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Tommy Ridgley, Spirit, Jake Holmes/Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, Brenda Lee and more.
Tommy Ridgley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, The Diamonds and more.
Tommy Ridgley, Lavern Baker, The Kinks, Ike and Tina Turner, George Benson and more.
Our first show with our new intern and associate producer Clutch. We talk a little bit about him and just have a good time.
Tommy Ridgley, Lebo M, The Tokens, Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds, Miriam Makeba and more.
We talk about the case of Solomon Linda, the original writer, and performer of The Lion Sleeps Tonight. We cover his life, the travel of the song, and the eventual lawsuit filed by his family to get back the royalties they were owed.
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The Graduate, Liz Quinto, sat in as guest DJ on this episode of the RRLS. Liz helped Sheldon put together the songs we played — many women were featured. She also helped with phone calls and announcing. The whole gang was there though, and we celebrated Sheldon’s folks’ 65th wedding anniversary!
We did nothing but play great music. Stripper music, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Psychobilly, and R & B hit the airwaves. Our set list was so hot that it set off the fire alarm in the studio. G. Scott did his best CKLW impression when he read copy. We were joined by a friend, Steve Gilbert, who verified that I had a green Gretsch Tennessean in 1965. I thought it was green and he solved that mystery. Wish I still had the guitar.
Ben Rose and Taylor Nichole Webb of the Detroit Psychobilly Alliance stopped by the studio to visit with Sheldon and the gang.
The newest Rockabilly band to come out of Detroit, Rio & The Rockabilly Revival graced WCXI’s airwaves for their second trip back to the RRLS. They put on a stage show in the studio, getting ready for their CD release party on February 24 at Orchid in Ferndale, MI. The stunning and vocally passionate voice of Rio with her two beautiful “sisters” Ally and Renee on great backup vocals gave the WCXI towers an audio workout with their newest release from their new EP called “The Midnight Rebel Sessions.” We can’t forget the great rhythm section with Charlie Bongo on drums, keeping time like a Rolex, Sean Eric Harris, Musical Director, and standup bassman extraordinaire, thumpin’ and bumpin
Tonight's show was jumpin' from the start. Consistent with the theme of the show, G.Scott Rainey didn’t talk. Lucky for our audience. He communicated in sign language with the Mohel translating. When the Mohel got tired of that he started writing things down. Even then he caused dead air. The World’s Most Pissed Off Guy failed to show, why, because he was pissed off that the Carpet Cleaners showed up too late. Great show though, heard some Bill Haley, Pete Johnson. The Helecasters and more. We did our tribute to Whitney Houston. We played the original tune written and sung by Dolly Parton and made it sound like a duet with Whitney.
We had as our guest Michigan Senator Rick Jones who spearheaded the new Anti-Bullying Law. Senator Jones delved in depth into the subject. This new law gives meaning to the 10 children that committed suicide in Michigan This law should lessen the effects that these cowards have on our children. The Senator talked about how he was touched by a suicide that convinced him to take up this cause. The audience got to see the serious side of the Rock & Roll Lawyer.
Numbers, numbers and numbers, they are everywhere. “We’ve Got Your Number” is this week’s show title. We do, and so does the great lineup of tunes that I’ve selected. Think Numerology, Rock and Roll Lawyer Style. Pay particular attention to this weeks Frank’s Funny Favorite segment, the backup singers will either crack you up, or you’re going to think, I’ve gone mad for playing that tune. Either way, it struck me funny.
This week Sheldon and the gang presented a show featuring American bands and artists, primarily from the 1960s.
My pomp is back, greased up and ridin’ high we did a special on the Broadway play that’s comin’ to town starting Jan 24th at the Fisher. It’s The Million Dollar Quartet, the famous Sun Records Jam session in December 1956 with Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. We gave airtime to our special guest, the actor/singer/guitarist/Billy Woodward, who plays Elvis, The Memphis Flash, in the show.
I’m telling you, Billy Woodward is the real deal. We played two of his original tunes, The One, and Survival from his upcoming CD. We have had the producer of the play on our show, Collin Escott, the foremost authority of Sun Records, who wrote Good Rockin’ Tonight, Jack Clement who produced the
It’s our fifth annual tribute to our famous “Cousin Frank”. Great show, with great tunes that Frank dug. He was really into jazz. We also played the best of Frank’s Funny Favorites. He is still trying to censor me, but what the heck he had a great sense of humor. He would be proud to see how the show progress, as he was with me when we started the show 6 years ago.
For this week’s episode, Sheldon dug into his musical archives and assembled an astounding array of Elvis Presley’s original recordings to celebrate the King’s birthday. You’ll find a treasure trove of progressions of tunes through their development in the studio. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
Sheldon managed to hold the show together magnificently amidst his band of fools tonight. One fabulous, rare tune after another kept things rocking between segments including top stories of the year and even Shmuck of The Year.
Tune in next week for our very special celebration of Elvis’ birthday!
In the spirit of the season, Sheldon and the gang brought you ‘A Blue, Blue Christmas‘ special on the Rock & Roll Lawyer Show this week. In addition to some great blues and holiday jams, we introduced a new segment: Schmuck of The Week! Our Christmas special features some extra schmucks we found just for the holiday season. Give it a listen for some laughs, jams, and memories.
Tune in next week for our year in review episode!
This week, Sheldon and the gang invited author Carol Teegardin back to the Rock & Roll Lawyer Show to continue our interview. Teegardin wrote ‘Strawberry’, the saga of the Manoogian Mansion and more. Tune in for our exciting conclusion.
This week, Sheldon and the gang welcomed Carol Teegardin to the show for the first of two episodes. Teegardin is the author of the book ‘Strawberry’ which chronicles the story of Tamara Green (Strawberry) and her involvement in an alleged scandal at the former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s Manoogian Mansion.
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This episode was broadcast the night before our big British Blowout at Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale. The last time we had a gig at Dino’s, we had the joint at capacity well before 10:00… but I digress; tonight’s episode celebrates the music of the British Invasion era of the early 1960s. In addition to all the jams, we had a special guest from Michigan Artists, which is a non-profit organization, who are having a fundraiser at — guess where? — Dino’s, the week following British Blowout featuring the Invasion. Even Dino himself gave us a call tonight! If you happen to stop in to the fabulous Dino’s for lunch, dinner, or cocktails be sure and tell him the gang at the Rock & Roll Lawyer Show said hi!
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Pepper spray was in the air this Black Friday as crazed shoppers hit the streets to kick off the holiday spending season. Meanwhile, back at the Rock & Roll Lawyer Show offices, Sheldon Kay labored over the finishing touches on the episode we present you with today. Armed with a cache of tunes and tales, we hit the air to present a version of Black Friday that only the Rock & Roll Lawyer Show could give you; with hallmark music and hilarity. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Our special guest on this episode, Rich Tupica, is a music historian who came in to discuss Detroit’s own Fortune Records and the artists who recorded on the label. Sheldon Kay gave the entire Rock & Roll Lawyer Show staff a week’s worth of homework on the subject beforehand. By airtime, we were all pretty sure we knew what we were talking about, but Mr. Tupica knew more. Listen in as we all get a schoolin’ and entertained to boot. Musically speaking, all the greats of the era are featured on this episode. Grab yourself a drink, get comfy by the computer, and be prepared for a great hour and a half of radio.
We prepped up for the gig on Nov 5 by having the Women of Rockabilly in Southeastern Michigan come on. The beautiful and talented Rio Scafone of Rio & the Rockabilly Revival, who is Jack Scott’s niece talk about her rockabilly roots. Rockabilly royalty runs through her blood. We also had Elle Mae, the stylistic, sassy and sexy lead singer of the Phantom Shakers talk about The Rockabilly Resurgence gig that I was hosting on November 5. Fun, show. We kept G. Scott Rainey’s interruptions to a minimum.
We had Katya, from LA, cast member of Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp. She’s a female rocker, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter. Cool chick. I wish she was in-studio so I could look at some eye candy, who plays kickass guitar, and not have to look at the schlubs who make up the crew, (Liz, Mayela, Kiki weren’t there). We had her booking agent — the Gothic Liberace — Aaron of Graphic Equlizer (he doesn’t know how to spell equalizer) in the studio to make fun of.
Featuring The Horse Cave Trio
Special guest, Guitarist Dennis Coffey. One of the original members of Motown’s Funk Brothers. I can still hear his guitar from, “Ball of Confusion” and “Cloud 9” by Temps in my head.
A repeat show from July 15th, 2011.
The Flying Crowbars featuring Erich Goebel on guitar and James Cloyd Jr on bass.
G-Scott Rainey takes dead air to a new radio level.
We featured great musician and guitarist, Deke Dickerson. The Rock & Roll Lawyer spun some rare vinyl from Rockabilly Legend, Ray Smith along with a great history lesson with Bobby Darin and Elvis. Cousin Frank was turning over in his grave when we played, “Move Your Hand Baby.” I could hear him say, I’m having a talk with “unc” about you. He was always afraid I’d be in trouble with the Bar. Along with Frank, Miss PTA frowned on the tune and sez that she works with a sinner, but liked the boogie-woogie piano of the tune.
The lead singer, Willie Jones, of the Royal Jokers, a great Doo Wop Group from Detroit stopped by. Willie’s voice was and still is equal in vocal stature to Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters. He proved “it” by singing live. The RJ’s recorded a very famous tune, “You Tickle Me Baby” twice, once in 55′ and in 62′ at the famous Fortune Records in Deeetwaaaaa. We compared both versions. He took us into the recording sessions that made him famous and of course, the crew asked good questions, even G. Scott Rainey made sense for a few minutes.
The Mary Jane Show, update on the Michigan Marijuana Medical Act. This show is proof why G. Scott Rainey should be issued a Medical Marijuana Card. Come see how Drewfiss and Liz the Lizzard get on each other’s legal nerves, and how the Rock & Roll Lawyer sits back and laughs. Don’t forget the great and rare tunes that we spin because that’s what we do.
The Dizzy Dames, Detroit’s preeminent Burlesque honey’s graced our airwaves. Sexy Lushes LaMoan, Sassy Lula LaRose and Innocent Hayley Jane bumped and grinded the Rock & Roll Lawyer into oblivion. G. Scott Rainey needed oxygen.
General mayhem. The legal content was kept at a minimum so not to bore the audience.
Rio & The Rockabilly Revival. Rio brought her great voice and talented band, husband Sean/bass, Brian/drums, Jarod/geetar,/Jumpin Jack Johnson/Sax. and sexy female backup singers to the show, Trish and Kim. Rockabilly royalty runs through her blood, her uncle is Jack Scott, (The Way I Walk) Rockabilly legend from Hazel Park, Michigan. Look to hear more from them as they are rapidly rising in the Detroit Music Scene. We had a great time, they are due back later in the year.
Bluegrass show just in time for the 2nd Annual Harsens Island Bluegrass festival. We had sassy Kate Hart the founder of the festival as our guest. Kate is a go-getter, Grammy-nominated singer. She was the brains and founder of The Detroit Women and currently working on her new business, The Michigan Holistic Voice Institute. You can reach Kate at email@example.com
http://www.katehart.com and http://www.michiganvoiceovertalent.com
Eddie predicted that in 2012 that one of the show’s members would be buying regular bed sheets instead of the plastic ones he has been using for the last 35 years and that Drewfiss and the Moyle would be giving charm lessons to the World’s Most Pissed Off Guy. Check out the tunes.
Great Rockabilly Mojo on our Friday night jam. Jeff O, Scott, and Judd, Detroit’s answer to the Blue Moon Boys, in case you don’t know who they are, Elvis, Scotty, and Bill. They jump right at your speakers.
The whole crew stretched out, even G. Scott Rainey, who we actually understood for the first time in a year and a half. The Moyle hit a couple of home runs and the Mistrials batted around twice. Our show is like a beer fest on steroids.
Erich Goebel and the Flying Crowbars, a great blues band from the former Car Capital of the World. All accomplished musicians in their own right and it shows. Give a listen. It’s Detroit’s best….. all grimy and greasy and ready to go.