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This time capsule Pontiac Trans Am has been driven just 65 miles

  • 12:21 pm Monday, October 16th, 2017 by rockywbab

Pontiac’s days of building excitement are long gone, though they arguably faded into the sunset long before the division was axed in 2009. Yet, classic Pontiac cars still remind us of the days before General Motors gave “badge engineering” its blessing. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is merely one example, but it is a strong reminder that Pontiac meant business in the 1960s and ’70s.

* The car pictured isn’t the car that’s for sale*

The 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was a final holdout before new emissions and fuel economy regulations seriously de-winged the Firebird in the 1980s, and this example [More]

Long Island Record Company to release Billy Joel picture disc album!

  • 3:27 pm Friday, September 29th, 2017 by rockywbab

I love stories like this. Im 54 years old and I grew up in West Babylon, when I was 14 or so, I discovered a store called Looney Tunes here in West Babylon, and I have bought my music there ever since.

This is a LONG ISLAND story!

September 29th marks the 40th anniversary of Billy Joel’s breakthrough fifth album, 1977’s The Stranger.  The album didn’t enter the Top 10 until nearly four months after its release, finally appearing on January 21st, 1978.

Billy Joel has just given a local Long Island, New York record company permission to press a run of limited [More]

Beatles Cartoons

  • 4:53 pm Monday, September 25th, 2017 by rockywbab

Rocky’s Rock Facts: Tonight in 1965 The Beatles cartoons premiered on ABC television. Here are a few episodes!

This one is a little blurry…sorry!

Robert Fleischman/Journey

  • 12:28 pm Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by rockywbab

Years before the world listened the unmistakable voice of Steve Perry, Journey were a hard rocking fusion band, that released albums and toured with only a small success. They were not selling albums and their record company was about to drop them from the label, they needed a change. Enter Robert Fleischman who was a high voiced rock singer, who could keep up with the other bands that were releasing albums at the time. He was introduced to the band and they hit it off and began writing and recording demos, some of those songs were later sung by Steve Perry.

Check out [More]

Neil Peart Birthday!

  • 9:42 pm Monday, September 11th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today is Neil Peart from Rush birthday, happily retired these days, Neil is more of a father and house husband than he is a drummer. But below I present some of what I think are the best moments of his career! Happy Birthday!

First his Top 10 rules for success.

Ever wonder what goes into making one of his drumsets?

And what I think is his best song, drumwise and performance wise!

Walter Becker’s Daughter writes a open letter to her dad.

  • 12:33 am Friday, September 8th, 2017 by rockywbab

This is Walter Becker’s daughters very moving letter to her father, it’s a nice read!

Dear Dad:

You loved music more than anyone I know. You’re always there bobbing your head to each beat,  doing a little dance here and there, or sitting over there with your big head phones on and swaying back and forth. I could see it, your dissecting the song — listening in closely for each beat , for each musical instrument — you know, whatever you musicians do. But I get it.

Every road trip without fail came The Pit Stop at some guitar store. Heck, [More]

Keith Moon

  • 11:55 pm Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today is the day that the world lost Keith Moon. There hasn’t been a drummer who has come close to sounding like him. I know a lot about the drums and drummers, because before I was a radio guy, I was a drummer and still am. It’s not that Keith has lighting fast drums fills, he didn’t have the skills on the kit that others had. What he had was unlike anyone else who plays, when Keith Moon played, you knew it was him, even the way his drums sounded.

Putting all the antic aside, all the lunacy and stories. Keith [More]

Steely Dan Light Show Empire State Building!

  • 9:55 pm Monday, September 4th, 2017 by rockywbab

With the news of Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker‘s unfortunate passing, the music world remembers the innovative songs that he wrote with longtime friend and lone surviving original member Donald Fagen. The New York band, having formed in 1967 while the two were at Bard College, were well-known for being meticulous songwriters in the studio, creating brilliant albums over the years, which earned them Grammy Awards as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Another notch in the duo’s belt came back on October 29th, 2015 when the Empire State Building celebrated the 50th anniversary of it’s Master FM Antenna, which sits [More]

Molly Hatchet’s Dave Hlubek Dead at 66

  • 8:21 pm Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 by Staff

Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist and co-founder of Southern rock icons Molly Hatchet, has died at 66. The band’s official Facebook page confirms with a solemn statement.

WALTER BECKER- STEELY DAN

  • 10:14 am Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 by rockywbab

Becker missed Steely Dan’s Classic East and West concerts in July as he recovered from an unspecified ailment. “Walter’s recovering from a procedure and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon,” his band mate Donald Fagen told the crowds. Becker’s doctor advised the guitarist not to leave his Maui home for the performances.

For those of us who LOVE Steely Dan, this is a sad day!