Boys, this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks is about a man who many radio listeners think is a fictitious character. But he was very real. Born March 5, 1902 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and died April 27, 1988 in Gainesville, Florida.
He didn’t start doing what he was best known for until he was 29 years old. But he got good at it – bowhunting that is. He went on to become a world traveler, film producer, founded an outdoor sports company and there is a museum in Grayling Michigan that bears his name.
He really was Ted Nugent’s friend. They bow hunted together. And in song, Ted calls upon this man’s spirit when he says, “We’re not alone when we’re in the great outdoors. We got his spirit, we got his soul. He will guide our steps and our arrows home. I’m glad to have you at my side my friend and I’ll join you in the big hunt before too long.”
That was Ted, singing about his friend Fred. Not a fictitious character, but someone who really existed -- Fred Bear.
Our rock history lesson today is about a woman born in 1948 in Ontario, Canada. Cathy Evelyn Smith was her name.
She served time in the California State Prison system for manslaughter. She was the person who supplied the drugs to comedian John Belushi that killed him.
But you know Cathy Evelyn Smith by another name, for something she did in the 70’s. That’s when she joined up with a famous musician. She was a backup singer for him, co-wrote songs with him. She even drove the tour bus. And she was this married singer’s mistress as well, which led to the musician’s divorce which at that time was the most expensive in Canadian history.
This musician-mistress relationship weighed heavily on this musician which led him into the world of drugs. He had to end the relationship and when he did he wrote a song about her. The beginning lyrics to the song are, “I can see her lyin’ back in her satin dress in a room where you do what you don’t confess. Sundown, you’d better take care if I find you been creepin’’round my backstairs.
The musician was Gordon Lightfoot. Cathy Evelyn Smith is Sundown.
And that is this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.
THIS WEEK’S LESSON IS ABOUT HOW TWO FARMERS BORN NEARLY 300 YEARS APART BOTH PLAYED A PART IN MAKING ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY.
THE FIRST FARMER WAS BORN IN BASILDON, BERKSHIRE ENGLAND IN 1674.
HE WOULD REVOLUTIONIZE BRITISH FARMING BY INVENTING A HORSE-DRAWN SEED-DRILL THAT ECONOMICALLY PLANTED SEEDS IN THE GROUND. FARMERS NO LONGER HAD TO PLANT ONE SEED AT A TIME.
THE OTHER FARMER IS A SALMON FARMER – A MR. ANDERSEN. AS WE SPEAK, MR. ANDERSEN EMPLOYS 400 PEOPLE ON HIS SALMON FARM IN STRAITHAIRD SCOTLAND. IT IS THE LARGEST INDEPENDENT SMOKED SALMON FIRM IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
I SAW THIS SALMON FARMER ON STAGE IN 1969 AT THE BUSHNELL MEMORIAL IN HARTFORD CONNECTICUT. WHAT I REMEMBER MOST ABOUT THAT NIGHT IS THAT HALFWAY THRU THE PERFORMANCE HE WAS CALLED OFF STAGE. HE CAME BACK ON STAGE WITH A JAR OF BABY FOOD AND A SPOON. HE HAD JUST BEEN INFORMED HIS WIFE HAD A BABY BACK IN SCOTLAND.
THIS SALMON FARMER, MR. ANDERSON REVOLUTIONIZED ROCK MUSIC BECAUSE UNTIL THAT TIME NO ROCKER EVER PLAYED A FLUTE. YES, MR. ANDERSON – FARMER ANDERSON – IS IAN ANDERSON WHO NAMED HIS BAND AFTER THAT OTHER FARMER BORN IN 1674 – JETHRO TULL.
AND THAT IS THIS WEEK’S LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS.
OUR FIRST LESSON BRIDGES OLD ROCK WITH THE NEW.
IN THE WEEKS PRIOR TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY’S 1963 ASSASSINATION, ONE OF THE TOP HITS ON THE CHARTS WAS A SONG CALLED ‘DEEP PURPLE’. IF YOU WERE AROUND THEN, YOU KNOW THE SONG. OTHERWISE YOU PROBABLY RECOGNIZE IT FROM OLDIES RADIO.
THE SONG WAS RECORDED BY A BROTHER-AND-SISTER ACT, NINO TEMPO AND APRIL STEVENS WHO WERE FROM FROM NIAGRA FALLS, NEW YORK.
HERE’S A SNIPPET OF THE SONG. GIVE A LISTEN AND THEN I WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE STUDIO AS THE SONG WAS BEING RECORDED.
HE WAS SINGING. SHE WAS TALKING. WHAT WAS GOING ON? WELL, ON THE DAY OF THE RECORDING, HE, NINO TEMPO, DIDN’T KNOW THE LYRICS TO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SONG. SO SHE, APRIL STEVENS TALKED THE WORDS INTO HIS HEADSET AND HE FOLLOWED. ON PLAYBACK, THE SOUND ENGINEER WAS SUPPOSED TO PLAY BACK ONLY TEMPO SINGING, BUT INSTEAD HE PLAYED BACK BOTH TRACKS. THE PRODUCER LOVED IT AND NO MATTER HOW MUCH NINO TEMPO FOUGHT IT BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT ANYONE TALKING ON HIS RECORD, BOTH VOICES STAYED. DEEP PURPLE – BY THE WAY, THAT PHRASE HAS MYSTICAL CONNOTATIONS IN THE OCCULT WORLD. THAT’S THE FIRST PART OF THE HISTORY LESSON.
THE FOLLOW UP: 5 YEARS LATER IN 1968 A GUY NAMED RITCHIE BLACKMORE JOINED A BAND AND THE BAND COULDN’T DECIDE ON A NAME. THEY ALMOST DECIDED ON THE NAME “CONCRETE GODS”. BUT THEY FELT THE NAME “CONCRETE GODS” WAS A BIT HARSH. THAT WAS WHEN BLACKMORE SUGGESTED THEY NAME THE BAND AFTER HIS GRANDMOTHER’S FAVORITE SONG – DEEP PURPLE.
AND YOUR FIRST LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS IS COMPLETE.
It's State of the Union night, people, so let's get drinking! The crew at DebateDrinking.com always put together some solid political drinking games, so we'll rely on their rules for tonight's speech from the President. A few of the highlights:
a Start off right. Take a drink if the state of the union is 'strong' - take two drinks if it is anything other than strong.
Take a drink* when you hear any of the following words or phrases:
Bill Nye the Science Guy is awesomely smart. CNN anchors... not so much?
Between the big east coast snow storms last week and a 150-foot asteroid that's going to get really close to Earth next week, there was plenty of sciency stuff for Bill to help explain when he popped up on CNN. Unfortunately the anchor, Deb Feyerick, had to ask the insanely stupid question of whether the asteroid might be caused by global warming.
Maybe she got mixed upbetween her two topics. Maybe she unclear on the difference between "meteorology" (the study of weather) and actual meteors. Or mabye she's just dumb. Watch the video and decide for yourself.
Today the Onion's AV Club published their critics' picks for the best album-opening one-two punches. Since it is the AV Club, many of their picks delve into some more obscure indie titles. Click the link above to check out their picks. However, we've got a couple picks of our own.
Led Zeppelin IV: "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll"
Metallica's Black Album: "Enter Sandman" and "Sad But True"
Foo Fighters Wasting Light: "Bridges Burning" and "Rope"
I was going to go with the one-two punch of "Hells Bells" and "Shoot to Thrill" from AC/DC's Back in Black, but the opening pair on side two of the album ("Back in Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long") is way better.
"Once" and "Even Flow" from Pearl Jam's Ten.
What are your favorite album-opening one-two punches?
Your day will likely never be as eventful as the afternoon had last week by Kai, a homeless hitchhiker in West Fresno, Calif. A large man gave Kai a ride on Friday. That’s when the trouble started. During the ride, the man told Kai he was Jesus Christ — because of course he did — and that he had to rid Earth of all black people, so he intentionally rammed a black utility worker with his car, pinning the man against his truck. The crazed driver then got out of his vehicle and attempted to further threaten the pinned utility worker. When two female bystanders tried to stop him, he lashed out at them. Enter Kai and his hatchet:
Hey Idiot Baltimore Raven's Fan... Your Team Just Won Super Bowl 47...... What Are You Gonna Do!?
Idiot Fan: I'm Gonna' Climb a Light Pole / Street Sign and Go Home With a SPINAL INJURY!!!!!!
Good Luck With That ... Maybe the Lord can tell Ray Lewis to Lay His Magical Healing Hands upon you...
In case you missed our Live From the Roadhouse countdown of Rolling Stone magazine's 10 Best Live Albums of All Time, here they are:
10 - Bob Seger: Live Bullet
9 - The Band: The Last Waltz
8 - Nirvana: Unplugged in New York
7 - Little Feat: Waiting For Columbus
6 - Deep Purple: Made in Japan
5 - KISS: Alive
4 - The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out
3 - Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive
2 - The Allman Brothers Band: Live at the Fillmore East
1 - The Who: Live at Leeds
Did Rolling Stone miss one? Let us know your favorite live album in the comment section below!
Not sure what I find funnier: this (drunk?) guy on the subway loudly singing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" or how every other person on the train is completely ignoring the fact that the guy is loudly singing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Super Mario Bros. meets metal in this awesome version of the game's theme song. If you can't be bothered to watch the whole thing, at least fast forward to the 2:50 mark to hear some of the dungeon level music. Makes me want to headbang with my old NES.
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