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Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Podcast

"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" is a rockumentary podcast series that tells the greatest rock and roll stories on record. This includes the untold tales of some great hits that time forgot, but maybe you'll still remember. These programs are hosted by Radio Dave, a veteran disc jockey and published authority on rock and pop music history. He draws his "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" stories from his "groove yard," an archive that has more music than most record libraries.
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Sep 15, 2017

 

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL PRESENTS THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE FOUR TOPS ... AND A WHOLE LOT MORE

This episode spotlights four high school friends from Detroit who performed together continuously for 43 years.

They failed to record a hit song during their first decade together, but succeeded as a popular draw at leading night clubs.

They turned down a contract with Motown Records because they thought the company was too small, but years later they would join that label and become one of its most successful groups.

Their repertoire spanned doo-wop, jazz, rhythm and blues, pop, rock, soul, disco, and dance. In addition to many other Motown acts, their hit music collaborations also included another singer with a Detroit connection – Aretha Franklin – and surprisingly – a group from England – the Moody Blues.

And in a real-life twist of fate, their lives were saved when they slept late and missed an ill-fated commercial airplane flight that was blown up by terrorists.

You’ll hear those stories and more when we cover the entire hit singles history of the Four Tops, along with the original versions of songs they covered and other artist's hit singles interpretations of Four Tops originals.

Sep 1, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL _045 -- "THE PRE-FAME JOBS OF FAMOUS ROCK AND POP STARS"

This episode spotlights the pre-pop and rock careers of forty great stars over the past seven decades.

Before their time on the hit music charts, these artists found jobs as waitresses, plumbers, electricians, window washers, truck drivers, secretaries, used record store managers, disc jockeys, hamburger flippers, laborers, ordained preachers, nurse’s aides, policemen, boxers, meat packers, hairdressers, janitors, commercial artists, advertising agency executives, dishwashers, grave diggers, computer designers and technicians, and telephone installers.

One was an astro-physicist.

Another was a major league baseball team batboy.

Playboy bunny and model are on two recording star employment records.

Several others were elementary school, high school, and college teachers.

Then there’s the star who plays a policeman on a long-running television series – he led a real life of crime before rapping about armed violence and arresting fictional wrong-doers.

Hear where these performers were hired before they achieved higher success. It’s all right here.

Aug 15, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL EPISODE _044 COVERS EVERY TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS HIT SINGLE ... AND A WHOLE LOT MORE

This episode spotlights one of the most popular groups of the late 1960s, whose leader would go on to a successful solo career beginning in the 1970s.

They began as just another obscure garage band, but had disbanded when fate stepped in. A popular Pittsburgh radio disc jockey discovered one of their records in a second-hand store and began playing it at dances and on his show. Then an infamous mob-connected major record company owner made them an offer they couldn’t refuse and made their record a million seller. They quickly became the most profitable act on his label.

Along the way, this group turned down invitations to work with Beatle George Harrison and perform at the Woodstock music festival. But they became the first rock act to tour with a U.S. Presidential candidate, who also wrote the liner notes on their most successful album.

And in one of the most uncanny coincidences in rock and roll history, one of their 1969 hits might have prophesized the terrorist attacks of 9-11 that would occur 32 years into the future and four years before the World Trade Center in New York City was even built. They’re Tommy James & The Shondells. Any you'll hear their complete hit singles history ... and a whole lot more ... all right here.

Aug 1, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_043 SALUTES THE DAVE CLARK FIVE

- THEIR COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY -

As the Beatles led the British musical invasion in the mid-1960s, another English aggregation followed in their footsteps and for a time might have passed them in popularity around the world.

This five-some bounced one of the Fab Four’s most famous #1 hits off the top position on the U.K. singles chart, performed concerts in the U.S. before any of their British rock band rivals did, and made more live appearances on CBS-TV’s legendary Ed Sullivan Show than the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley combined.

Our featured group sold more than 100 million records and had more hits than the Animals, the Kinks, and the Yardbirds. All this despite the misguided marketing strategy by the man who gave the band their name, but took new compact disc and digital download pressings of their platters off the market for two decades.

They’re the Dave Clark Five. Hear their complete hit singles history here.

Jul 15, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL _042

A ROCKUMENTARY SALUTE TO CHUCK BERRY

-- All His Hit Singles And A Whole Lot More --

 

This episode salutes one of rock and roll’s legendary pioneers.

 

Although he was rightfully renowned as an innovator, he achieved some of that acclaim by being an imitator. And he in turn was imitated, and allegedly plagiarized by other performers on their hit platters.

 

Controversy followed him throughout his career. He was a three-time felon, and he sued or was sued many times in civil cases. His innocent lyrics were instrumental in bridging America’s racial divide, yet his only #1 single on the rock charts was filled with not-so-innocent innuendo.

 

We’ll cover his connections with the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen, and many other artists, as well as how one of his records inspired another singer to compose Louie Louie, one of the most famous songs in rock and roll history.

 

He was Chuck Berry, and we'll cover all of his charted singles along with hit versions by other artists.

Jul 1, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #041 - ROCK, POP, AND COUNTRY STARS WHO SANG COMMERCIAL JINGLES - Part 2

Some of the biggest rock, pop, and country stars sang jingles – those catchy commercials about soft drinks, cereal, clothing, cars, and lots of other products and services. Several superstars just sang jingles at the beginning of their careers, while others recorded them concurrently with their regular repertoire.

There’s so much fun material here that we’ve made this a two-part podcast.

And on part two, we’ll identify one of the most famous, yet least publicly-known female voices in the music business.

We'll also hear from the Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, Neil Diamond, Chuck Berry, Barry Manilow, Johnny Rivers, the Four Seasons, Vic Damone, the Four Freshmen, the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, Jose Feliciano, and many others singing to sell blue jeans, chewing gum, restaurants, department stores, sun tan lotion, and batteries.

Just as he did with part one of this two part-podcast. Ken Deutsch, our resident “rockologist” and pre-eminent jingle producer, co-hosts. So, please stay with us more of what Ken and I call “Singling and Jingling.”

Jul 1, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #040 - ROCK, POP, AND COUNTRY STARS WHO SANG COMMERCIAL JINGLES - Part 1

Some of the biggest rock, pop, and country stars sang jingles – those catchy commercials about soft drinks, cereal, clothing, cars, and lots of other products and services. Several superstars just sang jingles at the beginning of their careers, while others recorded them concurrently with their regular repertoire.

There’s so much fun material here that we’ve made this a two-part podcast.

And on part one, we’ll broadcast the beverage brand that launched the trend of big name acts customizing their signature sounds to pitch products and services.

We’ll also feature some names you know that you might not know sang jingles: Buddy Holly, Paul Revere & The Raiders, the Monkees, Cream, the Commodores, the Turtles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Nat King Cole, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, the 5th Dimension, B.J. Thomas, Fontella Bass, Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson, Homer & Jethro, and many others.

Ken Deutsch, our resident “rockologist” and pre-eminent jingle producer, co-hosts. So, please stay with us for part 1 of what Ken and I call “Singling and Jingling.”

Jun 15, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL COUNTS DOWN THE TOP 40 PATRIOTIC SONGS OF ALL TIME

This episode celebrates Uncle Sam’s birthday with a countdown of the top 40 patriotic tunes as tabulated by our “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” research department.

These red, white, and blue records include the rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” that revolutionized how our national anthem is performed at major sports events, and the famed folk song that was written as a protest against the iconic “God Bless America,” yet became one of the most beloved tunes about the U.S. in its own right.

And then there’s the patriotic platter that just might be the rarest hit single of all time.

We'll also relate the story of how a group nicknamed "America's Band" was banned from performing a July 4th show at the Washington, D.C. Mall.

You’ll hear about all that along with such featured all-American artists as James Brown, Neil Diamond, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Survivor, Charlie Daniels, Bruce Springsteen, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, and even Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and Red Skelton among many others. It’s the greatest July 4th celebration on record, and you’ll hear it all right here.

Jun 1, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_038 CELEBRATES THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THREE DOG NIGHT

 

This episode spotlights one of the most popular rock acts of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

 

The group took its name from an indigenous Australian term for a very cold night, and this band was very hot on the charts with 23 hit singles and 13 hit albums between 1969 and 1976.

 

It also might have been one of the most successful “cover bands” of all time – most of its songs were recorded by somebody else before this group did them.

 

You’re about to sample all of this act’s hit singles and hear all about this group’s connections with “The Flintstones” cartoon show, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding, as well as Pete Seeger, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams, and Hoyt Axton, among many others.

 

You know the group that we’re proudly presenting on this podcast – it’s Three Dog Night.

May 15, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_037 COUNTS DOWN THE 30 WORST ROCK AND POP SINGERS OF ALL TIME

This episode celebrates hit tunes by out-of-tune artists, off-key crooners, sandpaper-voiced singers, and various super stars whose personalities overcame their less than super-stellar songs.

Some were so bad they were good.

Others did it for laughs,

But the joke was on yet another group of performers who truly thought they were serious singers.

Then there are enduring acts whose occasional sour notes didn’t keep them from making some of the sweetest songs of all time.

We’ve reviewed thousands of tunes from the 1960’s to the 2010’s to arrive at what we like to call "30 Chart Topping Singers Who Couldn’t Sing."

And for this broadcast, we’ve brought in an acclaimed audio expert to help us explain the unexplainable success of these records. He’s our very own "Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll" Rockologist – Ken Deutsch.

We hope you’ll join us on our countdown of dissonant ditties.

May 1, 2017

"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" #_036 Presents The Entire Hit Singles History Of Bobby Rydell

 

This episode spotlights one of the most famous rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s and early 1960s. In addition to snippets of all his hit singles we’ll also touch on this entertainer’s connections with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Chubby Checker, and even the Beatles and Kiss – along with silent film legend Charlie Chaplin.

 

We’ll also recall his many television comedy roles with such immortals as Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, George Burns, Danny Thomas, and Joey Bishop.

 

Most of this singer’s records were out of print, unavailable, and ultimately collectors’ items for more than 30 years. That’s because the record company that owned them kept them off the market. But he remained a pop icon during those decades. A smash Broadway stage and Hollywood motion picture musical named a high school after him. And his Philadelphia home town did the same with a street.

 

He’s Bobby Rydell, and you’ll hear his remarkable story here.

 

For more information on the "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" podcast series, please visit www.rareandscratchy.com.

Apr 15, 2017

"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll #_035 Celebrates "Earth Day"

-- Songs About The Environment --

This episode commemorates the "Earth Day" rock and pop music connection.

"Earth Day "was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in that took place on April 22nd, 1970. And it’s been celebrated annually around the world ever since.

We’re doing our part here at "Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll." Our very own EPA – environmental platter administration – has assembled a list of 40 ecologically sound songs that have been recycled from our renowned “groove yard” audio archive.

We’ll count them down for you. Marvin Gaye, John Denver, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Metallica, the Talking Heads, the Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens, the Pretenders, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, the Kinks, the Eagles, the Beatles, the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and many others performed environmentally-friendly refrains and bio-degradable ballads. And you’ll hear about them here on this pollution-free podcast – all approved by Mother Nature.

For more information on the "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" podcast series, please visit www.rareandscratchy.com.

Apr 1, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL -034 - WHAT'D THEY SAY? - THE NONSENSE LYRICS TOP 40

We play lots of "doo wops," "shoobie doo's," and "la la la's" on Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll. This episode is devoted entirely to those beloved nonsense lyrics.

And we’ll test your oldies I.Q. as we sample brief previews of these nonsense numbers. We’ve selected 40 such babbling blasts from the past. Then, you get to identify them before we play longer snippets that clearly reveal the names of each record and act.

Some of the performers will surprise you. In addition to numerous rhythm and blues and doo wop acts, artists such as the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Sedaka, and even Frank Sinatra included meaningless meanderings in some of their most meaningful melodies.

And based on the numerous names mentioned above, you probably know in advance some of the songs we’re going to play. We hope you’ll play along with us on this podcast.

 

For more information on the "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" podcast series, please visit www.rareandscratchy.com.

Mar 15, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL _033 - THE GREATEST APRIL FOOLS IN ROCK + POP MUSIC HISTORY

This episode celebrates the April Fools – the greatest hit singles during the rock and roll era with the word “fool” or “fools” in the title.

These include studio recordings by the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin that both bands never performed live in concert. Then there’s Buddy Holly with the Crickets and the Crickets without Buddy Holly – both acts separately had hits with the same fool song.

And there’s the story of the criminally convicted mafia-connected record company owner who was no fool when it came to taking writing credit and royalties for hit songs by artists on his labels that he didn’t compose.

We’ll also fool around with Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Leslie Gore, Rick Nelson, the Drifters, Bob Dylan, Dionne Warwick, Brenda Lee, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, George Michael, the Impressions, the Guess Who, and the Who, along with dozens of others.

For more information on the "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" podcast series, please visit www.rareandscratchy.com.

Mar 1, 2017

Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Presents The Complete Hit Singles History Of Del Shannon ... And A Whole Lot More

 

This episode celebrates a legendary performer, composer, and producer whose signature song has been an enduring element of pop culture for more than 50 years. And many people identify him and his entire career with just that one hit. 

 

But this entertainer had many other distinctive dimensions. He was the first U.S. artist to have a hit with a Beatles tune.

 

He discovered Bob Seger and wrote and produced his first record.

 

He originated songs that later would be mega hits for Elvis Presley and Peter & Gordon.

 

And he had special connections with Dion, the Rolling Stones, the Monkees, country star Johnny Carver, the Smithereens, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Jeff Lynne & the Electric Light Orchestra, among many others.

 

He was Del Shannon.

 

And you’re about to hear every one of his hit singles along with his charted productions for other artists and lots of other related sound souvenirs.

 

For more information on the "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" podcast series, please visit www.rareandscratchy.com.

Feb 15, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL - COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF JAN & DEAN

This episode celebrates the complete hit singles history of an act whose trademark tunes are indelibly associated with songs about surfing and fast cars.

But there’s much more to their musical achievements.

They were innovative composers, singers, and producers. Long before their songs about riding the waves and racing dragsters, their early hits were mostly creative remakes of pop standards and other people’s records.

Eventually, some of their best-known material resulted from working with the Beach Boys.

And while they were doing all that, this duo attended college so they could expand their career horizons. One studied graphic design and went on to create the artwork for best-selling rock and roll albums. The other was in medical school until a tragic auto accident ended that endeavor.

Their names are William Jan Berry and Dean Ormsby Torrence: Jan & Dean.

We’ll trace their trajectory from an early hit about an exotic dancer to their permanent place in the pantheon of performers who exemplified the California rock and roll sound of the 1960s.

Feb 1, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL - U.S. HIT LOVE SONGS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

This episode celebrates the language of love as expressed in romantic records that made the hit singles charts in the U.S. during the rock and roll era, but were entirely or partially in languages other than English.

Many also were translated into English as cover versions – or based on overseas originals that might’ve been unfamiliar to American audiences.

Sometimes the lyrics in these redone refrains were so different from the originals that only the melodies remained the same. Or, radio stations and record buyers didn’t know what the lyrics really meant and mistakenly thought they were enjoying a passionate platter, when in fact they actually were hearing something much different.

We’ll feature an all-star cast of cupids.  Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Bobby Rydell, Dean Martin, the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Petula Clark, Stevie Wonder, and Elvis Presley, among many others. It’s the greatest international love affair on record.

Jan 15, 2017

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL - #_029 

"The Same Old Songs -- Different Hit Singles That Used The Same Melodies"

Ever since the stone age, singers, songwriters, and musicians have been imitating and copying each other. And the same’s been true throughout the “rock age.”

There’s a multiplicity of memorable melodies that have seen double duty. Totally different songs using a very similar or the exact same tune. Some were positively plagiarized platters. Still more could be called creative coincidences. Others were based on public domain ditties, and a few were re-purposed on purpose by the original composers.

We’ll spotlight 50 of them with a particular focus on the music of Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles along with samplings of songs with surprising similarities by such artists as James Brown, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, and even Buddy Holly, among others.

Most of these recordings never went to court to determine if the copyrights had been copied wrong. So you’ll be the judge during this hearing of some same old songs.

Jan 1, 2017

A Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Tribute To

Bobby Vee

This episode spotlights a much beloved pop singer who charted 47 singles and 12 albums in the U.S. and the U.K. between 1959 and 1975.

His career began in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy that ended Buddy Holly’s life, yet remarkable music connections between both singers endured for decades. 

Bob Dylan called him “the most meaningful person I’ve ever been on stage with.”

Other names you know such as Carole King, Gene Pitney, and even members of Buddy Holly’s backup band – the Crickets – played parts in his success. And the Beatles emulated one of his signature songs when they auditioned for a record contract.

He was Bobby Vee.

And we’ll salute him with snippets of all his hit singles, including the originals by other artists he covered, as well some truly rare and scratchy answer records by singers who hoped for hits of their own by responding to his.

It’s all here for you on our salute to Bobby Vee.

Dec 15, 2016

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL CELEBRATES THE HISTORY OF THE MONKEES

This episode spotlights a rock and roll act composed of actors who were hired for a television series about a make-believe band. But they became real-life pop icons.

Their 45s and LPs sold millions, thanks to songs written just for them by some of the top songwriters of the late 1960s. And leading studio musicians were instrumental to their initial success because this group wasn’t allowed to play on their own songs. At least not at first. Then this foursome banded together as one to take control of its own destiny so the group could produce and play on its own platters. Together they made memorable music, even while their personal differences about how to make music were driving them apart.

Hear about their connections to the Beatles, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Harry Nilsson, Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Neil Diamond, Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Jack Nicholson, Annette Funicello, and Frank Zappa...and a whole lot more (did you expect less?).

Fifty years after its founding, this group still has a loyal world-wide following.

Hey, hey, they’re the Monkees.

And we’re "monkee-ing" around with all their hit singles, choice album cuts, and their solo successes, too.

Dec 1, 2016

THE HISTORY OF PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS FEATURING MARK LINDSAY

This episode spotlights an act that was all over your favorite rock radio stations and ubiquitous on network television in the 1960s and 1970s.

They made major record label history by being the first rock and roll group ever signed by Columbia. And their lead singer, primary producer, and frequent song composer moved on to a solo career and even became a senior record company executive himself.

They started as an instrumental group, moved on to rhythm and blues, adopted a garage band sound, and then emulated the rock groups of the British invasion. They ultimately evolved into flower power, political action, acid rock, heavy metal, country rock, and even easy listening styles with dozens of charted recordings.

Along the way, they sang about famous cars of the era, and those songs were given away as promotional records at automobile dealers and also used in commercials. They’re Paul Revere and the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay.

It all began in a chance meeting in a restaurant in the late 1950s, and before this podcast ends, you’ll have a chance to hear about all their hit singles – not only as Paul Revere & The Raiders, but also Mark Lindsay’s solo releases – plus other sound souvenirs.

Nov 15, 2016

The Marvelous Stories Behind The Most Played Christmas Hit Records

The Rare & Scratchy Rock 'n Roll groove yard is home to one of the largest known collections of Christmas records this side – or any side of the North Pole – along with an encyclopedic archive of the histories behind those tunes.

And from holiday seasons past comes this Christmas present for you – the pick of those platters plus some pleasing patter with festive and fun factoids. Like the least-known stories behind the most played Christmas records, the first rock and roll Christmas hit, the top-secret technology from the 1940s that was used to create Christmas hits in the 1950s, and a Christmas hit from a blockbuster film that helped bust a real life villain.

This holiday mix also includes the rarest Christmas hit single ever, as well as a song that just could be the worst Christmas record of all time. And it’s all just in time to help you celebrate the songs of the season.

For more information, visit www.rareandscratchy.com / radiodave@rareandscratchy.com.

Nov 1, 2016

Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Salutes The 5th Dimension

This edition spotlights a group whose more than ten years of hits started in 1967.

Their music was a mixture of mainstream pop, rhythm and blues, soul, Broadway show tunes, Hollywood movie soundtrack songs, and even disco.

They were everywhere on television during their peak period. You saw them on network variety shows and their own special. They portrayed themselves on a murder/mystery/detecitive series episode.

And they chose their music wisely – drawing on some of the greatest songwriters of their era – especially Jim Webb, Laura Nyro, Hal David & Bert Bacharach, Ashford & Simpson, Neil Sedaka, and Paul Anka, among others.

As race relations evolved during the late 1960s and early 1970s, this singing group also made social action a part of several hit songs.

Their style was described as “champagne soul,” and we’ll serve up a sampling of all their vintage hit singles. They’re the 5th Dimension. Hear how they brought new dimensions to memorable music.

Oct 15, 2016

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL SALUTES

THE MAMAS & PAPAS

This episode spotlights an act whose name was inspired by a motorcycle gang.

These singers emerged from relative obscurity in the early 1960's folk music scene to be regularly seen on network television and heard on top 40 radio stations everywhere as their distinctive folk rock vocal harmonies and stage personalities made them international stars. But behind the scenes, sex and drugs also were a big part of their story and even inspired one of their biggest hit songs.

You’re about to hear snippets of every hit single they ever had – both as a group and as solo performers, selected album cuts, and their special connections to such acts as the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Beach Boys, the 5th Dimension, the Rolling Stones, and even Barbra Streisand, among many others.

Please download the tales behind the Mamas & Papas and their remarkable tunes.

Oct 1, 2016

It's The Presidents Of Rock & Roll!

Pop music and the presidency have a long history dating back to the founding of our nation. There probably have been thousands of tunes written about the occupants of the oval office, as well as candidates to be the chief executive.

On this episode we’ll survey more than fifty such songs since the dawn of the so-called rock and roll era in the early 1950s.

Most of these recordings made Billboard’s various hit singles and albums charts, and those that didn’t are still worth noting.

We’ve got the most popular presidents in pop music, as well as those who were reviled on records. One president was featured on a CD as a jazz artist. And another was castigated on a two-CD set by multiple artists.

But no matter what your political party is, please elect to download the presidents of rock and roll.

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