Monthly Archives: March 2017

March 16, 2017 Record of the Day

The “Two Virgins” album was the first John Lennon recorded void of any influence from any of the other Beatles. But it is best known for the cover, featuring a completely naked John and Yoko. Like a dirty magazine, it … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 Records of the Day

The title of “Godfather of Rhythm and Blues” goes to Johnny Otis. Born Greek, he said, “I prefer to be black.” He not only discovered Jackie Wilson, Big Mama Thornton, and Hank Ballard; he also recorded one of the biggest … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 Records of the Day

“Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ” was the debut album for Bruce Springsteen. The album, released on Columbia records in 1973, is not a big collectible; no more than $20.00. However, the single from the album, “Spirit in the Night,” is … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 Records of the Day

The big money in Rockabilly records has been that way for years and there is no reason to believe the values won’t continue to climb. In 1958 Bobby Lollar recorded “Bad Bad Boy” for Benton records. A copy is worth … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 Record of the Day

In 1954 Elvis Presley recorded “Baby Let’s Play House” on Sun records in Memphis. It was his first single to make it on the national charts, reaching # 5 on the Country charts. An original copy, whether on a 45 … Continue reading

March 11, 2017 Record of the Day

Art Pepper was a saxophonist who began his career in the late 1940s with Stan Kenton. Like many other Jazz greats he found himself addicted to heroin and was locked up several times in prison. Nonetheless, his music lived at … Continue reading

On this day March 10 in Rock & Roll History

On this day March 10, 1962 Bruce Channel is # 1 with “Hey Baby!” The harmonica riff at the beginning of the song is provided by Delbert McClinton. When John Lennon heard it he was inspired to write what would … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 Records of the Day

Originally billed as “Little Miss Sharecropper” in the 40s, it was Lavern Baker’s smash hits such as ”Jim Dandy” and “I Cried a Tear” that made her a major rhythm and blues star in the 50s. Her first 45 “Soul on Fire” can now … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 Records of the Day

The Monkees might have had quite a different sound if two who tried out to be in the group and part of their very successful TV show had actually been chosen. Instead of Davy Jones and the others selected, the … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 Records of the Day

Janis Martin was billed as the “Female Elvis Presley.” Along with Wanda Jackson, she stood out in the male-dominated Rock N Roll world of the 1950s. Her early releases such as “Drugstore Rock N Roll” and “My Boy Elvis” (now … Continue reading