Month: January 2016

It’s not the things you do that tease and hurt me bad

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 31

Blondie1981: Blondie shoots to #1 on U.S. and U.K. singles charts with The Tide is High. It is the group’s third #1 hit.

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My race is almost run

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 29

Leadbelly1889: By some accounts, Huddie William LeadbetterLead Belly — is born this day on the Jeter Plantation near Mooringsport, Louisiana. Differing accounts say his birth date is January 20, or 21 — or 29. Lead Belly himself lists it as January 23 on military enlistment papers. The year is somewhat in dispute as well. Some say 1888, some 1889. What is not in dispute is the extraordinary talent of this 12-string guitar player and blues singer. Here is Lead Belly and The House of the Rising Sun.

The night we met I knew I needed you so

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 27

Nedra Talley1946: Nedra Talley is born in New York City. She teams with her cousins Estelle and Veronica Bennett to become The Ronettes. Citing differences with producer Phil Spector, Nedra and Estelle leave the group in 1967. For 16 months, from September 1963 to December 1964, The Ronettes place five singles in the Top 40. In addition to Be My Baby and Baby I Love You, these include the enduring girl-group classics Walking in the Rain (#23), (The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up (#39) and Do I Love You? (#34). These recordings are the finest of Spector’s “Wall of Sound” era.

And I never lost a minute of sleepin’

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 25

CCRsleeve1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival releases its LP Proud Mary / Bayou Country. It is the group’s second studio album and the first of three to be released in 1969. The album includes Born on the Bayou, the dark bluesy Graveyard Train, a cover of Little Richard’s Good Golly Miss Molly and the incredible Proud Mary, written by John Fogerty in the two days after he is discharged from the National Guard.

I’d like to meet his tailor

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 24

Warren+Zevon1947: Warren Zevon is born in Chicago, the son of Beverly Cope (née Simmons) and William Zevon. His father is a Jewish immigrant from Russia (original surname Zivotovsky). William is a bookie who handles volume bets and dice games for Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen. William works for years in Cohen’s Combination, where he is known as Stumpy Zevon, and is best man at Cohen’s first marriage. Warren’s mother is from a Mormon family and is of English descent. They move to Fresno, California. By the age of 13, Zevon is an occasional visitor to the home of Igor Stravinsky where he, alongside Robert Craft, briefly study modern classical music. Zevon’s parents divorce when he is 16 years old and he soon quits high school and moves from Los Angeles to New York City to become a folk singer. During the early 1970s, he tours with the Everly Brothers. Zevon’s first album Warren Zevon is produced by Jackson Browne. His breakthrough album comes in 1978 with Excitable Boy, also produced by Browne. Tracks from this album receive heavy FM airplay and the single release Werewolves of London, which features Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, is a relatively lighthearted version of Zevon’s signature macabre outlook and a Top 30 success. Sadly, we lose Zevon to cancer in 2003.

Wait only for my bootheels to be wanderin’

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 21

ByrdsMTM1965: The cover of Mr. Tambourine Man attributed to The Byrds is recorded. However, the only member of The Byrds on this recording is lead guitarist/vocalist Jim McGuinn. The rest of the artists are session musicians. Still, they sound great.