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Chris Cornell’s wifes letter

  • 2:34 pm Thursday, May 25th, 2017 by rockywbab

Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky has written a letter to the late Soundgarden singer that was published yesterday.  She once again stresses her belief that Cornell would not have committed suicide if not for the side effects of the Ativan he took after Soundgarden’s show May 17th in Detroit.

This is the letter:

“To my sweet Christopher,

“You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

“You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything [More]

Rocky’s Rock Facts: Paul McCartney

  • 9:08 am Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 by rockywbab

On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, ‘McCartney’, started a three-week run at No.1. Apart from Linda McCartney’s vocal contributions, McCartney performed and recorded the entire album solo. The album featured ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ which was the second to last song on side two, not the place where the albums lead song would be. Paul says that song and the fact that it became one of his most known songs, was a total shock.

Here is Paul and his wife, who is from Long Island and I must say, a nice looking woman!

Here is a great video on the [More]

Steven Van Zant/ Springsteen/Sorpanos

  • 2:35 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by rockywbab

Steve Van Zandt compares his role in the E Street Band supporting Bruce Springsteen to that of his Sopranos character Silvio Dante and Tony Soprano. Van Zandt, who’s promoting his new solo set, Soulfire, due out on May 19th, was asked by about his role of the confidante who could “completely level” with “The Boss.” He said, “Yeah, he hated it, but I felt it was the responsibility of a friend to do that. I carried it right into The Sopranos.

My relationship with Bruce was the same relationship that Silvio had with Tony Soprano. Silvio was not afraid of Tony. [More]

Charlie’s Hot Dogs reopens in Islip Terrace

  • 12:51 am Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by rockywbab

There are have been a lot of Long Island landmarks that have gone away, so when one comes back I think its worth talking about!

The scent of Charlie Summa’s saucy onion topping and the hot dogs it immortalizes are back. Charlie’s Hot Dogs stand has reopened, now in Islip Terrace, after a decade long absence.  On day one, the line at the new serving truck grew “all day long,” said Jeanne Summa-Becvar, the owner and daughter of Charles Summa, a disabled World War II veteran who established the business with his wife, Rosemary, originally via a pushcart, in 1963. Charles [More]

Worst Cover Versions ever

  • 11:51 pm Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by rockywbab

There have been many bad cover versions of songs, listen to these two from a band from the Midwest called The Links. These guys actually put out four or five albums like these and were serious.

Rocky’s Rock Facts/ George Harrison Electronic sounds album.

  • 11:29 pm Monday, May 8th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1969, Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s experimental album Electronic Sounds was released on Zapple records.

It was the second and last project on the Beatles‘ avant-garde imprint Zapple Records, Electronic Sound stands as George Harrison‘s most experimental project, his worst-selling solo album and one of his more controversial ones. But it opened the door for something important.

Featuring but two lengthy experiments on the then-new Moog synthesizer, one for each side, the aptly named Electronic Sound isn’t so much music as it is a swirling journey through imagination and discovery — one that took Harrison as far as he’d ever venture outside [More]

Rocky’s Rock Facts/ George Harrison

  • 2:12 pm Sunday, May 7th, 2017 by rockywbab

It was 36 years ago today May 7th, 1981 that George Harrison released his tribute to John Lennon, called “All Those Years Ago.” The song is notable for being the first record since the Beatles’ 1970 breakup to feature all three surviving group members, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. YES, A BEATLES REUNION!!!!

According to several sources, the song was originally taped the year before for inclusion on Ringo’s 1981 Stop And Smell The Roses album. Harrison had written the song with different lyrics for him to sing, with the song’s basic track featuring himself on guitar and Ringo [More]

Happy Birthday Bob Seger

  • 12:11 am Saturday, May 6th, 2017 by rockywbab

A great and sometimes overlooked American singer Bob Seger is having a birthday today, I saw Bob play at the Nassau Coliseum on September 8th of 1978, one of the best concerts I have been to. Night Moves had been a huge hit and Bob sold out the place. Bob is semi retired these days, but has left us with some great music.

Some live Bob Seger to celebrate his birthday!

Rocky’s Rock Facts/The Rolling Stones

  • 11:59 pm Friday, May 5th, 2017 by rockywbab

Today in 1965, in their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ following Richard’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day.

The song is considered to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever recorded. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed ‘Satisfaction’ in the second spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

There have been several covers of the song!

DEVO – remember the first time you heard this?

OTIS REDDING – this is good!


Kent State Shootings

  • 9:14 pm Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 by rockywbab

It was on this day in 1970 that four young people were killed at Kent State in Ohio, they were unarmed. One of Long Islands young people was among the dead that day, so this blog is posted in their honor.

Their names were Jeffrey Glenn Miller, age 20, who was a Long Islander who grew up in Plainview, his friends Allison B. Krause, age 19, who was from Cleveland, William Schroeder, age 19, from Cincinnati and Sandra Lee Scheuer, age 20 from Youngstown, Ohio.

There have been many documentaries, studies and books written about that horrible day in American history, and a great song from Crosby, Stills, [More]