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Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:08pm
Bob Lefsetz: Welcome To My World


This was a number two hit for Hugo Montenegro back in 1968, it was a cover of the original theme from the flick done by Ennio Morricone.

Yes, it's strange, but the sixties were full of instrumental hits, and when this broke most people had no idea who Clint Eastwood was, it was only after this that we started to hear about spaghetti westerns, Clint didn't break through big in American films until the seventies, so this certainly wasn't a hit on his coattails.

Many boomers can whistle the riff, just ask them!

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:03pm
Jerry Leiber

Today in 2011, the music world lost one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest songwriters, a man who – along with his longtime collaborator Mike Stoller – helped pen such classics as “Hound Dog,” “Yakety Yak,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Stand By Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “On Broadway,” among many, many, many others.

Born on April 25, 1933, Jerome Leiber – but you can call him Jerry – hailed from Baltimore, but he had to wait until he moved to the other side of the country to meet his destiny, by which we mean the aforementioned Mr. Stoller, who was a freshman at Los Angeles City College when he met Leiber, then a senior at L.A.’s Fairfax High School working at Norty’s, a nearby record store. When the two lads crossed paths in 1950 and put their heads together, they started to write some pretty decent tunes, and before the year was out, Jimmy Witherspoon had already recorded one of them: “Real Ugly Woman.”

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:22am
Tori Amos

It’s a shame Tori Amos has taken a break from touring ‘til November: if she had a show tonight, she could add to her increasingly large list of live covers and tackle will.i.am and Cody Wise’s “It’s My Birthday.”

Born on August 22, 1963 in Newton, North Carolina, Myra Ellen Amos – that’s Ms. Amos to you (what, like you should be on a first-name basis with her just because you listen to her music?) – technically released her first single in 1980, when her songs “More Than Just a Friend,” which helped her win a teen talent contest, and “Walking with You” were pressed as a 7” for her friends and family. Her first commercial release, however, came in 1986, while she was fronting a group called Y Kant Tori Read.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:10am

On this date in 2005, the world of music lost one of its great innovators, a man whose advancements in the world of electronic instruments cannot be understated and whose last name can instantly bring to mind any number of wonderful musical moments from the 1960s and beyond.

Born in New York City on May 23, 1934, Robert Arthur Moog – known to his friends as Bob – thought of himself as an engineer and a toolmaker, telling an interviewer in 2000, “The musicians are my customers: they use my tools.” Just barely into his teens when he built his first theremin, Moog started his own company in 1953 in order to manufacture the instruments on a larger scale, resulting in Raymond Scott requesting that he design some circuits for him. The company continued to grow over the course of time, but its most significant advances came on the heels of Moog presenting a paper on voltage-controlled electronic music modules at a 1964 Audio Engineering Society conference: he built his first customized modular systems the following year, and by 1967 he had introduced the first production model of the Moog synthesizer.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:30am

24 years ago today, Perry Ferrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, and Eric Avery released their second studio album, an effort which turned out to be not only the most successful album of their career but also the last album they’d release for almost 13 years.

Señores y señoras, nosotros tenemos mas influencia con sus hijos que tu tiene, pero los queremos… Creado y regalo de Los Angeles… ¡Juana's Adiccion!

Here we go…

Looking back at the history of Jane’s Addiction, their path to platinum-selling albums was a relatively traditional one for a band that’s spent so much time outside the box: they released a self-titled live album as their debut in 1987, built on its success with their first studio album – 1988’s Nothing’s Shocking, which earned the band their first top-10 alt-rock hit with “Jane Says” – and then built on that album’s success with the follow-up, 1990’s Ritual de lo habitual, which gave them their first and second alt-rock chart-toppers: “Stop!” and “Been Caught Stealing.”

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 4:22pm
Brit Invasion Tour

The Return of Rock Royalty
Sharing the stage for the first time ever, the iconic singers of the legendary
1960’s rock revolution:
Gerry & The Pacemakers
Chad & Jeremy
Billy J. Kramer
Mike Pender’s Searchers
Denny Laine (of The Moody Blues & Wings)
and SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon)