John Lebang Show Festive Special 2017

John Lebang Show Festive Special 2017

This month’s John Lebang Show Festive Special 2017: will be spread across both John’s first and second hour shows!
The first hour debuts on 25 November: 8.00 pm EST on Alien X Radio
The second hour debuts on 26 November: 8.00 pm EST on Alien X Radio
Both hours are then syndicated on radio stations across America, the UK and Australia, every day for the following week.

  • On the last Sunday of every month, author of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled, Derek Shelmerdine joins host John Lebang to talk about what artists and bands were up to around this time in the 1960s and ’70s, and where you can see them NOW, on their latest tours.

    The stories are mostly based on information in Derek’s book Rock’n’Roll Unravelled, which tells the story of rock’n’roll from its roots to mid-1970s punk. If you want more detail about the events in the show – IT’S ALL IN THE BOOK. TO BUY Rock’n’Roll Unravelled

    This month we’ll be taking a look at the Festive exploits of: The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Motown, Billy Idol, Judas Priest, Elvis Presley and Frank Zappa, plus a host of rock’n’rollers who have their birthdays in this Festive season…
    See below for this month’s stories about the bands and where you can find then ON TOUR now: The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Billy Idol, Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, Jorma Kaukonen, Hawkwind, Canned Heat, The Moody Blues and Jeff Lynne’s ELO.
    LINKS to all of the artists and bands’ tours are provided below, with links to their official websites providing details of tour dates and venues.

    Watch this space for the opportunity to hear the show again…

    What they were up to in the 1960s and ’70s + Tour Information
    Radio Stations and Times for The John Lebang Show Festive Special 2017


      Dennis Wilson: 4 December, born in 1944
      Carl Wilson: 21 December, born in 1946

      28 December 1983: Dennis Wilson died at the age of 39
      He was swimming off his boat in the Marina Del Ray, Los Angeles. With special dispensation from the White House, his body was buried at sea.

      23 December 1964: Brian Wilson suffered a nervous breakdown on a flight to Houston
      This marked the end of his live appearances but he stayed as the driving force, concentrating on the creative side of the bands activities.
      He was initially replaced in concert appearances by Glen Campbell, who joined in January 1965. When Campbell left three months later to pursue his solo career, Bruce Johnston took his place. It wasn’t long before Johnston became a full member of the Beach Boys.

      ON TOUR
      The Beach Boys
      USA……….16 November to 12 December
      The Beach Boys: tour dates and venues

      Brian Wilson
      USA……….10 May to 12 May 2018 – more dates to be announced
      Brian Wilson: tour dates and venues


      8 December 1980: John Lennon was murdered, at the age of 40
      That morning Annie Leibovitz had been taking photographs of the interior of their apartment in the Dakota Building. In the aftrenoon they made their way to the recording studios at the Hit Factory, where they worked on Yoko’s composition Walking on Thin Ice At around 10.30 pm they left and headed home, where John was shot dead by Mark Chapman outside his Dakota Building home.

      26 December 1967: The Beatles first failure
      Magical Mystery Tour premiered on BBC 1 television at evening peak time, to harsh reviews from the music critics. At the time BBC 1 could only transmit programmes in black and white. Fans had to wait for another week in order to see the repeat on BBC 2, which was shown in all its colour glory.
      In the UK the soundtrack was released on a lavish double EP. American fans were treated to an album release, with the six songs from the EP soundtrack, plus an assortment of A and B-sides.

      26 December 1963: The Beatles Conquered America
      The Beatles released their 4th American single, I Want to Hold Your Hand c/w I Saw Her Standing There. This was their first release on Capitol Records, it shot to #1 and heralded the beginning of the domination of the American music scene by British artists. This period of 1964 to 1966 became known as “The British Invasion”. I Want to Hold Your Hand hit the #1 spot on 1 February.
      Capitol had previously turned down their option for the Beatles, leaving the field open for their first three American singles to be released on Vee-Jay and Swan.
      1963 February 25: Please Please Me c/w Ask Me Why (US-1) – on Vee-Jay
      1963 May 27: From Me to You c/w Thank You Girl (US-2) – 2nd single on Vee-Jay
      1963 September 16: She Loves You c/w I’ll Get You (US-3) – on Swan, charted February 1964
      The Beatles cemented their success with their legendary, first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964.

      NO TOUR: Paul McCartney and Ringo have recently completed their latest tours.


      26 December 1964: Tongue-in-cheek Christmas greeting to hairdressers
      The Rolling Stones cheekily placed an ad in the UK music magazine New Musical Express, wishing starving hairdressers and their families a Happy Christmas.
      This was the first time that young men had grown their hair long and visits to the hairdressers were few and far between.

      11 December 1968: Recorded Rock and Roll Circus
      This was intended to be a TV Christmas Special, featuring a host of rock’n’roll guest stars. As well as The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal and Marianne Faithful, the show featured the only appearance of Dirty Mac. A band put together for the show by John Lennon, calling himself “Winston Legthigh”, Dirty Mac comprised: guitarist Eric Clapton, Keith Richard on bass and Jimi Hendrix’s drummer Mitch Mitchell; with appearances in part from Yoko Ono and violinist Ivry Gitlis.
      The show was John Lennon’s first appearance outside the Beatles and Brian Jones’s last live performance with the Stones. Jethro Tull’s lineup boasted guitarist Tony Iommi, who had recently left Earth. He was only with Tull for a brief spell before returning to Earth, who changed their name to Black Sabbath shortly afterwards.
      Things did not go according to plan and the show was not aired that Christmas. Urban legend has it that Mick Jagger thought that the Stones had been out-performed by the Who, with their awesome rendition of A Quick One While He’s Away. Fans had to wait until 1996 for the DVD release.

      NO TOUR


      27 December 1967: Comeback, after being out of the limelight for 18 months
      Bob Dylan released John Wesley Harding in America.
      The story behind his absence…
      In mid-1966 his infamous electric tour was winding down. On 17 May 1966 he played the concert that was bootlegged as the Royal Albert Hall gig but the bootleggers got it mixed up, this particular performance was recorded at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. This was the infamous gig where Dylan was heckled by the audience with the famous verbal exchange of, an audience member screaming, “Judas”, and Dylan replying “You’re a liar”. “I don’t believe you”. Dylan then turned to his backing band, The Hawks, and can be heard to say “play fuckin’ loud” as they opened a storming version of Like a Rolling Stone.

      29 July 1966: Dylan’s motorcycle accident
      There has always been a haze around exactly what happened and how seriously injured Dylan was. The accident is reputed to have happened near his home in Woodstock but even Dylan’s own accounts of the circumstance have varied over the years.

      June – October 1967: recorded The Basement Tapes
      He did take time out to record the The Basement Tapes, widely bootlegged but finding an official release in June 1975.

      ON TOUR
      Bob Dylan
      Italy……….3 April to 9 April 2018
      Bob Dylan: tour dates and venues


      1959 December 14: Berry Gordy Jr formed Motown in Detroit – Hitsville USA

      It all started with…
      12 January 1959: Berry Gordy Jr formed his 1st record label – Tamla.
      A year before forming the the Motown Record Company, he had started his first label, Tamla, with an $800 loan and money he’d made from his songwriting successes. Gordy was a prolific songwriter and wrote many of Jackie Wilson’s early hits.

      September 1959: His first, partial, release on Motown was the Miracles’ Bad Girl. The single’s main release was under licence on Chess.

      October 1959: The first full release on Motown (1000) was the Satintones My Beloved

      24 July 1961: The Temptations came from a doo-wop background and released their first single Oh Mother of Mine on Miracle Records. The Motown company had a range of record labels, as well as Tamla and Motown.

      1963: The Four Tops, another vocal group with a background in doo-wop, signed to the Workshop Jazz label, one of the record labels under the umbrella of Motown labels. For the first year or so, they were used as backing singers for other artists’ record releases on the label.

      Mid-1964: The Four Tops were finally given their own song and released Baby I Need Your Loving

      ON TOUR
      The Temptations and The Four Tops
      Some dates are just for the Temptations
      USA……….16 November to 13 May 2018
      The Temptations & The Four Tops: tour dates and venues
      This Temptations Facebook site is not complete, I was unable to find a definitive website for either band. Check out ticket details with your favourite ticket sales agent.


      21 December 1976: Roxy Club opened
      Opened in Covent Garden, this was London’s first venue dedicated to punk rock artists. Bands on the opening night included Generation X, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
      Billy Idol, along with most of the group, had left Chelsea in November and formed Generation X. Following the exodus, singer Gene October rebuilt the second incarnation of Chelsea.
      Generation X split up in 1981, with Billy Idol moving on to a very successful solo career.
      The band’s name was inspired by the 1964 book, Generation X, by Charles Hamblett and Jane Deverson. “Generation X” refers to the people born from the early 1960s to the early 1980s.
      The Roxy Club was opened by Generation X’s manager, Andy Czezowski. The club closed in early 1978, mirroring the lifespan of British punk, which morphed into new wave around time.

      ON TOUR
      ON TOUR
      Billy Idol
      Jacksonville, FL……….Rockville: 29 April 2018
      Billy Idol: tour dates and venues
      Rockville: 3-day festival: including, Ozzy Osbourne, Clutch, Foo Fighters, Five Finger Death Punch


      23 December 1985: Lawsuit following fans’ suicide pact
      Judas Priest released the album Stained Class in the UK on 10 February 1978.
      On 23 December 1985, Raymond Belknap and James Vance made a suicide pact to kill themselves with a shotgun. Belknap succeeded but Vance failed and blew away the bottom half of his face. Their parents blamed Judas Priest and the record company, CBS. They took the group and record label to court in Reno, Nevada, claiming that subliminal messages had triggered the suicide pact.
      The song in question was Judas Priest’s cover of the Spooky Tooth song Better by You Better Than Me, written by Gary Wright. The subliminal message was to, “do it, do it”.
      In 1990 the court ruled in the band’s favour.

      ON TOUR
      Judas Priest
      USA and Canada……….13 March to 8 April 2018
      Judas Priest: tour dates and venues


      15 December 1921: Alan Freed – disc jockey/promoter, coined the phrase “rock’n’roll”
      Died 20 January 1965

      23 December 1935: Johnny Kidd – singer: Johnny Kidd and the Pirates
      Died 7 Oct 1966 in a car crash – Deep Purple’s Nick Simper was in the same car

      25 December 1945: Noel Redding – bass: Jimi Hendrix Experience – guitar and vocals Fat Mattress
      Died 11 May 2003

      27 December 1931: Scotty Moore – Elvis’s guitarist in the 1950s and ‘60s
      Died 28 June 2016

      28 December 1950: Alex Chilton – vocals and guitar: The Box Tops, Big Star
      Died 17 March 2010

      28 December 1921: Johnny Otis – drums, bandleader, talent scout, producer and club owner
      In 1948 he opened the Barrelhouse Club in Los Angeles – accredited as the first club dedicated solely to R&B.
      Died 17 January 2012

      29 December 1943: Rick Danko – bass and vocals: Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, The Band
      Died 10 December 1999

      29 December 1947: Cozy Powell – drums: Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow; sessions; solo
      Died 5 April 1998 – car crash

      30 December 1928: Bo Diddley – pioneering rock’n’roll writer, singer and guitarist
      He had the very recognisable trademark rhythm known as, “shave n a haircut, 2 bits”
      Died 2 June 2008

      30 December 1934: Del Shannon – second wave rock‘n’roll singer
      Died 8 February 1990 – suicide


      22 December 1946: Rick Nielsen – guitar, vocals and songwriter: Fuse, Cheap Trick
      ON TOUR
      Cheap Trick
      USA, Argentina, Chile and Brazil……….2 December to 31 December
      Cheap Trick: tour dates and venues

      23 December 1940: Jorma Kaukonen – guitar and vocals: Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna
      ON TOUR
      Jorma Kaukonen – Acoustic Hot Tuna – Electric Hot Tuna
      USA and Jamaica……….27 November to 6 April 2018
      Jorma Kaukonen, Acoustic Hot Tuna and Electric Hot Tuna: tour dates and venues

      24 December 1945: Lemmy – vocals and bass: Hawkwind, Motörhead
      Lemmy died 28 December 2015 BUT Hawkwind is on tour
      ON TOUR
      UK……….30 March and 4 November 2018
      Hawkwind: tour dates and venues

      25 December 1944: Henry Vestine – guitar: Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat
      Henry Vestine died 20 October 1997 BUT Canned Heat is on tour
      ON TOUR
      Canned Heat
      Flower Power Cruise……….24-27 February 2018
      Australia………………………22-31 March 2018
      Canned Heat: tour dates and venues

      27 December 1941: Mike Pinder – keyboards and vocals: Krew Cats, The Moody Blues
      Mike Pinder left the Moody Blues in the mid/late 1970s.
      ON THE 2018 TOUR
      Graeme Edge – drums: original lineup
      Justin Hayward – vocals and guitar: joined 1966
      John Lodge – vocals and bass: joined 1966
      ON TOUR
      The Moody Blues
      USA……….10-31 January 2018
      The Moody Blues: tour dates and venues

      30 December 1946: Patti Smith – poet and singer: Patti Smith Group; solo
      ON TOUR
      Patti Smith
      UK and Ireland……….2-6 June 2018
      Patti Smith: tour dates and venues
      27 December 1946: Lenny Kaye – guitar: Patti Smith Group; solo
      Still active

      30 December 1947: Jeff Lynne – singer and multi-instrument: Idle Race, Move, Electric Light Orchestra
      ON TOUR
      Jeff Lynne’s ELO
      USA, Scandinavia, Europe, UK and Ireland……….2 August to 26 October 2018
      Jeff Lynne’s ELO: tour dates and venues


      25 December 1954: Johnny Ace – seminal R&B singer, died at the age of 25
      At a gig at the City Auditorium in Houston, Texas, Johnny Ace lost a backstage game of Russian roulette. Big Mama Thornton was also on the bill that tragic night.


      Happy birthday…
      26 December 1939: Phil Spector was born – writer & producer: creator of the “wall of sound”
      Phil Spector will spend this and the foreseeable Christmases in prison. In May 2009, after his second trial, he was found guilty of murder and is serving 19 years to life. On 3 February 2003, actress Lana Clarkson was found dead in Phil Spector’s mansion.


      29 December 1956: Elvis held 10 slots on Billboard’s Top-100, with singles including, Love Me Tender, Hound Dog, Blue Moon and Old Shep.
      He moved from Sun Records to RCA and released his first single on the new label, Heartbreak Hotel, on 10 January. In less than a year he achieved this phenomenal chart success!

      21 December 1970: Elvis became a drugs enforcement officer
      Elvis was keen to become a drugs enforcement officer and holder of the BNDD badge (Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs). He wrote to President Nixon requesting a meeting to talk about being awarded the badge. Nixon agreed and Elvis became an official drugs enforcement officer. As a token of his thanks, Elvis gave Nixon a commemorative World War II Colt 45 revolver.

      24 December 1974: Elvis abandoned his karate movie
      In early 1974 Elvis felt that it was time to make another movie. He wanted to make a move based around his love of karate. The idea of a karate-based story was dismissed in favour a karate documentary. He started work on the movie but as Peter Guralnick puts it in his excellent book Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, “The karate movie was ingloriously shut down on December 24, with no other explanation than ‘health problems’.”
      His 1970s stage shows would often included a karate demonstration from Elvis, sometimes lasting as long as fifteen minutes.
      The movie finally received a DVD release in 2002, Gladiators: The 1974 Elvis Karate Legacy Project.

      THE WHO
      22 December 1963: Townshend’s swinging arm guitar-playing motion was born
      The Detours opened for the Rolling Stones at Putney’s St Mary’s Hall in south-west London. Pete Townshend was at the side of the stage when the Rolling Stones were about to go on. Just as the curtains were about to open, he saw the Rolling Stones’ guitarist, Keith Richard, stretch his arm high above his head and bring it down sharply to play the opening chord. Townshend thought to himself, “I’ll have some of that.” And his trade-mark guitar style was born.
      The Detours changed their name to The Who shortly afterwards. Doug Sandom was the drummer with the band, Keith Moon auditioned for the group on 13 April 1964.

      21 December 1940: Happy birthday, Frank Zappa.

      2 December 1964: Frank Zappa nearly had the first-ever rock opera
      His outline for I Was a Teen-age Malt Shop was turned down by Joseph Landis of KNXT, a division of CBS Television. Don Van Vliet and Jim Sherwood were involved in the project. One of the songs already recorded was The Birth of Captain Beefheart. Don Van Vliet decided that “Captain Beefheart” would make a great stage name. Jim Sherwood became of of Zappa’s regular musicians.
      If this project had come to fruition, I Was a Teen-age Malt Shop would have preceded the Who’s rock opera, Tommy, by nearly five years.


      27 December 1958: Last episode of Six-Five Special – 1st-ever British music show.
      First show: 16 February 1958 – “It’s time to jive, on the old ’65.”

      23 December 1966: Final Ready Steady Go! show – mid-1960s mod heaven.
      First show: 9 August 1963 – “The weekend starts here!”


      Both contenders for the accolade of the first rock’n’roll record.

      28 December 1947: Wynonie Harris – Good Rockin’ Tonight
      30 December 1950: The Dominoes – Sixty-Minute Man


      27 December 1967: released his debut album – Songs of Leonard Cohen (US)

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