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Rock and Roll Facts You Didn’t Know

It’s Friday! We’re here at the end of the week and we’re excited about it. Because of this, we’re going to give you a few fun facts to give to your friends this weekend when you’re out on the town. Here are a few rock and roll fun facts you didn’t’ know.

Led Zeppelin has been entangled in a legal battle over copyright issues regarding the song “Stairway” with former Spirit member Randy California. Randy claims a song he’d written a year before the Zeppelin classic (Led Zeppelin spent a summer opening up for, the then more popular, Spirit) is way to similar not to have been ripped off, thus the suit. This week lawyers for Randy offered this olive branch; the lawsuit will be dropped under the conditions of giving Randy California co-writing credit for the song, and $1. Seems fair to us!

The last cord in the classic song ‘A Day in the Life” by the Beatles was actually played by many performers, piano and guitar, but late producer Robert Stigwood was on the oboe.

“Layla” was the big hit from the short lived super group ‘Derek and the Domino’s’ and it was about Eric’s lust for George Harrison’s wife at the time, Patti.

The Van Halen album, “5150,” is not a street address or magic number. It’s the Peavey guitar amplifier built exclusively for Eddie.

“For What It’s Worth,” the classic Buffalo Springfield hit, got its name as Steven Stills walked into a record executive’s office, telling the exec that he had new songs to play, and he didn’t dive a damn if they liked any of them. “That’s how I feel, for what it’s worth.” Another label exec liked the phrase and the rest was history!


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Our Favorite Bob Seger Songs – Part Three

Bob Seger was born in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1945. Bob’s double sided live “Silver Bullet Live” is considered a musical benchmark by at least three different music genres. Bob has sold more than 52 million albums in his career, earning seven multi-platinum albums while winning two Grammys along the way.

“Mainstreet” the song was written about Ann Arbor’s ‘Ann Street’ and was a tune about the early days of Bob wandering the cities at night after his father had left them penniless. Bob would look to the sky and promise to make something of himself, walking down Ann Arbor’s “Main Street.”

“Shakedown” from 1987 was a commercial success for Bob and his first foray into Hollywood life. The song was first recorded by the late Glenn Frey, but he didn’t like the lyrics, and then got sick, so he gave it to Bob. Life is funny. Both are from the Motor city of sorts, fond of their heritage.


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Soul Rockers From the 70s – Part Three

The 70s rocked right? The Doobies, Zeppelin, Skynyrd, Fleetwood Mac were raking in millions from their hits. The flip side of that coin was the soul songs that also helped make the 70s one of the coolest decades ever. Okay, so there was Disco, but other than that seven-year mistake, the soul bands of the 70s were the best. Here’s more from our ‘Soul Rockers From the 70s.’

Imagine where we would be without ‘Jimi Hendrix’? Jimi played electricity and the guitar, making every kid take notice. “Watchtower,” “Purple Haze,” and “Foxy Lady” stand up today as pure rock.

The Isley Brothers took to the stage in the 70s after their success in the 60s, using new studio techniques and sound to turn heads in rock and roll. Listen to “Who’s that Lady” and ‘Fight the Power” and you’ll hear rock through the experiences of a different generation in the 70s.

Norman Whitfield and the Motown band ‘Rare Earth’ did something no other band from that label did – rock without color. Most people didn’t realize, that although they sounded a certain way, they were on the Motown label right? They were soulful in their sound, which made them okay with the rock and roll generation.


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Our Favorite Bob Seger Songs – Part Two

Bob Seger’s dad walked out on his family when Bob was 10, which was a defining moment for Bob and his family, one that would influence him the rest of his life. We love Bob Seger, so it’s hard to rank his music, but we’re trying our best. Here’s part two of our favorite Seger songs…

“Night Moves” was the bestselling album of his career with the album breaking a ton of sales records and chart stats. Bob was at the top of the mountain with this album.

“Heavy Music” was released from ‘Bob Seger & The Last Herd’ a struggling Motor City rock band in the mid-60s. The record label went under as the song was rising on the charts, so it died a chart orphan, but did get him signed to another label.

The single from the album of the same name, the single “Beautiful Looser,” was actually made more famous on the “Live” album that this previous release. Seger fans however appreciate the writing maturity of Bob. His skills had come a long way.

Soul Rockers From the 70s

Rock and roll in the 70s was Southern, hard, Urban, and or California in nature, but we rarely salute the great Soul Rockers of the 70s. We’re going to take two days to recognize the incredible contributions of ‘Soul Rockers From the 70s.’

The Chicago born Earth Wind and Fire was so far ahead it’s time, driven by a horn section that only rivaled their natural born competitors ‘Chicago.’ ‘EWF’ could lay down those guitar riffs (‘Got to Get You Into My Life” and “Shining Star” are great rock-soul examples.

‘Sly & The Family Stone’ was at the top of the list, with “Take you Higher” and ‘Dance to the Music” were rocking songs that made all the British bands take notice. “Higher” was the envy of every garage band in Rockford, IL.

Sure, the Motown era started to cool in the 70s with its move to Los Angeles, but the ‘Temptations’ took new rock production values and gave us “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Psychedelic Shack” were as much rock songs as they were soul tunes. Thank Norman Whitfield for the sound. His ear took the soul 70s by storm.


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