WATCH: Lawrence Welk’s version of “One Toke Over The Line” -1971

05/11/2018

Wait, what? When I first saw the link to this video I thought it was a joke or parody of some kind, but nope, it’s an official segment from the famous Lawrence Welk Show which ran on television from 1955 to 1982.  Did they realize what they were singing?  Gail Farrell and Dick Dale sing Brewer and Shipley’s song “One Toke Over The Line,”  and Lawrence describes this song as a…

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WATCH: Chicago vs. Black Sabbath – “Plenty High or 6 to 4?”

05/09/2018

Another great mash-up! This time we have Chicago’s Classic “25 or 6 to 4” and Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” which actually meld nicely together, don’t you think? Interesting, the songs came out within a year of each other back in the day, “25 or 6 to 4” in 1970 and “Sweet Leaf” in 1971. Here’s more on each song from Wikipedia: “25 or 6 to 4” is…

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WATCH: David Bowie’s First TV Appearance 1970 – “Space Oddity”

05/01/2018

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen video of David Bowie before with long hair and without any of the Ziggy Stardust makeup, clothes or persona. It’s both odd and interesting at the same time! Released on July 11, 1969, “Space Oddity” became Bowie’s first Top 5 hit in the United Kingdom and also earned him a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in England. The video below shows him performing the song LIVE…

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LISTEN: Ronnie Van Zant Records “Free Bird” Demo & Launches Southern Rock! 1968 or 1970?

03/04/2018

Southern rock fans know–and frequently pay homage to–Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Free Bird” which was released in 1974 on the band’s debut album, Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd that went on to become one of the all time classics. Earlier this week, someone sent me a link to an early demo version of the song, claiming to be recorded in 1970 by Ronnie Van Zant and the band. (You’ll notice a slight variation on…

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WATCH: 4 Covers of Three Dog Nights’ 1970 Hit “Momma Told Me Not to Come” including Randy Newman, The Animals and … Tom Jones?

02/14/2018

Not sure there’s anything I enjoy as much anymore as finding LIVE performances of classic rock songs! In this case, I started off looking for Three Dog Night’s 1970 funk-inspired classic, “Momma Told Me Not to Come” off their It Ain’t Easy album. Along the way, I found out the song was originally written by singer/songwriter Randy “Short People” Newman, and originally recorded–but never released as a single–by Eric Burdon…

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