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“Rumble” at American Bandstand

10 Feb

Link Wray, pioneer of distortion and the power chord, was called ‘the Rumble Man.’ On February 10, 1959 Link Wray and his Ray men performed his controversial instrumental “Rumble” on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.”

“Rumble” has the distinction of being the only instrumental song ever banned for radio play in the U.S.  The offensiveness, apparently, had to do with the fear that the song might incite gang violence.

Link Wray ‘s original single from vinyl, along with the opening street scene from the 1957 Delicate Delinquent movie by Jerry Lewis. Rumble came later in 1958.

Jimmy Page talking about “Rumble”.

A documentary of Link Wray.


Jailhouse Rock!

25 Jan

“Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley became the first single to enter the UK pop chart at #1 on January 25, 1958.

It was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and was released as a 45 rpm single on September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley’s motion pictureJailhouse Rock.

“Jailhouse Rock, as sung by Elvis Presley is #67 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[1]. It was also named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

B-side Treat Me Nice
Released September 24, 1957
Format 45 rpm single, 78 rpm single
Recorded April 30 1957
Genre Rock and roll
Writer(s) Leiber/Stoller
Producer Leiber/Stoller


29 Jul

On July 29,1965, The Beatles second film, Help!, premieres at the London Pavilion.

The trailer.

The entire movie.