Jimmy Fink heard last week’s edition of The Peak Off Peak when we talked about the Bo Diddley Beat and thought it would be cool to chat about another noteworthy sound that has helped shape what we call “world class rock.”
Today on The Peak Off Peak, the glory that is the 12-string guitar.
There are some people who make a tremendous impact on the music industry and yet so many people don’t even know their names. And that's a shame.
Tom Dowd was highly influential in creating the sound of the second half of the 20th Century. He is responsible for some of the world's greatest recordings. He has been credited with inventing multi-track recording. He put Aretha Franklin on the musical map. He introduced Eric Clapton to Duane Allman.
It’s time for an Off Peak about Tom Dowd.
The Morning Peak airs weekdays from 5 to 10am eastern in New York's backyard and online at www.1071ThePeak.com. Join us for Movie in a Minute, The Kopy Kat Kut, The Peak/Off Peak and other fun features!
Movie In A Minute is a short-form comedy bit created by the geniuses at Morningshow Sidekick, a radio prep service based in Denver with more than 140 affiliates all over the country. I have been the voice of "MIM" since its inception in the mid-90's. The premise is a "young" girl tells the story of a current movie complete with sound effects in about a minute (give or take..,).
Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, originally released 1984, the song achieved little initial success but found greater popular acclaim through Kopy Kats. The song has been covered by almost 200 different artists in various languages. Leonard Cohen said recently that he finds the number of different kopy kats "ironic and amusing" given that when he first wrote the song his record company wouldn't release it.
The topic of discussion today on The Peak /Off Peak is not so much a single song as it is a “sound” – a sound so intrinsic to our musical heritage that it is virtually woven into the very fabric that is rock and roll.
It’s the sound of The Originator and his signature rectangular Gretsch which he nicknamed "The Twang Machine"
Talking about The Bo Diddley Beat
The song was first recorded in 1965 by R&B singer Lemme B. Good and it went nowhere. About a month later it was redone with considerably rewritten lyrics by The Olympics. And it went nowhere. They say the third one’s the charm so when the Young Rascals covered the song in 1966 it went to number one.
Our Kopy Kats this week are an interesting and diverse group – first the Grateful Dead with Bobby fronting the band, then Bobby McFerrin accapella then believe it or not Bruce Willis, yes, the actor. He did the song once in an episode of Moonlighting. Then we wrap it up with the greatest kopy kats of all felix caleliere and the young rascals
This week’s Kopy Kat Kut is one of the RNR Hall of Fame’s “Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”
Some say “Hero” some say “Killer”, on this edition of The Peak / Off Peak, the story behind the famous song about notorious Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés.
You will hear what six strings can do in the hands of a genius along with some of the artists who, like Cortez himself, attempt to conquer the Neil Young classic.
He was known as the Wizard of Waukesha. He was a singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist, and radio & television personality.
Most importantly – he was an inventor.
Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his development of the solid body electric guitar.
This week's Peak Off Peak is Les Paul.
She was a thirty-something suburban housewife from Jersey in the mid-1950s and she was looking for something to do during the day to get her out of the house. So she started her own record label! This week on The Peak/Off Peak, the story of the legendary Florence Greenberg.
She was a woman in a man’s world -- a record label owner, music executive and a record producer at a time when women didn’t do such things. She gave us the Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, "Louie Louie" and, perhaps her crowning glory (and the reason we're talking about her right now), is one of the most influential, avant-garde rock records of the 20th Century.