Hal Blaine (1929.02.05)


HAL BLAINE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 2/5:  The busiest session drummer in the 1960’s and 70’s who played on 40 #1 singles, 150 top ten songs, and Grammy Award best record for six years in a row, Hal Blaine was born on this date in 1929.  Bring your sticks as you are invited to join the beat of Hal Blaine’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 2/5 at 8 am.  ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org )

Hal Blaine played on the following #1 hit songs:
“Johnny Angel” – Shelley Fabares (03/03/62)
“He’s a Rebel” – The Crystals (10/06/62)
“Surf City” – Jan & Dean (06/22/63)
“I Get Around” – The Beach Boys (07/04/64)
“Everybody Loves Somebody” – Dean Martin (07/11/64)
“Ringo” – Lorne Greene (11/07/64)
“This Diamond Ring” – Gary Lewis & the Playboys (01/23/65)
“Help Me, Rhonda” – The Beach Boys (05/01/65)
“Mr Tambourine Man” – The Byrds (06/05/65)
“Eve of Destruction” – Barry McGuire (08/28/65)
“My Love” – Petula Clark (01/15/66)
“These Boots Are Made’ – Nancy Sinatra (02/05/66)
“Monday Monday” – The Mamas & the Papas (04/16/66)
“Strangers in the Night” – Frank Sinatra (07/02/66)
“Poor Side of Town” – Johnny Rivers (10/08/66)
“Good Vibrations” – The Beach Boys (10/29/66)

Bill Graham (1931.01.08)


BILL GRAHAM ON CROSSCURRENTS, 01/08:  A central figure in organizing, producing and marketing rock music across the nation, gaining fame in the 1960’s for concerts at the Fillmore theater in San Francisco and later at its East Coast spin-off, Bill Graham was born on this date in 1931.  We hope you can join us for the Bill Graham birthday and a playlist consisting entirely of memorable performances from the Fillmore concert theatre on Crosscurrents, 01/08 at 8 am.

Song list among others will include:  Santana; Tower of Power;  Mayall;  King;  Mahal;  Franklin;  Berry;  Allman;  Dead;  N.R.P.H.;  Quicksilver;  Airplane;  Hendrix;  Cocker;  Russell;

Keith Richards (1943.12.18)


KEITH RICHARDS ON CROSSCURRENTS, 12/18:  An English musician whose admiration for Delta blues lead him to a career as an icon rhythm guitarist, Keith Richards was born on this date in 1943.  You are invited to celebrate the music and birthday of Keith Richards on Crosscurrents, 12/18 at 8 am.

On being alive:

“Hey, it’s good to be here. It’s good to be anywhere.”

“It’s a privilege just to wake up to a new day.”

On aging:

“We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain.”

On fame:

“I fell into it. I’m still falling.”


On longevity:
“I was number 1 on the who’s likely to die list for 10 years … I was really disappointed when I fell off that list.”

Southside Johnny (1948.12.04)


SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 12/4:  A singer and songwriter who leads his band “The Asbury Jukes” from the New Jersey shore, “Southside” Johnny Lyons was born on this date in 1948.  You are invited to celebrate the birthday of Southside Johnny with some quintessential “New Jersey sound” musicians on Crosscurrents, 12/4 at 8 am.

Berry Gordy Jr. (1929.11.28)


BERRY GORDY Jr. ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/27:  Record entrepreneur, music producer, and founder of Motown Records, Berry Gordy was born in Detroit on the 28th of November 1929.  Gavin and Wyatt are in the Motown recording studio for an audition.  We explore some of the rare gems in the Motown archives in advance of Berry Gordy’s birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/27 at 8 aMotown was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., who was once a professional boxer before the U.S. Army draft for the Korean War.

Facts and Trivia:

  1. Gordy borrowed $800 dollars from his father in 1959 to start Motown. He then released Marv Johnson’s song, “Come to Me.”

  2. Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy, is a producer and songwriter. His first group and first million-selling act was The Miracles.

  3. Gordy wrote or co-wrote over 200 songs for Motown’s music catalog, consisting of approximately 15,000 songs.

  4. Motown was the first record label to run its own “charm school” to teach artists how to perform.

  5. The backing band on almost all of the Motown recordings are a group of highly dedicated and tight-knit group of musicians called The Funk Brothers. The surviving members received The Grammy Legend Award in 2004 and were induced into The Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2007.

  6. Between 1961 and 1971, Motown produced 110 US top 10 hits.

  7. “Motown” derives its name from “Motor City”, the nickname for Detroit where the label was founded. At the time the biggest car factory, Ford was based here. Berry Gordy Jr, the label’s founder once worked for Ford.

Awards and accolades

Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Gordy was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1998.

Gordy received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Pioneer Award on June 13, 2013. He is the first living individual to receive the honor.[8]

In 2016, Gordy received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama for “helping to create a trailblazing new sound in American music. As a record producer and songwriter, he helped build Motown, launching the music careers of countless legendary artists. His unique sound helped shape our Nation’s story.”

Tommy Tedesco (1930.07.03)


TOMMY TEDESCO ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/3:  A member of the famed studio musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew”, Tommy Tedesco was born on this date in 1930.  You are invited to celebrate Tommy Tedesco’s talent, kindness, imagination, and humor on Crosscurrents, 7/3 at 8 am.

“The Wrecking Crew” (2015) film audio clips used by permission of Denny Tedesco whose dedication in producing the documentary is so much appreciated.  Further information about the film and how to purchase a copy may be found at the website:  www.wreckingcrewfilm.com  

Playlist may include:  Beach Boys;  Glen Campbell;  Crystals;  Jan and Dean;  Gary Lewis and the Playboys;  Mamas and Papas;  Marketts;  Monkees;  Ricky Nelson;  Tommy Roe;  Ronettes;  Routers;  Sandpipers;  Simon and Garfunkel;  Nancy Sinatra;  Sonny and Cher;  T-Bones;  Tijuana Brass;  and of course the solo guitar of Tommy Tedesco.

American Blues and British Rock —Big Bill Broonzy (1893.06.26)


BIG BILL BROONZY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/26:    The versatile American blues singer and prolific songwriter, a mentor to many British rock icons, Big Bill Broonzy was born on this date in 1893.  The legend of Bill Broonzy from slick urban boogie to acoustic folk blues are yours to enjoy on Crosscurrents, 6/26 at 8 am.

         Playlist may include:  Eric Clapton;  Keith Richards;  Pete Townshend;  Ray Davies;  John Mayall;  Peter Green;  Savoy Brown;  and of course… the man himself Bill Broonzy.