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The British Invasion

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Rock ‘N’ Roll was travelling across the Atlantic Ocean and slowly making an impact in Great Britain and Europe in the late 1950′s and early 1960′s. Some British groups, especially in Liverpool,  started to merge the American style of music with their own in 1962. This new sound became known as Merseybeat. That same year, some of these acts, reached The Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

At the same time in the United States, teenagers, were looking for something fresh, and it was about to happen.

The Washington Post published the first story in the United States regarding the excitement The Beatles were creating  in England.

On December 17, 1963, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” was played on WWDC, Washington, D.C. The next day the local record stores couldn’t fill the requests for a record which wasn’t even in stock. Capitol Records released it on December 26, three weeks ahead of schedule. Since most teenagers were home for Christmas vacation, sales skyrocketed, and Beatlemania spread quickly throughout the United States. Read more »

Classic Rock and Kiss

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For those around in the 70s, when rock and roll was really taking flight, it is most likely you remember the band KISS. Formed in 1972, this band is most memorable for its members who wore flamboyant outfits and painted their faces. The anonymity of the group intrigued followers along with their elaborate stage performances that included breathing fire, spitting blood, guitars that smoked and more. While these tactics may seem over-the-top today, it earned KISS over 24 gold albums and sales that exceeded 80 million.

The idea of face makeup stemmed from the band’s desire to mimic comic book figures. There was the Demon, Gene Simmons; Starchild, Paul Stanley, Spaceman, Ace Frehley, and Catman, Peter Criss. Each person picked a character that best represented their personality. It wasn’t until 1983 that the band members from KISS performed without makeup.

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Instrumentally Yours

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Manny (My best friend for over 50 years, and very knowledgeable in Rock ‘N’ Roll history) and I were discussing the evolution of instrumentals from 1955 to the 1980′s. A lot has changed with the advancement and miniaturization of electronics along side the metamorphosis of music itself. we were thrilled as kids listening to the local AM station on our transistor radios, the forerunners of todays’ ipods( ? ). Then came 8-tracks, cassettes, CD’s and now downloads off the internet. I’m glad I was here to enjoy these transitions.http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-set-funny-cartoon-musical-instruments-image26946454

Anyway, moving on, what is an instrumental? In short , a musical composition without lyrics or singing. There might be some vocal input, but the melody is primarily originated from musical instruments. In most songs, usually centered, is an instrumental interlude. This was great for all the bands with a limited repertoire when they were playing to a live audience. It enabled them to stretch this “interlude” and lengthen the duration of the song they were playing. The local groups we went to see, would always employ this idea to fill their night. Read more »