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The Rock-itt : June 2011
singlet, grabbed a beer from the fridge and settled back on the sofa to take in whatever the television had to offer. W hizzing through with the remote I found a music show called “Town Hall Party” and sitting back to enjoy the amber liquid and cool waves of air from a noisy fan that should have gone to Kimbriki tip years ago, I watched with joy as Gene Vincent and a whole lot of old, but young rockers then, strut their stuff in this truly out dated but great piece of rock n roll nostalgia, actually dating back to 1959. A guy called Eddie Cochran was being introduced onto the show and although I’d heard of him many times over the years, I’d never heard or seen him perform before. As soon as he walked onto the stage I became mesmerised by his actions and mannerisms. I’d seen all of what he was performing in my idol Elvis Presley which brought me to the conclusion of who copied who. Eddie went through a swag of fantastic self penned compositions like ”Summer Time Blues”, “C’mon Everybody” and “Somethin’ Else” to name a few. After sitting there watching, transfixed and enjoying something really exciting and new I’ve always believed that Elvis Presley was the true pioneer of today’s Rock & Roll, although music historians will disagree and take you down the rock n roll track on a rollercoaster ride of this guy did this and this guy did that and by the time they’ve finished with you, you are absolutely and completely befuddled and have no idea whatsoever, of who did anything. But when we stop listening to the so called experts and start believing in our own ears and eyes we eventually come to our own conclusions. There was nothing to compare with Elvis Presley before him that I have heard or seen that tells me that he wasn’t the original cement casting for the music we call Rock & Roll today,....... or was he? A few months ago after mowing the lawn on a hot summ er Saturday afternoon, I took a cold shower climbed into shorts and from the past, I made up my mind that I’d research Eddie Cochran and in doing so found a lot about him. I ordered a DVD of his called, “Town Hall Party”, which I hope to have in my possession soon. In the interim you may want to do your own research on Eddie Cochran and Elvis and see if you can come up with some conclusions of your own. I’ll be back in July’s Rock-itt with what I think who copied who, or was Elvis and Eddie just a coincidental moment in Rock History? See you next month................Pete Top 10 Music Charts June 1959 1. What’d I Say...Ray Charles 2. There Goes My Baby...The Drifters 3. Donna...Richie Valens 4. I Only Have Eyes for You...The Flamingos 5. Lonely Teardrops...Jackie Wilson 6. I Want To Walk You Home...Fats Domino 7. Sea Cruise...Frankie Ford 8. Almost Grown...Chuck Berry 9. Kansas City...Wilbert Harrison 10. Sleep Walk...Santo & Johnny Top 10 Music Chart June 2011 1. E .T ... .Katy Perry 2. Rolling in the Deep...Adele 3. Just Can’t Get Enough...The Black Eyed Peas 4. Till The World Ends...Britney Spears 5. On The Floor...Jennifer Lopez 6. Give Me Everything...Pitbull 7. The Lazy Song...Bruno Mars 8. The Show Goes On...Lupe Fiascd 9. Down On Me...Jeremih 10. Look At Me Now...Chris Brown Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages. The cost is very affordable and the results are impressive. Call Pete on: Ph: 9975 1105 or 0438751101 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Let’s keep ROCKIN’ around the Beaches