Friday, December 31, 2004

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame

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The Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame operated from 1978-2004. It was a non-profit organization based in North San Diego County in California. Here’s the full list of inductees and their years of induction.


  • Cannonball Adderley (1985)
  • Toshiko Akiyoshi (2001)
  • Red Allen (1995), jazz trumpeter
  • Lil Hardin Armstrong (1986)
  • Louis Armstrong (1978)


  • Mildred Bailey (1989)
  • Chet Baker (1987)
  • Charlie Barnet (1984)
  • Count Basie (1981)
  • Sidney Bechet (1983)
  • Bix Beiderbecke (1979)
  • Louie Bellson (1993)
  • Tex Beneke (1996)
  • Tony Bennett (1997)
  • Bunny Berigan (1985)
  • Irving Berlin (2004)
  • Chuck Berry (1984)
  • Eubie Blake (1983)
  • Art Blakey (1982)
  • Jimmy Blanton (1994)
  • Buddy Bolden (1988)
  • Will Bradley (1998)
  • Bob Brookmeyer (2003)
  • Clifford Brown (1985)
  • Lawrence Brown (2001)
  • Les Brown (1999)
  • Ray Brown (1997)
  • Dave Brubeck (1986)
  • Kenny Burrell (1990)


  • Cab Calloway (1987)
  • Frankie Carle (1989)
  • Harry Carney (2000)
  • Benny Carter (1988)
  • Betty Carter (1994)
  • Ron Carter (2000)
  • Sid Catlett (1996)
  • Paul Chambers (1994)
  • Ray Charles (2004)
  • Doc Cheatham (1996)
  • Don Cherry (1995)
  • Charlie Christian (1981)
  • Kenny Clarke (1986)
  • Buck Clayton (1990)
  • Al Cohn (1996)
  • Nat King Cole (1993)
  • Ornette Coleman (1989)
  • John Coltrane (1980)
  • Perry Como (2004)
  • Eddie Condon (1983)
  • Bing Crosby (2002)


  • Tadd Dameron (2001)
  • Helen Oakley Dance (2004)
  • Stanley Dance (1999)
  • Miles Davis (1979)
  • Wild Bill Davison (1997)
  • Buddy DeFranco (2002)
  • Paul Desmond (1991)
  • Baby Dodds (1991)
  • Johnny Dodds (1988)
  • Eric Dolphy (1984)
  • Dorothy Donegan (1998)
  • Jimmy Dorsey (1983)
  • Tommy Dorsey (1981)


  • Bob Eberly (2003)
  • Billy Eckstine (1985)
  • Sweets Edison (1994)
  • Roy Eldridge (1985)
  • Duke Ellington (1978)
  • Bill Evans (1982)
  • Gil Evans (1986)


  • Tal Farlow (1996)
  • Art Farmer (2001)
  • Ella Fitzgerald (1978)
  • Tommy Flanagan (1999)
  • Helen Forrest (2001)
  • Pops Foster (1992)
  • Pete Fountain (1997)
  • Bud Freeman (1992)


  • Erroll Garner (1993)
  • Stan Getz (1983)
  • Terry Gibbs (2001)
  • Dizzy Gillespie (1982)
  • Paul Gonsalves (2004)
  • Benny Goodman (1978)
  • Dexter Gordon (1988)
  • Norman Granz (2003)
  • Stéphane Grappelli (1995)
  • Glen Gray/Casa Loma Orchestra (2002)
  • Freddie Green (2000)


  • Bobby Hackett (1997)
  • Jim Hall (2003)
  • Lionel Hampton (1986)
  • Herbie Hancock (1995)
  • W. C. Handy (1981)
  • Barry Harris (1999)
  • Johnny Hartman (1986)
  • Coleman Hawkins (1982)
  • Fletcher Henderson (1979)
  • Woody Herman (1981)
  • J. C. Higginbotham (2003)
  • Earl Hines (1980)
  • Milton Hinton (1996)
  • Art Hodes (1998)
  • Johnny Hodges (1990)
  • Billie Holiday (1979)
  • Claude Hopkins (1998)
  • Shirley Horn (2000)
  • Lena Horne (1991)
  • Freddie Hubbard (1994)
  • Alberta Hunter (1996)


  • Chubby Jackson (2000)
  • Milt Jackson (1989)
  • Illinois Jacquet (1985)
  • Harry James (1983)
  • Budd Johnson (1993)
  • Bunk Johnson (1986)
  • J. J. Johnson (1988)
  • James P. Johnson (1980)
  • Hank Jones (2000)
  • Isham Jones (1989)
  • Jo Jones (1990)
  • Jonah Jones (1999)
  • Quincy Jones (1988)
  • Thad Jones (1995)
  • Scott Joplin (1987)
  • Louis Jordan (1998)


  • Sammy Kaye (1992)
  • Wynton Kelly (1994)
  • Hal Kemp (1992)
  • Stan Kenton (1982)
  • Freddie Keppard (1997)
  • Barney Kessel (1999)
  • B. B. King (2003)
  • John Kirby (1993)
  • Andy Kirk (1991)
  • Gene Krupa (1983)


  • Scott LaFaro (2003)
  • Eddie Lang (1986)
  • Yank Lawson (1998)
  • Peggy Lee (1992)
  • John Lewis (2001)
  • Meade Lux Lewis (1993)
  • Guy Lombardo (1992)
  • Mundell Lowe (2004)
  • Jimmie Lunceford (1987)


  • Shelly Manne (2002)
  • Wynton Marsalis (1996)
  • Billy May (1988)
  • Howard McGhee (2003)
  • William McKinney (2004)
  • Jimmy McPartland (1992)
  • Marian McPartland (1999)
  • Carmen McRae (1984)
  • Jay McShann (1985)
  • Eddie Miller (1998)
  • Glenn Miller (1978)
  • Lucky Millinder (1996)
  • Charles Mingus (1982)
  • Thelonious Monk (1980)
  • Wes Montgomery (1983)
  • James Moody (1993)
  • Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton (1982)
  • Bennie Moten (1987)
  • Gerry Mulligan (1984)


  • Ray Nance (2003)
  • Fats Navarro (1984)
  • Sammy Nestico (2004)
  • Red Nichols (1986)
  • Ray Noble (1987)
  • Jimmie Noone (1987)
  • Red Norvo (1991)


  • King Oliver (1984)
  • Sy Oliver (2000)
  • Kid Ory (1986)


  • Charlie Parker (1979)
  • Joe Pass (1995)
  • Les Paul (1990)
  • Art Pepper (2002)
  • Oscar Peterson (1995)
  • Oscar Pettiford (1992)
  • Ben Pollack (1992)
  • Bud Powell (1991)
  • Mel Powell (1997)
  • Specs Powell (2004)
  • Louis Prima (1993)
  • Tito Puente (1995)


  • Sun Ra (1987)
  • Ma Rainey (1983)
  • Don Redman (1990)
  • Django Reinhardt (1984)
  • Buddy Rich (1981)
  • Max Roach (1991)
  • Shorty Rogers (1989)
  • Adrian Rollini (1998)
  • Sonny Rollins (1999)
  • Jimmy Rowles (2001)
  • Jimmy Rushing (1988)
  • Pee Wee Russell (1987)


  • Eddie Sauter (2003)
  • Raymond Scott (1994)
  • Charlie Shavers (1997)
  • Artie Shaw (1990)
  • Wayne Shorter (1998)
  • Horace Silver (1991)
  • George Simon (2002)
  • Nina Simone (2002)
  • Zoot Sims (1992)
  • Frank Sinatra (1980)
  • Bessie Smith (1981)
  • Stuff Smith (1994)
  • Willie Smith (1987)
  • Muggsy Spanier (1997)
  • Jess Stacy (1996)
  • Jo Stafford (2003)
  • Rex Stewart (1994)
  • Sonny Stitt (1989)
  • Billy Strayhorn (1981)
  • Maxine Sullivan (1998)
  • Ralph Sutton (2002)


  • Paul Tanner (2004)
  • Buddy Tate (1988)
  • Art Tatum (1985)
  • Billy Taylor (1999)
  • Jack Teagarden (1985)
  • Clark Terry (1994)
  • Claude Thornhill (1984)
  • Martha Tilton (2004)
  • Mel Tormé (1990)
  • Dave Tough (2000)
  • Lennie Tristano (2001)
  • McCoy Tyner (2000)


  • Sarah Vaughan (1982)
  • Joe Venuti (2000)


  • T-Bone Walker (2002)
  • Fats Waller (1989)
  • Dinah Washington (1987)
  • Chick Webb (1984)
  • Ben Webster (1983)
  • Ted Weems (2003)
  • Lawrence Welk (1989)
  • Paul Whiteman (1993)
  • Clarence Williams (1991)
  • Cootie Williams (1993)
  • Joe Williams (1995)
  • Mary Lou Williams (1985)
  • Tony Williams (1997)
  • Gerald Wilson (2001)
  • Nancy Wilson (1999)
  • Teddy Wilson (1993)


  • Lester Young (1980), jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Trummy Young (2004)

  • NNDB (Partial list. Includes birth, death, year of induction, what musician is known for, and links to brief bio pages.)
  • Wikipedia (lists inductees by year)

Saturday, December 18, 2004

“Earth Angel” flew on to charts fifty years ago today (12/18/1954)

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The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)”

Writer(s): Curtis Williams (see lyrics here)

Released: 10/19/1954, First charted: 12/18/1954

Peak: 8 US, 13 RB (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, -- UK, 4.0 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): 2.0 Video Airplay (in millions): --

Review: In the 1950s, it was common practice to refashion an R&B hit as a “sanitized, big-label cover.” RS500 The intent was to craft a version of the song which would be more palatable to mainstream white audiences and subsequently have a better shot at success on the pop charts. While the remake generally lacked the grit and soul of its source material, it would often outperform the original.

“Earth Angel” was no exception – at least in terms of chart success. The Crew-Cuts, a “schmaltzy white group” RS500 from Canada, took the song to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the first version, by the Penguins, peaked at #8. Regardless of what the charts said, however, the Penguins’ take on the song became the more celebrated. The original outsold the remake and outperformed it on jukeboxes. MA-570 In fact, when measured by appeal over time, Billboard called this “the top R&B record of all time.” NRR

The Penguins were a vocal group of high-school friends who formed in Los Angeles in 1954. Their “artless, unaffected vocals…defined the street-corner elegance of doo-wop” RS500 and “Earth Angel” is “one of the finest examples” TB-11 the genre has to offer. The Penguins recorded the song in a garage; producer Walter Williams recalls redoing takes because he had to quiet the barking dog next door. TB-11

It was originally released as a B-side RS500 through DooTone, a black-owned and operated label. NRR It bore the distinction of being the first song from an independent R&B label to hit the Billboard pop charts. MA-570 Even more significantly, it was one of the first crossover records NRR and “a pivotal record in rock & roll’s early development.” RS500

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Note: Footnotes (raised letter codes) refer to sources frequently cited on the blog. Numbers following the letter code indicate page numbers. If the raised letter code is a link, it will go directly to the correct page instead of the home page of a website. You can find the sources and corresponding footnotes on the “Lists” page in the “Song Resources” section.


Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Mojo – Icons: The Greatest Music Stars of All Time

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This special issue of the British music magazine Mojo ranked the greatest music stars of all time. Here’s the list:

  1. John Lennon
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. David Bowie
  4. Keith Richards
  5. Kurt Cobain
  6. Madonna
  7. Bono
  8. Bob Marley
  9. Joe Strummer
  10. Bob Dylan

  11. Morrissey
  12. Johnny Cash
  13. Liam Gallagher
  14. Paul McCartney
  15. Eminem
  16. Freddie Mercury
  17. Mick Jagger
  18. Robbie Williams
  19. Jimi Hendrix
  20. Tupac (“2pac”) Shakur

  21. Kylie Minogue
  22. Thom Yorke
  23. Noel Gallagher
  24. Michael Stipe
  25. George Harrison
  26. Bruce Springsteen
  27. Sid Vicious
  28. Elton John
  29. Kate Bush
  30. Syd Barrett

  31. Marvin Gaye
  32. Rod Stewart
  33. Britney Spears
  34. George Michael
  35. 50 Cent
  36. Ian Brown
  37. Jack White
  38. Justin Timberlake
  39. John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon
  40. James Hetfield

  41. Michael Jackson
  42. Neil Young
  43. Marc Bolan
  44. Dave Grohl
  45. Axl Rose
  46. Pete Townshend
  47. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  48. James Brown
  49. Richey Edwards
  50. Lemmy Kilmister

  51. Jim Morrison
  52. Christina Aguilera
  53. Jimmy Page
  54. Prince
  55. Iggy Pop
  56. Shane MacGowan
  57. Elvis Costello
  58. Ozzy Osbourne
  59. Stevie Wonder
  60. Nick Drake

  61. Aretha Franklin
  62. Joey Ramone
  63. Ian Curtis
  64. Robert Smith
  65. Chris Martin
  66. Phil Lynott
  67. Slash
  68. Keith Moon
  69. Chuck Berry
  70. Slyvester “Sly Stone” Stewart

  71. Jeff Buckley
  72. Gram Parsons
  73. Ray Charles
  74. Simon LeBon
  75. PJ Harvey
  76. Angus Young
  77. Brian Wilson
  78. Jerry Dammer
  79. Frank Sinatra
  80. Marilyn Manson

  81. Elliott Smith
  82. Eric Clapton
  83. Frank Black (aka “Black Francis”)
  84. Beyonce
  85. Lou Reed
  86. Tom Waits
  87. Pete Doherty
  88. Billie Joe Armstrong
  89. Janis Jopline
  90. Siouxsie Sioux

  91. Ringo Starr
  92. Anthony Kiedis
  93. Paul Weller
  94. Snoop Doggy Dogg
  95. Courtney Love
  96. Dusty Springfield
  97. Bjork
  98. Buddy Holly
  99. John Lee Hooker
  100. New York Dolls

  • Mojo’s Icons (lists all 50 with comments and essential recordings)

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 500 Songs That Shaped Rock

Originally posted 11/9/2004.

In 2004, James Henke, chief curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the help of music writers and critics, selected 500 songs (not only rock songs) that they believe have been most influential in shaping rock and roll. The list is alphabetical by artist.


  • AC/DC “Back in Black”
  • AC/DC “Highway to Hell”
  • Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys “Wabash Cannonball”
  • Aerosmith “Dream On”
  • Aerosmith “Toys in the Attic”
  • Afrika Bambaataa “Planet Rock”
  • The Allman Brothers Band “Ramblin' Man”
  • The Allman Brothers Band “Whipping Post”
  • The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun”
  • The Animals “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”
  • Louis Armstrong “West End Blues”
  • Arrested Development “Tennessee”


  • The B-52's “Rock Lobster”
  • LaVern Baker “Jim Dandy”
  • Hank Ballard and the Midnighters “Work With Me Annie”
  • The Band “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”
  • The Band “The Weight”
  • Beach Boys “California Girls”
  • Beach Boys “Don't Worry Baby”
  • Beach Boys “God Only Knows”
  • Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”
  • Beach Boys “Surfin' U.S.A.”
  • The Beastie Boys “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)”
  • The Beatles “A Day in the Life”
  • The Beatles “Help!”
  • The Beatles “Hey Jude”
  • The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • The Beatles “Norwegian Wood”
  • The Beatles “Strawberry Fields Forever”
  • The Beatles “Yesterday”
  • The Beau Brummels “Laugh Laugh”
  • Beck “Loser”
  • Jeff Beck Group “Plynth (Water Down the Drain)”
  • The Bee Gees “Stayin' Alive”
  • Archie Bell and the Drells “Tighten Up”
  • Chuck Berry “Johnny B. Goode”
  • Chuck Berry “Maybelline”
  • Chuck Berry “Rock and Roll Music”
  • The Big Bopper “Chantilly Lace”
  • Big Brother and the Holding Company “Piece of My Heart”
  • Big Star “September Gurls”
  • Black Sabbath “Iron Man”
  • Black Sabbath “Paranoid”
  • Bobby Blue Bland “Turn On Your Love Light”
  • Blondie “Heart of Glass”
  • Kurtis Blow “The Breaks”
  • Gary U.S. Bonds “Quarter to Three”
  • Booker T. & the M.G.'s “Green Onions”
  • Boston “More Than a Feeling”
  • David Bowie “Fame”
  • David Bowie “Space Oddity”
  • David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust”
  • The Box Tops “The Letter”
  • Charles Brown “Driftin' Blues”
  • James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)”
  • James Brown “Please, Please, Please”
  • James Brown “Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud”
  • Ruth Brown “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean”
  • Jackson Browne “Late for the Sky”
  • Buffalo Springfield “For What It's Worth”
  • Solomon Burke “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”
  • Johnny Burnette Trio “Train Kept a-Rollin'”
  • The Byrds “Eight Miles High”
  • The Byrds “Hickory Wind”
  • The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man”


  • Johnny Cash “I Walk the Line”
  • The Champs “Tequila”
  • Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl”
  • The Chantays “Pipeline”
  • Ray Charles “Hallelujah I Love Her So”
  • Ray Charles “I Got a Woman”
  • Ray Charles “What'd I Say”
  • Chubby Checker “The Twist”
  • Chic “Le Freak”
  • Charlie Christian with The Benny Goodman Orchestra “Solo Flight”
  • Eric Clapton “After Midnight”
  • Dave Clark Five “Glad All Over”
  • The Clash “London Calling”
  • Jimmy Cliff “Many Rivers to Cross”
  • Jimmy Cliff “The Harder They Come”
  • Patsy Cline “I Fall to Pieces”
  • The Clovers “Love Potion No. 9”
  • The Coasters “Yakety Yak”
  • The Coasters “Young Blood”
  • Eddie Cochran “C'mon Everybody”
  • Eddie Cochran “Summertime Blues”
  • Joe Cocker “With a Little Help From My Friends”
  • The Contours “Do You Love Me”
  • Sam Cooke “A Change Is Gonna Come”
  • Sam Cooke “Bring It on Home to Me”
  • Sam Cooke “You Send Me”
  • Alice Cooper “I'm Eighteen”
  • Elvis Costello “Pump It Up”
  • The Count Five “Psychotic Reaction”
  • Country Joe and the Fish “The Fish Cheer and I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag”
  • Don Covay “Mercy Mercy”
  • Cream “Crossroads”
  • Cream “Sunshine of Your Love”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival “Fortunate Son”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival “Green River”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival “Proud Mary”
  • Crosby, Stills and Nash “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young “Ohio”
  • The Crows “Gee”
  • The Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)”
  • The Crystals “He's a Rebel”
  • Culture Club “Time (Clock of the Heart)”


  • Dick Dale and the Del-Tones “Let's Go Trippin'”
  • The Damned “New Rose”
  • Danny & the Juniors “At the Hop”
  • Bobby Darin “Splish Splash”
  • Spencer Davis Group “Gimme Some Lovin'”
  • De La Soul “Me Myself and I”
  • Deep Purple “Smoke on the Water”
  • The Dell-Vikings “Come Go With Me”
  • The Dells “Oh, What a Night”
  • The Delmore Brothers “Hillbilly Boogie”
  • Derek and the Dominos “Layla”
  • Devo “Whip It”
  • Bo Diddley “Bo Diddley”
  • Dion and the Belmonts “A Teenager in Love”
  • Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing”
  • The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love”
  • The Dixie Hummingbirds “I'll Live Again”
  • Bill Doggett “Honky Tonk”
  • Fats Domino “Ain't That a Shame”
  • Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill”
  • The Dominoes “Sixty Minute Man”
  • Lonnie Donegan “Rock Island Line”
  • Donovan “Sunshine Superman”
  • The Doors “Light My Fire”
  • The Doors “The End”
  • Dr. Dre “Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang”
  • Dr. John “Right Place Wrong Time”
  • The Drifters “Money Honey”
  • The Drifters “There Goes My Baby”
  • The Drifters “Up on the Roof”
  • Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf”
  • Bob Dylan “Blowin' in the Wind”
  • Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone”
  • Bob Dylan “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
  • Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue”
  • Bob Dylan “The Times They Are a-Changin'”


  • The Eagles “Hotel California”
  • The Eagles “Take It Easy”
  • Duane Eddy “Rebel Rouser”
  • Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”
  • The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream”
  • The Everly Brothers “Bye Bye Love”


  • The 5 Satins “In the Still of the Night”
  • The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You”
  • Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”
  • The Flying Burrito Brothers “Sin City”
  • The 4 Seasons “Big Girls Don't Cry”
  • The 4 Seasons “Walk Like a Man”
  • The Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Loving”
  • The Four Tops “Reach Out I'll Be There”
  • Aretha Franklin “Chain of Fools”
  • Aretha Franklin “I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)”
  • Aretha Franklin “Respect”
  • Free “All Right Now”
  • The Bobby Fuller Four “I Fought the Law”
  • Lowell Fulson “Reconsider Baby”
  • Funkadelic “One Nation Under a Groove”


  • Peter Gabriel “Biko”
  • Cecil Gant “We're Gonna Rock”
  • Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
  • Marvin Gaye “Sexual Healing”
  • Marvin Gaye “What's Going On”
  • Gerry and the Pacemakers “How Do You Do It?”
  • Gary Glitter “Rock 'n' Roll Part 2”
  • Go-Go's “We Got the Beat”
  • Golden Gate Quartet “Rock My Soul”
  • Grand Funk Railroad “We're an American Band”
  • Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five “The Message”
  • The Grateful Dead “Dark Star”
  • The Grateful Dead “Uncle John's Band”
  • Al Green “Let's Stay Together”
  • Guitar Slim “The Things That I Used to Do”
  • Guns N' Roses “Welcome to the Jungle”
  • Woody Guthrie “Pastures of Plenty”
  • Woody Guthrie “Pretty Boy Floyd”
  • Woody Guthrie “This Land Is Your Land”


  • Bill Haley and His Comets “(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock”
  • Slim Harpo “Rainin' in My Heart”
  • Wynonie Harris “Good Rockin' Tonight”
  • Wilbert Harrison “Kansas City”
  • Dale Hawkins “Suzy-Q”
  • Screamin' Jay Hawkins “I Put a Spell on You”
  • Richard Hell & the Voidoids “(I Belong to the) Blank Generation”
  • Jimi Hendrix “All Along the Watchtower”
  • Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze”
  • Jimi Hendrix “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”
  • The Hollies “Bus Stop”
  • Buddy Holly “Peggy Sue”
  • Buddy Holly and The Crickets “That'll Be the Day”
  • John Lee Hooker “Boogie Chillun”
  • John Lee Hooker “Boom Boom”
  • Howlin' Wolf “Smokestack Lightnin'”
  • Howlin' Wolf “Spoonful”
  • Howlin' Wolf “The Red Rooster”
  • Human League “Don't You Want Me?”
  • Mississippi John Hurt “Stack o' Lee Blues”
  • Hüsker Dü “Turn on the News”


  • The Impressions “People Get Ready”
  • The Ink Spots “If I Didn't Care”
  • Iron Butterfly “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida”
  • The Isley Brothers “It's Your Thing”
  • The Isley Brothers “Shout — Parts 1 & 2”


  • Jackson 5 “ABC”
  • Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”
  • Mahalia Jackson “Move on Up a Little Higher”
  • Michael Jackson “Beat It”
  • Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”
  • Elmore James “Dust My Broom”
  • Elmore James “Shake Your Moneymaker”
  • Etta James “Tell Mama”
  • Rick James “Super Freak”
  • Tommy James and the Shondells “Hanky Panky”
  • Jan & Dean “Surf City”
  • Jane's Addiction “Been Caught Stealin'”
  • Jefferson Airplane “Somebody to Love”
  • Jefferson Airplane “White Rabbit”
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson “Matchbox Blues”
  • Jethro Tull “Aqualung”
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock 'n' Roll”
  • Billy Joel “Just the Way You Are”
  • Elton John “Bennie and the Jets”
  • Elton John “Your Song”
  • Little Willie John “Fever”
  • Blind Willie Johnson “Motherless Children”
  • Robert Johnson “Crossroads Blues”
  • Robert Johnson “Hell Hound on My Trail”
  • Robert Johnson “Love in Vain”
  • Robert Johnson “Sweet Home Chicago”
  • Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Caldonia”
  • Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five “Saturday Night Fish Fry”
  • Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”


  • Albert King “Born Under a Bad Sign”
  • B.B. King “Sweet Little Angel”
  • B.B. King “The Thrill Is Gone”
  • Ben E. King “Spanish Harlem”
  • Ben E. King “Stand by Me”
  • Carole King “You've Got a Friend”
  • Freddy King “Hide Away”
  • The Kingsmen “Louie Louie”
  • The Kinks “A Well Respected Man”
  • The Kinks “Lola”
  • The Kinks “You Really Got Me”
  • Kiss “Rock and Roll All Nite”
  • Buddy Knox “Party Doll”
  • Kraftwerk “Autobahn”


  • LL Cool J “Mama Said Knock You Out”
  • Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”
  • Leadbelly “The Midnight Special”
  • Led Zeppelin “Dazed and Confused”
  • Led Zeppelin “Rock and Roll”
  • Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven”
  • Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love”
  • The Left Banke “Walk Away Renee”
  • John Lennon “Give Peace a Chance”
  • John Lennon “Imagine”
  • John Lennon “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)”
  • Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire”
  • Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On”
  • Little Eva “The Loco-Motion”
  • Little Feat “Dixie Chicken”
  • Little Walter “Juke”
  • Professor Longhair “Tipitina”
  • The Lovin' Spoonful “Do You Believe in Magic”
  • Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers “I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent”
  • Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd “Free Bird”


  • Madonna “Like a Virgin”
  • The Mamas and the Papas “California Dreamin'”
  • The Marcels “Blue Moon”
  • Bob Marley and The Wailers “Lively Up Yourself”
  • Bob Marley and The Wailers “No Woman, No Cry”
  • Martha and the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street”
  • Martha and the Vandellas “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave”
  • Curtis Mayfield “Superfly”
  • M.C. Hammer “U Can't Touch This”
  • Paul McCartney “Maybe I'm Amazed”
  • Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction”
  • Don McLean “American Pie”
  • Blind Willie McTell “Statesboro Blues”
  • John Cougar Mellencamp “Authority Song”
  • Metallica “Enter Sandman”
  • Midnight Oil “Beds Are Burning”
  • Amos Milburn “Let's Have a Party”
  • Steve Miller Band “Fly Like an Eagle”
  • The Miracles “Going to a Go-Go”
  • The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears”
  • The Miracles “You've Really Got a Hold on Me”
  • Joni Mitchell “Help Me”
  • Moby Grape “Omaha”
  • The Monkees “I'm a Believer”
  • The Monkees “Last Train to Clarksville”
  • The Monotones “Book of Love”
  • Bill Monroe “Mule Skinner Blues”
  • The Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin”
  • The Moonglows “Sincerely”
  • Van Morrison “Brown Eyed Girl”
  • Van Morrison “Madame George”
  • Van Morrison “Moondance”
  • The Mothers of Invention “Brown Shoes Don't Make It”
  • Mott the Hoople “All the Young Dudes”


  • Ricky Nelson “Hello Mary Lou”
  • Aaron Neville “Tell It Like It Is”
  • New York Dolls “Personality Crisis”
  • Randy Newman “Sail Away”
  • Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”


  • O'Jays “Love Train”
  • Phil Ochs “I Ain't Marchin' Anymore”
  • Roy Orbison “Oh, Pretty Woman”
  • The Orioles “Crying in the Chapel”
  • Johnny Otis “Willie and the Hand Jive”


  • Parliament “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)”
  • Les Paul and Mary Ford “How High the Moon”
  • Pearl Jam “Jeremy”
  • The Penguins “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)”
  • Carl Perkins “Blue Suede Shoes”
  • Carl Perkins “Matchbox”
  • Pinetop Perkins “Pinetop's Boogie Woogie”
  • Peter and Gordon “A World Without Love”
  • Peter, Paul and Mary “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)”
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “American Girl”
  • Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour”
  • Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2”
  • Pink Floyd “Money”
  • Pink Floyd “See Emily Play”
  • The Platters “The Great Pretender”
  • The Police “Every Breath You Take”
  • The Police “Roxanne”
  • Elvis Presley “Heartbreak Hotel”
  • Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock”
  • Elvis Presley “Love Me Tender”
  • Elvis Presley “Mystery Train”
  • Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds”
  • Elvis Presley “That's All Right”
  • The Pretenders “Brass in Pocket”
  • Lloyd Price “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”
  • Prince “Little Red Corvette”
  • Prince “When Doves Cry”
  • Procol Harum “A Whiter Shade of Pale”
  • Public Enemy “Fight the Power”


  • Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Queen Latifah “Ladies First”
  • Question Mark and the Mysterians “96 Tears”
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service “Who Do You Love”


  • R.E.M. “Losing My Religion”
  • R.E.M. “Radio Free Europe”
  • Ma Rainey and Her Tub Jug Washboard Band “Prove It on Me Blues”
  • Bonnie Raitt “Something to Talk About”
  • Ramones “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”
  • The Young Rascals “Groovin'”
  • The Young Rascals “Good Lovin'”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give It Away”
  • Otis Redding “Shake”
  • Otis Redding “(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay”
  • Otis Redding “Try a Little Tenderness”
  • Jimmy Reed “Big Boss Man”
  • Jimmy Reed “Bright Lights, Big City”
  • Lou Reed “Walk on the Wild Side”
  • The Replacements “I Will Dare”
  • Paul Revere and The Raiders “Just Like Me”
  • Cliff Richard and the Shadows “Move It”
  • Little Richard “Good Golly, Miss Molly”
  • Little Richard “Long Tall Sally”
  • Little Richard “Tutti Frutti”
  • The Righteous Brothers “You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'”
  • Billy Riley and His Little Green Men “Red Hot”
  • Jimmie Rodgers “Blue Yodel No. 9”
  • The Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Women”
  • The Rolling Stones “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction”
  • The Rolling Stones “Jumpin' Jack Flash”
  • The Rolling Stones “Miss You”
  • The Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil”
  • The Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side”
  • The Ronettes “Be My Baby”
  • Roxy Music “Love Is the Drug”
  • Run-D.M.C. “Walk This Way”
  • Rush “The Spirit of Radio”
  • Otis Rush “I Can't Quit You Baby”
  • Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels “Devil With a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly”


  • Sam and Dave “Soul Man”
  • Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs “Wooly Bully”
  • Santana “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen”
  • The Searchers “Needles and Pins”
  • The Seeds “Pushin' Too Hard”
  • Pete Seeger “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”
  • Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band “Night Moves”
  • Sex Pistols “Anarchy in the U.K.”
  • Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen”
  • The Shadows of Knight “Gloria”
  • The Shangri-Las “Leader of the Pack”
  • Del Shannon “Runaway”
  • Shirelles “Dedicated to the One I Love”
  • Shirelles “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
  • Simon and Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  • Simon and Garfunkel “The Sounds of Silence”
  • Paul Simon “Graceland”
  • Sir Douglas Quintet “She's About a Mover”
  • Sister Sledge “We Are Family”
  • Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman”
  • Sly and the Family Stone “Dance to the Music”
  • Sly and the Family Stone “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”
  • Bessie Smith “Downhearted Blues”
  • Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns “Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu”
  • Patti Smith “Gloria (in Excelsis Deo)”
  • The Smiths “Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now”
  • Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot”
  • The Soul Stirrers “By and By”
  • Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run”
  • Bruce Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark”
  • Bruce Springsteen “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”
  • The Standells “Dirty Water”
  • The Staple Singers “Respect Yourself”
  • Edwin Starr “War”
  • Steely Dan “Reelin' in the Years”
  • Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild”
  • Rod Stewart “Maggie May”
  • Iggy and The Stooges “Search and Destroy”
  • The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
  • Stray Cats “Rock This Town”
  • Barrett Strong “Money (That's What I Want)”
  • The Sugarhill Gang “Rapper's Delight”
  • Donna Summer “Love to Love You Baby”
  • The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love”
  • The Supremes “You Can't Hurry Love”
  • The Surfaris “Wipe Out”
  • Swinging Blue Jeans “Hippy Hippy Shake”


  • T. Rex “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”
  • Talking Heads “Life During Wartime”
  • Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”
  • James Taylor “Fire and Rain”
  • Television “Little Johnny Jewel”
  • The Temptations “Ain't Too Proud to Beg”
  • The Temptations “My Girl”
  • The Temptations “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone”
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe “This Train”
  • Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton “Ball 'n' Chain”
  • Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton “Hound Dog”
  • Toots and the Maytals “Pressure Drop”
  • Peter Tosh “Legalize It”
  • Traffic “Dear Mr. Fantasy”
  • The Trammps “Disco Inferno”
  • The Troggs “Wild Thing”
  • Big Joe Turner “Shake, Rattle and Roll”
  • Ike and Tina Turner “River Deep, Mountain High”
  • The Turtles “It Ain't Me Babe”


  • U.T.F.O. “Roxanne, Roxanne”
  • U2 “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For”
  • U2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)”
  • U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday”


  • Ritchie Valens “La Bamba”
  • Van Halen “Jump”
  • Van Halen “Runnin' With the Devil”
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan “Pride and Joy”
  • Velvet Underground “Heroin”
  • Velvet Underground “White Light/White Heat”
  • The Ventures “Walk Don't Run”
  • Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps “Be-Bop-a-Lula”


  • The Wailers “Get Up Stand Up”
  • The Wailers “I Shot the Sheriff”
  • Jr. Walker and the All Stars “Shotgun”
  • T-Bone Walker “Call It Stormy Monday”
  • War “Slippin' Into Darkness”
  • Clara Ward and the Ward Singers “How I Got Over”
  • Dinah Washington “Am I Asking Too Much”
  • Muddy Waters “Got My Mojo Working”
  • Muddy Waters “Hoochie Coochie Man”
  • Muddy Waters “Mannish Boy”
  • Muddy Waters “Rollin' Stone”
  • The Weavers “Goodnight Irene”
  • Mary Wells “My Guy”
  • The Who “Baba O'Riley”
  • The Who “Go to the Mirror Boy”
  • The Who “My Generation”
  • Big Joe Williams “Baby Please Don't Go”
  • Larry Williams “Bony Maronie”
  • Marion Williams “Packing Up”
  • Sonny Boy (John Lee) Williamson “Good Morning (Little) School Girl”
  • Chuck Willis “C. C. Rider”
  • Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Take Me Back to Tulsa”
  • Jackie Wilson “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”
  • Stevie Wonder “Living for the City”
  • Stevie Wonder “Master Blaster (Jammin')”
  • Stevie Wonder “Superstition”
  • Stevie Wonder “Uptight (Everything's Alright)”
  • Link Wray “Rumble”


  • X “Los Angeles”


  • Jimmy Yancey “Midnight Stomp”
  • The Yardbirds “Shapes of Things”
  • Yes “Roundabout”
  • Neil Young “Down by the River”
  • Neil Young “Heart of Gold”
  • Neil Young “My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)”


  • ZZ Top “Legs”


Saturday, October 16, 2004

Green Day hit charts with “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

Updated 1/15/2019.

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Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Green Day

Writer(s): Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool (see lyrics here)

Released: 11/29/2004

First Charted: 10/16/2004

Peak: 2 US, 30 AC, 18 AAA, 114 AR, 116 MR, 5 UK, 5 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 2.0 US, 0.2 UK, 7.0 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 0.9

Video Airplay *: 282.08

Streaming *: --

* in millions


After Green Day exploded in 1994 with Dookie, their major label debut, they spent the next decade failing to follow-up with anything which matched its success. With 2004’s American Idiot, they took the risk of recording a concept album – and it paid off. The title track served as a high-energy lead single. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” went for a softer sound – and one that gave the band the biggest hit of their career.

The song barely missed topping the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #2. It did, however, top multiple charts, including the Mainstream Rock, Alternative Rock, Adult Top 40, and Adult Album Alternative charts for a total of 49 weeks. The song set a then-record number of weeks on the UK top 100 chart. WK

As to “Dreams” place in the concept album, it followed the main character from the song “Jesus of Suburbia” as he leaves town, walking around and contemplating whether it is the right decision. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong explained he got the idea for the song from the title of a Gottfried Helnwein painting of James Dean walking alone in a trench coat. SF Armstrong had traveled to New York City while working on songs and tapped into the idea about feeling alone. WK

The video, which MTV gave its Video of the Year award, echoed the “walking” theme by following the band as they start walking down a desert road after their car breaks down. SF The song was voted Best Single of the ‘00s in the Rolling Stone decade-end readers’ poll, American Idiot was named best album, and Green Day were declared Top Artist of the Decade. SF It also won the Grammy for Record of the Year.

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Note: Footnotes (raised letter codes) refer to sources frequently cited on the blog. Numbers following the letter code indicate page numbers. If the raised letter code is a link, it will go directly to the correct page instead of the home page of a website. You can find the sources and corresponding footnotes on the “Lists” page in the “Song Resources” section.


Saturday, October 2, 2004

In Concert: Marillion

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Venue: Park West; Chicago, IL

The Set List:

1. The Invisible Man
2. Marbles I
3. You’re Gone
4. Angelina
5. Marbles II
6. Don’t Hurt Yourself
7. Fantastic Place
8. Marbles III
9. Drilling Holes
10. Marbles IV
11. Neverland
12. Bridge
13. Living the Big Lie
14. Quartz
15. Estonia
16. Hey Jude
17. Three-Minute Boy
18. Between You and Me

Encore #1:

19. Afraid of Sunlight
20. The Uninvited Guest
Encore #2:

21. The Great Escape
22. Cover My Eyes
Encore #3:

23. Easter

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Green Day released American Idiot: September 21, 2004

Originally posted September 21, 2011.

To follow up “the Kinks-inspired popcraft of their underrated 2000 effort, Warning,” STE “Green Day tears up the blueprint and comes up with something unexpected: a punk rock concept album built around elaborate melodies, odd tempo changes, and a collection of songs that freely reference classic rock warhorses like the Beatles and Pink Floyd.” AV “It’s a bit tempting to peg Green Day’s sprawling, ambitious, brilliant seventh album, American Idiot, as their version of a Who album…but things aren’t quite that simple. American Idiot is an unapologetic, unabashed rock opera, a form that Pete Townshend pioneered with Tommy, but Green Day doesn’t use that for a blueprint as much as they use the Who's mini-opera ‘A Quick One, While He's Away,’ whose whirlwind succession of 90-second songs isn’t only emulated on two song suites here, but provides the template for the larger 13-song cycle.” STE

“But the Who are only one of many inspirations on this audacious, immensely entertaining album,” STE “but reducing the album to its influences gives the inaccurate impression that this is no more than a patchwork quilt of familiar sounds, when it’s an idiosyncratic, visionary work in its own right. First of all, part of Green Day’s appeal is how they have personalized the sounds of the past, making time-honored guitar rock traditions seem fresh, even vital. With their first albums, they styled themselves after first-generation punk they were too young to hear firsthand, and as their career progressed, the group not only synthesized these influences into something distinctive, but chief songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong turned into a muscular, versatile songwriter in his own right.” STE His “incisive, cutting lyrics…effectively convey the paranoia and fear of living in American in days after 9/11, but also veer into moving, intimate small-scale character sketches.” STE

“Like all great concept albums, American Idiot works on several different levels. It can be taken as a collection of great songs – songs that are as visceral or as poignant as Green Day at their best, songs that resonate outside of the larger canvas of the story, as the fiery anti-Dubya title anthem proves – but these songs have a different, more lasting impact when taken as a whole. While its breakneck, freewheeling musicality has many inspirations, there really aren’t many records like American Idiot…In its musical muscle and sweeping, politically charged narrative, it’s something of a masterpiece, and one of the few – if not the only – records of 2004 to convey what it feels like to live in the strange, bewildering America of the early 2000s.” STE

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Saturday, June 26, 2004

The Killers charted with “Mr. Brightside”: June 26, 2004

Updated 1/13/2019.

Mr. Brightside

The Killers

Writer(s): Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (see lyrics here)

Released: 9/29/2003

First Charted: 6/26/2004

Peak: 10 US, 3 MR, 10 UK, 29 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 3.0 US, 1.72 UK, 4.72 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 0.5

Video Airplay *: 310.18

Streaming *: 200.0

* in millions


The Killers “crawled out of Vegas armed with glitzy beats and faux Bowie accents.” RS’09 “Merging Duran Duran makeup, New Order hi-hats, and Bruce Springsteen-ian grandiosity, they gave rock fans a non-geriatric arena-ready alternative to the world’s Nickelbacks this decade.” PF

The group might have just been another of the pack of the new millennium’s wave of new dance-rock, but “‘Mr. Brightside’ made them famous.” RS’09 “Preening and posturing and fusing high drama, power pop, and rock gravitas into one perfectly transcendent song.” LR “In a stroke of genius they never quite equaled, these Las Vegas rockers married the infectious grooves of the then-trendy dance-rock scene to a surging melody straight out of the U2/ Coldplay handbook.” MX They brought along “a story line that sums up the first two seasons of Gossip Girl.” RS’09

The Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers had a girlfriend who cheated on him and the band’s guitarist, Dave Keuning, extracted revenge with this song about her. Flowers told Q magazine about discovering her unfaithfulness. “I was asleep and I knew something was wrong. I have these instincts. I went to the Crown and Anchor [a Vegas pub] and my girlfriend was there with another guy.” PF

However, Flowers’ anguish proved to have a “bright side.” The song didn’t just give The Killers their biggest hit, but one thoroughly embraced by fans. UK radio station XFM wrapped the decade with a listener poll to determine the top 1000 songs of all time and “Mr. Brightside” topped the list. While such a lofty position showed the weaknesses of turning an “all time” poll over to voters, it still showed just how much fans cherished the song.

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Note: Footnotes (raised letter codes) refer to sources frequently cited on the blog. Numbers following the letter code indicate page numbers. If the raised letter code is a link, it will go directly to the correct page instead of the home page of a website. You can find the sources and corresponding footnotes on the “Lists” page in the “Song Resources” section.


Sunday, June 13, 2004

In Concert: Rush

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Venue: Sandstone Ampitheatre; Bonner Springs, KS
Tour: R30: 30th Anniversary Tour

The Set List:

1. 'R30 Overture' (medley, with retrospective Jerry Stiller dream intrlo): Finding My Way/Anthem/Bastille Day/A Passage To Bangkok/Cygnus X-1 (Prologue)/ Hemispheres (Prelude)
2. The Spirit of Radio
3. Force Ten
4. Animate
5. Subdivisions
6. Earthshine
7. Red Barchetta
8. Roll The Bones
9. Bravado
10. YYZ
11. The Trees (I Feel Fine & Day Tripper ending)
12. The Seeker
13. One Little Victory

Intermission/'That Darned Dragon' intro

14. Tom Sawyer
15. Dreamline
16. Secret Touch
17. Between the Wheels
18. Mystic Rhythms
19. Red Sector A
20. Drum Solo
21. Resist (acoustic)
22. Heart Full of Soul (acoustic)
23. 2112 (Overture/Temples of Syrinx/Grand Finale)
24. La Villa Strangiato
25. ByTor & the Snow Dog
26. Xanadu
27. Working Man (reggae ending)


28. Summertime Blues
29. Crossroads
30. Limelight
31. Jerry Stiller outro movie

Monday, May 10, 2004

In Concert: David Bowie

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Venue: Starlight Theater; Kansas City, MO

The Set List:

1. Rebel Rebel
2. New Killer Star
3. Battle for Britain (The Letter)
4. Cactus (Pixies cover)
5. Fashion
6. All the Young Dudes (Bowie wrote it, but Mott the Hoople made it famous)
7. China Girl
8. Pablo Picasso * (Modern Lovers cover)
9. Fame
10. The Loneliest Guy
11. The Man Who Sold the World
12. Breaking Glass *
13. Be My Wife *
14. Hallo Spaceboy
15. Sunday
16. Heathen (The Rays)
17. Under Pressure
18. Days
19. Changes *
20. The Supermen
21. Ashes to Ashes
22. Quicksand
23. White Light, White Heat (Velvet Underground cover)
24. Heroes

25. Station to Station *
26. Suffragette City
27. Ziggy Stardust

So, here’s the breakdown of what Bowie played and from what albums they came.

1970: The Man Who Sold the World: title cut, The Supermen
1971: Hunky Dory: Changes, Quicksand
1972: Ziggy Stardust…: title cut, Suffragette City
1973: Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture (live): All the Young Dudes, White Light White Heat
1974: Diamond Dogs: Rebel Rebel
1975: Young Americans: Fame
1976: Station to Station: title cut
1977: Low: Breaking Glass, Be My Wife
1977: Heroes: title cut
1980: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: Fashion, Ashes to Ashes
1981: Under Pressure (single with Queen) – first on Queen’s Greatest Hits
1983: Let’s Dance: China Girl
1995: Outside: Hallo Spaceboy
1997: Earthling: Battle for Britain (The Letter)
2002: Heathen: Cactus, Sunday, Heathen (The Rays)
2003: Reality: New Killer Star, Pablo Picasso, The Loneliest Guy, Days

Saturday, May 8, 2004

In Concert: Styx & Peter Frampton

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Venue: Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre; Bonner Springs, KS

Styx Set List:

1. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2. The Grand Illusion
3. One With Everything
4. Lady
5. Too Much Time on My Hands
6. Snowblind
7. More Love for the Money
8. Medley
9. These Are the Times
10. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
11. Miss America
12. Come Sail Away
13. Renegade (encore)

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Rolling Stone – The Immortals

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In 2004, Rolling Stone released its list of “The Immortals” – the artists it picked as the 100 greatest of the rock era. The list was updated in 2011.

  1. The Beatles
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. Rolling Stones
  5. Chuck Berry
  6. Jimi Hendrix
  7. James Brown
  8. Little Richard
  9. Aretha Franklin
  10. Ray Charles

  11. Bob Marley
  12. Beach Boys
  13. Buddy Holly
  14. Led Zeppelin
  15. Stevie Wonder
  16. Sam Cooke
  17. Muddy Waters
  18. Marvin Gaye
  19. Velvet Underground
  20. Bo Diddley

  21. Otis Redding
  22. U2
  23. Bruce Springsteen
  24. Jerry Lee Lewis
  25. Fats Domino
  26. Ramones
  27. Nirvana
  28. Prince
  29. The Who
  30. The Clash

  31. Johnny Cash
  32. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  33. Everly Brothers
  34. Neil Young
  35. Michael Jackson
  36. Madonna
  37. Roy Orbison
  38. John Lennon
  39. David Bowie
  40. Simon & Garfunkel

  41. The Doors
  42. Van Morrison
  43. Sly & The Family Stone
  44. Public Enemy
  45. The Byrds
  46. Janis Joplin
  47. Patti Smith
  48. Run-D.M.C.
  49. Elton John
  50. The Band

  51. Howlin' Wolf
  52. Allman Brothers Band
  53. Eric Clapton
  54. Dr. Dre
  55. Grateful Dead
  56. Parliament / Funkadelic
  57. Aerosmith
  58. Sex Pistols
  59. Louis Jordan
  60. Joni Mitchell

  61. Tina Turner
  62. Etta James
  63. Phil Spector
  64. The Kinks
  65. Al Green
  66. Cream
  67. The Temptations
  68. Jackie Wilson
  69. Carl Perkins
  70. The Police

  71. Frank Zappa
  72. AC/DC
  73. Radiohead
  74. Hank Williams
  75. The Eagles
  76. The Shirelles
  77. Beastie Boys
  78. The Stooges
  79. The Four Tops
  80. Elvis Costello

  81. The Drifters
  82. Eminem
  83. N.W.A.
  84. James Taylor
  85. Black Sabbath
  86. Tupac (2pac) Shakur
  87. Gram Parsons
  88. Miles Davis
  89. The Yardbirds
  90. Carlos Santana

  91. Ricky Nelson
  92. Guns N' Roses
  93. Booker T & The MG's
  94. Nine Inch Nails
  95. Lynyrd Skynrd
  96. Martha & The Vandellas
  97. Diana Ross & The Supremes
  98. Roxy Music
  99. Curtis Mayfield
  100. Lee "Scratch" Perry


Monday, March 1, 2004

Glenn Miller: Top 100 Songs

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Glenn Miller was born on this day in 1904 in Carinda, Iowa. The top 11 songs on this list are also in the DMDB list of the top 1000 songs of all time (see here). According to Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954, Miller topped the chart 23 times (noted below by #1) and hit the top ten another fifty times. The bio of Miller from that book calls him the “leader of the most universally beloved of all big bands” and notes that Miller played trombone for the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Red Nichols, and Ben Pollack before forming his own band in 1939. In September 1942, Miller enlisted in the Army Air Force. His plane was lost over the English channel on 12/15/1944. Here are Miller’s top 100 songs:

In the Mood

1. In the Mood (1939) #1
2. Chattanooga Choo Choo (1941) #1
3. That Old Black Magic (1943) #1
4. Moonlight Serenade (1939)
5. Tuxedo Junction (1940) #1
6. Moonlight Cocktail (1942) #1
7. Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread (1940) #1
8. I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo (1942) #1
9. Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me (1942) #1
10. A String of Pearls (1942) #1

11. Imagination (1940) #1
12. The Woodpecker Song (1940) #1
13. Over the Rainbow (1939) #1
14. The Nearness of You (1940)
15. Stardust (1940)
16. Skylark (1942)
17. Stairway to the Stars (1939) #1
18. Wishing Will Make It So (1939) #1
19. You and I (1941) #1
20. Elmer’s Tune (1941) #1

21. Serenade in Blue (1942)
22. Moon Love (1939) #1
23. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1940)
24. When You Wish Upon a Star (1940) #1
25. Careless (1940) #1
26. Dearly Beloved (1942)
27. The Little Brown Jug (1939)
28. The Man with the Mandolin (1939) #1
29. Blueberry Hill (1940) #1
30. The Lady’s in Love with You (1939)

31. Blue Orchids (1939) #1
32. Danny Boy (1940)
33. Say It (over and Over Again) (1940)
34. I’ll Never Smile Again (1949)
35. Pennsylvania 6-5000 (1940)
36. Song of thhe Volga Boatmen (1941) #1
37. Anvil Chorus (1941)
38. There’ll Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover (1942)
39. At Last (1942)
40. My Prayer (Avant de Mourir) (1939)

41. Blue Rain (1943)
42. Ev’rything (1942)
43. Jingle Bells (1941)
44. Moonlight Becomes You (1942)
45. Indian Summer (1940)
46. Sunrise Serenade (1939)
47. I Dreamt I Dwelt in Harlem (1941)
48. Frenesi (1941)
49. My Reverie (1938)
50. Ding! Dong! The Witch Is Dead (1939)

51. Always in My Heart (1942)
52. Rhapsody in Blue (1943)
53. I Know Why and So Do You (1941)
54. Sweet Eloise (1942)
55. The Starlit Hour (1940)
56. American Patrol (1942)
57. Alice Blue Gown (1940)
58. Back to Back (1939)
59. When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano (1940)
60. Faithful Forever (1939)

61. Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider) (1941)
62. Moonlight Mood (1943)
63. Juke Box Saturday Night (1942)
64. Along the Sante Fe Trail (1941)
65. In an Old Dutch Garden by an Old Dutch Mill (1940)
66. Sierra Sue (1940)
67. Cinderella Stay in My Arms (1939)
68. Perfida (Tonight) (1941)
69. I’m Stepping Out with a Memory Tonight (1940)
70. I Guess I’ll Have to Dream the Rest (1941)

71. Why Couldn’t It Last Last Night (1939)
72. The Gaucho Serenade (1940)
73. Our Love Affair (1940)
74. Shake Down the Stars (1940)
75. Devil May Care (1940)
76. Five O’Clock Whistle (1940)
77. This Changing World (1940)
78. The Little Man Who Wasn’t There (1939)
79. Speaking of Heaven (1939)
80. Crosstown (1940)

81. Hear My Song Violetta (1940)
82. Yes My Darling Daughter (1941)
83. This Time the Dream’s on Me (1941)
84. Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar (1940)
85. Say Si Si (Para Vigo Me Voy) (1940)
86. My Last Good-Bye (1939)
87. You’ve Got Me this Way (1940)
88. This Is No Laughing Matter (1942)
89. Adios (1941)
90. Orange Blossom Lane (1941)

91. My Isle of Golden Dreams (1939)
92. A Million Dreams Ago (1940)
93. We’re the Couple in the Castle (1942)
94. Solo Hop (1935)
95. Ain’tcha Comin’ Out Tonight? (1939)
96. Bluebirds in the Moonlight (1939)
97. Falling Leaves (1940)
98. Slow Freight (1940)
99. A Handful of Stars (1940)
100. Runnin’ Wild (1939)


Saturday, February 28, 2004

Usher hit #1 with “Yeah!,” his first of 4 chart toppers that year

Updated 1/14/2019.

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Usher with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris

Writer(s): Lil Jon/Sean Garrett/Usher/Patrick J. Que Smith/Ludacris/Robert McDowell/James Phillips/LaMarquis Jefferson (see lyrics here)

Released: 1/27/2004

First Charted: 1/3/2004

Peak: 112 US, 18 RB, 12 UK, 110 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 4.0 US, 0.6 UK, 4.75 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 0.9

Video Airplay *: 262.68

Streaming *: 335.54

* in millions


“Yeah!” secured Usher as the artist of 2004. Its 12 weeks atop the pop charts, followed by three more chart-toppers that year, gave him a record-breaking 28 weeks at the pinnacle. TB He became the first solo act, and only third recording act overall (after the Beatles and Bee Gees) with three simultaneous top ten hits. SF As the lead single from Confessions, “Yeah!” propelled that album to first week sales of 1.1 million, doubling R. Kelly’s previous record for a male R&B artist in the Nielsen SoundScan era. BB100

“The synthy hook of Usher’s biggest, danciest hit” LR about a guy seduced at a club while his girlfriend is out of town looked like it might establish him as the Michael Jackson of the 21st century, but “he has yet to come up with another single as transcendent as this jam.” PD Kudos go to Ludacris, with the “greatest guest verse ever.” DS “His quotable moments are off the charts. Consider: ‘I won’t stop ‘til I get ‘em in they birthday suits,’ ‘take that and rewind it back,’ and the immortal ‘we want a lady in the street but a freak in the bed.’” AL

Then there’s the crunk sound contributed by producer/vocal contributor Lil’ Jon. His “parody-worthy exhortations that are as infuriating as they are catchy” LR make him “a one-note guy, but for the space of a single song, that one note is the greatest party ever.” DS

However, “Yeah!” nearly didn’t make it on the Confessions album. Usher had submitted the album to his label and they thought it needed, as Lil’ Jon said, “that first powerful monster.” WK The song’s similarity to Petey Pablo’s “Freek-a-Leek” then became problematic. Usher told MTV News that after he and Lil’ Jon had finished “Yeah!” they discovered it had the same beat as “Freek.” SF Another account, however, suggests that before Confessions, Lil’ Jon had been commissioned by Jive Records to produce some beats for rapper Mystikal. One of those was passed on to Pablo and became “Freek.” Lil’ Jon then later reworked the track into “Yeah!” WK

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Saturday, January 31, 2004

Franz Ferdinand charted with “Take Me Out”: January 31, 2004

Updated 1/14/2019.

Take Me Out

Franz Ferdinand

Writer(s): Alex Kapranos/Nicholas McCarthy (see lyrics here)

Released: 1/12/2004

First Charted: 1/31/2004

Peak: 66 US, 3 MR, 3 UK, 7 CN, 25 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales *: 1.1 US, 0.6 UK, 1.7 world (includes US + UK)

Radio Airplay *: 0.2

Video Airplay *: 58.4

Streaming *: --

* in millions


The grunge that ruled the ‘90s gave way to the “retro garage-punk [that] emerged as the predominant strain of post-millennial rock music in 2001.” PF American bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes were leading the way, leaving “Britain’s indie aristocracy looking bloated, boring, and irreversibly out-dated.” SY However, this was more serious-minded music, making one thing clear: “rockers forgot how to dance.” PD

“Aspiring buzz bands realized that, down on the disco floor, they could really make their profits” PF and “with one song the Empire struck back.” SY Franz Ferdinand “brought the groove back to indie rock.” PD “‘Take Me Out’ crams every known Britpop trick into its fevered four minutes.” SY These Scottish rockers “took a certain strain of cooler-than-thou, spiky post-punk,” MX gave it a dose of “Beatlesque fluency,” SY “and gave us permission to dance to it.” MX It is “effortlessly arty and deliciously fun, at the same time.” NME’09

The song “a crowdpleaser that doesn’t sound out of place blasting during half-time at an NBA game.” PE but is still “a smash hit that was still cool for the indie kids to love.” PE It may be “the most surefire winner any DJ can have in his repertoire.” NME’09 “After a tense build-up…‘Take Me Out’ sounds ready to blast off; instead, Franz pull an aesthetic 180 and slow it down into a militaristic, libidinous funk stomp.” PF “This mod guitar stomp rules any bar where the girls feel like dancing,” RS’09 but is “still heavy enough to lure in those girls’ jock boyfriends.” PF It “remains one of the most satisfying moments in guitar-pop this decade has produced.” DS

Lead singer “Alex Kapranos’ arch delivery and the song’s ambiguous meaning (was it about being taken out like a date, or about being taken out, like…killed?)” PD gave the song an added curiosity factor. In addition, “the innovative accompanying video won MTV’s Breakthrough Video of the Year and the Q Awards’ Video of the Year.” AB’00

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