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December 2009 Blog Posts (20)

New Year's Day



Well it’s New Year’s Eve and one of the finest commemmorances of the occasion is U2’s New Year’s Day. The track is from their 1983 album War and the lyrics were originally intended to be from Bono to his wife but were altered and in the final version were written about the Polish Solidarity movement.



For more and a performance of New Year's Day head on over to… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 31, 2009 at 6:25am — No Comments

Room To Move

You found us! Great. Happy New Year – well almost – and welcome to the new home of dufusdownbeat. We’ve cleaned things up and as we get a little further along more items will be added to the pages and sidebar. I hope you enjoy the blog, and the music that helps shape my world.





For more and John Mayall performing Room to Move visit the new home of… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 29, 2009 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Eric Clapton and Allman Brothers Tribute Show at Showcase Live in Foxborough, MA on January 22!

Check out the Eric Clapton and Allman Brothers tribute show at Showcase Live in Foxborough, MA on Friday, January 22! Two premier tribute bands in one night! ALL-AGES show!





The Allman-Clapton connection is the stuff of legend. Not only did Duane Allman contribute slide and lead guitar to Eric Clapton’s classic Layla LP and share the stage with him back in 1970 at the old Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, the pair were musical soulmates and had a mutual admiration that… Continue

Added by Sky Weir on December 28, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Unusual Rock And Roll Christmas Songs (7)



For our last "unusual" Christmas rock tune we go back to 1974 when Greg Lake took a break from buddies Emerson and Palmer to record a song he'd written protesting the commercialism of Christmas.



For more and a performance of I Believe in Father Christmas, zip on over to… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 27, 2009 at 5:05am — No Comments

Unusual Rock And Roll Christmas Songs (6)

Well, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and got all the CDs you were asking for! We conclude our week of unusual rock Christmas tunes today with what has become a modern day classic.







For more and a video of Happy Christmas shoot on over to… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 26, 2009 at 4:52am — No Comments

Unusual Rock And Roll Christmas Songs (5)

Merry Christmas! I just had to include this song from U2 this week and today seemed like the most appropriate day to do it. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) was co-written by Phil Spector and originally sung by Darlene Love in 1963. It had been intended for Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes.







For more and a performance of Christmas(Baby Please Come Home) hop on over to… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 25, 2009 at 4:57am — No Comments

My dog named Mandy

As of 12/23/09, I rescued my dog named Mandy she's just settle in and she's loving her new dog bed..
I so happy and so is my family, she's an older dog, but loves everything about her life now..
Mandy is very expressive and loving, kind hearted, easy going, etc.. I feel very blessed to have her in my life now... Merry christmas and Happy holidays to one and all; Peace on Earth, and Happy New Year!

Your friend,
Susan Gort

Added by Susan Hilary Gort on December 25, 2009 at 3:19am — No Comments

Unusual Rock And Roll Christmas Songs (4)

Well it's Christmas Eve and what better unusual Christmas rock song to profile than 2000 Miles by Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders. The song was released in November of 1983, followed by inclusion on the group's third album Learning to Crawl.





For more and a performance of 2000 Miles visit dufusdownbeat… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 24, 2009 at 5:06am — 2 Comments

Unusual Rock And Roll Christmas Songs (3)

Our third unusual Christmas rock song is one of the first I recall hearing that wasn't by Bing Crosby, Dean Martin or Elvis or some such artist. Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys was released in 1963 at the height of their popularity, when I was 11 years old. I thought it was pretty cool. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the song borrows heavily from their hit Little Deuce Coupe.





For more and a performance of Little St. Nick… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 23, 2009 at 4:03am — No Comments

Unusual Rock And Roll Christmas Songs (2)

Welcome to Day 2 of our week long look at unusual Christmas rock songs. Today's tune comes from a favourite artist of mine - Chris Rea. Driving Home For Christmas was one of two new tracks on the compilation album New Light Through Old Windows, released in 1988.





For more and a video performance of Driving Home For Christmas steer on over to… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 22, 2009 at 3:47am — No Comments

Unusual Rock and Roll Christmas Songs (1)

Welcome to Christmas week at dufusdownbeat. This week, in the days leading up to Christmas, I thought I'd post every day and share with you some of my favourite not-so traditional Christmas songs from the world of rock and roll.





For more and a performance of Fairytale of New York by the Pogues mush on over to … Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 21, 2009 at 9:37am — No Comments

"New" Holiday Tunes by "Classic" Bands and Performers

Classic Artists Today, syndicated radio show, is featuring some new Holiday tunes from "Classic" rock/pop/soul artists from December 21 to December 27. For a different "spin" on your Holiday music, check us out at www.classicartiststoday.com for show times & how to tune-in!

Added by Classic Artists Today (c) on December 20, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

PLease Mr. Postman

Some might think it was originally performed by the Beatles in 1963 or by the Carpenters in 1975, but it was the girl group the Marvelettes who first had a hit with Please Mr. Postman in 1961. While there's some discrepancy over the writing credits for the tune, the one constant in the various versions include Brian Holland of Motown's hit-making team…

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Added by nonamedufus on December 17, 2009 at 3:45am — No Comments

Leader Of The Pack



One genre dufusdownbeat has sadly slighted is Girl Groups. Well, this week we rectify that.



The Shangri-Las formed in Queen's New York in 1963 and was made of of two sets of sisters: 14 year-old lead singer Mary Weiss and her 17 year-old sister Betty, and back up singers and identical twins Marge and Mary Ann Ganser, 16 years of age. While they recorded as a quartet, they often toured as a trio because Betty didn't like to… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 15, 2009 at 4:16am — No Comments

Do you have a RIP Magazine or Lonn Friend story?

I can guarantee you, all of you, will love reading Life on Planet Rock by Lonn Friend, the Gatekeeper to: The Decade of Decadence. Spend time on the Road with Lonn Friend, Metallica, Guns 'n' Roses, Nirvana, Skid Row, Jimmy Page, Aerosmith and more. Serious reality rock shock.… Continue

Added by Kidkel69 on December 10, 2009 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Sub Rosa Subway



In the mid 70s, as FM radio was coming into it's own in Canada, there was a song getting a lot of airplay that many listeners thought was the new disc by the Beatles. Sub-Rosa Subway had a Beatlesque sound to it and the vocals were dead ringers for John Lennon and Paul McCartney.



The song was about Alfred Ely Beach, the man responsible for building the New York city subway system. But the group wasn't England's Beatles. In reality it… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 10, 2009 at 4:27am — 1 Comment

Icons of Rock join us on this week's show!

Classic Artists Today, syndicated radio show, is celebrating our 3rd Anniversary this week (through Sunday). Joining us will be Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), John Wetton (Asia), Jourma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane & Hot Tuna), John McFee (Doobies) and Doc & Emilio (Tower of Power)!!! We'll play the latest tunes from them all too! Visit… Continue

Added by Classic Artists Today (c) on December 8, 2009 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Eve Of Destruction



For a 13 year old living in Canada the Viet Nam war was not something top of mind for me. But I was into music and in 1965 a guy named Barry McGuire began to climb the charts with a tune called Eve of Destruction.



The song was everywhere. It was on the radio. My buds and I used to sing it. And McGuire performed it on every television music show beamed into my rec room.



For more and a performance of Eve of Destruction go do… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 8, 2009 at 4:20am — 1 Comment

White Bird



It's A Beautiful Day formed in 1967 in San Francisco. They achieved moderate success but nowhere near the popularity of some of their "summer of love" contemporaries.



Their leader, David LaFlamme, had been a violin soloist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra.



For more and a live performance drop by… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 3, 2009 at 5:36am — No Comments

Hang on Sloopy



In the mid 60s, a group called the Strangeloves were riding high with a song called I Want Candy. They'd been touring with the Dave Clark Five and had been playing a tune called Hang On Sloopy. The Dave Clark Five liked it so much they were about to record it. But the Strangeloves had other ideas. They gave it to an outfit called Rick and the Raiders, led by 17 year-old Rick Zehringer - later known as Rick Derringer - and they put it out under… Continue

Added by nonamedufus on December 1, 2009 at 4:24am — No Comments

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