Rodriguez and his place in The Story Of Rock

Willem, Rodriguez, Brian, Sugar 1998
Willem, Rodriguez, Brian, Sugar 1998

Almost all the recent fan messages on the Sugarman.org website are from people saying they have never heard of Rodriguez before. Many even apologize for not listening to him in the 1970s.

I can’t remember when exactly I first heard ‘Cold Fact’. For me his music just always seemed to have been there. A number of the mixtapes from my teenage years show “Sugar Man”, “Rich Folks Hoax” and “I Wonder” as being from 1973/74 when I was about 14/15.

I was wrong, of course, but didn’t know that until much later.

A long time ago, I compiled a series of C90 mixtapes called The Story Of Rock, with all the information lovingly catalogued and hand-written in hard cover books.

Page 13 of Book 7 shows the track listing for “The Story Of Rock 1973 to 1974” and includes the following songs:

  • Long Train Running – The Doobie Brothers
  • We Live – Xit
  • Sugar Man – Rodriguez
  • Radar Love – Golden Earring
  • Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • The Ballad Of Casey Deiss – Shawn Phillips
  • Rich Folks Hoax – Rodriguez
  • We’re An American Band – Grand Funk Railroad

Other artists include Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, Yes, Focus, Chicago and more. And Rodriguez was the only one that got two entries! The next page shows “The Story Of Rock 1974 to 1976” and includes “I Wonder” alongside songs by Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, Pink Floyd, Genesis, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Uriah Heep, Nazareth and others.

Cold Fact
Cold Fact

I am finding it impossible to imagine what it must be like to not grow up listening to his music alongside all those other well-known classic rock bands. I know I never heard him on the radio, but that wasn’t that strange as a number of my “Story Of Rock” artists didn’t get much radio play any way.

But that he wasn’t famous in the rest of the world, didn’t cross my mind. When I first discovered the internet during the 1996 Festive Season, I could find information on Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, however I could find nothing on Rodriguez. And that started me on a quest, that just seems to be continuously having happy endings.

Without trying to sound too melodramatic, I would not be living the life I do now, and earning my income from doing what I love, if it was not for Rodriguez and all the sparks that he ignited.

Classic Rock to launch Deep Purple Fanpack | News | Classic Rock

These guys see my coming a mile away!

Re-Machined

Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head is the star attraction in Classic Rock’s upcoming Deep Purple Fanpack.

Hear official, all-new recordings of the band’s classic 1972 album performed by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Black Label Society, Kings of Chaos, the Flaming Lips, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes & Joe Bonamassa plus Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith.

Tracklisting

1. Smoke On The Water – Carlos Santana / Jacoby Shaddix
2. Highway Star – Chickenfoot
3. Maybe I’m A Leo – Glenn Hughes / Chad Smith
4. Pictures of Home – Black Label Society
5. Never Before – Kings of Chaos
6. Smoke On The Water – The Flaming Lips
7. Lazy – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa
8. Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden
9. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica

Plus, exclusive to this special edition:

10. Highway Star – Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Lauchlan Doley

via Classic Rock to launch Deep Purple Fanpack | News | Classic Rock.

Maak ’n pyp en dans (’n Begeleide trippie op soek na die droom) – Albert du Plessis | LitNet

Albert du Plessis

Na wie se pype dans jy? Betrap jouself in ’n goeie bui met ’n massiewe klankstelsel en verloor beheer in die ekstase van ’n smerige Hammond- of pyporrelsolo wat disrespekvol en met minagting tot diép in die rooi in gespeel word. – Albert du Plessis


via Maak ’n pyp en dans (’n Begeleide trippie op soek na die droom) – Albert du Plessis | LitNet.

Eleven Of The Best Classic Rock Songs Released in 2011

2011 has been a great year for an old Classic Rock fan like myself.

My sons: “what did you call “Classic Rock” when you were growing up, Dad?”

Me: “Rock!

Some of my all-time favourite bands either released new albums or re-issued classic albums with obscure and rare bonus tracks during 2011.

Here are eleven tracks that stand-out:

  1. Wond’ring Aloud, Again – Jethro Tull
    Segued and extended version,
    from the 40th Anniversary re-issue of  “Aqualung
  2. The Painter (BBC, version two) – Deep Purple
    from “BBC Sessions
  3. Gotta Be Crazy (live 1974) – Pink Floyd
    early version of Dogs,
    from the 2011 re-issue of “Wish You Were Here
  4. Into The Storm – Yes
    from “Fly From Here”
  5. The Travel Sequence – Pink Floyd
    early version of On The Run,
    from 2011 re-issue of “Dark Side Of The Moon
  6. The Hard Way – Pink Floyd
    from The Household Objects Project,
    from 2011 re-issue of “Dark Side Of The Moon
  7. I Can See You – Uriah Heep
    from “Into The Wild”
  8. Ricochet (BBC) – Deep Purple
    early version of Speed King with different lyrics, including a guitar solo later used in The Mule,
    from “BBC Sessions”
  9. My God – Jethro Tull
    early version with slightly different lyrics,
    from the 40th Anniversary re-issue of “Aqualung
  10. Smoke On The Water (live 2011) – Deep Purple and Orchestra
    from “Live At Montreux 2011
  11. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
    alternate version with Stéphane Grappelli on violin,
    from the 2011 re-issue of “Wish You Were Here

LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973

Music Fan, Anton van Staden, has scanned this booklet issued by LM Radio reflecting their top hits of 1973.

The back cover was dedicated to an advert for a famous cigarette brand, but since I am not sure of the legalities of advertising tobacco products, I decided to omit it.

LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973

Extracts below are taken from sleeve notes for the Hits Of LM Radio 2CD set released by PT Music in 2009.

Do you remember a time in South Africa when there was no TV and no internet? Hard to believe that there ever was such a time, and that listening to the radio was actually one of the best ways to discover the latest and greatest music. The DJ’s cared about the music and they even had theme tunes. Springbok Radio was OK, but the station that teenagers really embraced with enthusiasm was LM Radio, based out of Lourenco Marques in neighbouring Mozambique.

LM Radio was privately owned and operated, and served a vast audience of young people by transmitting pop and rock music which was not heard on the state-controlled SABC stations. The music was everything and DJs like David Gresham, Darryl Jooste, Long John Berks, Peter De Nobrega (and many, many more), were real personalities who played music that they really liked and the fans appreciated it.

The radio station in Lourenco Marques first started broadcasting in the 1930s, but it was in the late 1950s that it underwent a major format change to cater for the younger generation.

The LMRadio.org website says it best; “LM Radio, as it was popularly known, was renowned for its Top Twenty chart show, the LM Hit Parade, and played a major role in promoting South African artists and their music.”

In 1975 LM Radio became Radio 5, and then 5FM, but the spark of independence was no longer there and whole generations have grown up in South Africa without hearing music radio at its best.  – Brian Currin

LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973
LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973LM Radio Top Hits Of 1973

Interview for Rands & Sense magazine (via Michael Currin’s Blog)

Michael Currin interview for Rands & Sense magazine

Interview for Rands & Sense magazine For the Rands & Sense magazine of 2011, I was interview by Stephanie Craig of the Commerce Students Council (University of Cape Town) about my photography experience. Knynsa harbour large version 1) How did you get started with photography? I worked with Sony compact cameras since 2008. I decided around the start of 2010 to upgrade to a bigger DSLR to take ph … Read More

via Michael Currin’s Blog

Classic Rock Covers by South African Artists

A list of classic rock covers (and samples) by South African artists that are available to download from Rhythm Music Store; in no particular order:

Classic Rock on Rhythm

Many international acts are hard to find on Rhythm Music Store due to various licencing restrictions, however there are a number of classic rock songs that can be found.

Here is a list of some of my favourites in no particular order; please note that quite often they are live versions or updated re-recordings.

And as a bonus, take a listen to Ministry’s Cover Up album which includes covers of songs by classic rockers The Doors, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Golden Earring and err, Louis Armstrong.

Deep Purple Mk 3 Reunion rumours (via darker than blue)

Mk 3 Reunion rumours Glenn Hughes has raised the subject of a Mk 3 DP reunion in a few interviews over the last couple of weeks (including a new Glenn Hughes interview done in France last month we’ve posted).  Don’t go raiding the holiday money fund just yet though, as there are no firm plans. What is safe to ay from the stories is that GH is up for it were it to happen, and that he and DC have chatted about the subject together. They got as far as making tentative a … Read More

via darker than blue

Deep Purple – The Made In Japan concerts

Deep Purple Made In Japan
Deep Purple Made In Japan

Japan, August 1972

15th – Osaka (Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan)
16th – Osaka (Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan)
17th – Tokyo (Budokan)

Setlist

  1. HIGHWAY STAR
  2. SMOKE ON THE WATER
  3. CHILD IN TIME
  4. THE MULE including DRUM SOLO
  5. STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN
  6. LAZY
  7. SPACE TRUCKIN’ including excerpts from MANDRAKE ROOT and FOOLS
  8. BLACK NIGHT first encore
  9. SPEED KING second encore on 15th & 17th only
  10. LUCILLE second encore on 16th only

Original release on vinyl (2 LP)

from Wikipedia

Side one

  1. “Highway Star” – 6:50
    • Recorded in Osaka on August 16.
  2. “Child in Time” – 12:24
    • Recorded in Osaka on August 16.

Side two

  1. “Smoke on the Water” – 7:31
    • Recorded in Osaka on August 15.
  2. “The Mule” – 9:49
    • Recorded in Tokyo on August 17.

Side three

  1. “Strange Kind of Woman” – 9:35
    • Recorded in Osaka on August 16.
  2. “Lazy” – 10:50
    • Recorded in Tokyo on August 17.

Side four

  1. “Space Truckin'” – 19:41
    • Recorded in Osaka on August 16.

The History of RockFest Radio by Leon Economides

From RockFest.co.za

We’ve had many people enquiring about what The Rockfest is, and how it came about. The following intro will give you some idea of what/who we are, and what we do.

The Rockfest was born about 5 years ago.

When I approached the CEO of 1485AM Radio Today, Dr. Ivan May, with the view to presenting a classic rock show on the Rosebank-based community station, he was quite happy with the idea, and I started presenting a three hour show on a Friday night, repeated on a Wednesday night.

After having presented my show, dubbed “The RockIt Scientist”, for a few months on Radio Today, it dawned on me that there were a number of other presenters, all of whom were household names in their own right, whose talents and personalities were being wasted by them not being on air anymore, having been “discarded” by the major radio stations, who felt that they were either too “old”, or that their music taste and presentation was “old fashioned”. I had previous worked with Chris Prior, Phil Wright and Rafe Lavine on various other radio shows / stations since the early 80’s, and I thought that they would be very happy to be able to come back on air, onto a radio station that had no prescribed playlists or restrictions, and feature the music that made them so famous in South Africa. Dr. May agreed to this, and I approached Phil, Rafe, Chris and David Blood, all of whom were indeed happy to be on air, playing the music they love.

When the various shows started, from Friday through Monday, I called it The Rockfest. The idea of the concept was that you could listen to seasoned, knowledgeable, and in the case of the aforementioned four individuals, very professional presenters, featuring unplaylisted, unrestricted music, mainly in the jazz, blues and specifically, classic rock fields, thereby bringing back the glory days of radio when presenters had free choice of the music they wanted to play. The emphasis was on the music, but it also allowed the presenter’s personality and knowledge to be a factor in the presentation, unlike playlisted, formatted shows where the role of the presenter has been relegated to that of a “talking head”.

The Rockfest grew. After a while, I had brought on nearly 15 presenters, males and females, seven nights a week, all playing various forms of music, once again, free of restrictions. All the presenters were unpaid volunteers, doing it for the passion, and love, of music. The Rockfest became quite popular, and we staged three Rockfest gigs, at various venues, the intention being to market Radio Today and The Rockfest, as well as to highlight and promote South African artists / bands that, by virtue of the fact that they play non-commercial music, seldom get airplay in this country. The Rockfest on Radio Today came to an abrupt end in February 2009. Management ended it in a particularly cavalier and brutal fashion, but that’s another story!

Then, in early December 2009, The Rockfest found a new home, in 93.8FM Midrand Stereo. It happened just as quickly as it ended on Radio Today, and I approached many of the original Rockfest presenters, a number of whom have elected to come on board. Station manager Richard Jones and consultant Hanz Stricker have adopted the non-formatted playlist approach for the evening (Rockfest) presenters, and, once again, from 8pm til late, classic rock / progressive rock / alternative / metal / blues / 80’s rock and even 70’s disco, can be heard on the station, seven nights a week. There are a number of new presenters, many of whom have never been on radio before, but all the presenters have a common goal: to play the best possible music on 93.8FM, thus ensuring that the station is one of the very few in the country that caters for the more mature, discerning music lover who is tired of being spoonfed a daily diet of commercial pop, rap, R&B, etc, that forms the playlists of most other radio stations.

Each presenter is strongly encouraged to feature South African music on their shows, and, in many cases, the presenters are conducting interviews with South African bands / artists. The Rockfest is also going to be, in conjuction with Benjy Mudie, heavily involved in promoting the Monsters of Rock concert, featuring Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash, in late April. I will be doing live and telephonic interviews with various band members from all three bands, on my RockIt Scientist show in due course. It’s also my intention to restart the Rockfest gigs, and I already have a large number of bands, known and not-so-well-known, that are keen to perform under the banner of The Rockfest on 93.8FM.

The Rockfest has a website / blog (www.rockfest.co.za), and many of the presenters’ playlists can be seen on the site. The interest in The Rockfest is starting to build up again, and we are all very grateful that Steve Milo, Richard Jones and Hanz Stricker have given us the opportunity, and the means, to get The Rockfest back on the road, and on the air.

There is also a strong possibility that 93.8FM will have audio streaming in the near future, and it’s the station’s intention to approach DSTV for an audio signal, thus affording listeners throughout the country the opportunity of hearing the broadcasts.

The Rockfest line-up on 93.8fm Midrand Stereo is currently as follows:

MONDAY

8 – 9pm – Linda Sue (80’s/90’s rock/metal)

9 – midnight – Leon Economides (classic/progressive/Latin rock/metal/brass rock/blues/folk/Southern rock/jazz)

Midnight – 02am – TBA

TUESDAY

8 – 10pm – Ingrid Botha (classic rock/metal/AOR)

10pm – midnight – Lesley Wright (MOR/rock/80’s/70’s disco)

Midnight – 02am – Greg Tucker (Industrial/alternative)

WEDNESDAY

8 – 10pm – Phil Wright (metal/blues/classic rock)

10pm – midnight – Jurgen Becker (classic rock/alternative/new wave)

Midnight – 02am – Renier Coetzee (classic rock/metal)

THURSDAY

8 – 10pm – Tamara Jeunette (Industrial/alternative/goth/metal)

10pm – midnight – TBA ( possibly blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Kathy Raven – will confirm shortly – will feature SA rock/blues)

Midnight – 02am – Frank Heydenrych (classic rock/progressive/metal)

FRIDAY

6 – 8pmRosemary Royeppen (classic rock/jazz/blues/funk)

8 – 11pm – David Blood (classic rock/blues/AOR)

11 – 01am – Mike Tymvios (classic rock/metal/80’s)

SATURDAY

8 – 10pm – Max Aston (classic rock/progressive rock/folk rock/Southern rock)

10 – midnight – Aris Binikos (70’s disco/funk)

Midnight – 02am – Andre Durand (classic rock/metal)

SUNDAY

8 – 11pm – Robert Laing (South African rock/metal/blues)

11 – 01am – Rick Gardiner (hard rock/metal)

Leon Economides (0824402836)

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