Category Archives: Rock’n’Roll

(June 20, 2016): The Adventurers – Rock and Roll Uprising

From the 1961 album, Can’t Stop Twistin’.  A Bobby McFerrin opening to this tune from one of many bands with this name. It released this sole long player, along with a few singles in the early 1960s. Led by Gerald Perry, the … Continue reading

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(June 4, 2106): Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit – 7 Nights to Rock

From the 1985 album, The Rose of England.  A rocking cover of this rockabilly classic by Buck Trail, Henry Glover, and Louis Inns.  Huey Lewis and Paul Carrack make guest appearances on this LP.  I used to wonder if Lowe drew the … Continue reading

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(June 3, 2015): Sid King & The Five Strings

From the 1956 single (10″, 45rpm), Let ‘er Roll / Blue Suede Shoes. Sid “King” Erwin and The Five Strings (aka The King Bros. and really only four players) – Billy Joe King, Ken Massey, Melvin Robinson, David White  – were among the pioneers of Texas … Continue reading

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(Nov. 28, 2014): Big Joe Turner – Shake, Rattle & Roll

From the 1957 album, Rock & Roll.  Turner original recorded this Jesse Stone (Charles E. Calhoun) number in 1954 as a 10″ (78rpm) single – the a-side to “You Know Who I Love”. Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The … Continue reading

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(Nov 25, 2014): The Refreshments – High On You

From the 2009 album, A Band’s Gotta Do What A Band’s Gotta Do.  This twenty-five year old Swedish band is not to be confused with mid-1990s alt-rockers from Arizona.  These Refreshments are Rockpilesque.  

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(Oct 19, 2014) – Elvis Presley – Stranger in My Home Town (rehearsal)

Back after a brief hiatus.  This tune was captured in a “The Elvis Presley Show” rehearsal recorded in July 1970.  It was first released on the 1995 5xCD box set, Walk a Mile in My Shoes: The Essential ’70s Masters.  It is … Continue reading

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(Sept 2, 2014): Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley 1969

From the 1969 a-side of the 7″ 45rpm, Bo Diddley 1969 / Soul Train.  A song that did not chart, but like the original, stands the test of time.  Covered in 1994 by ’68 Comeback on Mr. Downchild.

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