Rock Chain #33: One of Elvis’ secrets

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Rickey Medlocke began his career as a drummer in Lynyrd Skynyrd but then he left to form Blackfoot.

Blackfoot’s first album has a great cover of the song “Wishing Well”, originally recorded by Free.

Free most famous song is “All Right Now” with its iconic guitar riff that managed to generate wonder even in guitar-heroes who wanted to learn it from the band’s guitarist Paul Kossof, like Eric Clapton.

Eric Clapton played with the Jon Mayall’s Bluesbreakers along with bassist John McVie.

John McVie later got together with drummer Mick Fleetwood and formed Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac started up its career as a Blues band, but then moved to California and became a Rock/Pop/Folk behemoth, especially after adding singers Christine Perfect (later Christine McVie ) and Stevie Nicks.

Stevie Nicks will restart her tour in the end of this month alongside the Pretenders.

The Pretenders had in its ranks Robbie McIntosh who later found even more fame and fortune from 1989 to 1993 playing live and in all records of Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney’s album Kisses on the Bottom has only Jazz standards he used to listen to when he was a child in Liverpool, but he invited John Walsh from The Eagles to play in it.

The Eagles early line-up was formed with musicians from the backing band of Linda Ronstadt.

Linda Ronstadt recorded the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” on her album Simple Dreams after being persuaded to do so by Mick Jagger.

Mick Jagger was executive producer of Vivid, debut album from Living Colour.

Living Colour’s second album was Time’s Up which contained in its track-list the song “Elvis Is Dead” a good humored critic of all things Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley really exploded with the song and album Heartbreak Hotel.

Heartbreak Hotel was written by Tommy Druden and one Mae Axton.

Do you know who Mae Axton was? She was Rickey Medlocke’s babysitter!

 

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Rock Chain #21: Pink Snaggletooth

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This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here in the blog.

Joe Petagno is an artist famous for developing iconic cover art for a lot of Extreme Metal bands. However, he is mostly known for creating Snaggletooth, the mascot of Motörhead.

Motörhead had just released one of the best albums of their career, Bad Magic. It’s actually quite surprising that they still had an album this good in them, given Lemmy current health issues. It helps to have probably their most stable line-up ever with Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums).

Mikkey Dee first rose to fame as Kind Diamond’s drummer in 1985.

King Diamond is scheduled to play his entire Abigail album at the Housecore Festival in San Antonio, TX at the end of this month. The festival is organized by Phil Anselmo.

Phil Anselmo, who had an acrimonious split when he left Pantera, was devastated when Dimebag Darrel (Panter’s guitarist) was shot dead on stage. After that, he’s been trying to no avail to rekindle his friendship with former Pantera’s drummer, Vinnie Paul.

Vinnie Paul makes an appearance in the music video for “Ain’t No Sunshine” from Black Label Society, alongside a horse masked Zakk Wylde.

Zakk Wylde, many people don’t know, but already guested in a song called “Nobody Rides for Free” from the album After the Reign by Southern Rock band Blackfoot.

Blackfoot’s first album contains their greatest classic “Highway Song” but it also contain a killer version of “Wishing Well”, another Rock classic from British Rock/ Blues stars, Free.

Free’s lead singer, Paul Rodgers, found more fame and more fortune when he formed Bad Company, after Free split, but he also had other projects like his solo career, his interesting stint with Queen, and The Firm, his project alongside Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin.

Led Zeppelin was one of so many bands who had the services of Hipgnosis for their covers in albums like Houses of the Holy, Presence, The Song Remains the Same, In Through the Out Door and Coda. But no other band had Hipgnosis covers as iconic as Pink Floyd.

Pink Floyd once had made an Official Music Programme for their 1974 tour where they appeared as cartoon heroes. Each character was drawn by a different artist and you know who drew keyboardist’s Richard Wright’s character? Joe Petagno.

Current Playlist:

Listening:

Spock’s Beard – Snow

Y&T – Meanstreak

Watching:

Terminator Genisys

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Rock Chain #17: Streetwalkin’ Maiden

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This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here in the blog.

Besides drumming for Iron Maiden, Nicko McBrain has two other passions: golfing and his restaurant, Rock and Roll Ribs. There are some Rockstars who share those same passions, most notable among them, Alice Cooper.

Alice Cooper was a member of the Hollywood Vampires in the very early seventies; along with Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon.

Keith Moon died in 1978n in what was called the “Death Flat” in London, because it was the very same place where Mama Cass Elliot from the Mamas and the Papas had died.

The Mamas and the Papas are the original writers of a song called “Dancing in the Street”, which caused a huge stir in the Van Halen camp when Dave Lee Roth wanted to record it for the Diver Down album.

Diver Down had a lot of covers and among them a killer version (and video) of “Pretty Woman” originally recorded by Roy Orbinson.

Roy Orbinson was also a member of the Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan’s tour of 1965 had backing musicians from a band called The Hawks. After the tour, those same musicians formed a new group called The Band.

The Band’s last performance was immortalized in the Martin Scorcese’s film The Last Waltz.

The Last Waltz features a lot of special guests like Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Dr. John and Eric Clapton.

When Eric Clapton was already famous due to his stint with The Yardbirds, his popularity skyrocketed when he recorded what became known as the Beano album with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

John Mayall’s Bluebreakers was also breeding ground for guitar players like Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green and Free’s Paul Kossof.

Paul Kossof is said to be the subject of the song “Wishing Well”, which the lyrics talk about a guy that is always unhappy and bordering on suicide.

“Wishing Well” was also recorded by Southern Rock giants Blackfoot on their debut album, Strikes.

Many people don’t know, but for a short period of time, Blackfoot had on its ranks Ken Hensley, keyboardist and organist from Uriah Heep.

Uriah Heep bassist in 75-76 was John Wetton who found fame and fortune years later in Asia. However, before Heep he was a member of Family, with Roger Chapman.

Roger Chapman after Family had a band called Chapman Whitney Streewalkers. Do you know who their drummer was? Current Iron Maiden skin hitter Nicko McBrain.

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