Fifty years ago in the Quad Cities: The KSTT-AM Super 40 Official Music Survey, March 20, 1969

(Congrats on that High School Hall of Fame induction, BCHS!) Back in the early 1990s I worked at 97X, legally known as WXLP-FM in Davenport, Iowa. The station was safely tucked away in the former funeral home we called the Rock and Roll Mansion. WXLP had a sister station, KSTT, that was a legendary Top … Continue reading Fifty years ago in the Quad Cities: The KSTT-AM Super 40 Official Music Survey, March 20, 1969

Rest in peace, Hal Blaine: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (1963)

Word circulated Monday that the greatest rock and roll drummer who ever lived passed away. Hal Blaine was 90. That sentence, in some circles, may start an argument. Except that it's hard to argue just how important Hal Blaine was to rock and roll. There are estimates suggesting that he played on up to thirty … Continue reading Rest in peace, Hal Blaine: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (1963)

Rest in peace, Mark Hollis: Talk Talk, “Life Is What You Make It” (1986)

Word circulated today that Mark Hollis, the leader of UK group Talk Talk, passed away at the age of 64. The band hit the music scene in 1981 but first saw chart success the following year with their eponymous first release. "Talk Talk" failed to chart in the US the first time around, but a … Continue reading Rest in peace, Mark Hollis: Talk Talk, “Life Is What You Make It” (1986)

New this week in ’69: February 22

It's the last new chart for February. What's going on 50 years ago today? February 22, 1969 Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the final stage of the Tet Offensive. It will last until June 8 and figure prominently in President Nixon's decision to take the war into Cambodia. On Monday the … Continue reading New this week in ’69: February 22

Rest in peace, Peter Tork: The Monkees, “Words” (1968)

Peter Tork, best known for his work in the Monkees, has passed away at the age of 77. Tork had been diagnosed with cancer about ten years ago, and had beaten it for a long time, but succumbed to the disease yesterday. I'm reluctant to say "ex-Monkee Peter Tork" in a piece like this. For … Continue reading Rest in peace, Peter Tork: The Monkees, “Words” (1968)

Rest in peace, Ken Nordine: Colors (1966)

Ken Nordine passed away today at the age of 98. You may not know Ken's name, but you know his voice. Nordine has done more than a small amount of voiceover work, including this legendary Levi's ad that might just make you OK with plaid pants. But Nordine is best known for Word Jazz, a … Continue reading Rest in peace, Ken Nordine: Colors (1966)