Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Rockabilly album from Billy Burnette- Rock 'N Roll With It

Billy Burnette knows a thing or 2 about Rockabilly.  His dad was Dorsey Burnette and his uncle was Johnny Burnette.  Dorsey and Johnny were part of The Rock and Roll Trio as well as enjoying great solo careers.  Billy has also had a long solo career as well as being part of Fleetwood Mac for a time.  In recent years he's toured with the likes of John Fogerty and Bob Dylan.  Rock 'N Roll With It is straight up fun rockabilly at it's best.  Hear samples here:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Legendary songwriter Jerry Leiber died today

Jerry Leiber (pictured on the right along with Mike Stoller on the left and Elvis in the middle) passed away this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 78.  He and Mike Stoller were one of the biggest hit-making songwriting teams in popular music.  Some of their biggest hits include "Hound Dog", "Yakety Yak", "Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", "On Broadway", "Charlie Brown", "Fools Fall In Love", "Kansas City", "Love Potion #9", "Ruby Baby", "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" and countless others.  Here's a great documentary on this songwriting duo.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Get a free download from Chris Issak's Beyond The Sun album

Chris Isaak recorded most of his upcoming project Beyond The Sun at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, TN.  The album releases October 20th but you can get a free download of "Live It Up" here:

You can also sample some of the other songs on this great release on that page as well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Gretsch Introduces G6120 Eddie Cochran Signature Hollowbody

Read about the new G6120 that pays tribute to Eddie Cochran here:

Eddie always played his Chet Atkins hollowbody which he purchased in 1955.  See him playing "C'mon Everybody" with it here...

Dion DiMucci, his life and music

Hear Dion talk about his incredible career....the ups and downs...the early tours...his drug battles and ultimately coming back to God.  Sit back and hear a great life testimony from the King Of The New York Streets....

Elvis Presley passes away in 1977

Elvis Presley passed away this day in 1977.  Here he is from what has been referred to as his "Comeback Special" in 1968 rockin' out to "Blue Suede Shoes":

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Billy Grammer passes away August 10, 2011. Gotta Travel On, Billy...

Billy Grammer passed away on August 10th, 2011.  Here's his signature song "Gotta Travel On" that became a hit in early 1959.  In fact, Buddy Holly and the headliners from the Winter Dance Party Tour (Dion DiMucci, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper) would play this song in February 1959 before the fateful plane crash.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Little Milton passes away this day in 2005

James Milton Campbell, Jr (better known as "Little Milton") passed away this day in 2005.  In 1952 Ike Turner was a talent scout for Sun Records and brought Little Milton to Sam Phillip's attention.  He recorded several singles for Sun but left the label in 1955 after they failed to get much attention.  He tried a couple of more labels but finally scored a distribution deal with Chess Records out of Chicago.  He produced artists like Albert King, Fontella Bass and enjoyed his own solo success with songs like "We're Gonna Make It", "Feel So Bad", "Grits Ain't Groceries", "Who's Cheating Who?" and others.   He recorded for Stax, Malaco and then his final project Think Of Me in May of 2005 on the Telarc Label.  Here's Little Milton singing one of his signature tunes "We're Gonna Make It"....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Beatles play their final Cavern Club performance in 1963

The Beatles played their last of 292 appearances at The Cavern Club on August 3rd, 1963.  Ringo had replaced Pete Best in August of 1962.  This final appearance was only a month after "She Loves You" was released and about 6 months before their first United States visit.  Their setlist included several Rockabilly and Soul cover tunes from the likes of Chuck Berry, Arthur Alexander, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Larry Williams, The Coasters, Dr. Feelgood, Ray Charles, Billy Lee Riley, Chan Romero and others.  Here is the complete setlist from their Cavern shows:

Ain’t She Sweet (John)
Johnny B.Goode (John)
Sheik Of Araby (George)
Anna (John)
Kansas City (Paul)
Sheila (George)
Baby It’s You (John)
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (John)
Shimmy Shimmy (John)
Beatle Bop (Instrumental)
Lend Me Your Comb (John)
Shine (George)
Beautiful Dreamer (Paul)
Like Dreamers Do (Paul)
Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (John/Paul)
Besame Mucho(Paul)
Locomotion (John)
Slow Down (John)
Boys (Ringo)
Long Tall Sally (Paul)
Soldier Of Love (John)
Chains (George)
Love Me Tender 
Some Other Guy (John/Paul)
Clarabella (Paul)
Love Of The Loved (Paul)
Stand By Me (John)
Claudette (Paul)
Loving You (Paul)
Sure To Fall (Paul)
Darktown Strutters Ball (George)
Lucille (Paul)
Sweet Little Sixteen (John)
Don’t Ever Change (George/Paul)
Matchbox (Ringo)
Talkin’ ‘Bout You (John)
Dream (George)
Maybellene (John)
A Taste Of Honey (Paul)
Dream Baby (Paul)
Memphis (John)
Three Cool Cats (George)
Falling In Love (George)
Money (John)
Till There Was You (Paul)
Glad All Over (George)
Mr. Moonlight (John)
Time (George)
Hello Little Girl (John)
My Bonnie
Tip Of My Tongue (Paul)
Hey Baby (Paul)
Nothin’ Shakin’(George)
To Know Her Is To Love Her (John)
Hey Good Lookin’ (George)
Oh! My Soul(Paul)
Too Much Monkey Business (John)
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Paul)
Open (George)
Tutti Frutti (Paul)
Hippy Hippy Shake (Paul)
Over The Rainbow (Paul)
Twist And Shout (John)
Honeymoon Song (Paul)
Picture Of You (George)
What A Crazy World (George)
Hully Gully (John)
Pinwheel Twist (Instrumental)
What’d I Say (Paul)
I Call Your Name (John)
Please Mr. Postman (John)
What’s Your Name (John)
I Forgot To Remember To Forget (George)
Quarter To Three (Paul/John)
Where Have You Been (John)
If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody (John/Paul)
Rip It Up (Paul)
Wooden Heart (Paul)
I’m A Hog For You Baby (Paul/John)
Red Hot (George)
Yakety Yak (George/John)
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down & Cry (John)
Red Sails In The Sunset (Paul)
You Better Move On (John)
I’m Henry The Eighth (George)
Roll Over Beethoven (George)
Young Blood (George)
I Remember You (Paul)
The Saints
Your Feet’s Too Big (John/Paul)
It’s Now Or Never (Paul)
Save The Last Dance For Me