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pacific northwest music legend: Stories Behind the Music -- Who Is Bernard Webb? - 09/09/08 09:31 AM
Once there was a famous Englishman. This man was having psychological problems with his being, his reality, his self confidence. He wanted to know -- Did people like, or love, him for what he offered, or did they only love him because of what he appeared to be -- his successful brand? What had he become? Was he a true artist or had the public entered into a phase of blind worship that made everything he did turn to gold -- even if it was pure junk? That question plagued and bothered this proud Englishman. The young man, for his own piece of mind, needed to find out if his popularity (8 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Pacific Northwest Music Legend -- Quincy Jones - 09/08/08 01:15 PM
Future jazz and music legend Quincy Jones and his family moved to Seattle when Quincy was a youngster, in the early 1930's. In Seattle, the young Quincy Jones became involved in the busy Seattle jazz music scene. Upon graduation from high school, he was accomplished enough as a trumpet player and a musician to receive a scholarship to a top music school in Boston. After that training, Jones moved to NYC to further his career. He spent time in France as well but, ultimately, Jones became noted as one of the most influential men in the music industry. He has been a solo (2 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Stories Behind the Music -- What Was The First Rock N' Roll Record? - 09/05/08 12:28 PM
In fact, I think it might be impossible to answer that question -- What was the first rock record? Historians and pundits have guesses, and arguments that support their positions, as to what record was the first rock n' roll song. I have my own opinion, as to logical choices, and they are reflected below in that I have edited some songs off the list. This is my short list. One reality is clear in my mind: Elvis was not the first rock n' roller and That's All Right Mama was not the first rock recording. Anyone who thinks otherwise is doing some wishful thinking. The (12 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: My Least Impressive, Most Impressive Moment - 09/01/08 09:36 AM
I had a funny experience, at least I thought it was funny. Especially among younger people, that means 30 somethings to me, many of them are into the old music of the 1960's. I guess they never really connected with the Backstreet Boys or that Spears girl. You find many of them listening to the Beatles, the Stones and the classics of early rock/blues. Often these people, taken with the period, ask me about having been in radio during those years. You know -- "Gee did you really get to play the Beatles when they were putting out new music." Anyone (12 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Pacific Northwest Music Legend -- The Guitar God - 08/24/08 01:35 PM
This is another in my series on Pacific Northwest Music Legends. Of all of the artists featured in the series, this artist has to be the most mystical and immortal in that select group. When promoter and top KJR Seattle radio deejay, Pat O'Day, first met Jimi, he described the future guitar god as a skinny kid with a guitar. O'Day would, eventually, work with Jimi the star through O'Day's company Concerts West. Hendrix was first discovered not in the USA, but after he went to Europe. Over there, the bombastic way that he played guitar immediately drew the attention and (4 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Pacific Northwest Music Legend -- The Raiders - 08/05/08 12:46 AM
Bands from the Pacific Northwest are credited with having had much to do with the proliferation of what were termed "garage bands" back in the 1960's. Bands such as Seattle's Fabulous Wailers and the Sonics, were among the best known in the genre. One of the first really big garage bands, that ended up being much more than a garage band, was Paul Revere and the Raiders. They had a huge number of hits in the 1960's. Some of those songs are classics. I heard from a man who told me how much he enjoyed that group because, as a kid, (2 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Visionaries - 08/03/08 09:23 AM
In the field of invention I have often wondered what gave inspiration to those who came up with the great ideas. What made anyone think of harnessing electricity, or even having the insight to realize that it had the potential to be harnessed. Yeah, I know of Ben and the kite in the storm. How did Marconi come up with the idea of wireless communications. It is like science fiction. Some minds obviously work differently than others. I have an example of this in the entertainment field. I consider it a great example of someone recognizing potential when most of us probably would not have (1 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Woodstock Was 39 Years Ago - 07/28/08 09:01 AM
This is not an angle I would have come up with on my own. The wife listens to NPR and they found it newsworthy that the Woodstock Music Festival was held nearly 40 years ago. If you are too young to remember, that was a huge outdoors rock concert in Bethel, New York in August 1969.What most people do not know is that there was a pre-cursor to this festival. It took place two years before, June 1967. That event was the Monterey Pop Festival.Some historians claim Montery Pop was a better show than Woodstock and it was, for sure, the beginning of the summer (15 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Pacific Northwest Music Legends -- Heart - 07/27/08 11:09 AM
This is another in the series on Pacific Northwest Music Legends, with my own personal memory tied in. I was at a Christmas party for a Seattle radio station in 1976. This was going to be one big night. There was a buzz in the room. The hugely popular rock group Heart was making a surprise appearance. The sexy Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, were going to turn up as a way of showing appreciation to the station -- KZOK -- for helping break the band's records in Seattle and nationally. Let me tell you, a guy back then would have (8 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Hooked on Goofy - 07/25/08 06:51 PM
I have written a number of blogs recently on Pacific Northwest Music Legends. Another is going to follow before too long. Now, this blog you are reading is music related and I think it gets across a point I am trying to make. Newer is not always better. I know that there are a number of people who think that anything new is always better. I would argue that this comparison below might shoot that theory in the big toe. First, you probably all know the song -- "Hooked on a Feeling." The original artist was BJ Thomas. He was a low-profile, (12 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Urban Anthropology: The Times They Were a Changin' - 07/20/08 08:44 PM
I have been getting a number of comments, and a few private Emails, about my series on Pacific Northwest Music Legends. These blogs have, also, been finding their way into the new Localism. This blog focuses on the evolution of folk music nationally and is not aimed at the Pacific Northwest. Earlier, I posted a blog about the folkies and the Seattle group that became popular in that genre -- The Brothers Four. While researching that blog, I admit that I do not remember all that stuff, I came across some information that was hiding in plain sight. We all know (9 comments)
Perhaps folk music is not the music you think of when Seattle comes to mind. Think again on that one because Seattle's Brothers Four was a big act in the late 50's and early 1960's. Their story is amusing. Despite having had a forty year career -- still performing today -- the group really got started the result of a practical joke. The guys, University of Washington students, sang on campus (11 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Pacific Northwest Music Legend -- Doo-wop - 07/13/08 11:44 AM
At this point in time, this is likely to be one of the lesser known acts I will be writing about in this series on Pacific Northwest music legends. On the other hand, they were big nationally, a #1 with a bullet act, in the pre-British invasion years. Now, almost everyone who knows Seattle's history will think of the jazz clubs of the 1940's and 1950's, the birth of garage bands in the 1960's and, of course, Hendrix and more recently grunge. Most people probably do not know that an act from the Pacific Northwest was one of the first big (11 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Pacific Northwest Music Legend -- Pat O' Day and KJR Seattle - 07/13/08 10:41 AM
This blog, in my series on Pacific Northwest Music Legends, is the only one I will write featuring a person who is famous on the northwest music scene but not famous, specifically, as a musician. This man is a very important figure in northwest rock n' roll history. He was a star-maker during the 1950's, 1960's and into at least the 1970's. There is no question about it, he was the most famous, and powerful, disc jockey and radio professional, ever, in Washington State. I am talking Pat O' Day. I lived on the west side of the mountains and grew up during (5 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Pacific Northwest Music Legend -- The Genius - 07/10/08 08:20 AM
This is another in a series of articles on Pacific Northwest music legends. So far, response has been good, so I plan to write more. Today's artist was not born or raised in Seattle. He moved to Seattle as a teen and considered the Seattle jazz scene of the 1940's as crucial in his development and career. Ray Charles Robinson was born in Georgia but spent his childhood in Florida. Many music historians believe that the artist later known only as Ray Charles or The Genius, had more to do with changing music than any other performer. Step aside Dylan and (4 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Pacific Northwest Music Legend -- Talkin' The King of Crooners - 07/09/08 11:22 AM
In the past, I have done a few blogs about entertainers who were famous here in the Pacific Northwest. These have always received interest and comments. Many people do not know it but, over the years, the Seattle area has produced some of the biggest names in musical entertainment. In some cases those musicians were born elsewhere and found fame in Seattle. Other times, it was the other way around:They were raised in Seattle but found fame elsewhere. I plan to, as time allows, write a few interactive (thanks to youtube) articles on some of these famous performers. We will start with the (17 comments)
pacific northwest music legend: Dispatches From The Land of Louie Louie - 06/27/08 02:45 AM
Some people who observe or visit our fair state of Washington think that we are weird. That is especially so if they attend a parade or a professional sporting event. There is an underlying musical anthem present here that encourages others to smirk at us. That anthem would best be described as "Louie Louie" fever. Yes, this state is infatuated with the tune Louie Louie. In fact, a few years ago there was a lobby to have it made the "official" Washington State Song. That did not fly in the long run, but it is still a mighty important song here. Do you doubt what (16 comments)
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