1949 – RCA Victor introduces the 45rpm single record. The 7-inch disc is designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offer better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that is currently in use.
The 51st episode of the Dan and Dan Music Podcast is here. This time around, the Dans tackle the recent passing of rock & roll legend Chuck Berry. In between reflecting on his highest highs and lowest lows, the dynamic duo listens to material from Berry’s soon to be released new album Chuck and lists their favorite Chuck covers. Eventually, their conversation leading them to a discussion of the interplay between a star’s career and their personal life. Stream the show below. Continue reading →
Yesterday we were saddened to hear the news that rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry passed away. Today, we bring you a local memory of him, in video form.
In February, 1972, John Lennon and Yoko One were invited to guest host the Mike Douglas Show in Philadelphia for a week, and they brought on Berry as a guest. Douglas was an afternoon television talk show host; at the time, he taped in Philly at the KYW studios at 1619 Walnut Street. Lennon, with Ono and their band, backed Berry for two songs, “Memphis, Tennessee,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and sat for an interview with Douglas together.
“If you had tried to try and give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry,” Lennon said in his intro to the legend.
Seated in the audience at this performance was XPN midday host Helen Leicht, who worked in the production department at KYW TV at the time — you can see her clapping along to “Johnny B. Goode” beginning at the 10:48 mark. Continue reading →
The legendary Chuck Berry has died. The 90 year old rock and roller, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, defined rock and roll with songs like “Johnny B Goode,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Music,” “Maybelline,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and dozens of more classics. Continue reading →
1945 – Billboard magazine begins listing a top albums chart. The first #1 was The Nat King Cole Trio.
1952 – When his original guitarist has a stroke just before a New Year’s Eve gig, popular St. Louis boogie-woogie pianist Johnnie Johnson hires a 26-year-old hairdresser named Chuck Berry.
“The Voyager Golden Record is a gift from humanity to the cosmos and also a gift to humanity.”
The Voyager Golden Record —the so-called alien mix-tape that NASA shot into space almost 40 years ago will soon be available to purchase for the first time ever. Continue reading →
“That’s our dream come true. Thank you, Michael! What a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful man.”
It was a real trip, back to the future for actor Michael J. Fox and for fans of Coldplay who attended Sunday’s concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Continue reading →