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
- The Beach Boys + Brian Wilson
- The Beatles
- The Rolling Stones
- Bob Dylan
- Motown: The Temptations & The Four Tops
- Billy Idol
- Judas Priest
- Festive birthdays – now performing in the great gig in the sky…
- Festive birthdays – still on the road…
- Festive deaths – Johnny Ace
- Christmas in Chokey – Phil Spector
- Great festive stories – Elvis, The Who and Frank Zappa
- Festive end for two classic British TV music shows
- Landmark festive recording sessions
- Festive debut album – Leonard Cohen
- RADIO STATIONS and TIMES
THE BEACH BOYS + BRIAN WILSON
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.
The Beach Boys
USA……….16 November to 12 December
The Beach Boys: tour dates and venues
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.
THE ROLLING STONES
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.
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.
Italy……….3 April to 9 April 2018
Bob Dylan: tour dates and venues
MOTOWN: THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPS
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
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.
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.
USA and Canada……….13 March to 8 April 2018
Judas Priest: tour dates and venues
FESTIVE BIRTHDAYS – NOW PERFORMING AT THE GREAT GIG IN THE SKY
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
FESTIVE BIRTHDAYS – STILL ON THE ROAD
22 December 1946: Rick Nielsen – guitar, vocals and songwriter: Fuse, 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
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
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
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
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
UK and Ireland……….2-6 June 2018
Patti Smith: tour dates and venues
27 December 1946: Lenny Kaye – guitar: Patti Smith Group; solo
30 December 1947: Jeff Lynne – singer and multi-instrument: Idle Race, Move, Electric Light Orchestra
Jeff Lynne’s ELO
USA, Scandinavia, Europe, UK and Ireland……….2 August to 26 October 2018
Jeff Lynne’s ELO: tour dates and venues
FESTIVE DEATHS – JOHNNY ACE
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.
CHRISTMAS IN CHOKEY – PHIL SPECTOR
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.
GREAT FESTIVE STORIES – ELVIS, THE WHO AND FRANK ZAPPA
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.
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.
FESTIVE END FOR TWO CLASSIC BRITISH TV MUSIC SHOWS
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!”
LANDMARK FESTIVE RECORDING SESSIONS
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
FESTIVE DEBUT ALBUM – LEONARD COHEN
27 December 1967: released his debut album – Songs of Leonard Cohen (US)
RADIO STATIONS AND TIMES
The John Lebang Show is initially broadcast on Alien X Radio on Sunday 26 November and then syndicated all of the following week across radio stations in America, the UK and Australia.
The times shown on the left hand side are all Eastern Standard Time (EST).
To listen in the UK: 5 hours ahead. (e.g. 4:00 pm EST is 9:00 pm in the UK)
John Lebang Festive Special 2017
This month the Rock’n’Roll Unravelled spot is split between John Lebang’s Hour 1 and Hour 2. This is identified in the station listing below as H1 and H2.
SUNDAY 26 November
H2:8:00pm: Alien X Radio Detroit, MI
MONDAY 27 November
H1:10.00am: WBR FM Wigan, UK (that’s 3.00pm in the UK)
H2:11.00am: Alien X Radio Detroit, MI
H1:1.00pm: Filling the Void
H2:2.00pm: Filling the Void
H1:1.00pm: EN5 Radio Barnet, UK (that’s 6.00pm in the UK)
H2:2.00pm: EN5 Radio Barnet, UK (that’s 7.00pm in the UK)
H1:10.00pm: 102.7 WSNR New York, NY
H2:11:00pm: 102.7 WSNR New York, NY
H1:10.00pm: Code Zero Radio Iowa
TUESDAY 28 November
H1:5,00am: RadioVegas.rocks Las Vegas, NV
H2:6.00am: RadioVegas.rocks Las Vegas, NV
H1:11.00am: 24.7 The Stream Chicago, IL
H2:4.00pm: WRFN 1025 Northampton, UK (that’s 9.00pm in the UK)
H1:4.00pm: Naja Radio Morgan Hill, CA
H2:5.00pm: Naja Radio Morgan Hill, CA
H1:5.00pm: Heat Radio
H2:6.00pm: Heat Radio
H1:6.00pm: Identify Radio Lincoln/Matlock, UK (that’s 11.00pm in the UK)
WEDNESDAY 29 November
H1:3.00am: Get Smashed Radio Marysville, Seattle and Washington, WA
H2:9:00am: WBR FM Wigan, UK (that’s 2.00 pm in the UK)
H1:10.00am: WRFN 1025 Northampton, UK (that’s 3.00pm in the UK)
H1: Noon: DBLA Radio Brisbane, Australia (that’s 2.00am Thursday in Brisbane)
H2:1.00pm: DBLA Radio Brisbane, Australia (that’s 3.00am Thursday in Brisbane)
H1:1.00pm: Radio Beacon Online UK (that’s 6.00pm in the UK)
H2:2.00pm: Radio Beacon Online UK (that’s 7.00pm in the UK)
H2:6.00pm: Identify Radio Lincoln/Matlock, UK (that’s 11.00pm in the UK)
H1:11.00pm: IRN Tampa, FL
THURSDAY 30 November
H2:Midnight: IRN Tampa, FL
H2:3.00am: Get Smashed Radio Marysville, Seattle and Washington, WA
H1:9.00am: Radio KSCR Los Angeles, CA
H2:10.00am: Radio KSCR Los Angeles, CA
H2:11:00am: 24.7 The Stream Chicago, IL
H1:1.00pm: Digital Revolution Radio
H2:2:00pm: Digital Revolution Radio
H2:10:00pm: Code Zero Radio Iowa
FRIDAY 1 December
H2:4.00am: Alien X Radio Detroit, MI
H2:2.00pm: WRFN 1025 Northampton, UK (that’s 7.00pm in the UK)
H1:3.00pm: Veterans Families Radio UK (that’s 8.00pm in the UK)
H2:4.00pm: Veterans Families Radio UK (that’s 9.00pm in the UK)
H1:4.00pm: Raw Talk Radio Tampa, FL
H2:5.00pm: Raw Talk Radio Tampa, FL
H2:6.00pm: EN5 Radio Barnet, UK (that’s 11.00pm in the UK)
SATURDAY 2 December
H1:3.00pm: KOR Radio Somerset, UK (that’s 8.00pm in the UK)
H2:4.00pm: KOR Radio Somerset, UK (that’s 9.00pm in the UK)
H1:5:00pm: Vulcan Sound Radio UK (that’s 10.00pm in the UK)
H2:6:00pm: Vulcan Sound Radio UK (that’s 11.00pm in the UK)
H1:10.00pm: Radio LUV Los Angeles, CA
H2:11.00pm: Radio LUV Los Angeles, CA
H1:11.00pm: United Sound Choice Amsterdam, Netherlands (5.00am Amsterdam)
SUNDAY 3 December
H2:Midnight: United Sound Choice Amsterdam, Netherlands (6.00am Amsterdam)
H1:5.00am: WON 920 The Apple New York, NY
H2:6.00am: WON 920 The Apple New York, NY
H2:6.00pm: IRN Tampa, FL
H1:8.00pm: Bubba Radio Network
H2:9:00pm: Bubba Radio Network
H1:10.00pm: The Pulse Montgomery, AL
H2:11.00pm: The Pulse Montgomery, AL
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