Monthly Archives: May 2016

Great Balls of Fire: Otis Blackwell; Jerry Lee Lewis; Sha Na Na

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Great Balls of Fire. This is one of the classic ‘roots’ rock and roll songs. We will start with the original version by Otis Blackwell, who co-wrote the song. We … Continue reading

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Rock Island Line: Leadbelly, Lonnie Donegan, and John Lennon

Hello there!  In this week’s blog we consider the song Rock Island Line.  This is originally a folk-blues song that was later converted to a British folk-pop song.  We will start with a version by Leadbelly, and then discuss covers … Continue reading

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It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue: Bob Dylan, Them, Richie Havens

Hello there!  In this week’s blog we consider the song It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.  This is a fabulous song by Bob Dylan, one that marks his transition from folk music to rock.  After discussing Dylan’s original song, we … Continue reading

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Not Fade Away: Buddy Holly & the Crickets, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead

Hello there!  In this week’s blog we consider the song Not Fade Away.  This is a great early rock ‘n roll song by Buddy Holly and the Crickets.  After discussing the original song, we will review covers from the Rolling … Continue reading

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