Author Archives: Steve Goddard

Rock and Roll HOF Icon Dead At 100

Fats Domino is still one of my favorite artists – one of Fats’ closest friends and working partners (co-writer and producer) Dave Bartholomew died Sunday at a hospital in the New Orleans area. He was 100 years old. Digging through my tape archives I recall rescuing a :60 commercial for Schlitz beer from a trash can in 1975. I haven’s ... Read More »

A SURPRISE FROM MY OWN RECORD STASH

Found this during my (seemingly) never ending sweep of my archive room to make way for another vinyl record collection. It’s a disc of 60 second music beds for radio station use – probably from the early 60’s…..the tracks aren’t very good, but at least the cover is kind of cool… – Steve Goddard Read More »

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLY JOEL

Happy 70th birthday to Billy Joel today – That’s Columbia Records rep Bob Conrad and me in the middle holding a copy of his “Atilla” album on Epic, as he tells me what a horrible album it was…and it was, but it got him animated… Read More »

APRIL 4, 1964 – THE BEATLES HAVE THE TOP 5 SONGS ON BILLBOARD’S HOT 100

55 years ago today, the Billboard Hot 100 chart showed just how dominant The Beatles were at the time. In addition to the top 5 songs, there were 7 more Beatles tracks on that week’s chart: (31) – I Saw Her Standing There (41) – From Me To You (47) – Do You Want To Know A Secret (58) – ... Read More »

WRECKING CREW DRUMMER HAL BLAINE HAS DIED

Hal Blaine is irreplaceable – I met him on a couple of occasions and interviewed his for an additional two hours by phone. He was funny as hell, finally got his dues after a dark period on the 80’s when he went through a nasty divorce and ended up working as a security guard in Scottsdale Arizona, before people re-discovered ... Read More »

PETER TORK MONKEES SPECIAL AIRS TODAY

This morning at 11 and again this evening at 6 I have an hour long special on Peter Tork: Life With The Monkees. 90% of the dialogue will be spoken by Peter, who I last spoke with in 2013. Lots of Monkees hits and lots of stories… …Stephen Stills connection to the group true or false …did he really have ... Read More »

PETER TORK WITH STEVE GODDARD INTERVIEW

Peter Tork was the friendliest of the four Monkees I met. Davy was great to his fans, Mike was quiet and reserves, Micky was, well, just Micky, but Peter was the most down to earth. A a few weeks before they came to Mesa, Arizona in August 2013, I spent the good part of an hour on the phone with ... Read More »

MY FAVORIE ALBUM OF 2018

JD McPherson’s “SOCKS” is the best Christmas album I’ve heard since Shakin’ Stevens released his in 2009… JD McPherson is a 41 year old rocker from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (my neck of the woods) who draws from artists like Fats Domino, Joe Turner, Led Zeppelin, and Little Richard. He’s the real deal, and this album (his 4th) just mkes me ... Read More »

HOW DID THIS DISC GET PAST ME?

How did I miss this 2017 Jerry Lee Lewis release…super 3 sided pressing of his 1989 appearance on Austin City Limits. There’s nothing much better than Jerry Lee on a good night, and this indeed was a good night for him with lots of gas still left in the tank.. Sometimes I just forget how good he was…. Read More »