Get ready to rock & roll with Billy McGuigan in his show Rock Legends on Saturday, April 22. The show, which is the final performance in The Clayton Center’s 2016-17 Palladian Series, begins at 8 PM.
In preparation for this look back at some of the best rock n’ roll music of the 50s through the 80s, we have compiled some rockin’ rock n’ roll facts.
- Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but did not write any of them.
- Chuck Berry aspired to be a professional photographer and only performed music to buy photography equipment.
- Jimi Hendrix wrote Purple Haze after dreaming about walking under the sea.
- John Lennon was featured as the cover story on the first issue of Rolling Stone.
- The Beatles’ 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is considered to be the first-ever concept album.
- London Calling was named after a phrase used in a BBC show during WWII: “Good morning America, this is London Calling.”
- Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited is named after Route 61, the highway that goes through his home state Minnesota through the Mississippi Delta.
- Brian Jones, co-founder of The Rolling Stones, was proficient at over 60 musical instruments.
- The Doors were the first band ever to advertise a new album on a billboard.
- Queen has the longest-running fan club, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
- The Eagles started out as the backup band for Linda Ronstadt.
- The first CD pressed in the United States was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
- Pink Floyd’s original name was Sigma 6.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan was the guitarist on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album.