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HAPPY 68TH BIRTHDAY PAUL STANLEY

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 20, 2020…PAUL STANLEY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1952. HIS REAL NAME IS STANLEY BERT EISEN, AND PAUL STANLEY IS HIS STAGE NAME. STANLEY IS BEST KNOWN FOR BEING THE RHYTHM GUITARIST AND SINGER OF KISS. HE’S ALSO A GREAT SONGWRITER AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FOR WRITING SOME OF THE BAND’S BIGGEST HITS.

HERE’S ONE OF MY FAVORITES. A LIVE VERSION OF ‘LICK IT UP’

JOURNEY’S INFINITY

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 20, 2020…ON JAN 20 1978 JOURNEY RELEASED ‘INFINITY.’ THIS RECORD IS CONSIDERED TO BE JOURNEY’S BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM. AT THE TIME IT WAS BY FAR THE GROUP’S BIGGEST SELLING LP, AND FORTY YEARS LATER THE RECORD STANDS AS JOURNEY’S FOURTH TOP SELLING ALBUM. ACCOUNTING FOR STREAMING, DOWNLOADS AND ACTUAL PHYSICAL SALES “INFINITY” HAS SOLD OVER 8 MILLION COPIES TO DATE. MOST SIGNIFICANTLY THIS WAS THE FIRST ALBUM TO FEATURE STEVE PERRY ON VOCALS. ONE OF THE HUGE SONGS ON THE ALBUM WAS ‘LIGHTS’ HERE’S THE OFFICIAL LIVE VERSION FEATURING STEVE PERRY IN CONCERT CIRCA 1978

THE SECOND SINGLE FROM THE ALBUM WAS ‘FEELING THAT WAY/ANYTIME’. THE BAND ACTUALLY WROTE THE SONG BEFORE STEVE PERRY JOINED THE BAND. IT’S CREDITED TO ROBERT FLEISHMAN, GREGG ROLIE, NEAL SCHON, ROGER SILVER, AND ROSS VALORY. FLEISHMAN WAS WITH THE BAND JUST A SHORT TIME AND PERRY REPLACED HIM BEFORE HE WOULD SING ON ANY ALBUMS. ROGER SILVER IS A SF BASED POET WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE LYRICS. HERE’S GREGG ROLIE AND STEVE PERRY WITH DUELING LEAD VOCALS ON ‘FEELING THAT WAY/ANYTIME’ FROM AN APPEARANCE ON “THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL”

 

 

 

DEF LEPPARD’S PYROMANIA

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 20, 2020…DEF LEPPARD’S 3RD ALBUM ‘PYROMANIA’ WAS RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1983 AND IT WAS HUGE. THIS WAS THE ALBUM THAT PUT DEF LEPPARD ON THE MAP. IT SOLD OVER 14 MILLION COPIES, AND SPAWNED OVER 4 HIT SINGLES. IT WAS ALSO THE FIRST DEF LEPPARD ALBUM TO FEATURE PHIL COLLEN ON GUITAR. 

HERE’S ONE OF FOUR GREAT SINGLES FROM THE RECORD . THE SONG STARTS OFF WITH THE ‘GUNTER GLIEBEN GLAUSEN GLOBEN’. IT MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. PRODUCER MUTT LANGE GOT TIRED OF COUNTING THE BAND IN WITH ‘1,2,3,4’ ON EVERY SONG SO HE STARTED SAYING THIS. THE BAND WOULD START MAKING UP STORIES ON WHAT IT MEANS. HERE’S THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘ROCK OF AGES’

JANIS JOPLIN’S BIRTHDAY

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 19, 2020…HAD SHE LIVED JANIS JOPLIN WOULD HAVE BEEN 77 TODAY. JOPLIN WAS FOUND DEAD IN ROOM 105 OF THE LANDMARK HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES OF A HEROIN OVERDOSE. THE 1979 MOVIE ‘THE ROSE’ STARRING BETTE MIDLER WAS BASED ON JOPLIN’S LIFE. JANIS IS A MEMBER OF CLUB 27, A GROUP OF MUSICIANS THAT DIED AT THE AGE OF 27. JOPLIN, JIMI HENDRIX, BRIAN JONES AND JIM MORRISON ALL DIED AT THE AGE OF 27 BETWEEN 1969 AND 1971. SHE LEFT $1,500 IN HER WILL FOR A FUNERAL PARTY. THE PARTY WAS HELD IN SAN ANSELMO ON OCT 26 1971 WITH THE GRATEFUL DEAD PERFORMING FOR THE GUESTS. HER MUSIC IS TIMELESS, AND IT LIVES ON. R.I.P JANIS ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR 77TH BIRTHDAY.

HERE’S JOPLIN FROM 1968 AND AN APPEARANCE ON GERMAN TV

 

 

 

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THE DAY METALLICA ROCKED RAIDER NATION

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 19, 2020…THIS IS WHY I EFFIN’ LOVE THESE GUYS !! SO IT’S JAN 19th 2003 AND I’M IN THE PARKING LOT GETTING MY TAILGATE ON BEFORE THE OAKLAND RAIDERS GAME, AND A FLATBED PULLS UP WITH METALLICA ! METALLICA PLAYS A 6 SONG SET TO “ FUEL” THE RAIDERS ON TO VICTORY IN THEIR PLAYOFF GAME AGAINST THE TITANS. F*#K YEAHHHHHH !!! HERE’S METALLICA FROM THE PARKING LOT !!

 

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AC/DC’S ‘BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO’

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 18, 2020… THIRTY TWO YEARS AGO AC/DC RELEASED THEIR 10TH ALBUM INTERNATIONALLY ‘BLOW UP YOUR VIDEO’. BRIAN JOHNSON WROTE ALL THE LYRICS ON THIS ALBUM, AND IT WOULD MARK THE LAST AC/DC ALBUM IN WHICH HE WOULD BE CREDITED AS A SONGWRITER FOR THE BAND. ALL ALBUMS AFTERWARDS LISTED THE YOUNG BROTHERS AS SONGWRITERS. SOME AC/DC TRIVIA. BOTH MALCOLM YOUNG AND ANGUS YOUNG DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AT THE AGE OF 14 YEARS 9 MONTHS OLD. THAT WAS THE AGE THEY WERE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO DO SO. AC/DC ARE ALSO ONE OF THE SHORTEST BANDS. MALCOLM YOUNG WAS 5’3”, ANGUS YOUNG WAS 5’2” AND BRIAN JOHNSON TOWERED OVER THEM AT 5’5”. HERE’S AC/DC FROM 1988 WITH HEATSEEKER.

ELTON JOHN SAYS FAREWELL

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 18, 2020…ONE YEAR AGO ELTON JOHN BROUGHT HIS ‘FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD TOUR’ TO THE BAY AREA. HE PLAYED THE ORACLE ARENA. HERE’S ELTON JOHN GOING BACK TO 1972 FROM A TV APPEARANCE ON THE BBC PERFORMING ‘GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD’

THE DEATH OF THE EAGLE’S GLENN FREY

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 18, 2020…TODAY MARKS 4 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF THE EAGLE’S GLENN FREY. GLENN FREY, ALONG WITH DON HENLEY, WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS AND DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE EAGLES. FREY GREW UP IN DETROIT, AND ONE OF HIS FIRST BREAKS WAS AT THE AGE OF 19 PLAYED ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND HANDLED BACKGROUND VOCALS FOR BOB SEGER ON ‘RAMBLIN’ GAMBLIN’ MAN’. AFTER THE EAGLES HIT IT BIG IN THE 70’S, FREY LIVED IN THE FAST LANE, BUT TOOK UP THE FITNESS HABIT IN THE LATE 80’S AND GOT HIMSELF INTO SERIOUS SHAPE. HE BECAME A PITCHMAN FOR JACK LALANNE FITNESS CENTERS AND APPEARED IN A PRINT AD FOR THE HEALTH CLUB. HERE’S A PICTURE THAT WAS USED IN THE AD.

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHT’S OF GLENN FREY’S PERFORMANCES. THESE WERE ASSEMBLED BY THE EAGLES

 

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EXCITABLE BOY-WARREN ZEVON

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 18, 2020… ON THIS DATE IN 1978 WARREN ZEVON RELEASED HIS 3RD AND MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUM ‘EXCITABLE BOY’. THE ALBUM’S BIG SINGLE WAS ‘WEREWOLVES OF LONDON’ WHICH STAYED ON THE TOP 40 CHARTS FOR 6 WEEKS. A BIT OF TRIVIA, ‘WEREWOLVES’ FEATURED MICK FLEETWOOD ON DRUMS, AND JOHN McVIE ON BASS. HERE’S THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘WEREWOLVES OF LONDON’. THEY REALLY WENT ALL OUT ON THE SPECIAL EFFECTS FOR THE WEREWOLF 🙂

 

PRETENDERS-LEARNING TO CRAWL

LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-JAN 17, 2020…THE YEAR WAS 1984 AND THE PRETENDERS RELEASED THEIR 3RD ALBUM ‘LEARNING TO CRAWL’. THIS ALBUM CAME AFTER A 2 YEAR HIATUS, DURING WHICH TIME FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE BAND PETE FARNDON AND JAMES HONEYMAN-SCOTT BOTH DIED OF DRUG OVERDOSES. THE ACTUAL NAME OF THE ALBUM ‘LEARNING TO CRAWL’, WAS OFFERED UP BY CHRISSIE HYNDE. HER DAUGHTER NATALIE RAE HYNDE WAS LEARNING TO CRAWL AT THE TIME CHRISSIE WAS TRYING TO DREAM UP A NAME FOR THE RECORD. THANK GOD IT WASN’T ‘FULL DIAPER.’ HERE’S A VIDEO OF THE PRETENDERS PERFORMING ‘MY CITY WAS GONE’