Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 30, 2017 Records of the Day

Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Fabian were major teen idols in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The list of Bobby Rydell’s hits in those years are massive including “Swingin School,” “Kissin Time,” “Volare,” “Wildwood Days,” and “Forget Him.” His … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 Record of the Day

Pearl Jam’s rise to stardom began in 1991. They have been called “the most popular Rock N Roll band of the 90s.” Breaking out of Seattle they brought Grunge to the mainstream. Their fusion of Punk and Classic Rock exploded … Continue reading

On This Day April 28th in Rock and Roll History

This day April 28, 1990 is a wedding day for 2 major rockers. Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They are still together. Also on this day Axl … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 Records of the Day

Frank Zappa wrote in a variety of styles that he exemplified in solo albums like “Hot Rats” and “Lumpy Gravy” and albums such as “Freak Out” and “We’re Only in It for the Money” with the Mothers of Invention. Zappa … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 Records of the Day

In 1960 Paul Anka and every boy’s favorite Mouseketeer, Annette, were an “item.” He wrote a hit record about their romance called “Puppy Love.” It went all the way to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 45 with picture … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 Records of the Day

From time to time throughout the history of Rock N Roll, various advertisers would sponsor albums by the big stars of the day. In 1961, Brylcreem (with the slogan of “A Little Dab’ll Do Ya”) promoted the album “Sing Along … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 Record of the Day

Among the most successful girl-groups of the 60s was the Ronettes. Produced by Phil Spector, they cranked out major hits like “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You,” and “Walking in the Rain.” Released in 1964, “Walking in the Rain” … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 Records of the Day

In the golden age of Rock N Roll, instrumentals were more prevalent on the charts than in later years. Among the standouts were those by the Ventures and Duane Eddy. But there were many one-hit wonders like “Wild Weekend” by … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 Record of the Day

The second album for Santana was “Abraxas.”  The record was a perfect mixture of Rock with Latin influences. Rolling Stone lists “Abraxas” on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The cover depicts the painting of “The … Continue reading

On This Day April 21st in Rock & Roll History

On this day April 21,1973 a song based on the story about a Union army prisoner coming home from Andersonville Prison during the Civil War is at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It would go on to sell … Continue reading