Author Archives: Andrew Hickey

New 500 Songs Up: “Earth Angel”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-25-earth-angel-by-the-penguins A day late but the new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up. It’s on “Earth Angel”, and features cameo appearances from Frank Zappa, the Beach Boys’ dad, and the best music teacher … Continue reading

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Latest 500 Songs Episode: “Ko Ko Mo” by Gene and Eunice

What do Rosemary Clooney’s sister, Rita Marley, Andy Griffith, Louis Armstrong, and Perry Como all have in common? They all recorded songs by Gene and Eunice, who had the biggest hit of the fifties you never heard of. Find out … Continue reading

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Hal Blaine RIP

 I’m both ill and trying to get some work done today, so I don’t have the time to give Hal Blaine anything like the tribute he deserves, but I had to quickly mark his death here. Hal Blaine was one … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Episode — “Pledging My Love”

The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up, on “Pledging My Love” by Johnny Ace, the first rock and roller to die young. This one contains a description of death by gunshot. It … Continue reading

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New 500 Songs Episode Now Up!

There’s a new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs now up. This one’s on “The Wallflower” by Etta James, and talks about answer records, white cover versions of black musicians, and the Goon Show.

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500 Songs: “Rock Island Line”

https://www.500songs.com/e/episode-21-rock-island-line-by-lonnie-donegan/ The new episode of A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs is now up! We visit the UK for the first time, as we talk about Lonnie Donegan’s “Rock Island Line”, the trad jazz scene, and white British … Continue reading

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Peter Tork RIP

We knew it was coming, of course — the cancer he was diagnosed with around a decade ago is one which most people survive for a long time, but which pretty much always gets you within a decade or so, … Continue reading

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