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Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’

Dick Dale

Happy Birthday to Dick Dale, who is 79 today!

Dick Dale… invented surf music in the 1950’s. Not the ’60’s as is commonly believed. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down. He met Leo Fender the guitar and amplifier Guru and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, he was watching Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards, Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Dale

Here is Dick playing at the Fiesta Del Sol in Solana Beach in 2011:

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments

Prince

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Did you know that Thursday was the worst day to close escrow?

It’s also the worst day to die, because it’s old news by the next Wednesday’s Rock Blogging.  Let’s cut to the chase.

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In 1981, I was in the front of the L.A. Coliseum and saw the guy throw the Jack Daniels bottle that hit Prince’s hand as he was playing guitar.  He left the stage, and Bill Graham the promoter came out and reprimanded the crowd, saying this guy named Prince would be famous one day.

October 1981 Prince played two shows at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as an opening act for The Rolling Stones. On the first date, Prince and his band didn’t finish their set, as the crowd turned hostile towards him. Dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat, and singing his sexually androgynous lyrics, he was run off stage after 25 minutes of the crowd booing, throwing shoes and beer bottles at him. Backstage, Prince referred to the crowd as, “Tasteless in music and mentally retarded”.

Yet just three years later….

The movie Purple Rain came out in June, 1984.  For the next seven months Prince was the greatest artist in the world.

On January 28, 1985, he and the Revolution rolled into the American Music Awards. Before winning the award for Favorite Pop/Rock album (beating out Thriller by MJ), they turned in this performance.

Who are you at the height of your popularity? I like to try and capture bands at their peak moment – this could be it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Rain_%28album%29

Prince won two Grammy Awards in 1985 for Purple Rain, for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special, and the album was nominated for Album of the Year. Prince won a third Grammy that year for Best R&B Song (songwriter) for Chaka Khan’s cover of “I Feel for You”. Purple Rain also won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score in 1985.

Purple Rain sold 13 million units in the United States, including 1.5 million in its debut week, earning a Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America. According to Billboard magazine, the album spent 24 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard albums chart (August 4, 1984 to January 18, 1985), becoming one of the top soundtracks ever. Purple Rain traded the #1 album chart position with Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. twice, during 1984 and 1985. The album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.The album further established him as a figurehead for pop music of the 1980s.

Posted by on Apr 23, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 4 comments

Lush

Mitch noted that Lush is back together.  I’ve never heard of them – from wiki:

In September 2015, the music press suggested a reunion might be planned after Anderson posted a cryptic “7 day.” message on social media and the official website was revamped. On 28 September 2015, Lush announced their reunion on their Facebook page. The reunited band consists of Anderson, Berenyi and King with the addition of Justin Welch on drums, an old friend of deceased drummer Acland.

We’ve been away for ages and ages, but we’re really excited to announce that we’re finally ready to reform as Lush. For all the fans who have been pestering us to do this: thanks so much for your patience and support! We wish it could have been sooner but, for many years, it was just too painful to contemplate without Chris, and then all kinds of life-changing commitments made it impossible. Now, at last, the three of us are in the right place at the right time to play music together again.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lush_%28band%29

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments

L.A. Sports Arena

This week, Bruce Springsteen closed down the L.A. Sports Arena, which was built in 1959. Some of its storied history is documented in an latimes.com article here: LINK

Here are a couple of minutes of Bruce living like most 66-year-olds:

I saw the Who at the Sports Arena, and it was the loudest show ever – my ears were ringing for days!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments

George Martin

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George Martin, producer of the Beatles, died yesterday at age 90.  He had a profound influence on the Beatles sound – Paul’s comments:

“He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me,” McCartney wrote on his website Wednesday. “He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.”

The introductory comments from this video:

Of very few individual songs can it be said, ‘This changed the course of popular music.’ ‘A Day In The Life’ is one such song.

Recorded in January and February 1967, a large orchestra was assembled for the amazing additional flourishes and fills, although at first the 40 classically trained musicians struggled with the concept of what they were being asked to play.

George Martin and Paul conducted the orchestra and helped to create a finished track that was more than just different, it was utterly unique. Starting from John’s beautiful song, the end result was something simply unbelievable.

As you can see from the film, this was no ordinary recording session. The classical musicians, who had been asked to wear evening dress, took it upon themselves to wear fake noses, funny hats and generally enter into the spirit of the occasion. Filmed between 8pm and 1am with guests including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the occasion provided some of the inspiration for what transpired during the recording and filming of ‘All You Need Is Love’ for the Our World project.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 2 comments