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A big outdoor show called the British Invasion was held at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium. The concert featured The Troggs, Pink Floyd and The Who, among others. The second act on the bill was Pink Floyd. They came on right after the opener whose name no one would remember at this point. As if on cue the skies started to light up when Pink Floyd took to the stage. While it was the perfect backdrop for the very spacy set that Pink Floyd mesmerized the crowd with, it soon turned into a major lightning and rain storm.
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First entry in an upcoming series. Do you like to sort through stacks of records? Do you get real joy out of finding a real gem in those stacks? If you read my book “Confessions of a Teenage Disc Jockey”, then you know that I spent countless hours in my local record stores. They were all Mom and Pop operations. You could strike up a conversation with the owners and often be taught about the music by them. It was a true small business. I’m sure their profit margin wasn’t great, but they loved what they were doing. At the…
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Part Three in a series. For Part One click here. For Part Two click here. The Beatles have always had interesting album covers. At three of them caused a great deal of controversy. We may get to others in the future, but today we will focus on the cover of Abbey Road. When Paul McCartney did a pencil sketch of what he wanted on the cover of Abbey Road, he never imagined what demons he would unleash. It did seem pretty simple and straight forward. The fab four walking across Abbey Road. The only problem that anyone foresaw was crowd…
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Just before dawn on June 6, 2019 one of music’s most talented and colorful musicians, Malcom John Rebennack, died of a heart attack. His friends from the Crescent City knew him as Mac. The rest of the world knew him as Dr. John. Before it was fashionable to create an alter ego, Dr John became the night tripper. He wore the garb of the Creoles of New Orleans and spread his magic dust known as Gris-Gris. The character was loosely based on a real person named Dr John who was sort of Voodoo medicine man and healer. Dr. John was…
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At 6’7” in a rock world where the average height is well below six foot, John Baldry had the most natural nick name of “Long John”. He was a big man in many other ways as well. While almost totally unknown by the average rock fan in the USA, Baldry was a key figure in the development of the British Rock scene. In my conversations with both Rod Stewart and Elton John, they gave Long John credit for developing their careers. Baldry discovered Stewart singing in the street for change. He brought him into his band at the time. Later…
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The first time I met Father Jim Drucker was at the Broadcast Pioneers lunch a few years ago. I thought to myself -now that is different. I had never seen a priest at one of our lunches. I didn’t know just how different until he approached me and introduced himself. I knew the name Jim Drucker from listening to radio in Scranton, PA. Jim Drucker was on air at WARM. Virtually everyone who lived in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Area listened to WARM. There wasn’t even a close second at the time. Their signal was such that the entire NE PA could…

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