Chicago Blues, Records, and Leonard Chess (1917.03.12)

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CHESS ON CROSSCURRENTS, 3/12:  A extroverted producer who, along with his brother, founded Chess Records, exemplified the independent record business establishing Chicago as the hub of blues music, Leonard Chess was born on this date in 1917.  You will not need to audition to join the Leonard Chess birthday blues bash on Crosscurrents, 3/12 at 8 am.  ( radio link:  http://www.krnn.org )

Wrecking Crew, Drummer, and Hal Blaine (1929.02.05)

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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)

Fillmore, San Francisco, and Bill Graham (1931.01.08)

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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;