Monday, January 21, 2008 'The Hip Side of Music'

I recently sent a copy of my ebook "The Fascinating Hobby Of Vinyl Record Collecting" across the pond to the people at and received a wonderful response and write up by a gent named Mof.

You can read the write up here:

I have added Electric Roulette to my 'blogroll' and if you want to keep in touch with 'the hip side of music,' be sure to stop by and read their informative posts and articles about rock & roll music, interviews, music reviews, books, film, Hot 45's, rock and roll fashion and much, much more. An interesting site, that's for sure!

This Day In Music History- Jan 21

In 1989, the song "Two Hearts" by Phil Collins topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1959, The Kingston Trio, one of the foremost groups behind the Folk music craze, received their first gold record for "Tom Dooley.”

Country singer Mac Davis was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1942. His biggest pop hit was the 1972 No. 1 "Don't Get Hooked On Me." He also wrote "Don't Cry Daddy" and "In the Ghetto" for Elvis Presley.

Folk singer Richie Havens ("Here Comes The Sun") turns 67.

The late Wolfman Jack (Robert Smith) was born in 1939.

Jackie Wilson ("Higher & Higher") died in 1984, eight years after a heart attack and subsequent fall left him in a coma, with brain damage.

Peggy Lee ("Fever") passed away from a heart attack in 2002 at age 81. Lee won a Grammy Award for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is" and had charted 46 times from 1945 to 1969, ten times in the Top Ten.

The Trips Festival, a multimedia event featuring performances by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company, was held at Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco in 1966.

"I'm a Believer," by the Monkees, topped the UK charts for four weeks in 1967.

"Colonel" Tom Parker (Elvis Presley's manager) died of a stroke in 1997.

Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. (why?)

Patsy Cline
won "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" program in 1957, singing "Walking After Midnight.”

In 1957, Filming begins on Elvis Presley's second movie, "Loving You.”

Blues pianist Charles Brown passed away at age 76 in 1999.

In 1982, B.B. King donated his record collection to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The treasures included a 7000-strong blues collection he built during his years as a DJ.

In 1950, Billy Ocean was born in Trinidad as Leslie Sebastian Charles.

Happy birthday to Troggs guitarist Chris Britton, who was born in Watford, England in 1945.

Yes hits number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, with their only Top Ten hit, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart". It reached #28 hit in the UK.

In 1989, Steve Wahrer, drummer and vocalist for The Trashmen on their 1964 hit "Surfin' Bird,” died of throat cancer at the age of 47.

"Nobody Told Me," by John Lennon, from the posthumously released 'Milk and Honey' album, cracked the Top Forty in 1984. It will peak at #5 and be the last of 13 charting singles by Lennon spanning 15 years.

In 1990, MTV launched season premiere of "MTV Unplugged," an acoustic music series. The first episode features performances by Squeeze, Syd Straw, and Elliot Easton from the Cars.