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2001 marked the Golden Anniversary of a GOLD Record from an Era when Fifty-thousand 45’s was a BIG Seller. That 500K-selling single cut the edge of a new style before deejay Alan Freed named it: ROCK & ROLL. Sam Phillips, Sun Studios founder, tagged that Billboard #1 R&B Smash as the very first "Rock & Roll Recording". Every hell-raiser, hip-shaker, and hit-maker owes a nod to that teenager recognized by Rock historians as the "Father of Rock & Roll".

That Billboard bullet, "Rocket 88", was penned by a 19-year old boogie-woogie boy and his back-up band, "The Kings of Rhythm", for their first Sun Studios session in March 1951. B.B. King introduced the kid to Phillips, but he did not have a song - yet. So, on that rainy ride up Highway 61 to Memphis with their gear strapped on top, inspiration and lightening struck. The first muscle car - a highway cruiser - the hot, new, Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" was the subject and title of that historic #1 Hit. His lead vocalist, Jackie Brensten, and his side band, "The Delta Cats", were mistakenly credited with the song by Chess Records, who released it. But those that know Rock history know The Kings of Rhythm were the real rockers toiling in the shadows of their own success. That kid is referred to by Little Richard as "The Man". B.B. King proudly echoes, "He’s the best band leader I‘ve ever seen." The kid who became "The Man" is Ike Turner.

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Live From Old York: Big Boy Bloater, Dreadzone & Oli Brown

Read "Live From Old York: Big Boy Bloater, Dreadzone & Oli Brown" reviewed by Martin Longley

Big Boy Bloater City Screen Basement York, UK December 5, 2013 The Bloater returneth, just over a year after his last appearance in York. Back then, he was joined by his full combo, but this 2013 show was a part of the Big Boy's solo tour, ...

A Few Frames Of Public Access Art

Read "A Few Frames Of Public Access Art" reviewed by Skip Heller

Music and television have always worked together, and through the history of the medium, apocolypses have happened because the world was tuned in together. Language quickly becomes hyperbole when people recall Elvis Presley or the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Ricky Nelson's fantastic weekly performances on his parents' show (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), any number ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Alligator Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Alligator Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Award-winning guitar slinger, passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter Joe Louis Walker, currently celebrating the release of his Alligator Records debut, Hellfire, will perform at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2012. The Wall Street Journal celebrates Hellfire's “appealing immediacy" and says, “Walker's raspy, powerhouse voice is out front while his stinging ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Erik Deutsch: Demonio Teclado

Read "Demonio Teclado" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The title of Erik Deutsch's Demonio Teclado means “Keyboard Demon"--and indeed he is. Raised in Washington, DC and Nashville, Deutsch spent ten years in Colorado honing his craft, receiving a degree from the University of Colorado in piano performance, plus studying and playing with pianist Art Lande and gigging with trumpeter Ron Miles. In the mid-2000s ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Blues Legend Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Label Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Award-winning guitar slinger, passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter Joe Louis Walker, currently celebrating the release of his Alligator Records debut, Hellfire, will perform at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, 2012. Walker has been releasing groundbreaking music since 1986 and has toured—and continues to tour—worldwide. He has won four Blues Music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Lindholm / Otto Donner: More Than 123

Read "More Than 123" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The world is a heavy object: a very heavy object. And there are times on More Than 123 when the weight of the world seems to press down particularly heavily on the shoulders of Finnish singer and guitarist Dave Lindholm. Thankfully, Lindholm responds with a wealth of stories delivered with a gritty, bluesy, voice and backed ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ike Turner - Here and Now (2001)

Ike Turner - Here and Now (2001)

By Derrick Lord This was just what Ike Turner fans had been waiting for. The Clarksdale, Mississippi native returned to his roots with a barrel-house style blues recording that brought him back as a force on the music scene, earning two W.C. Handy Awards from the Blues Foundation for best traditional blues album and comeback album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Patty Ascher: Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba

Read "Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In addition to serving as an album title, Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba could also serve as the defining mantra for a good portion of the albums on the Zoho Music label. While that company has released a wide variety of discs, covering Afro-Cuban cookers (Arturo O'Farrill), rock-solid blues (Ike Turner), and updated takes on the tango ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ike & Tina Turner Blue Thumb Years Reissued on Acrobat Music

Ike & Tina Turner Blue Thumb Years Reissued on Acrobat Music

Album contains the hit “Bold Soul Sister” as well as live standards “The Hunter” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” NEW YORK, N.Y. — Although Ike Turner is often credited with recording the first rock ‘n’ roll song with 1951’s “Rocket 88,” his career took a leap when he met Anna Mae Bullock and re-named ...


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