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Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Podcast

"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" is a "rockumentary" series telling the greatest rock and roll stories on record. Some of our episodes spotlight specific artists, and others cover various specific subjects. All of them rock as we cover stories and myths about songs you can sing along with.

Feb 1, 2017


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.

SJC in Detroit
over six years ago

Radio Dave goes deep into the groove yard on this edition, turning up 100+ year old antecedents to some of the most popular songs with non-English histories of all time. Now pardon me while I go listen to an old commercial for my first car: