Billy Idol: Blue Highway

It’s a nice day for a Billy Idol song! William Broad (Billy Idol) was born in 1955 in England and actually has dual citizenship with the United States. Influenced by punk rock, he was a part of the “Second British Invasion” during the early to mid 80’s. After his first successful band Generation X partedContinue reading “Billy Idol: Blue Highway”

Paul McCartney and Wings: Medicine Jar

In honor of Jimmy McCulloch’s birthday, today’s Rock Pearl comes from Paul McCartney and Wings, a band formed by former Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda McCartney in 1971. The band proved that there was “life after the Beatles” and when McCulloch joined in 1975 their album Venus and Mars went to the topContinue reading “Paul McCartney and Wings: Medicine Jar”

T. Rex: Seagull Woman

Bang a Gong! It’s Mickey Finn’s birthday! Hired initially for his “good looks”, Finn joined T. Rex (Formerly Tyrannosaurus Rex) and debuted on their self-titled album with Marc Bolan. The British psychedelic rock group formed in 1967 and had a decent following worldwide throughout their years. With big songs like “Hot Love” and “Bang aContinue reading “T. Rex: Seagull Woman”

.38 Special: Play a Simple Song

Today’s Pearl comes in honor of Steve Brookins’ birthday. The drummer for .38 Special, Brookins was a member of this Jacksonville based band who released songs like Hold on Loosely and Caught up in You. .38 Special was actually founded by Donnie Van Zandt, the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zandt, lead singer of LynyrdContinue reading “.38 Special: Play a Simple Song”

The Rolling Stones: Memory Motel

Happy birthday Ronnie Wood! Today’s Rock Pearl comes from The Rolling Stones, a British rock group formed in 1962. The Stones are known for Sympathy for the Devil, Jumpin Jack Flash, Satisfaction and You Can’t Always Get What you Want. This band was an absolute jugggernaut and still plays today, spanning almost six decades. RonnieContinue reading “The Rolling Stones: Memory Motel”

Led Zeppelin: Out on the Tiles

Happy birthday John Bonham! He would be 72 today had he not died tragically back in 1980. Easily one of the top ten drummers of all time, Bonham drove Led Zeppelin with advanced drumming techniques. Zeppelin’s big hits include, but aren’t limited to, Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Immigrant Song and Ramble on. Bonham’s drums areContinue reading “Led Zeppelin: Out on the Tiles”

Electric Light Orchestra: Here is the News

Today we are moving on to another member of the Traveling Wilburys. Jeff Lynne is one of the most accomplished musicians, frontmen and producers in the history of music. George Harrison chose him to help kickstart his solo career again with “Cloud Nine“, Tom Petty solicited his help for blockbuster hits like “Free Fallin” andContinue reading “Electric Light Orchestra: Here is the News”

Procol Harum: Simple Sister

Today’s Rock Pearl comes from the extremely underrated British rock band Procol Harum. In honor of Gary Brooker’s birthday, we are heading back to psychadelic rock. If you’ve heard anything from them, you’ve probably heard A Whiter Shade of Pale, one of their hit singles. A slower song, A Whiter Shade of Pale incorporates aContinue reading “Procol Harum: Simple Sister”

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Wrote a Song For Everyone

Happy birthday John Fogerty! Today’s pearl comes from none other than Creedence Clearwater Revival, an American band hailing from San Francisco. Despite their Pacific roots, they played music rooted in the deep south, invoking bayous and catfish, as well as some political issues surrounding the Vietnam War. Their big hits are Proud Mary, Bad MoonContinue reading “Creedence Clearwater Revival: Wrote a Song For Everyone”

Jefferson Starship: Stranger

… Yes, they did write songs other than “We Built This City“! Hailing from San Francisco, Jefferson Starship evolved from Jefferson Airplane and released multiple hit records with singles appearing on the charts. The new incarnation of Jefferson Starship started in 1974 and they released an album almost every year. They combined psychedelic rock withContinue reading “Jefferson Starship: Stranger”