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FlinterFile: Fats Domino- Blueberry Hill

The original version of the song was recorded by Gene Autry in 1940. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Peter en zijn Rockets- Kom Van Dat Dak Af

This is the story of how rock ‘n roll got into the Dutch pop music. And it starts with the release of this song in 1960. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Hollywood Argyles- Alley Oop

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In 1960, the Hollywood Argyles had their only hit. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: Bill Haley & His Comets- See You Later Alligator

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In 1955, Robert Charles Guidry, better known as Bobby Charles, recorded the song Later Alligator. It was a blues song with a melody which came from the song Later For You Baby by Guitar Slim. Bill Haley & his Comets took the song, made it more of an uptempo song and recorded it in New York in 1955. The song was featured in their movie Rock Around The Clock in 1956, and therefore the song also reached number 6 in the US. The song would be the last big hit for Bill Haley. Enjoy

Bill Haley & His Comets- See You Later Alligator

Song of the day: Chuck Berry- Maybellene

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Little Richard was one of the first rock ‘n rollers, together with this man: Chuck Berry. In 1955, he made a song out of an old fiddle tune and told the story of a broken romance, together with a race between hot rods. These two would later be big themes in the rock ‘n roll. Berry brought this song, together with a blues song, to a producer. This man had little interest in the blues song, but liked this. His choice was right: the song would be number 5 in the US pop charts! Enjoy

Chuck Berry- Maybellene

Song of the day: Little Richard- Tutti Frutti

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This the breakthrough single of Little Richard, which he wrote with Dorothy LaBostrie in 1955! The song includes a drum rhythm which Little Richard sings, and together with the fast rhythm, this would be the model for rock ‘n roll. In a way, this was the basis for rock ‘n roll! It was born out of frustration during a recording session, and after a little adjustment, this was perfect for a record. And so pop music started! Enjoy

Little Richard- Tutti Frutti

Song of the day: The Coasters- Yakety Yak

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Another number 1 hit in the R&B charts and normal charts today! The song was written in 1958 for the Coasters by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and it was just one of the many hits the Coasters had in the fifties. The song described the life teenagers had when living with their parents (do this, do that, and don’t complain). Enjoy

The Coasters- Yakety Yak

Song of the day: Del Shannon- Runaway

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A mix between pop and rock n roll was recorded in 1961, as the only big hit for Del Shannon. His first recording session with Maximilian was a big failure, but the manager said they should try playing one of their older songs: Little Runaway. It was recorded, re-arranged with more instruments and released: the song made it to number one in both the UK and the US! Del Shannon then disappeared, though he made lots of other good songs. Enjoy

Del Shannon- Runaway

Song of the day: M- Pop Muzik

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Saturday night: disco night. And therefore we have our disco records from the eighties, the eurodance from the nineties and everything which is danceable. Today, we can enjoy and dance to a record from the late seventies.  The song was recorded by M, which was a sort of band, lead by Robin Scott. He wanted to have a record which made 25 years of pop music come together. Using disco music, he did it. As he himself said: rock ‘n roll created a generation gap, disco made people come together. It had to be a simple statement: everyone is talking about pop music. Well, he certainly made his statement in several clubs, because the single went up in the charts, almost everywhere peaking in the top 5, and in a lot of countries even making it to number one! Enjoy dancing to

M- Pop Muzik

Song of the day: Bobby Rydell- Wild One

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Let’s start our journey through time, through the history of music. Every day another year, every day a step closer to today. And every day a big hit from the year. Not all were as influencial as others, but they were important to music in that time (or to me). I remember this song well, because it was one of the songs on a Rock N’ Roll CD which I liked a lot. Maybe it was there were my passion for dance came from. Rock N’ Roll was after all the music to dance on for the youth in the fifties and the main part of the sixties. So start dancing with

Bobby Rydell- Wild One

Song of the day: Joe Cocker- Summer In The City

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After the original version of yesterday, I am making it easy for myself today. I’m going to talk about the cover version by Joe Cocker. And this is one of the covers which are not worse than the original, those which you could easily have lived without. This cover version is good because it’s different than the original: if you listened to the original yesterday, you can say that it’s a bit rock ‘n roll, and it has something of most music of the sixties: it’s quick.

This version is some slower and it’s excellent that Joe Cocker made this version: he has just the right voice to sing it. His voice sounds a bit rough, the perfect voice for the song.

So today, enjoy

Joe Cocker- Summer In The City

Song of the day: Shaggy- Oh Carolina!

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This song was and still is on my MP3-player. It was one of the first songs to enter my first MP3-player, which I still have, and when playing my music, I kept making the mistake that it was a song of a rock ‘n roll cd. Now I know better.

Oh Carolina was the first single of the debute album by Shaggy. This song was a big hit in 1993, so long after the rock ‘n roll time. But it is a logical mistake. Why?
It’s a cover! The original was recorded and released in 1960, and was made by the Folkes Brothers. And that is in the rock ‘n roll time. But that doesn’t matter, since it was the first hit single, and some others would follow. Do you still remember Boombastic? It Wasn’t Me? or Angel?

(One thing between us (and maybe Shaggy is reading this, too), but I always have the feeling that he is a bit drunk. I know it probably is his voice, but I can’t stop thinking that he drunk some glasses of vodka before recording Boombastic. Totally my interpretation.)

The song of today:

Shaggy- Oh Carolina

Song of the day: Ritchie Valens- La Bamba

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More summer, sunny rock ‘n roll on its way. What a record!
Later this record was covered by Los Lobos, but I prefer this record, since it’s the original.
Really rock ‘n roll, it sounds summer, it’s Ritchie Valens with La Bamba!
Later he died in the big plane crash, which was later known as “the day the music died”. This phrase of course comes from American Pie by Don McLean, who saw the people in the plane as the basement for the music.

Mmm… summer is coming now! And some inspiration for a new list, too…
Maybe tomorrow more about that.

Song of the day: The Marcels- Blue Moon

Hi there,

Today the last rock ‘n roll song in this row. Tomorrow two new songs, and then something else…

But firstly, the rock ‘n roll song. It’s a cover of an older song, but personally I like this version more.
It’s the Marcels with Blue Moon!

It’s a cover of the song Blue Moon by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, made in 1934!

Song of the day: Jerry Lee Lewis- Great Balls Of Fire

Hi there,

You might have noticed that all rock ‘n roll songs are short. That’s because the vinyl records were short back then.
And because of that, the song of the day is only 1 minute and 48 seconds!
It’s a quite well known song:

Jerry Lee Lewis with Great Balls Of Fire!

Tomorrow more rock ‘n roll!

Song of the day: Danny & The Juniors- At The Hop

Hi there,

Here’s the new (rock ‘n roll) song of the day! It starts like a bunch of sheep…
Like bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah, etc.

Really nice song, though!
It’s Danny & The Juniors with At The Hop!

And if you think, I know it from a movie, could be! In Grease, the song is covered by Sha-Na-Na.

Don’t forget to vote for the Song Of The Day Top 50!

Song of the day: The Dovells- Bristol Stomp

Hi there,

Let’s do some more rock ‘n roll!
Today a nice song which describes a kind of dance.

It’s the Dovells with the Bristol Stomp!

Tomorrow more rock ‘n roll!

And don’t forget to vote for the Song Of The Day Top 50!

Song of the day: Little Richard- Good Golly Miss Molly

Hello there,

I made a little mistake yesterday, since the song wasn´t aa rock ´n roll song. However, I´ve got some rock ´n roll for you today.
It´s a well known artist in the rock ´n roll, and he is not too big in size…

It´s Little Richard with Good Golly Miss Molly!
Oh, and watch the complete video. It´s a nice `story´.

Tomorrow more rock ´n roll!

Song of the day: Klangkarussell- Sonnentanz / Major Lazer- Watch Out For This

Hi there,

Today two new songs between all the rock ‘n roll.

I heard the first song last week on the radio, and had two different opinions: Firstly, I thought this was a very strange song. Secondly, I thought it sounded quite nice.
Since I remembered Scream and Shout, which was very strange too, I put it in as song of the day.
It’s Klangkarussell with Sonnentanz.

The second song is also new for me. I think that you have to make your own mind up about this song yourself.
It’s Major Lazer with Watch Out For This.

Tomorrow more rock ‘n roll!

Song of the day: Bill Haley & the Comets- Rock Around The Clock

Hi there,

I’ve found maybe the godfather song of rock ‘n roll. If you say rock ‘n roll, you say

Bill Haley & His Comets with Rock around the clock

in one breath. It is, in my opinion, not the super rock ‘n roll song, but it certainly is well known and very good!
Tomorrow two new songs, and then further with rock ‘n roll!

Song of the day: Chubby Checker- Let’s Twist Again

Hi there,

Today I like some rock ‘n roll…
Yes, I’ve got something good! What do you think about

Chubby Checker with Let’s Twist Again?

Yes, I like this. Let’s do some more rock ‘n roll in the coming days, except friday of course!

Song of the day: Herman Brood- Saturday Night

Hello everyone,

Here’s the new song of the day:

Today it’s a very influencial man in the Dutch rock-music. He’s made a lot of good music, lived a real rock ‘n roll life, and finally he jumped of the Hilton hotel in Amsterdam.

It’s of course Herman Brood. The song of today is made by him, and is called Saturday Night.

Apart from being a singer, he was a painter, too.

I think he’s one of the best singers of the Dutch music.

Tomorrow a new song!