Jeff Weigl Beats Working Friday @ 4pm
(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets
That song has the distinct honor of being the first rock song to top the charts, and generally considered the beginning of the Rock Era.
When Bill Haley released that song, it went to #1 on three different charts tracked by Billboard, Best Seller in Stores, Most Played by DJs, and Most Played in Juke Boxes.
I Dig Rock and Roll Music by Peter, Paul and Mary
That song references and parodies the vocal styles of the Mamas and the Papas in the first verse, Donovan in the second verse and the Beatles in the third verse.
The Kids are Alright by The Who
This track was written by Pete Townshend as a tribute to the Mods, who were trendy and often rebellious British youth. The album was produced by Shel Talmy, who coaxed a rich, energetic sound out of The Who, but they gave him the boot for their next album, breaking their production contract. This was costly: Talmy ended up receiving royalties on every Who song they recorded up to 1971.
That Lady by The Isley Brothers
That song was originally done by the Isley Brothers in 1964 as a Cha-Cha/Bossa Nova. Ernie Isley did not want to re-record it but Ronald Isley convinced him it would be worthwhile, as they were going to change the melody, tempo, and lyrics and that it would showcase the guitar work of younger brother Ernie, who had become an excellent player. Ernie Isley learned a lot about the guitar from Jimi Hendrix, who played with The Isleys back in 1964.
The Fever by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
That song was written by Bruce Springsteen and was the first widely released version of the song. Springsteen wrote and recorded the song in 1973, but did not release it until the 1999 compilation 18 Tracks.
Steve Van Zandt who had been a co-founder of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes left that band to join Springsteen’s E Street Band and felt guilty about it. Van Zandt convinced Springsteen to let Southside Johnny record two Springsteen Songs, The Fever and You Mean So Much to Me.
Ten Men Working by Neil Young & the Blue Notes
In 1987 Neil Young began playing a short blues set between his acoustic and electric sets. The crowd liked the songs and so he expanded the horn section, dubbing the new band, The Blue Notes.