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12 April 1954, Bill Haley recorded 'Rock Around the Clock' at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Considered by many to be the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song was used over the opening titles for the film 'Blackboard Jungle', and went on to be a […]

Former bassist for the Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman has said "For me, it was never hope I die before I get old. It was, I hope I get a nice house together and a nice car before rock and roll dies. That was my concept. Not to be incredibly rich, but just to make things […]

Happy birthday to Bill Wyman, born on 24th Oct 1936, bass, The Rolling Stones (1969 UK & US No.1 single 'Honky Tonk Women', and over 30 Top 40 UK & US singles and albums. Quit The Stones in 1993, 1981 UK solo No.14 'Je Suis Un Rock Star'). Now tours with his backing band, The […]

21st Oct 1965, Bill Black, Elvis Presley's bass player, (1954-57), died four months after receiving surgery to remove a brain tumour, aged 39. With guitarist Scotty Moore, and Elvis Presley on rhythm guitar, Black played on ‘That's All Right (Mama)’, Heartbreak Hotel, ‘Baby Let's Play House’, ‘Mystery Train’, ‘Hound Dog’; ‘Jailhouse Rock’ in the late […]

There are those who would say the ‘Rock and Roll” era officially started on July 9, 1955. Here’s why: Bill Haley and the Comets’ “Rock Around The Clock,” which was a minor hit the previous year, landed in the top spot on the charts that day after being included in the juvenile delinquent movie “The […]

Going into the 4th of July weekend in 1977…. The new Billboard Top 100 Singles chart came out on July 2nd. The new #1 song in the US…. “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti. You will remember it better as the theme from the movie “Rocky”. It was everywhere back then. Were you a fan […]

June 27, 1971, was a sad day for many. Bill Graham closed the legendary Fillmore East, the New York version of his equally legendary San Francisco “rock ballroom.” The Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Albert King, The Beach Boys, Edgar Winter, Country Joe McDonald and Mountain (Leslie West Mountain) were on the bill […]

Drummer Bill Bruford has 69 candles on his birthday cake today. For those who are not familiar with Bill, he is a retired drummer, percussionist, songwriter, producer, and record label owner who first gained prominence as the original drummer of the rock band Yes, from 1968 to 1972 and again from 1989 to 1992. After […]

4th May 1973, Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour, which was billed as the ‘biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States’. The group would gross over $4 million from the dates, flying between gigs in ‘The Starship’ a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, […]

A founding member of The Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann has 72 candles on his birthday cake today. Bill started playing drums at the age of 13. His sixth grade music teacher that he could not keep a beat. At the end of 1964 he co-founded the band the Warlocks, along with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, […]


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