Rock Chain #33: One of Elvis’ secrets


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 #30: Almost Famous


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.

Savage is one of dozens of NWOBHM bands that could have been, but stumbled upon record label promises. In their case, the label unceremoniously dumped them to invest in Grim Reaper.

Grim Reaper is also a great band, despite the fact that was constantly mocked on MTV’s Beavis & Butt-Head, just like a lot of great bands like Styx and even King Diamond.

King Diamond, after his first album, Fatal Portrait, only released conceptual records based on his horror stories and recently performed one of them, Abigail, in its entirety for a future DVD release this year from Metal Blade Records.

Metal Blade Reacords was responsible for the now legendary Metal Massacre compilations which in the first edition had a track from a band that would be more connected to the Hard Rock/Glam scene, La Jolla’s most famous sons, Ratt.

Ratt was once the biggest of all Sunset Strip bands, even having its song “Body Talk” on the soundtrack of the movie The Golden Child, starring Eddie Murphy.

Eddie Murphy (okay, a bit of movie chain here) was obviously the star of Beverly Hills Cop, which theme song was written by no other than the late great, Glenn Frey.

Glenn Frey was a founding member of The Eagles with Don Henley.

Don Henley dated Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac was formed after Peter Green had left John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He was replaced by Eric Clapton.

Eric Clapton was before that a member of The Yardbirds, with whom he toured America with bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson.

A Sonny Boy Wiliamson song called “Eyesight to the Blind” was recorded on Tommy by The Who (the only song not written by the band on that record).

The Who is still active today, although only with two remaining members, guitarist Pete Townshend and vocalist Roger Daltrey.

Roger Daltrey once recorded a failed album called Listzomania with former Yes keyboardist, Rick Wakeman.

Rick Wakeman played on Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the album with the track “Sabbra Cadabra” which was covered by Metallica on the album Garage Inc.

In the very beginning of their career, Metallica used to play the songs “Let It Loose” and “Dirty Money” on their sets. Do you know from who are those songs? NWOBHM band that could have been, Savage.

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