Billy Jean as you’ve never heard it before … played on beer bottles

Copenhagen’s Bottle Boys first performed on empty beer bottles to liven up a boring party about 12 years ago. What do Michael Jackson and the old-time jug-band genre have in common? Well, take the song that launched the Michael Jackson era in 1983, and perform it, jug-band style, on beer bottles. We’re talking here about… Continue reading Billy Jean as you’ve never heard it before … played on beer bottles

Remembering Johnny Otis: Greek God of R&B

Updated 26 July, 2019. A young Johnny Otis. He’d give Errol Flynn a run for his money   Writing the previous Leiber-Stoller post reacquainted me with that great rhythm & blues pioneer, Johnny Otis, and Shuggie, his talented multi-instrumentalist son. Shuggie, I believe, stood for ‘sugar’, his mother’s nickname for Johnny Jnr. Johnnie Otis Snr. was a… Continue reading Remembering Johnny Otis: Greek God of R&B

Leiber-Stoller: perhaps the greatest rock & roll song writers of all

Mike Stoller (left) with Jerry Leiber in the 1970s Just as most non-classical music came from the blues, so one of the truly landmark song-writing partnerships began specializing solely in blues songs. I’m talking, of course, about the American rock & roll/R&B composers-supreme, Jerry Leiber (words) and Mike Stoller (music). My last post touched on… Continue reading Leiber-Stoller: perhaps the greatest rock & roll song writers of all

Blues broadcasts garnished with blues and rock history. Every Mon, Wed & Sat.

The birth of blues rock and its path to hard rock then heavy metal New “How Blues & Rock Evolved” broadcast explores the origins of heavy metal  Prepare your ears for a special 30-minute-plus version of “How Blues & Rock Evolved”. We track how blues influenced the monster guitar riff … became blues rock …… Continue reading Blues broadcasts garnished with blues and rock history. Every Mon, Wed & Sat.