Month: December 2014

And then she is the darkness

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:


It’s time to stand up and fight

Rock the Day Not Enough Candles

December 30

A bunch of birthdays: 1928Bo Diddley, 1934Del Shannon, 1942 & 1945Michael Nesmith & Davy Jones, and 1946Patti 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:


Let’s climb through the tide

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.

Baby says she’s mine, you know

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 . . .

In the new old fashioned way

Rock the Day Rockin Peace to You!

December 25

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.


Runnin’ wild in this big old town

Rock the Day Out of the Big Easy

December 24

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.