A founding member of and the bassist for The Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh is celebrating his 78th birthday today. When Phil met Jerry Garcia, he was a trumpet player and had never played bass before. So he agreed to be the bass player in Jerry’s new band The Warlocks. We guess it was the right […]

And again, not really Rock and Roll, but a part of our lives has died. Actor David Ogden Stiers who was best know as Major Charles Winchester on the long running TV show “MASH” has passed away. He was 75 years old. RIP David. Thanks for the laughs. ‘M*A*S*H’ Star David Ogden Stiers Dead […]

25th February 1977, The Jam signed to Polydor Records UK for £6,000 ($10,200). They went on to have 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the UK, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No.1 hits. As of 2007, ‘That’s Entertainment’ and ‘Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?’ remained […]

15th February 1981, American guitarist Mike Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose aged 37. He was a member of the Paul Butterfield band and Electric Flag and had played on Bob Dylan’s album Highway 61 Revisited. Bloomfield’s Telecaster guitar licks were featured on Dylan’s ‘Like a […]

11th February 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead in suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. Local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent.” It […]

Remember “Dead Man’s Curve” by Jan & Dean? The opening lyrics were: ….I was cruisin’ in my Sting Ray late one night When an XKE pulled up on the right And rolled down the window of his shiny new Jag And challenged me then and there to a drag….. It was on New Years Eve, […]

Quick plug for our series of Dead Straight Guide books. We have, Pink Floyd, Dylan, The Beatles, Zeppelin, Queen, The Jam and Velvet Underground: Read it here

On Dec. 10, 1965, Grateful Dead played their first show at the Fillmore in San Francisco for concert promoter Bill Graham. We believe this was only the 2nd time they had played under that name having recently changed it from The Warlocks. This was one of Grahams earliest shows at the Fillmore and there isn’t […]

We have a new book The Dead Straight Guide to Queen just published. This book tells the full story of the band and its members from pre-Queen to post Freddie, and includes, the 50 greatest Queen tracks, a look at all the albums, singles, video shoot locations and more. Read it here

Remember the song “Dead Babies” by Alice Cooper? There is a chance that the first time you heard that song was 46 years ago today, on Nov. 27, 1971. The was the day that Alice Cooper (the group) released their 4th album titled “Killer.” The album included the two singles “Under My Wheels” and “Be […]

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