Category: Classic Rock

Classic Rock, Genealogy

An Introduction to My Family Tree

The Beginnings - The Karn - Ashton Family Lines I believe it was probably more than a year ago now, when I wrote that I was going to write more about my family heritage. So I guess it's about damn well time I got started, don’t you think? So let’s begin, I was born in the hospital in Riverside, New Jersey. My mother thinks she was there but she was never sure! They zonked her with some strong drugs and the next thing she knew, I was in her arms! Anyway all the DNA evidence points to the fact that...

Classic Rock

Carl Giammarese a Baby Boomer – Born on August 21st

  Boomers Birthdays:  August 21st From Wikipedia: 1947 – Carl Giammarese, American singer-songwriter and musician (The Buckinghams) 1949 – Loretta Devine, American actress and singer 1949 – Daniel Sivan, Israeli scholar and academic 1950 – Patrick Juvet, Swiss singer-songwriter and model 1951 – Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist 1951 – Chesley V. Morton, American businessman and politician 1952 – Keith Hart, Canadian firefighter, wrestler, and trainer 1952 – Glenn Hughes, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer 1952 – Jiří Paroubek, Czech soldier and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 1952 – Bernadette Porter, English nun and...

Classic Rock, Jazz, Music

Avalon Ballroom: Quicksilver August 1967 leads to “Duncan & Brady”

Quicksilver Messenger Service Plays the Avalon Ballroom  August 17  - 20, 1967 leads to "Duncan and Brady" Back when I started this blog way back in 2010 my yearly wall calendar r was Rock Roots: Avalon Ballroom Posters 1966-1967. The calendar has twelve classic posters advertising concerts at the Avalon Ballroom during those years. For each month it also lists how was playing at the Ballroom on the various days of the month For me it was a great calendar and I still like looking at it, which is what I did yesterday (August 19) when we came home from...

Classic Rock

Morning Music – Birthdays for Ginger Baker and Robert Plant

Two rock icons from the 60s and 70s have celebrated birthdays yesterday and today (August 20th) First, yesterday rock drummer Ginger Baker celebrated his 78th birthday and today Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame celebrates his 69th birthday Ginger Baker (August 19, 1939) From Wikipedia Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (born 19 August 1939) is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. Baker's work in the 1960s earned him praise as "rock's first superstar drummer", although his individual style melded a jazz background with his interest in African rhythms. Baker is an inductee of the...

Classic Rock

Music from 1970: The Use of Ashes – Pearl Before Swine

  Thoughts about 70s Music led me to - Pearl Before Swine I was thinking about music in the late 60s and early 70s this morning.My thoughts quickly turned to one of my favorite bands, Pearls Before Swine. During those years the underground music scene was exploding. Typically AM commercial  radio stations played pop music that was singles oriented. Underground music was album oriented and the tracks played were usually much more complex and  longer. As the popularity of underground music grew several Philadelphia radio stations adopted the underground music format. Both  WDAS and WMMR made the switch.To me the beauty...

Classic Rock

February 5th – Al Kooper’s Birthday

Happy Birthday Al Kooper and let's listen to  "Green Onions" Yeah! Today is Al Kooper's birthday. Al was born in 1944 and while none of his solo records or the first Blood, Sweat and Tears albums can't be found in my collection. Super Session with Mike Bloomfield  (Side 1)and Stephen Stills (side 2), The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper are there. Also there are the album he recorded with Shuggie Otis and Rekooperation.Here's some background on Al Kooper from Wiipedia.... Al Kooper (born Alan Peter Kuperschmidt, February 5, 1944) is an American songwriter, record producer and musician, known...