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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

  • 2:26 pm Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by rockywbab

Today, in 1967 at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles began working on a song called Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.  It wasn’t until The Beatles had recorded the song that Paul McCartney had the idea to make the song the thematic pivot for their forthcoming album. Have a look at this great video, the making of that album! ROCKY

Terry Kath of Chicago

  • 11:35 pm Monday, January 30th, 2017 by rockywbab

Born on this day, Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago. Kath accidentally shot himself dead on January 23rd 1978. His last words were, “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly. Rumor has it that Jimi Hendrix thought Terry Kath was a better guitar player than he was. Here’s a Chicago song with the guitar isolated, so you can hear exactly what Terry was playing! Rocky

Happy Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

  • 7:28 am Saturday, January 28th, 2017 by rockywbab

How many of you, when you see some Bubble Wrap, cant resist popping a few or all of them? This is the day to celebrate doing that. If you work in a place that has some, go get it and let it rip! Did you ever wonder the origins of Bubble Wrap? Check this out! ROCKY

BEATLES ROOF TOP SHOW

  • 7:19 am Saturday, January 28th, 2017 by rockywbab

1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston, played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row, London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live. The played ‘Get Back’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’, ‘The One After 909’ and ‘Dig A Pony’. Traffic was brought to a standstill as crowds of people gathered below and watched from windows in nearby buildings. John Lennon ended the performance by saying “I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope [More]

Instant Karma

  • 11:16 pm Friday, January 27th, 2017 by rockywbab

In 1970, John Lennon writes and records Instant Karma in a single day! According to John Lennon, he wrote the song while eating breakfast and began recording it around lunchtime. By the end of the day the track was finished. By any measure, it was one of the fastest pop songs ever to come to market.

Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 11:01 pm Friday, January 27th, 2017 by rockywbab

On January 29, 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson. For those of you who have never been up to Cooperstown, here is a video to show you what you’re missing. This summer, take a road trip, its only 225 miles from Long Island! 

National Kazoo Day

  • 10:36 pm Friday, January 27th, 2017 by rockywbab

People young and old love Kazoos. Kazoo Day celebrates the joy of this musical instrument.  Alabama Vest of Macon Georgia made the first Kazoo in the 1840’s. Commercial production of the Kazoo didn’t occur until many years later in 1912. Kazoos are easy to play. Simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and you’re an expert. I could only think of two rock songs that had kazoo in them, can you think of others?

ROCKY’S ROCK FACTS- THE WHO 1965

  • 12:17 pm Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1965, The Who made their first appearance on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! To project the desired image, the hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion.Here is a clip from that day, and its live! ROCKY

Happy Birthday Nick Mason of Pink Floyd

  • 12:03 pm Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today we celebrate the birthday of a member of Pink Floyd that has the distinction of being the only member of the band to have played on every album. Drummer Nick Mason is having a birthday today, and in celebration, I wanted you to see the last show the classic four did together.

HAPPY THOMAS CRAPPER DAY!

  • 11:51 am Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by rockywbab

Yes its true. Today we celebrate the man behind the porcelain throne, Thomas Crapper. Though credited by many as the inventor of the flush toilet, Crapper was not. He was a shrewd businessman, salesman and self-publicist. In a time when bathroom fixtures were barely spoken of, he heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom. I wonder what people said before he came around when they wanted others to to “cut the crap”?