Get Ready To Rock ‘n’ Roll

Billy McGuigan in Rock Legends at The Clayton CenterGet 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.

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