Category: History

Andrew Loog Oldham Story

The Andrew Loog Oldham story is one of the cornerstones of the 1960s. He was the Rolling Stones second manager and established them as one of the most important bands in rock’n’roll history. He also launched one of the first independent record labels, Immediate Records, which included The Nice, Chris Farlowe, Small Faces and a…


Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band A look at the background to the album, the “clues” for the urban myth that “Paul is dead”, the cover design and the stories behind some of the songs. Released 1967: 1 June in the UK and 2 June in America. BACKGROUND The album spent a staggering 27 weeks…


Cream: Coming Together

This blog is based on Derek Shelmerdine’s guest appearance on Dave Roberts’s Music For Grown Ups radio show on 1 October 2015. To Listen Again For all of the podcasts for Derek Shelmerdine’s appearances on on Dave Roberts’s Music for Grown Ups CREAM: COMING TOGETHER Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker came together in…


From Gospel to Rock’n’Roll

Rock’n’Roll came together in the mid-1950s from its roots in gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, country, bluegrass and rockabilly. It was a fusion of the different music genres listened to by black American and white American audiences. This fusion went far deeper than just the music. Following the emancipation of the slaves, after the Civil War…


Jimi Hendrix – Early Days

This tale of one of rock’n’roll’s greatest icons began in America back in 1958, when a left-handed, fifteen-year-old, acoustic-guitar-wielding, Jimmy Hendrix joined his first real group, the Velvetones. By the end of the decade he had become the proud owner of his first electric guitar and had moved on to join the Rocking Kings. Hendrix’s…