Today in Rock

Today in Rock (March 26) – weighs in on Who Do You Know Famous

  • 1944 – Diana Ross was born.
  • 1946 – Fred Sheehan (Boston – bass) was born.
  • 1948 – Steven Victor Tallarico (a.k.a. Steven Tyler – Aerosmith – vocals) was born.
  • 1948 – Richard Tandy (ELO – keyboard) was born.
  • 1963 – Susanne Sulley (Human League) was born.
  • 1965 – It is announced that Jeff Beck will replace Eric Clapton of the Yardbirds. Eric left because he didn’t like the way the group was going.
  • 1968 – James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins – guitar) was born.
  • 1975 – The Who’s musica, Tommy, premiers in London, UK.
  • 1994 – “Superunknown” debuts at #1. The Soundgarden album represents a stylistic change. “I don’t see us as having any boundaries at all,” says Soundgarden’s bassist, Ben Shepherd. “If you have boundaries, it’s obviously some kind of personal complex.”

As for Who Do You KNow Famous, I don’t think there is any doubt that Bill Cosby should be #1. I won’t get into that here. The big debate is between #2 and #3. Don Shula and Larry the Cable Guy.

I have to put Larry the Cable Guy ahead of Shula. Here in south Florida everyone knows about Don Shula but if you leave south Florida (and I think Paul would have a hard time fathoming this) not many people know him. I sued to watch football back home and I didn’t even know who Shula was before I moved here.

Go up north to Boston, Chicago, go out west. I’m willing to bet more random people will know Larry over Shula.

Hulk Hogan – while famous, does not deserve to be in the top 3.

Today in Rock (Aug 12) and news about Steve.

Paul posted though his Facebook account that Steve Branzig is no longer with the show:

Before it becomes a huge issue and the lead story all over the news. Steve Brancik is no longer with the Paul and Young Ron show. Unfortunately, do to the legal issues surrounding this issue, I cannot comment at this time. And you know me: I comment …about everything. Sorry, but I certainly hope you bear with us and our show during this difficult time. That being said, we have already reached out to Tommy!

Before any rumors start on this site – “due to legal issues” does not indicate that he did anything illegal, it could just be HR (human resources) reasons why he left but this does lead us to believe that he left involuntarily. Steve will be missed.

Also, YCW update will be late tomorrow, the boss is in town and I need to behave while I’m here, that means no streaming audio or non-work related work. I’ll catch the podcast later in the day (evening) and post the update then. :(

Now, for today in rock!

  • 1949 – Mark Knophler (Dire Straights – leader / guitar / songwriter / vocals) was born.
  • 1960 – Pete Best begins a (short) career with the Beatles as their drummer. He is later replaced with Ringo Starr.
  • 1961 – Roy Hay (Culture Club) was born.
  • 1963 – Sir Mix-A-Lot was born.
  • 1966 – The Beatles begin their last American tour.
  • 1967 – Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at the UK National Blues and Jazz Festival. Also appearing are Cream, Small Faces, Ten Years After, Donovan, and Pink Floyd.
  • 1972 – The first ever rock concert for charity begins. The Festival of Hope in Garden City, NY has Jefferson Airplane and Stephen Hills on their bill but the event loses $100,000.
  • 1972 – Derek and the Dominoes enter the UK charts with “Layla”.
  • 1993 – Red Hot Chili Peppers hire Jesse Tobias. He only lasts 3 months before they replace him with Dave Navarro. Spinal Tap, anyone? At least he didn’t die.
  • 1994 – “Woodstock ’94″ opens in Saugerties, NY. Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all perform. Candlebox, Collective Soul, Live, Blind Melon, the Henry Rollins Band, and Melissa Ethridge all perform on the opening day. Tickets are $135 each yet people get in for free and the “event” has an exclusive deal with Pepsi. Yep, exactly like the original Woodstock.

Today in Rock (Apr 3) and Panthers hockey

I highly recommend anyone to go watch a Panthers game. Like I said, the game Tuesday night was incredible (where the Panthers beat the Senators 5-2). We had a great time (good food and the souvenirs are not too badly priced).

Today in Rock:

  • 1939 – Jeff Barry (wrote the song “Leader of the Pack”) was born.
  • 1942 – Wayne Newton was born.
  • 1946 – Dee Murray (Elton John Band) was born.
  • 1955 – Mick Mars (Motley Crew) was born.
  • 1961 – Eddie Murphy was born.
  • 1969 – Jim Morrison turns himself over to the FBI in Los Angeles. Charged with inter-state flight to avoid prosecution on six charges of lewd behavior and public exposure at a concert in Miami on 2 March 1969, he is later released on $2000 bail.

Today in Rock (Jan 9) & Paul’s fascination?

  • 1945 – Jimmy Page was born (Led Zeppelin
  • 1968 – Dave Matthews was born

On a side note – what is Paul’s fascination with the movie Braveheart? I don’t think a week goes by without him mentioning it a few times. Maybe I should keep count one week? (Of course, he’ll probably read this and then not mention it for a few weeks). I’ll admit – it’s a good movie but I think its one of his top movies.

Today in Rock (Oct 9)

  • 1940: John Lennon (The Beatles) was born
  • 1961: Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack hits #1
  • 1965: The Beatle’s hit “Yesterday” hits #1
  • 1993: Nirvana’s “In utero” album hits #1