Influences, Inspirations, and Favorites

Don't Know What They're Doing But They Laugh A Lot 

An American singer-songwriter, Jim Lowe is best known for his 1956 number-one hit song, "The Green Door". He also served as a disc jockey and radio host and personality and was considered an expert on the popular music of the 1940s and 1950s.

Jim Lowe - The Green Door

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The Brass 

Herb Alpert is an American trumpeter who led the band Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass in the 1960s.   Check out some Tijuana Brass sometime!  In the meantime, here's a fav.

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - A Taste of Honey


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& The Crickets 

Born to a musical family in Lubbock, Texas, during the Great Depression, Buddy Holly learned to play guitar and sing alongside his siblings. Holly's style was influenced by gospel music, country music, and rhythm and blues acts, which he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school.  In 1955, after opening for Elvis Presley, Holly decided to pursue a career in music .Don McLean's as "The Day the Music Died" in his song "American Pie" refers to the famous plane crash that Killed Holly at the height of his musical career, along with Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson.

Buddy Holly - Oh Boy

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Musical Excellence 

An American keyboardist, singer and songwriter Billy Preston is one of only two non-Beatle musicians (along with Tony Sheridan) to be given a credit on a Beatles recording at the band's request; the group's 1969 single "Get Back" was credited as "The Beatles with Billy Preston".  Preston was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Musical Excellence Award category in 2021.

Billy Preston - Will It Go Round in Circles

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"The Only Band That Matters" 

An English rock band formed in London in 1976, The Clash were key players in the original wave of British punk rock.  For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, lead guitarist and vocalist Mick Jones, bassist Paul Simonon, and drummer Nicky "Topper" HeadonIn January 2003, shortly after the death of Joe Strummer, the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004.

The Clash – Complete Control

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The Godfather of Modern Rockabilly and Psychobilly 

It’s a stage name and a band name.  Both musician James C. Heath and his trio is called The Reverend Horton Heat. The group formed in 1986, playing its first gigs in Dallas' Deep Ellum neighborhood. The core members are Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath on guitars and lead vocals, and Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass. The band performed "Dog Pound Hop", the surf-flavored theme to the hit animated series The Ren and Stimpy Show, which premiered in 1991.  Fun fact, one the bands that we were previously members of once opened for The Rev in Lake Charles.  I believe the flyer for that show is still hanging somewhere in Luna Downtown.

The Reverend Horton Heat – 400 Bucks

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The Queen of Rockabilly 

Wanda Jackson began performing as a child and later had her own radio show in Oklahoma City. She was then discovered by country singer Hank Thompson, who helped her secure a recording contract with Decca Records in 1954, where she had her first hit song. She then began touring the following year with Elvis Presley. The two briefly dated and Presley encouraged her to record in the Rockabilly style. In 1956, Jackson signed with Capitol Records where she was given full permission to record both country and Rockabilly. She has been considered among the first women to have a life-long career in country music.


Wanda Jackson - Let's Have a Party


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That Woodstock Song That You Didn't Realize was a Blues Number When You First Heard It 

Noted for its efforts to promote interest in blues music and its original artists, Canned Heat was launched by two blues enthusiasts Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, who took the name from Tommy Johnson's 1928 "Canned Heat Blues", a song about an alcoholic who had desperately turned to drinking Sterno, generically called "canned heat". 

Canned Heat - Going Up The Country

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Songs That Make You Take Pride in Yourself 

When Woody Guthrie wrote This Land Is Your Land, I don't think he wasn’t intending on it being a tune Americans hear at every patriotic function and holiday. He wrote it in critical response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".  When Guthrie was tired of hearing Kate Smith sing "God Bless America" on the radio in the late 1930s, he sarcastically called his song "God Blessed America for Me" before renaming it "This Land Is Your Land".  This Land is for you and me – right?

Woodie Guthrie – This Land is Your Land

“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim or too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard travelling. I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood. I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work. And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you. I could hire out to the other side, the big money side, and get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own kind of songs and to sing the kind that knock you down still farther and the ones that poke fun at you even more and the ones that make you think that you've not got any sense at all. But I decided a long time ago that I'd starve to death before I'd sing any such songs as that. The radio waves and your movies and your jukeboxes and your songbooks are already loaded down and running over with such no good songs as that anyhow.”

― Woody Guthrie


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The Hoff 

On February 2, 1977, David Hasselhoff made his musical debut on The Merv Griffin Show performing "Nadia's Theme", the theme song from the American television soap opera The Young and the Restless, the show in which Hasselhoff was starring at the time.

David Hasselhoff - Looking For Freedom

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