Bobby Parker, whose 1961 Watch Your Step includes a guitar riff that Lennon “borrows” for I Feel Fine. Here for your holiday enjoyment are both songs and you can decide for yourself whether it’s borrowing, or whether . . .
Rock the Day Rockin Peace to You!
Merry Christmas! On this day in 1922, 9-year-old Muddy Waters gets his first harmonica as a Christmas present. Phil Spector is born in 1940. Yeah, he’s in prison now. But you can’t deny the man’s talent and Christmas, you know, has a little something to do with forgiveness and compassion. If you don’t think so, go re-read A Christmas Carol. And in 1960, 16-year-old Brenda Lee’s Rockin Around the Christmas Tree hits #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rock the Day Out of the Big Easy
1920: Musician, band leader, composer and arranger Dave Bartholomew is born in Edgard, Louisiana. He is a major figure in shaping the New Orleans sound, bringing Fats Domino to Imperial Records in 1949. In 1950, Bartholomew’s Country Boy is a major national R&B hit. At age 95, he’s still working!
1955: The folk revival begins with The Weavers’ Carnegie Hall Concert.