Friday, June 30, 2023

Episode 19: Hanging On The Telephone - Jack Lee/The Nerves

Earlier this month, it was announced that at the end of last month, another rock and roll legend left us and ascended to the rock and roll heavens.

While this legend may fall into the often overlooked category we like to focus so much on here, it doesn’t make him any less of a legend. In fact, I think it makes him even more of a legend because he has that cool air of mystery floating about him. Jack Lee penned many great songs over his musical career, and while not all of them were big commercial successes, his songwriting and music styling have been hugely influential on many who have come after him.


The Shadows - Man Of Mystery

Lost In Alaska

The Beatles - Ed On Sullivan 

Bob Dylan - I Was Young When I Left Home 

The Nerves - Hanging on the Telephone

Scott Mckenzie - San Francisco

 The Nerves - When You Find Out 

The Weirdos - Life Of Crime

Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone

Paul Collins - Many Roads to Follow

The Nerves - Many Roads to Follow 

Jack Lee - Come Back And Stay 


Jack Lee Interview

Peter Case Interview

 The Nerves - One Way Ticket

Chris Morris Article 


Monday, May 29, 2023

EPISODE 18: Rock Island Line - Lead Belly/Lonnie Donegan/The Beatles

Our story today will highlight a song that is ingrained in the DNA of rock and roll. It may even fall into the often overlooked category because, these days, it seems people have forgotten this song.

That’s  strange to someone like me or you, but when you look around, it's easy to see that this style has sadly fallen by the wayside. But I guess the times they are  a changing... Anyway, this song played a massive role in shaping rock and roll as we know it today, and so it should be celebrated. This little diddy is known as  

"Rock Island Line."

Lead Belly


Kansas City - Mr. Guitar Billy Strange

Arkansas 1934

Rock Island Line - John Lomax And the Prison Gang

 Rock Island Line - Lead Belly

Lonnie Donegan


Rock Island Line - George Melly 

The King Is Still In London - Sam Brown

Frankie and Johnny - Ken Cooke

Isle of Capri - Ken Colyers Jazzmen 

Armed Forces Radio 1949

Live Instrumental - Lonnie Johnson 

South Side Shake - Dan Burley & His Skiffle Boys

John Lennon Playing Skiffle With The Quarrymen

Rock Island Line - Lonnie Donegan

Rock Island Line - Johnny Cash 

Rock Island Line - Lennon/McCartney






Friday, April 14, 2023

EPISODE 17: Hitsville USA - Motown/Berry Gordy

Today's episode is about the tale of how one of the most important record labels in not only rock and roll history, but all history came to be. In fact, I think it’s pretty safe to say that this just might be Thee very top top most important label of all time.

This label produced hit after hit and launched the careers of some of the most iconic artists of all time this label also transformed the music industry and left an indelible mark on popular culture. The label I’m talking about, of course, is Motown.