New this week in ’69: March 22

  March 22, 1969 It's not called "March Madness" yet, but the NCAA men's basketball championship is decided. UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 to take the title for the third year in a row, led by Lew Alcindor's 37 points. (You likely know him as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.) The word "three-peat" also will not surface until many … Continue reading New this week in ’69: March 22

Fifty years ago in the Quad Cities: The KSTT-AM Super 40 Official Music Survey, March 20, 1969

(Congrats on that High School Hall of Fame induction, BCHS!) Back in the early 1990s I worked at 97X, legally known as WXLP-FM in Davenport, Iowa. The station was safely tucked away in the former funeral home we called the Rock and Roll Mansion. WXLP had a sister station, KSTT, that was a legendary Top … Continue reading Fifty years ago in the Quad Cities: The KSTT-AM Super 40 Official Music Survey, March 20, 1969

Rest in peace, Hal Blaine: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (1963)

Word circulated Monday that the greatest rock and roll drummer who ever lived passed away. Hal Blaine was 90. That sentence, in some circles, may start an argument. Except that it's hard to argue just how important Hal Blaine was to rock and roll. There are estimates suggesting that he played on up to thirty … Continue reading Rest in peace, Hal Blaine: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (1963)