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Tag: Rolling Stones

60s/70s rock +/- pop
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‘Sister Baby Merry Clayton’ – Stage Name Used Ever So Briefly

<LINK to related Spotify playlist: . Merry Clayton Steals The Show> From Terri Gross‘s 2013 interview on NPR’s Fresh Air radio program, we learn that it was Bobby Darin who had signed Merry Clayton to Capitol Records when the New Orleans-born vocalist was barely fifteen years old. And yes, it

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45 sides +/- obscure tracks
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Quirky 45s That “Bubbled Under” 1959-1976

It’s almost impossible to fathom now, but at one time in the United States, tiny “indie” labels could actually get their records played on the radio.  This period was a narrow window of time, as predictably (and inevitably), the major labels would consolidate their hold on the marketplace by effectively

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Chris Blackwell
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Trojan Records History Highlights

It always helps to have streaming audio within arm’s reach to make music history more of a ‘multimedia’ experience. From reading Young Gifted and Black:  The Story of Trojan Records by Michael de Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett, for example, I have picked up a number of helpful listening tips and

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"19th Nervous Breakdown"
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Rolling Stones Soundalike Recordings

In the inevitable Beatles vs. Stones (straw man) debate, I intensely resent having to pick sides, since the very idea of one without the other is laughable at best.  Nevertheless, this lifelong Beatles fan takes a certain fiendish thrill in devoting an entire blog post to those albums in which

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"Sad Day"
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’65 Stones Tune Known by Few

Richie Unterberger confirmed my hunch in his review of Rolling Stones B-side “Sad Day” for AllMusic: “‘Sad Day’ is one of the least-known early Rolling Stones songs.   It was never even issued in their native U.K. until 1973, and it didn’t make it onto an American album until it

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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Rolling Stones — 1964 Cereal Advert

According to Video Beat, Brian Jones wrote this Rolling Stones Rice Krispies jingle (shown only in the UK) with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, who created this 30-second spoof of pop music TV show, Juke Box Jury: Billboard reported in its April 2, 2012 edition: On Sunday’s Mad Men,

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"Space Walk"
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“Space Walk”: Psychedelic Vibes, Man

Paul ‘Ollie‘ Halsall, as previously noted, was one of the rare rock musicians to utilize the vibraphone – an instrument that is often confined to jazz and 1960s pop and northern soul, sadly.  The vibes, when placed in the right context, can add such gorgeous tonal color to a song,

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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Only on 8-Track

Believe it or not, there are pieces of music that can be found on no other audio format but 8-track tape.  One example of something that exists only on 8-track:  this brief instrumental passage from Lou Reed‘s 1973 album, Berlin, that appears between the first two songs, “Berlin” and  “Lady

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"No Expectations"
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“No Expectations”: Joan Baez Covers the Stones, Man

Joan Baez – with the very able assistance of Nashville’s finest sidemen – produced a soulful and tastefully understated cover of a classic Rolling Stones tune from their Beggars Banquet album: “No Expectations“ Joan Baez (1970) Baez’s version of “No Expectations” was included on 1969’s One Day at a Time (Vanguard) and

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"Stones Jazz"
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Joe Pass: Unlikely Mid-60s Stones Fan

If you search the web for information about a 1967 album on the World Pacific label by jazz guitar great, Joe Pass – The Stones Jazz – you will generally see uniform agreement that this album was recorded on July 20, 1966.  I love that:  one day to record an

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