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Tag: Nick Tosches

Before Elvis there was Bill Haley

My latest iTunes podcast.

Elvis Presley popularized the mix of country and R&B but Bill Haley was there first.

Source material: Unsung Heroes of Rock and Roll, by Nick Tosches.

Below, Elvis visits with Haley during Bill’s European tour.

Big Joe Turner: one of rock and roll’s founding Fathers

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)

Jerry Lee Lewis and the Holy Ghost

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

Good versus Evil

“There is laid in the very nature of carnal men, a foundation for the torments of hell. There are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of hell fire.”

While that probably could have been written about Donald J. Trump, it’s from a 1741 sermon by British Colonial theologian Jonathan Edwards, quoted at the beginning of a terrific Jerry Lee Lewis biography by Nick Tosches.

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It’s titled, appropriately enough, “Hellfire.”

The next quote comes from the Killer himself: “I’m draggin’ the audiences to hell with me.”

In 1956, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and his band got drunk on muscatel and cut what would become an underground classic, “I Put a Spell on You.”   Days later, Hawkins heard the tape of his screams, moans and gutteral sounds. Jay was convinced the producers had dubbed someone else’s vocals in and said it couldn’t possibility be him on the recording.

It was.

Jay had created a musical horror movie. And, from Tosches’s “Unsung Heroes of Rock and Roll,” Jay said….


“I didnt know what I had done…this record comes out and I’ve created a monster…I’d go to do my act at Rockland Palace and there’d be all these goddamn mothers with picket signs: We don’t want our daughters to look at Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. I mean, I’m some kind of bogeyman. I come out of coffins. Skulls, snakes, crawlin’ hands, fire and all that mess.”

The presidential race is good versus evil.

Hillary Clinton is a mother and grandmother and, politics aside, I sense she is very devoted to her family and nothing matters more than the future of Cheslea and her children.

The other guy?

Ummm…five children by three different wives. And quoted in regard to daughter Ivanka…..

“What a beauty, that one. If I wasnt’ happily married and, you know, her father…”

Join with me in saying, “Ewwwwww.”

Trump’s speeches are ripped from WWE scripts…perhaps not plagiarized like wife number three Milania’s “Oh, did Michelle Obama say something simliar?”…but very much like a pro wrestler.


Though he’s no Undertaker. The greatest villain-turned-hero in the history of the WWF/WWE. And hey, former pro wrestler Jesse “The Body”  Ventura did become governor of Minnesota.

In 2007, Trump wrestled  Rosie O’Donnell. Yes, read that again. Trump versus Rosie. Both were portrayed by actors in an encounter even the WWE regards as a huge mistake.

In real life, my money would be on Rosie. Did you see how well she threw a ball in “A League of Their Own?”

She’d pin The Donald in the first round.

And I’m hoping American voters will deliver a tombstone (The Undertaker’s finishing move) to send Trump back to whatever hell he came from, a doom and gloom world of fear…of foreigners, bordering countries and anything that isn’t Caucasian.

Despite Trump’s pledge to “Make American White (umm, Great) again,” if there’s one thing my American friends agree on, they live in the greatest country on earth. It’s already great.

And, to counter Trump’s fear mongering, I will end this with a quote from the man regarded as the third greatest US president, after Lincoln and Washington.

That would be Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

 

 

 

 

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