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Who Did the Song "I Love Rock n' Roll" First Before Joan Jett?

30 Aug 2017 23:32


Song: I Love Rock 'n Roll (1982)

Artist: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Album: I Love Rock 'n Roll (Boardwalk)

Writers: Jake Hooker, Alan Merrill

Joan Jett has had a storied career. Before she was the frontman of her own band, she was a part of the band The Runaways, famous for such songs as "Cherry Bomb." The song she is most known for, however, she did as part of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: I love Rock 'n Roll. In March 1982 it was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It also hit number one on the Billboard Top Tracks and Hot Dance Club Songs charts. It also charted in six other countries, reaching no. 1 in four of them. It became the band's most requested song on tour, the single itself went platinum, and it is a classic rock radio mainstay to this day. You could not find a bigger hit….

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Who Did 'Babe I'm Gonna Leave You' First Before Led Zeppelin?

26 Aug 2017 21:13


Song: Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (1962)

Artists: Joan Baez, Led Zeppelin

Album: In Concert

Writer: Anne Bredon

When you hear Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin, you may not realize that the song started out as a folk song. This in itself is not surprising since Led Zeppelin was heavily influenced by folk. Songs like Black Mountain Side, Ramble On, The Battle of Evermore, and Going to California, among others, exemplify this influence.

Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You was first recorded by Joan Baez on her 1962 album, In Concert….

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What Was the First Album to Be Released on Compact Disc?

20 Aug 2017 22:30


Artist: Bill Joel

Album: 52nd Street (1978, released on CD, 1982)

The journey toward the CD began in the early 1970's when Sony and Phillips began working on an optical disc with digitally encoded sound that could be read by laser. Before the compact disc, it was all vinyl and cassette tape. It was even early enough that your cousin, or was it your uncle, still had an 8-track player in the dash of his car. There were lots of record players and cassette players, so no matter how great the new compact disc format was, there was one problem: Nobody had a compact disc player. And, if they did have one, what were they going to play on it? Somebody had to take the plunge and release something on the new format. Who was it?…

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What do the Lyrics to La Bamba by Ritchie Valens Mean?

02 Jun 2017 03:02


Song: La Bamba (1958)

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Writer: Traditional Mexican Folk Song, rock arrangement by Ritchie Valens

Although his biggest hit was Donna, Richie Valens will forever be most recognized for his enduring Latino rock song La Bamba. In fact, I think it is safe to say that he single-handedly brought "Laino rock" into the mainstream. He was certainly not the first person to record the song. It is, in fact, a traditional Mexican folk song. He simply gave it a rock rhythm and rock flair, and to great effect. It peaked at no. 22 on the charts on February 2, 1959….

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What Is Barracuda by Heart About?

29 May 2017 21:47


Song: Barracuda (1977)

Artist: Heart

Album: Little Queen

Writers: Ann Wilson, Micheal Derosier, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher

Barracuda is perhaps the song most identified with Heart. It is one of those songs that makes people think of Heart as a Led Zeppelin influenced hard rock band with legendary female vocals. Their angriest and edgiest song, it was released off the 1977 Little Queen album, reaching no. 11 on the charts….

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