Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Podcast
Summary: "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" is a rockumentary podcast series that tells the greatest rock and roll stories on record. This includes the untold tales of some great hits that time forgot, but maybe you'll still remember. These programs are hosted by Radio Dave, a veteran disc jockey and published authority on rock and pop music history. He draws his "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" stories from his "groove yard," an archive that has more music than most record libraries.
This episode spotlights the career of a gifted singer, songwriter, studio musician, record producer, radio disc jockey, record company owner, and front man for a for a famed funk and soul band. He told us to get up and dance, get along with each other, and take pride in ourselves. We’ll track his trajectory from child prodigy Sylvester Stewart to superstar Sly Stone – along with every hit single by Sly & The Family Stone.
This episode salutes dozens of folk singers who had hit 45s between 1950 and 1975 – the era of the folk music craze. Some acts charted with traditional tunes passed down from past generations. Others sang new compositions or tunes from entirely different genres – just masquerading as folk songs. We’ll spotlight a ground-breaking, early 1960s television folk music series whose title was coined by a singer/songwriter the producers banned from the show. Plus you'll hear many hits with surprising histori
This episode pays tribute to 82 multi-talented actors and actresses who also had hit records. Our honorees in this podcast all played a role on the rock, pop, country, or bluegrass hit music charts after they made their names in Hollywood movies and TV shows. Our cast includes movie and television tough guys, lovely leading ladies, precocious adolescents, talented teens, and comedians who could seriously sing. And we’ll identify the first actor to become a rock and roll superstar.
This is the second episode in our two-part series saluting the final 45 years in the six-decade career of one of the most prolific recording artists in rock, pop, country, and even religious music history. Continuing from where we left off in 1971 on part one of our two-part Glen Campbell rockumentary (Rare & Scratchy Rock ' Roll_065), we’ll cover every single he placed on the rock, pop, and country charts, as well as the original versions of those songs that inspired his hit remakes.
This is part one of a two-part series saluting the six-decade career of Glen Campbell. When his initial 45s failed to click, he became an acclaimed session guitarist for nearly a decade. He’s ranked with the greatest guitarists of all time, yet he reportedly couldn’t read a note of music. In this episode, we’ll cover his career from the late 1950’s through the early 1970s, including some extremely rare 45s, along with every hit single he placed on the rock, pop, and country charts.
This episode spotlights 40 lost hits that we found from 1963. These include top 40 tunes AM/FM/satellite stations and subscription streaming music sources no longer play by major artists such as Ray Charles, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney, Sam Cooke, Mary Wells, and Chubby Checker, just to name a few.
We’re counting down the 30 greatest girls groups of the 1950s. These young women were pioneers in a male dominated industry, and we’ll show you how they helped bring a new sophistication to popular music. Join us as we spotlight every female vocal group to achieve a charted pop, rock, and/or rhythm and blues hit single during the 1950s. There were 28 such acts. And we’ll add in two selected non-hit female aggregations who were significant to the evolving girls group sound.
This is the third in our podcast trilogy covering the careers of Simon & Garfunkel. This presentation traces Paul Simon’s evolution from a teen rocker in the 1950s to a sophisticated and successful solo musical story teller in the 1970s and subsequent decades. It includes all of his hit singles as well as his failed 45s that should have charted, but didn’t – all in chronological order, along with the original versions or hit remakes by other artists. I t’s our salute to Paul Simon.
This is the second in our podcast trilogy covering the careers of Simon & Garfunkel. This presentation traces Art Garfunkel’s trajectory from a teen idol wannabe in the 1950s to a successful song stylist in the 1970s. It includes all of his singles as well as his failed 45s that should have charted, but didn’t – all in chronological order, along with the original versions by other artists.
This is the first of three consecutive episodes spotlighting the careers of Simon & Garfunkel, who became counter-culture as well as rock and roll icons in 1960s, as they transformed into one of the most successful duos in music history. Their first hit happened in 1957. They reached international stardom eight years later in 1965 when a record producer electrified one of their acoustic recordings and created a #1 hit. We’ll spotlight all of their hit singles in chronological order.
This episode spotlights a 1970s group known for their marvelous melodies and exquisite harmonies. They also exemplified the so called, “power pop” music style that took off after the group disbanded. We’ll focus on their lead singer who went on to another two decades of solo successes, including hits that he either performed or composed for other artists that were included in major Hollywood films. They're the Raspberries, and their lead singer and primary songwriter, Eric Carmen.
This episode spotlights the Association, one of the most popular so-called “sunshine pop” groups of the 1960s. Earlier in their career, they might also have been the first act to coin the term, “folk rock,” as their sound evolved. Best known for their love songs, one of their most famous ballads was somewhat off-key. Another one of their trademark tunes is ranked as the second most played song of the twentieth century.
This edition of "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" spotlights one of the most dynamic stars in rock and roll history – Mitch Ryder. His live shows and his recordings emanated pure energy. Most of his hits (many with his backing band – the Detroit Wheels) – were blistering re-makes of other singers’ originals – often combined into medleys. He injected them with a power that excited audiences and a unique sound that sold millions of 45s and 33s.
This episode features Johnny Rivers – a talented singer, songwriter, producer, and record company owner who made a career primarily by re-doing rhythm and blues, country, rockabilly, and rock hits that were previously done by other artists. Ironically, his only #1 hit single was one he wrote and recorded first before anyone else. We’ll sample all of his hit singles along with the originals he covered that were first done by other artists.
This episode features our choice of the top 50 love songs of the 1950s, along with some selected extras from those years that also had affairs on the pop and rock charts. We’ll hear from Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Doris Day, the Penguins, Dion & The Belmonts, the Platters, Sam Cooke, the Moonglows, Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and many, many others.