Jimy Bleu seemed destined to play the music of Jimi Hendrix. He bears more than an uncanny resemblance to the guitar legend, and plays Hendrix’s music arguably better than anyone else alive today. However, it was only through a high school crush that he discovered Hendrix and changed the course of his life.
“There was a girl who I really liked who knew all the musicians coming through,” Bleu explains in a phone interview with Rock On Philly. “One day she came to school with a button that read ‘Jimi Hendrix Official Fan Club.’ ...
The annual DOC NYC festival runs today (11/9) through Thursday, November 16 at IFC Center, Cineopolis Chelsea and the SVA Theatre, screening a wide array of documentaries. As always there a a bunch of music documentaries…
Heavy Cream, the definitive tribute to rock music’s original supergroup Cream, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cream’s landmark album Disraeli Gears this Thursday, September 21st at The Vault in Berlin NJ, headquarters of Victor Records.
Heavy Cream features young prodigies with uncanny abilities to mimic Cream in both look and sound: Billy “The Kid” Thoden as Eric Clapton, Dion Paci as Jack Bruce, and Steve Iannettoni as Ginger Baker. In addition to their mind-blowing musical abilities, the band boasts spec replicas of the famous ‘Fool’ artwork guitars ...
Catch the restored documentary in a theater near you, head to Morrison Hotel Gallery to check out a photo exhibit, and read a recap of a recent Q&A with D.A. Pennebaker. Also: watch Michelle Phillips play “California Dreamin'” at Monterey Pop 50 with The Head and the Heart.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop Fest and the Summer of Love, here are the 50 best psychedelic rock records of 1967, from Jefferson Airplane to Love to the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Donovan, and yes, The Beatles.
As a millennial who has a deep love for classic rock, especially 60’s psychedelia, I often lament how I will never be able to see my rock heroes perform live. Thankfully, there are a plethora of tributes in the Philly area that celebrate the music of these iconic bands.
1964 – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Andrew Oldham attend a Decca launch party at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club in Windsor, Berkshire for protégé singer Adrienne Posta. Also at the party is 17 year-old Marianne Faithfull, with her then-boyfriend John Dunbar. This was the first time Mick met Marianne.
1965 – Jeff Beck joins The Yardbirds as a replacement for Eric Clapton.
1967 – The Who make the U.S. singles chart for the first time, with “I Can’t Explain.”
Eric Clapton already announced four US shows — two at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, two at LA’s Forum – that might be part of his last tour ever. “I swear this is it, no more…..I know I’ve been threatening retirement for the last fifty years,” he said. Now he added four more…
1932 – Duke Ellington records “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing).”
1938 – Benny Goodman brings jazz to New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the first time.
1973 – Bruce Springsteen appears at Villanova University to an audience of 25 people. Due to a strike at the time by the school’s newspaper, The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised, so this is probably the smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.
1975 – McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Venus and Mars...
1920 – KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. With consumers unsure about benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
1963 – The British paper Daily Mirror coins the term “Beatlemania!” in a cover story reviewing The Beatles’ concert the night before in Cheltenham, England.
1963 – Kate Smith gives her first full concert to paying customers.
1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival releases Willy and the Poor Boys...
1959 – Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army.
1960 – As the result of a scandal involving Dick Clark and Alan Freed (among others), the FCC bans payola, the practice of artists/labels paying DJs to play their songs on the radio.
1969 – John Lennon introduces the Plastic Ono Band at the Rock and Roll Revival Show. The supergroup members Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, and drummer Alan White were put together so late that they had to rehearse on the plane from ...
1958 – Fats Domino records “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday.”
1961 – Patsy Cline is thrown through the windshield when she gets in a nasty car accident in Nashville. During her two-month hospital stay, her song “I Fall to Pieces” gives the singer her first Country #1 and becomes a huge country-pop crossover hit. She is also visited by the woman who will become her protégé: Loretta Lynn.
1963 – During a UK tour, Gerry and the Pacemakers support The Beatles when they play at New Brighton Tower in Wallasey. Tickets cost 6 shillings in advance.
1976 – After a gig in Memphis, Bruce Springsteen takes a cab to Graceland and proceeds to climb over the wall in an attempt to meet Elvis. He is apprehended and escorted off the premises by guards who inform him the King is not at home, anyway.
1980 – Black Sabbath begin their first tour with Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne as singer of the band.
1988 – Eric Clapton files for a divorce from Patti “Layla” Boyd.
1989 – Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las ...
1956 – Elvis Presley releases his self-titled, debut album.
1963 – Johnny Cash records “Ring Of Fire.”
1964 – John Lennon’s first book, In His Own Write, is published.
1972 – The film The Concert For Bangladesh, featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton, premieres in New York. The event is the first benefit concert of its magnitude in world history. The concert raises $243,418.51 for Bangladesh relief, which is administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.
1980 – U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get ...