The Day The Music Died

February 2nd 1959 : Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the “Winter Dance Party” tour, stopping this night at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: The Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace.

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The Sparkomatics – Draggin’ Me Down

I caught this band The Sparkomatics about a month back open for the Big Fat Combo to virtually an empty room at the Outer Space in Hamden,  Connecticut.  I went on an invite from a friend at work who knew guys in the BFC. And the club was about a five minute drive from my house. I have never been to this venue but understand its quite hip and gets a lot of bands come through. 

The band ran through a set of great 60s Garage Rock classics while throwing in a couple originals. The band was a bit rough around the edges but had a fun time. 

This single “Draggin’ Me Down” captures a good old basement Rock’n’Roll band doing their thing. I look forward to hearing more.

Download the single from the Sparkomatics bandcamp page here.

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Today In History Johnny Cash Records Legendary Live Album

January 13th 1968, Johnny Cash played a show, which was recorded, for his forthcoming live album at Folsom Prison, near Sacramento, California in front of 2,000 inmates. When released, the lead single, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ (an update of his 1956 hit) became one of the most famous recordings of his career.

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On This Date Two Original  Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebels Make Their National Television Debuts

July 28th 1956 : Gene Vincent makes his first national TV appearance, singing “Be-Bop-a-Lula” on NBC’s The Perry Como Show

Also on July 28th : 1957 : Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first national TV appearance, singing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” on NBC’s The Steve Allen Show.

In my searches I was not able to find any video footage to share here of either performance. 

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Bobby Ramirez Remembered 

July 24th 1972 : Bobby Ramirez, drummer with Edgar Winter’s White Trash, is beaten to death in a Chicago barroom brawl after several patrons complain about the length of his hair. He was 23 at the time of his passing.

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Remembering Heinz Burt On His Birthday 

Born July 24th 1942, Heinz Burt bassist from surf group the Tornadoes. Heinz died in April 7th 2000, aged 57 following a stroke.

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Wingnut’s Psychedelic Bubblegum Shop With Ronald Webb 

Wingnut’s Psychedelic Bubblegum Shop w/ Ronald Webb Saturdays at 11am (EST) n’ Tuesdays at 8pm on Tune in and invite a friend! —

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Descendents, ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’

Listened to this in it’s entirety today and I loved it! A return to form for the Descendents. Not as serious or personal as 2004’s “Cool To Be You.” I am glad it’s finally coming out after years of talk about a new album. One of my favorite bands and some of the greatest shows I have ever seen.

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May 4th In Music History, Saying Happy Birthday To A Surf Rock Legend


May 4th 1886 : The graphophone, a link between the earlier gramophone and the modern phonograph, is patented, featuring wax cylinders which conducted music better than Thomas Edison’s original tinfoil ones.


Join me in wishing a Happy 78th Birthday to Legendary Surf Guitarist Dick Dale!

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Karn Evil 9

I was watching videos of Carl Palmer drum solos a few weeks ago on youtube. I thought a lot of these videos were very cool as I really enjoy listening/watching Palmer play.  I call Justin (9) over and say hey check this out as he has mentioned wanting to play the drums. About a minute in he goes “this guy sucks” and walks away lol. I was shocked but thought it was funny. He is only 9 and maybe not ready for that style of drumming.

This, all 29+ minutes of Karn Evil 9 is just one of many great reasons why Mr Palmer is such a great drummer to me.

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