My new podcast: Big Joe said he just sang the blues for years and eventually they called it rock and roll. Research material: The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n Roll, by Preston Lauterbach (and a nod to the great Nick Tosches)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe is going into the rock and roll hall of fame in April. Long overdue. Research material: Shout Sister Shout, by Gayle F. Wald.
My new podcast…Jerry Lee Lewis recording Great Balls of Fire and getting into a heated, alcohol-fueled debate over the religious implications of the song. Singing it would be a sin, says The Killer! Research material includes the prose of the great musical journalist, Nick Tosches. https://www.amazon.ca/Hellfire-Jerry-Lee-Lewis-Story/dp/0802135668/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519408839&sr=1-8&keywords=nick+tosches
Before Elvis cut the song, Big Mama Thornton gave us the raunchy original..no rabbits in this one.