Intro to Rock ‘n’ Roll

I’m a recent convert to Rock ‘n; Roll and am always interested to find something on the Internet to feed my growing interest in the subject. I was looking at the great Listverse site a while ago and found a list entitled:

Top 10 Rockers Who are Better than Elvis

The list was compiled by Maggot and features such artists as Link Wray, Duane Eddy, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. There is a very interesting writeup where Maggot puts each artist in context and supplies a link to a sample video of each, so you can get a flavour of what they’re about.

My knee-jerk reaction to the list was to wonder how anyone could be deemed better than Elvis but, as Maggot says, he doesn’t intend any slight. It’s just that Elvis, although a supreme performer, didn’t create much (if any) music of his own. Carl Perkins wrote and performed the great Blue Suede Shoes (and other stuff) which is why he makes the list and Elvis doesn’t, in spite of the fact that Elvis scored a bigger hit with it than Carl did.

The list is a great introduction to Rock ‘n’ Roll and you’ll have to go there to see who Maggot thinks is the Best Rocker of All Time.

Listverse is also packed with many other interesting lists.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll links

I have come across two Rock ‘n’ Roll shows on BBC Radio. They are:

  • Mark Lamarr’s Shake Rattle and Roll  broadcasts on Tuesdays but is available for listening anytime for a week after each show  – page includes links to show playlists
  • Geoff Barker’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party broadcasts on Saturdays but is available for listening anytime for a week after each show – playlists in the notes section of the show’s Facebook page.

A gem featured recently on one of the Rock and Roll Party shows is Si Cranstoun’s Dynamo.

Watch it but just don’t blame me if you can’t get that girl called Dynamo out your head…

2016 UPDATE: Mark Lamarr’s show is no longer with us but Geoff Barker has gone from strength to strength as has Si Cranstoun. Look out for Si’s Coup de Ville.

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Damn that thieving YouTube

As time thieves go, YouTube must be a hands-down winner. While researching for my column this coming weekend, I happened to go past YouTube and think that I would quickly look up Kay Starr to see what she sounded like.

I first thought I would just listen to her singing Rock and Roll Waltz but I had forgotten about the list of suggested videos which YouTube puts up alongside the clip you happen to be looking at. How could I then resist looking at the lady singing Bonaparte’s Retreat, or clicking on the link on that page, to hear Willie Nelson singing the same song, and then to Patti Page singing Tennessee Waltz.

It was then only a short step to satisfy my curiosity as to whether Patsy Cline could sing it better than Patti. After that, I had wasted so much time that I thought I might as well click on the link and listen to Patsy singing Wayward Wind.

And we won’t even go into the half hour or so that I spent having a listen to some Connie Francis tracks. It was hours late, at least I did get the column down eventually…

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Internet radio and TV

This week brings news of two splendid entertainment channels I have discovered.

The first is Internet radio station Last.fm which you can find at www.last.fm and is like your favourite radio station, but on steroids. It has a lot in common with conventional radio in that it plays you a stream of music but, in this case, you have the opportunity of choosing the sort of music you want to listen to.

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