portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008

Monday, September 30, 2019

I nearly missed a cracking good post from Floppy Boot Stomp the other day and it is really worth downloading. I first came across Buck Owens when checking out the cover songs The Beatles did and Ringo sang 'Act Naturally' all those years ago. Then I realised my taste for a pure kind of Country music and the then new country stars of Dwight Yoakam amongst others who regularly sang Buck Owens songs. Still going strong here in 1989 and live is a real treat and of course great quality. It cheered me up no end on a Monday morning here. Give it a try if you like true and pure country this is the real deal!


& The Buckaroos LIVE in Alexandria VA 1989

MP3 format

Liner notes as follows:

Buck Owens & The BuckaroosThe BirchmereAlexandria VA1989-03-01 Soundboard @320

01. Love's Gonna Live Here02. Together Again03. Act Naturally04. Put A Quarter In The Jukebox05. Truck Drivin' Man06. Crying Time07. Hot Dog08. Key's In The Mailbox09. Memphis10. Under Your Spell Again11. Open Up Your Heart12. My Isle Of Golden Dreams13. Tall Dark Stranger14. Excuse Me (I Think I've Got A Heartache)15. Foolin' Around16. Waitin' In Your Welfare Line17. Sam's Place18. Above And Beyond19. Hello Trouble20. Wipe Out21. I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)22. Swinging Doors23. I've Got A Tiger By The Tail24. Streets Of Bakersfield25. Johnny B. Goode26. Playboy27. Big In Vegas28. Buckaroo29. Gonna Have Love


September 30th

1964 - The Beatles
The Beatles continued recording sessions at Abbey Road for their fourth UK album Beatles For Sale, recording various takes of 'Every Little Thing', 'What You're Doing' and 'No Reply', which became the opening track on Beatles For Sale.
1965 - Donovan
Donovan made his US television debut on Shindig! along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.

1965 - The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones performed at the Gaumont Theatre in Hanley, Staffordshire, UK. Also on the bill were The Moody Blues, The Spencer Davis Group, The End and The Habits. Bill Wyman produced singles and the debut album of The End, for Decca Records.

1967 - Tony Blackburn
The UK's first National pop radio station, BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK to take over from the very successful pirate radio stations, which had been forced off-air by the Government. Former pirate DJ Tony Blackburn, from Radio Caroline, was the first presenter on air, with The Move's Flowers In The Rain the first record to be played.

1972 - David Cassidy
David Cassidy was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'How Can I Be Sure.' It was the star from the US TV series the Partridge Family's first UK No.1. It was originally recorded by The Young Rascals in 1967.

1974 - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Police were called to a Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Oyster Cult concert after a fight broke out between two sound engineers. The Skynyrd roadie claimed that the sound had been deliberately turned off during the bands set.
1993 - Kate Pierson
Kate Pierson from The B-52's was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing during an anti-fur protest at 'Vogue's' New York City offices. We like her!
2003 - Elton John
An auction of the contents of Sir Elton John's London home raised more than £1.4 million. An oil painting, entitled Madison Square Park, sold for £67,200, and a 19th Century portrait of Lieutenant George Dyer, painted by James Northcote in 1817, fetched £55,200. Sir Elton sold off the items so he could redecorate his home in a more modern style.

2004 - Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger held a press conference with Dave Stewart at Essex House in New York City, USA, to promote the soundtrack to the movie Alfie. The re-make of the 1966 film also featured Joss Stone, Sheryl Crow and Nadirah Nadz Seid. The track 'Old Habits Die Hard' from the soundtack by Mick Jagger and David A. Stewart won the BFCA Award, Golden Globe, Sierra Award and the World Soundtrack Award.

2006 - Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his second solo album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' which also became the biggest album ever for pre-orders on iTunes. I don't know what to say about this. The music is dreadful IMHO and it is only later with starring roles in films that I appreciated like The Social Network, the hilarious Bad Teacher and I loved him in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) the man clearly  has intelligence and humour . . . . perhaps I wasn't his target demographic but after all it was mean to be music and they never said that about Mozart . . . . . or did they?

2007 - Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Echoes Silence Patience & Grace' the bands sixth studio album and second UK No.1. Reba McEntire was at No.1 on the US album chart with Reba: Duets.

2007 - Keith Urban
Country music singer Keith Urban crashed his motorcycle on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The 39-year-old, who was not injured, said he was being followed by a photographer when the accident happened near his home in Sydney, Australia.


1984 - Keisha Buchanan

Keisha Buchanan, singer, with British girl group Sugababes who had the 2002 UK No.1 single, 'Round Round'. In 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums named the Sugababes as the most successful female act of the 21st century with six UK No.1 singles and eighteen UK top ten hits.
Video shot by my friend Stephen Blackman - he said the girls were lovely and very professional and seemed to especially like Keisha . . . . . who wouldn't!?

1959 - Basia Trzetrzelewska

Matt Bianco featuring the gorgeous Basia and Mark Reilly(right)
Basia Trzetrzelewska, singer, Matt Bianco, (1988 UK No.11 single 'Don't Blame It On That Girl'). I loved Matt Bianco but then the singer {Mark Reilly} and I had a dear mutual pal in Kevin Smith and they used to play music together and were close pals. They played at MOMA an impromptu gig before Mark formed Matt Bianco and they were all great fun

1952 - John Lombardo
John Lombardo from American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. They released four albums that charted in the top 50 in the US: In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man's Zoo (1989), Our Time in Eden (1992) and the live album MTV Unplugged (1993).

1947 - Marc Bolan
Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld), English guitarist, singer, songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He had the 1971 UK No.1 single 'Hot Love', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles, and the 1972 US No.10 single Bang A Gong, (Get It On). Bolan was killed in a car accident on 16th September 1977 aged 29 a fortnight before his 30th birthday.

1933 - Cissy Houston
American soul and gospel singer Cissy Houston, (mother of Whitney Houston). She was a member of Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, (with Dionne Warwick), and as a back-up singer worked with Elvis PresleyAretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, David Bowie (Young Americans), Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, (Moondance), BeyoncĂ©, (Dangerously In Love) and many others.

Thanks to On This Day In Music

Sunday, September 29, 2019


September 29th

1956 - Bill Haley

Bill Haley had five songs in the UK Top 30; 'Rockin Through The Rye', 'Saints Rock n' Roll', 'Rock Around the Clock', 'Razzle Dazzle', and 'See You Later Alligator'.

1961 - Bob Dylan
Robert Shelton, wrote a glowing review of Bob Dylan's support slot at Gerde's Folk City in the New York Times, calling him ‘One of the most distinctive stylists to play Manhattan in months’. On the same day Dylan played harmonica at a recording session produced by John Hammond.

1967 - The Beatles
Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’, which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear". Lennon composed the song by combining three songs he had been working on. When he learned that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyse Beatles' lyrics, he added a verse of nonsense words.

1971 - Led Zeppelin
On the last night of their first ever Japanese tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Osaka Festival Hall. Near the end of the set the group played a medley of songs during an extended version of 'Whole Lotta Love', including 'Let That Boy Boogie', 'I Gotta Know', 'Twist and Shout', 'Fortune Teller', 'Good Times Bad Times' and 'You Shook Me'.

1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis

Enjoying his own birthday celebrations singer Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player Norman Owens in the chest. Lewis had been blasting holes in an office door. Owens survived but sued his boss.

1979 - The Police
The Police had their first UK No.1 single with 'Message In A Bottle' the group's third Top 20 hit. The song was released as the first single from Reggatta de Blanc and also topped the charts in Ireland and reached No.5 in Australia. Despite its popularity in the UK, the single only reached No.74 in the United States.

1984 - Prince
Prince and the Revolution started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Go Crazy', his second US No.1, and a No.7 hit in the UK. It was the opening track on both the album and the film Purple Rain.

1987 - Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd's thirteenth studio album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was on the UK chart. The shoot for the album cover involved dragging 800 hospital beds onto Saunton Sands in Devon, but rain interrupted the session and they had to repeat the exercise two weeks later. A hang glider can be seen in the sky, a possible reference to the track 'Learning to Fly'. Photographer Robert Dowling won a gold award at the Association of Photographers' Awards for the image, which took about two weeks to create.

1990 - Maria McKee

Maria and Bryan
Maria McKee was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Show Me Heaven' the song featured in the Tom Cruise film 'Days Of Thunder'. Singer of Lone Justice Maria was the half-sister of Bryan MacClean of 'Love' (the writer of 'Alone Again Or', 'Old Man' and 'Orange Skies') who later became a born again Christian and Maria song with from time to time 

One of my favourite bands, LOVE with Brian on guitar
1999 - Manic Street Preachers
The Manic Street Preachers were given a bill for £28.000 after smashing up equipment during their show at Scotland's T In The Park festival.
2004 - Keith Moon
Keith Moon's five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds ($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.

2004 - Michael Jackson
The Sun reported that Michael Jackson had a secret fourth child who was now 19. The story claimed that Norwegian Omar Bhatti was born after a one night stand and had stayed with Jackson at his Neverland home in California. Really? Since 20143 this has been denied now 

Omar sat with the remainder of the Jackson family at Michael's funeral

Omar Bhatti and Paris Jackson are said to be close
2012 - Lisa Marie Presley
The UK press reported that there really was a girl who works down the chip shop and swears she's Elvis' daughter, after Lisa Marie Presley was spotted serving up deep-fried treats on a mobile motor called Mr Chippy. The 44-year-old, offspring of Elvis and actress Priscilla, donned an apron and cooked battered cod for the locals. Kim Scales, who owned the business, said: "Lisa Marie likes to see how we live and experience British life. We were laughing because the customers didn't know who she was. She really enjoyed it." The singer, had moved to the quaint village of Rotherfield, East Sussex, two years ago from Los Angeles. The notion was that she wished to adopt a lower profile and ease back on her connections to Scientology so fled to England . . . . . . . Rotherfield being some 15 miles from Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead where their Headquarters in the UK are. Just saying . . . . 
Daily Mail article citing her attempt to escape the clutches of the LA based religion
"well-informed sources in the U.S. told me this week, because she is involved in an increasingly acrimonious attempt to escape the clutches of the American-based Church of Scientology"
which as I have hinted is ironic (ahem) 
it was originally thought that Lisa Marie had moved to Sussex to be close to the British Scientology HQ, Saint Hill Manor, near East Grinstead, which is just a few miles from her home.

2015 - The Beatles
The original contract signed by The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold at Sotheby's for £365,000, ($548.000). The 1962 document was said to be one of the most important contracts in popular music, marking the beginning of the band's journey to international fame.

2018 - Otis Rush 
American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Otis Rush died from complications of a stroke aged 84. His distinctive guitar style featured a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. His first single, ‘I Can't Quit You Baby’, in 1956 reached No.6 on the Billboard R&B chart. Two of his other best-known songs, are ‘Double Trouble’ and ‘All Your Love (I Miss Loving).’
and how I first heard it . . . . .

the master blues historian and institution John Mayall and the legendary Peter Green


1994 - Halsey
American singer and songwriter Ashley Nicolette Frangipane known professionally as Halsey. Halsey achieved success with the release of 'Closer' (2016), a collaboration with The Chainsmokers. The song topped the charts in over 10 countries including the US and UK. Okay so now we're posting people born in the Nineties! I like it and she is AWFUL easy on the eye . . . . . . 

1981 - Suzanne Shaw
English actress, singer and television personality Suzanne Shaw who with Hear'Say had the 2001 UK No.1 single, 'Pure and Simple'.
Hear Say with Shaw on the left
Shaw became a regular in the lads mags like FHM here

1968 - Matt & Luke Goss
Twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss from English pop band Bros who had the 1988 UK No.1 single 'I Owe You Nothing' plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles. Come into recent fame again after an hysterical documentary film After the Screaming Stops charting their relationship and their dysfunctional interactions and often unintentionally hilarious exchanges a sort of cross between Spinal Tap meets  Smash Hits!

1967 - Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson, singer, songwriter from English alternative rock band Suede, who had the 1994 UK No.3 single 'Stay Together'. After Suede disbanded in 2003, he briefly fronted The Tears, and has released four solo albums. Amyl Nitrate the poundland of substance abuse . . . . . . . 

1939 - Tommy Boyce
Tommy Boyce, singer, songwriter. 1968 US No 8 single with Bobby Hart, 'I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite'. Wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville', 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone' and 'Scooby-Doo Where Are You.' Sold over 40m records. Boyce committed suicide on 23rd November 1994.

1935 - Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis, US singer, keyboards, (1958 UK No.1 & US No.1 single 'Great Balls Of Fire', 1957 multi million seller 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On').

It took me a while to discover his country songs but boy when I did . . . . . . some classic cuts and remember . . . . . .No-one cuts the killer!

1930 - Billy Strange

American singer, songwriter, guitarist Billy Strange who was a session musician with the famed Wrecking Crew. He appeared on hit songs for Elvis Presley, including 'A Little Less Conversation', Nancy and Frank Sinatra's 'Somethin' Stupid' and worked with The Ventures, Willie Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Wanda Jackson, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, and Nat King Cole, among others. He died on February 22, 2012, aged 81. Just the best name in modern music history EVER! 
He rarely sang and I really don't know why. His guitar sound was and sounds incredibly old fashioned now but he was on more singles and cuts from albums than almost any other player at the time

1907 - Gene Autry
Gene Autry, America's singing cowboy. During his career Autry scored 25 successive Top 10 Country hits. He died on 2nd October 1998 aged 91. I loved all that early 'cowboy schtick and played endless games of 'Cowboys and Indians' always curriously identifying with Jay silver heals over the lone ranger but all of played to a soundtrack of Gene Autry in the background

this led me to the Louvin Brothers, The Singing Brakeman: Jimmie Rodgers and Wayne Raney and my ultimate favourites the Delmore Brothers taking that red ball to Natchez, yessuh!
Night all and Happy Trails