Classic Rock Bottom


In this chapter a look at how with the help of a Movie, the FIRST Rock & Roll song ever made it to the top of the Pop Charts- and not just here but all over the world.
The song had been released a year before and bombed, so the Movie was essential to its success!
After that, some proof that Scott McKenzie was not just a One-Hit Wonder with a beautiful song he did as a followup.
And that song will lead into what may make you think I have lost my senses, fallen off the tracks, lol!
I do a Rock show, but I have never been afraid to veer into other areas of music.
That poster is an indication of where we are headed.
Pour yourself a hot or cold drink, kick off your shoes, relax and join me as we get into the Time Machine and re-visit or meet for the first time some great Old Time Movies.
Back to the Golden Age of Hollywood!
This series will continue next week, hope you'll join me.
Here's the link to some black & white and color music, at WLSO.FM:

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Comment by Mike Pell on March 7, 2011 at 12:50am

Alright now I got it, lol!


Thanks for the video...I think.


Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 4, 2011 at 7:37am

Here ya go Mike:

Comment by Mike Pell on March 4, 2011 at 12:29am
Oh that was weak, lol!
Rock Around The Clock really only takes me to Rock Around The Clock, I've always liked the song.
I know it was the theme for the 1st season of Happy Days, and I saw Blackboard Jungle on TV when I was a kid, but I never think of either when I hear the song, just the song.
However, I knew I could use the movie connection for the show.
No kidding, you liked Like An Old Time Movie that much?
The message is a familiar one for most people.
And what a GREAT call on your part- those lyrics DO appear in Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind!
Shame on you for never seeing Casablanca.
I will agree with you about movie musicals to some extent, I never liked them either- they always seemed dull and corny to me.
Even the musical segments in comedies would bore the crap out of me- there's opera in a Laurel & Hardy movie, Harpo Marx would play the harp...there goes the fun.
But lately, maybe it's age and a new tolerance or maybe just that warm feeling at Turner Classic Movies, I have watched a few movie musicals and liked them.
I started with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, they're not half bad.
Hell, I knew many of the songs in musicals but never saw them!
Still haven't seen most of them- Music Man, Oklahoma, A Star Is Born, and on and on.
But that doesn't mean I won't play music from them!
You hear Moon River and immediately think of Fletch?
I was drunk when I saw that movie, thought it was funny, and don't remember anything in particular about it...least of all Moon River!
That's another thing I have to do, go back and watch those flicks I saw drunk all over again, lol!
Yeah, get the scene and I'll try to see if it triggers a memory.
Thanks for the listen and the insightful writing,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on March 3, 2011 at 10:15am

You mentioned Usher, I thought he was a Pop/R&B/Hip Hop singer...(I know, that was weak).


Rock Around The Clock takes me somewhere other than that movie.  I bet you know where.  That's right, Happy Days.  That's the only place I've ever heard it, and I really loved that show as a kid.  My favorite episode was the 2 part where The Fonz tried to jump his motorcycle over the chicken shack (or something like that). 


Let me say that "Like An Old Time Movie" has now taken it's place as my favorite "new" song that you have introduced me to, and it tops a pretty impressive list.  That song is amazing.  The message of someone only coming around when they were down in the dumps is one that many, many folks can relate to.  Most of us have known somebody like that.  And even the title makes me think of a Gordon Lightfoot song that contains that as a lyric, is it "If I Could Read Your Mind" or something along those lines? 


I have to admit a couple of things.  I've never seen Casablanca.  I hope that I do before it's too late.  The other thing is that I love music in movies, but I don't like movie musicals. 


Lastly, I've never been a fan of Moon River, but isn't it crazy what certain things make us think of other things.  Any time I hear Moon River I immediately think of Fletch, my favorite all time movie.  Fletch (Chevy Chase) is trying to get info out of a Doctor that happens to be giving him a rectal exam.  It's hilarious.   Maybe I can find the scene on youtube and post it. 


Terrific show brother!

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