Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Grand Funk – “We’re An American Band”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Grand Funk – “We’re An American Band”

Grand Funk started in Michigan or one of those states around there. They were just 3 kids who saw enough freedom that they decided to be a band. Their first record was in 1969. By 1971 they were one of the biggest selling acts in the world. They pioneered stadium rock in a way even the Beatles did not do. They were a classic example of an American mom and pop endeavor going huge. Back…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: The Byrds “Untitled”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: The Byrds “Untitled”

The Byrds are an interesting band in the history of American Rock and Roll. Their members various work have affected all of music. Whether it is the great, obscure solo records of Gene Clark, or the continued work by Roger McGuinn, where he has become the last true folkie. Go see him in concert today. He is still great. The Chris Hillman /Gram Parson’s legacy still reverberates through the alt country rock scene today as…

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Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Chet Baker – “Chet Baker & Strings”

Pete Johnson’s Blast from My Past: Chet Baker – “Chet Baker & Strings”

August 10, 2018, is my 21st Wedding Anniversary to my wife Jill, and I must admit that love is on my mind and in my heart today. As someone famously sang one time,” Love is a many splendored thing”. Think about that for a second. Splendored is such a great word and ties today’s album pick to the mood I woke up in. Brilliance, coloring, gorgeous appearance, all are invoked in the definition of splendored….

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Tommy James and the Shondells – “40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006)”

Tommy James and the Shondells – “40 Years: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-2006)”

If there is one artist in Rock and Roll that I feel is criminally overlooked by the so called “Rock Intelligencia”, it is Mr. Tommy James. This man is such a talented singer and creative source that it is shocking to me the depth he has musically. The level he has achieved and maintained to this day is unequaled by any artist, save for bands like the Rolling Stones or the Who. Now, in the…

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