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The marriage of pop music and television: All music all the time

American Bandstand started in Philadelphia as an afternoon music and dance show. You would also see a musical act lip-synching to their latest hit song. It had a twenty-seven year run. The host, Dick Clark, looked like he never aged.
Yesterday we looked at musical acts on the Ed Sullivan show. Today you’ll see programs in which the total focus was on the music. It started with American Bandstand, but it morphed into more…much more. Remember these television shows? Related Post: The marriage of pop music and television: The Ed Sullivan Show Type your email address... Read more »

The marriage of pop music and television: The Ed Sullivan Show

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In 1955, Bill Haley became the first rock artist to perform on the Sullivan show. His "Rock Around The Clock" started the Sullivan show music phenomenon that went on for more than a decade.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications has an exhibit which looks at the connection between rock music and television. Both industries used each other to drive up tv ratings as well as sales of records and concert tickets. This is a two part series that looks at some of the most historic moment in the worlds... Read more »

Bob Dylan and "Murder Most Foul": A look back at an assassination and the pop culture that followed

Bob Dylan and "Murder Most Foul": A look back at an assassination and the pop culture that followed
Twas a dark day in Dallas, November ’63 A day that will live on in infamy President Kennedy was a-ridin’ high Good day to be livin’ and a good day to die November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy is shot to death in Dallas, Texas. Everyone from my generation can give you a detailed... Read more »
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Neil Young "Homegrown": Four decades later, the music is timeless

Neil Young "Homegrown": Four decades later, the music is timeless
It’s 1974. Neil Young is looking to release a new album. He has enough new music to fill two albums, but isn’t sure which record should be next. He gathers some musician friends for a listening session in a bungalow at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. The album that won the night was “Tonight’s... Read more »

"Laurel Canyon" the documentary: No new information here

"Laurel Canyon" the documentary: No new information here
“So you want to be a rock and roll star? Then listen now to what I say Just get an electric guitar Then take some time and learn how to play” The Byrds. Buffalo Springfield. The Mamas and the Papas. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Joni Mitchell. The first wave. The originals. Jackson Browne, Linda... Read more »

Even during a pandemic, I'll never learn to like the band Journey

Even during a pandemic, I'll never learn to like the band Journey
Dateline: 1973- San Francisco. A hot bed time and place for popular music. Keyboardist Gregg Rolie and guitarist Neal Schon are members of the legendary rock band Santana. It’s time for them to leave the nest and form their own band. The result was the start of Journey. Last week I ran into a LA Times... Read more »
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We need more women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Here's ten deserving candidates

We need more women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Here's ten deserving candidates
This week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their newest class. The 2020 inductees are five members. Only one of the five, Whitney Houston, is a woman. There were sixteen nominees and only three were women. Last year, Janet Jackson was elected. In her speech, she mentioned that Hall needs to have more women... Read more »

What do you think of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020?

What do you think of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020?
This morning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it’s latest class of inductees. Here’s the list: Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex. Surprisingly, I’m okay with this list. It has a nice variety of different eras and genres of music. We have everything from classic rock, to electronic music/new... Read more »

Who gets your vote for 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Who gets your vote for 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Did you know that you can vote for who gets elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Fan voting began in October and will end today. You can vote for up to five of the sixteen nominees. The top five vote-getters will be added to the other ballots that will decide who is elected this... Read more »
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Peter Asher's "The Beatles from A to Zed": It could have been so much more

Peter Asher's "The Beatles from A to Zed": It could have been so much more
About five years ago I told a friend I was thinking about writing a book. He said, “About the Beatles?” I replied sarcastically, “Yeah, because that’s what the world needs. Another book about The Beatles.” It’s impossible to pinpoint a number, but there are thousands, maybe in the tens of thousands, of books written on... Read more »
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