Electrified Hand Holding: British Invasion

by Kevin Burton    The song that launched the British Invasion was released on this date 59 years ago.    “I Want To Hold Your Hand” holds up to this day, but to get the full impact of it you’d have to hear it with ears attuned to the sounds of 1963.    God bless …

Lennon’s Thanksgiving Concert Appearance

by Kevin Burton    On Thanksgiving night 1974, two of England’s best musical exports, John Lennon and Elton John appeared together in concert.    The appearance was Lennon paying off a bet of sorts.     His song “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” had just reached the top of the US Hot 100, something Lennon was …

“Lido Shuffle” Singer Boz Scaggs Turns 78

by Kevin Burton    My friend Todd once called “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits a “perfect” song.    I don’t know what calculations you use to measure a perfect song, but leaving that all undefined, I will play along and nominate “Lido Shuffle” by Boz Scaggs as perfect.    The song is way up …

Rock Music Followed Where Fats Domino Led

by Kevin Burton    There is a case to be made for Fats Domino as the main creator of rock and roll, but he rarely gets that credit, or even gets into that conversation.    Yesterday we began to look at why that might be, what causes rock historians to not give him full credit …

Domino Overlooked, Ain’t That A Shame?

by Kevin Burton    The best song I didn’t fit into my Flying Colors series about songs with a color in the title is “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino. This is not the first time he has been overlooked.    His “Blue Monday” did make number 6 on my list, so I didn’t ignore him …

Is Burton Cummings Rock’s Best Vocalist?

by Kevin Burton    He croons, he growls, he soars, he swoops, he screams, he quivers. Burton Cummings has a voice made for rock and roll.    He grabs a song and will, not, let it go.     So glad he took up music rather than whatever else he could have pursued as a high …

Characters We Love From Rock And Roll

by Kevin Burton    Which people from the words of popular music would you like to spend a little more time with?     Which characters can you think of who if they showed up in a movie or a TV series you would be eager to watch?    There are plenty of songs that are …

Can A Scrabble Game Launch A Rock Song?

by Kevin Burton    You’ve heard of writer’s block, when a writer either can’t think of new ideas or has trouble developing them?    One of the things writers do for each other is provide writing prompts.  These are words or phrases you’re supposed to use and elaborate on to create a story.     So …