Classic Rock

10 Aug 1963, 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fingertips part II’, making him the youngest singer to top the charts. Recorded in 1963 during a Motortown Revue performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois, Marvin Gaye played drums on the track. […]

10 August 1909, born on this day, Clarence Leonidas ‘Leo’ Fender, inventor and founder of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company. The Fender Telecaster (1949) was the first mass-produced electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world’s most iconic electric guitars and the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass […]

From UCR’s Movies & Culture Dept.: Directors take bold chances when adapting cartoons to live-action movies: 10 Most Interesting Live-Action Cartoon Films Ever Made Read the article at Ultimate Classic Rock:

10 Aug 2008, US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft as was also […]

9 Aug 1995, Jerry Garcia guitarist and singer from the Grateful Dead died from a heart attack at the Serenity Knolls rehabilitation clinic in San Francisco aged 53. Garcia co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage and also released several solo albums. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked […]

Rest in peace. Details here: Motown Songwriting Legend Lamont Dozier Dies at 81 Read the article at Ultimate Classic Rock:

9 Aug 1980, AC/DC scored their first UK No.1 album with Back In Black. It was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott (who died on 19 February 1980 at the age of 33), and was dedicated to him. The album has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, […]

9 Aug 1967, The Small Faces entered the singles chart with ‘Itchycoo Park’, the single peaked at No.3 in the UK chart. The song was one of the first pop singles to use flanging, an effect that can be heard in the bridge section after each chorus. Most sources credit the use of the effect […]

Ouch. The Hilariously Bad First Concerts of Rock’s Biggest Bands Read the article at Ultimate Classic Rock:

Very sad news, Olivia Newton-John has died age 73 after long battle with breast cancer. In 1978, she starred in the musical film Grease, whose soundtrack remains one of the world’s best-selling albums and features two major hit duets with co-star John Travolta: “You’re the One That I Want” – which ranks as one of […]

Current track