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"Fun Factoids Of Rock And Roll....."
« on: October 20, 2009, 03:51:21 pm »

- Phil Lesh of THE GRATEFUL DEAD enjoys Heineken Beer  at all times and had his Backstage Room at every Concert stocked with it....

- Stevie Nicks admitted she suffered from nearsightnedness along with a slight astigmatism and had to wear thick glasses...Stevie stated she could'nt see past the fifth row whenever she took off her specs...

- THE BEACH BOYS sang about surfing and wrote songs about surfing and exemplified the Southern California Lifestyle but never actually took up the art of surfing....In fact Dennis Wilson admitted he had a terrible phobia about swimming and going in the water....

Anyone else care to contribute a Factoid on Rock and Roll ?
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Re: "Fun Factoids Of Rock And Roll....."
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009, 05:16:44 pm »

After working for a number of years in recording studios in Memphis, Nashville, and Los Angeles, I sure got lots of stories to tell. But can't think of any off the top of my head that I should tell. Give me a little while and maybe I can sort through some cobwebs and find something appropriate. Or better yet, get someone's permission to share something.

Funny (well maybe not so funny) for some of us how time (and gubament schools) erodes the ole memory banks.  :idea1:
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Re: "Fun Factoids Of Rock And Roll....."
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009, 06:24:06 pm »

Guessing, and hoping that Phil's drug of choice (Heineken) is off the table now that he's using someone else's liver.

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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2009, 11:08:30 am »

Guessing, and hoping that Phil's drug of choice (Heineken) is off the table now that he's using someone else's liver.

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Good one LB.....

The Monkees had bands before the tv show. Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork both wrote music. all four of them had been in the folk music scene. the only one who had to learn to play anything was Mickey Dolenz who had to learn to play the drums. Dolenz played the guitar normally.


All four were already musicians before signing on as members of the Monkees.

Peter Tork began taking piano lessons at nine years old, and also learned to play the guitar, the banjo and the bass; Michael Nesmith was an accomplished guitarist and songwriter; Mickey Dolenz also played many instruments, and ironically the only instrument in the band he didn't already play was drums, so he had to learn how; Davy Jones had appeared in London and on Broadway in the musical Oliver! as a teenager, singing and acting in the part of the Artful Dodger.

He had also done a few gigs on British soap operas, including Coronation Street, as well as the occasional appearance on American TV shows too, including Ben Casey and The Farmer's Daughter. He also recorded an album for Colpix Records before joining the Monkees, though none of the songs on that album ever became hits. And just like Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz had some acting experience too, as part of the cast of the TV show Circus Boy when he was 11 years old until he was 13.

It always bugs me when people insist they were all rank amateurs before joining the Monkees. It just ain't so.

Monkees trivia: Davy Jones appeared with the Broadway cast of Oliver on the Ed Sullivan show on the very same night the Beatles made their very first Sullivan appearance! Betcha didn't know that!

And here's some more: One of the thousands who auditioned for the Monkees but was turned down was none other than Stephen Stills. He was turned down because his teeth were too crooked, and so the producers figured he wasn't "pretty" enough for TV.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009, 12:45:58 pm »

Michael Nesmith was an accomplished guitarist and songwriter...

Indeed, so much so in fact that Gretsch gave him a "signature" model guitar, which at this point is a highly prized relic in the guitar world, mostly to Gretsch fans.  I believe that Nez would probably have gone a lot further were it not for his "Monkee's" gig.

Jimi Hedrix opened for The Monkee's at a venue in my neck of the woods, way back in the day and was pretty much booed off the stage....ended up being the last of what was at best, a very weird combination of music..can't imagine a Hendrix fan wanting to hear The Monkee's or visa versa...he vowed never to come back to the particular arena and held to it...
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Re: "Fun Factoids Of Rock And Roll....."
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009, 02:43:58 pm »

Cynthia  Plaster Caster.  :headbang:  She has had quite a carrier casting famous weeners.  I don't mean hot dogs.  It's worth a google for a cheap laugh.

FYI Laughing Bear:  She cast Hendrix and Peter Tork, and the jury's out regarding which of them wins the displacement test. :laugh:
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009, 03:07:48 pm »

Cynthia  Plaster Caster.  :headbang:  She has had quite a carrier casting famous weeners.  I don't mean hot dogs.  It's worth a google for a cheap laugh.

FYI Laughing Bear:  She cast Hendrix and Peter Tork, and the jury's out regarding which of them wins the displacement test. :laugh:

hahaha.  She is infamous for sure.... KISS wrote a song about her IIRC!

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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009, 05:55:34 pm »

Actually, from all things I've read, Dennis Wilson was the ONLY member of the Beach Boys who WAS a surfer; and it was BRIAN who had the phobia.  ^_^ :mellow:
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2009, 07:30:14 pm »

Not really a factoid...more of a short story.

 Couple years ago  :mellow:  when I was 17 or so my older brothers band opened for Bo Diddley.  Seems he has family and friends in this area and every year or so would do a mini concert tour to pay for his visit.

Anyway the venue was a hotel outside of Harrisburg and the bands shared a room to get ready for the gig.  At this particular Mariot the rooms were two stories tall. Downstairs being the living room and upstairs being the bedroom area.  Bo had the upstairs to himself while everyone else was down with all the food and booze.  As the show neared Bo came down the spiral stair case complaining that they would put an old man like him up a flight of stairs like that.  He would have been 54 that year and to me (lol at the time) he did look like an old man and I remember thinking to myself that this was gonna be a boring show.

So after my bro's band played their set Bo came on stage and at that point any semblance to the old man he claimed he was ended.  What a SHOW he put on, complete with Bo jumping all over the place and guitar work the likes of which I had never seen at that point in my life.

So I got to meet one of the legends of rock and learned that you can't trust old people because they are just fishing for sympathy.   :laugh:
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2009, 09:01:35 pm »

Alright, I'll tell a little story here too.

Back in Memphis in 1989 (I believe, been so long ago though), we were recording what turned out to be Stevie Ray Vaughn's last album, In Step. As part of the southern hospitality extended to all, we keep an old Coke vending machine filled with, what else, beer. Filled to the absolute brim with various beers of everyone's choosing, all nice and cold, and only 50 cents a piece. Anyway, the studio owner would come in during the morning hours (as we always began work somewhere around noon and work up to the wee hours of the night - next morning) only to find the beer machine emptied yet the same amount of coinage in the hopper that he started with. After a couple of days, he finally figured out that Stevie Ray was taking a broom and/or mop from the janitors closet and sticking the handle up through the opening at the bottom where the beer was dispensed, and finding the hopper containing the change, then tipping it until all the contents were emptied and accessible at the bottom. Then the little fellers would proceed to feed the machine until they either emptied it or ran out of quarters. But I will say they never did this while they were working, so to speak, it was always during when we were "mixing down" or doing something else that didn't require their sober minds and bodies. But man when they played, they absolutely nailed everything - on the first take. Was a lot of fun to witness as we layed down basic tracks and all the overdubs. One of my many great memories.

He sure has been missed. What an awesome guy and a phenomenal guitarist.
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2009, 10:37:49 am »

Mick Abrahams, Jethro Tull founding member, guitar slinger and all 'round good guy...

Not long before "Tull" Mick was an "artillery gunner" (I think he pointed cannons at stuff in order to blow up things and create general mayhem) while in Her Majesty's Service.

Most folks know Hendrix was Army Airborne (Choking Chickens)... but probably not all that many know Mick was also a pretty dedicated military member.

You know, I would find it interesting to know who else had a successful career in rock n' roll after military service. In those days, popular music and military service of any sort seemed totally incompatible. Obviously, some did it. VERY wierd time to be military 64-74 give or take (very unpopular folks in the U.S. GI's were)
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2009, 11:12:49 am »

Even though his name sounded Italian The Late Great Joey Ramone was actually Jewish and his real name was Jeffrey Hyman....



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