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“That rockabilly sound wasn’t as simple as I thought it was.” –Carl Perkins “Train Kept A-Rollin'” by Johnny Burnette, the Yardbirds and Jeff Beck and Steven Tyler “Train Kept A-Rollin'” was first released in 1951 as a jump blues composition by Tiny Bradshaw. The Johnny Burnette Trio made it a rockabilly hit in 1956. The tune featured one of the earliest examples of a distorted guitar solo. Guitarist Paul Burlison said he discovered the effect when a tube was dislodged after dropping his amplifier. The Yardbirds, with lead guitarist Jeff Beck, recorded their version in 1965. After Jimmy Page joined…

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“If I wasn’t Bob Dylan, I’d probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself.” — Bob Dylan “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by the Wonder Who? Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” was written for girlfriend Suze Rotolo, who had left him to take an extended trip to Italy. The song was released on 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which shows the singer and Rotolo on the album cover. In 1965, the Four Seasons found themselves with “Let’s Hang On” high on the charts with “Working My Way Back to You” scheduled for release.…

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“You know, I do speak the Queens’ English. It’s just the wrong Queens, that’s all. It’s over the 59th Street Bridge. It’s not over the Atlantic Ocean.” – Cyndi Lauper 11. “King Tut” by Steve Martin “King Tut” was a 1978 novelty hit for comedian Steve Martin. The spoof of the Egyptian pharaoh was inspired by the popular Treasures of Tutankhamun museum exhibition of the day. Martin’s backup band, the Toots Uncommons, was really members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt band. The band’s founder, John McEuen, explained in Examiner.com  how they came to record the tune with Martin. “My brother…

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Top 11 Band Name Origin Stories  “If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.” – Woody Allen Pink Floyd In 1963, future Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason went through band names that included the Meggadeaths, the Screaming Abdabs, Leonard’s Lodgers and the Spectrum Five before settling on the Tea Set. Syd Barrett joined the band in 1965 and when they performed at a show with another group named the Tea Set, it was time for a new name. Barrett, the band’s creative force at…

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“A guy gave me a job at an information booth – no questions asked.” – Jay London “Questions 67 and 68” by Chicago “Questions 67 and 68” was written by Chicago’s Robert Lamm, who shared vocals with Peter Cetera. The 1969 song was the first single released by Chicago, when it was still named Chicago Transit Authority. An edited version of the song was re-released in 1971 with more success. “It’s about a girl I knew during those years,” Lamm told Blue Desert, “with a hint of acid imagery, and very Beatles-influenced.” Chicago early on gained the reputation as one…

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If you haven’t yet made your New Year’s resolutions, we’re here to help. We’ve listed the Top 11 songs about bad habits you should resolve to change this year, next year — and every year, honestly, if you’re unable to stick to it this time around. Most people will find one or two of their behaviors here. If you need to make all 11 of these New Year’s resolutions, seek professional help … 11. Material Girl by Madonna (Materialism) After its release in 1984, Madonna said that Material Girl reflected her character. “I’m very career-oriented,” Madonna told Company magazine. “You…

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Looking for that last-minute Christmas-themed rock n’ roll playlist? Look no further, as we have searched far & wide for some of the most enduring and timeless (and even infamous) Christmas cover songs laid to tape. Let us know in the comments which ones we missed! Motorhead – “Run Rudolph Run” Lemmy & the gang’s take on the Chuck Berry classic. Weezer – Christmas with Weezer An entire E.P.’s worth of holiday cheer from Weezer! Paul McCartney – “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” We’ll spare you another listen to “Wonderful Christmastime,” passing along instead Macca’s warm…

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“I’m at a point in life when nothing feels shocking to me. I need something to shock me! I’m almost ready to see a UFO.” – CeeLo Green The list is compiled chronologically by the start of the musicians’ careers. “Constipation Blues” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was one of the pioneers of shock rock. He delivered one of our Top 11 Rock N’ Roll Screams on his 1956 hit, “I Put a Spell on You.” Hawkins often appeared on stage with Henry, a smoking skull on a stick. Hawkins never duplicated the success of “Spell,” but he…

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Until 1964, Americans imagined Brits as businessmen in bowler hats and stuffy butlers who served tea. The Beatles’ arrival on our shores changed all that. We grew our hair, dressed in Carnaby Street fashions and overnight, British words like “fab” and “gear” entered our language. But Beatles lyrics contain many expressions that many American fans still don’t understand, even decades later. “Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose” The title character of “Mean Mr. Mustard” is not as nasty as his name implies: “Mean” in Britain means “cheap.” John Lennon explained in All We Are Saying that he’d spotted a…

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“Punk rock was the tsunami that threatened to drown us all in 1977.” – Pete Townshend “Kick Out the Jams” by the MC5 “Kick Out the Jams” is the title track of the MC5’s 1969 debut LP, recorded over Halloween weekend at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. The song gained immediate notoriety by its introduction. Singer Rob Tyner opens with “Right now it’s time to – kick out the jams, motherfuckers!” That would lead to censored and uncensored versions of the album and Elektra dropping the band from its label. “We picked ‘Jams’ as a single because it best summed up what…

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