by Robert Wilkinson
Our early show features music spanning the late 60s through the 80s, courtesy of two greats who had birthdays yesterday!
We begin the show with the music of Ritchie Cordell (born Richard Joel Rosenblatt, (March 10, 1943 – April 13, 2004), songwriter, singer and record producer who wrote and produced some of the biggest hits of the 60s! Our early show features some classics! Though not well known for his solo work, I figured I’d take you from the beginning to the apex of his career.
We’ll begin with Ritchie performing a song given to him early in both their careers by Jerry Landis, aka Paul Simon. From 1962 in the late doo-wop era, “Tick Tock.” He followed that with this tune he wrote that was produced by Paul Simon, “Georgeanna.”
He then took his songwriting to the next level, and wrote several tunes for Tommy James and the Shondells, where he hit gold! We'll begin with a tune he wrote that went to #4 “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Mony Mony”
Here’s the rocking Billy Idol version of “Mony Mony”
We’ll close this first set of the early show with a classic he produced for Joan Jett, the iconic “I Love Rock and Roll”
For the second set of this early show, yesterday was also the birthday of Tom Scholz (born March 10, 1947), rock musician, songwriter, inventor, engineer, and philanthropist. He founded Boston, wrote all of their hits and pretty much recorded all the instruments himself in his home studio. On top of that, he invented the Rockman portable guitar amplifier.
From Wikipedia, “Boston has been described as a pivot in the transition of mainstream American rock from blues-based proto-metal to power pop, "combining some of the ebullience of the rock era's early days with the precision and technology that would mark rock record productions from then on." All eight songs—most commonly the album's A-side—are in constant rotation on classic rock radio. Boston's success ushered in the next wave of "producer" rock, and critics accused the band of creating the “corporate rock” sound. Following the album's success, its sound became imitated by several other prominent rock bands of the era. The record created a reference point for production values and studio technology that would stand for years.”
So it’s time to celebrate the music of Tom Scholz and Boston!
Here’s the entire hour and 19 set at Giants Stadium! Boston Live in NJ - 1979
From 1978, a great video of the band at their peak cranking out “Don’t Look Back”
From 1988, another monster hit from their first album, “Peace of Mind”
For our closes, here’s the entire hour and 45 show in Ontario! Boston Live in Ontario – 1988
Our encore is the audio-only full 55 minutes of Boston Live in Long Beach - 1977
Here’s a 45 minute television show done about Tom, the band, and how it all came to be! Tom Scholz Interview – More Than A Feeling
And here’s a short video that takes us inside his studio! Tom Scholz – Sound Machine
Because I wouldn't want to end it on a studio tour, we'll close this early show with a repeat of one of the classic rock and roll songs of all time! For your enjoyment, Joan Jett giving us the iconic “I Love Rock and Roll”
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