Maybe not the father of rock'n'roll, but for sure the most influential rock'n'roll artist. Chuck Berry might call St. Louis his place of birth, but he is actually from San Jose California. Why some websites mention one or the other who knows. Growing up in a very segregated part of St. Louis called the Ville Chuck had never seen a white person until he was three years old,now that is segregation and very sad. Berry also grew into something of a trouble maker in high school.In 1944, at the age of seventeen he and two friends dropped out of school and set off on a road trip to California.
They had gone no further than Kansas City when they came across a pistol abandoned in a parking lot, later deciding to go on a robbing spree. Showing the pistol, they robbed a bakery, a clothing store and a barbershop ,then they stole a car before being arrested by highway patrolmen. The three men received the maximum penalty of 10 years in jail despite being minors. After serving 3 years he was let out on good behavior.
He returned to St. Louis and got together with a former High school friend where he joined his band. Traveling to Chicago and the mid west searching for a record contract, he met up with the legendary blues musician Muddy Waters, who suggested that Berry go to Chess Records. A few weeks later he wrote and recorded a song called "Maybellene" and took it to executives at Chess Records. They immediately offered him a contract and within months the song had reached No.1 on the R&B charts and No.5 on the pop charts.
After being convicted in 1961 for transporting a woman across state lines and arrested for having a 14 year old girl which he took to St. Louis to work at his Club, the girl was also arrested for prostitution, charges were pressed against Berry and spent another 20 months in jail. When he was released in 1963 Chuck would never be the same man afterward. Carl Perkins who was a good friend of Chuck said that he had never seen a man so changed, he had been an easy going guy before, but when Carl and Chuck toured in England he was cold, real distant and bitter.
Well everyone starts somewhere and as long as you don't give up positive things seem to come at you at the right time, hard work before and then thing do change. Between 1948 and 1955 Chuck worked as a janitor at the Fisher Body assembly plant, he also trained to be a hairdresser and freelanced as a photographer and assisted his father as a carpenter. During troubles and putting up with life Chuck finally seemed to have gotten his break, performing since the 1950's until 2017 Chuck Berry has left his mark in music history. In the music business Chuck accepts no less than $10,000 per gig and played no more than 45 minutes, and no encores.
Find out more about Chuck Berry on the ALL NEW CLASSIC HITS station KWMC 1490AM and the "Little Red Rooster" show as we feature Chuck Berry as the artist of the month.
All known information and music facts are by Wendy Johnson and shows are produced by Javier Martinez.
An event that was to take 3 days, ended up taking actually 4 days. 3 days of peace and music was the music festival that had 32 acts perform on the sometimes rainy weekend on a 600 acre farm that attracted 400 thousand people. The first musical act to sign the attendance contract was the “Creedence Clearwater Revival”, agreeing to play for $10,000.
As more bands finally agreed to play at the event, the building of the stage and speaker systems were being set up. Speaker columns were set up on the hills on 70 foot towers, the set up was for 150,000 to 200,000 people, but of course, 500,000 showed up. Problems arose at the festival as some opening acts were late getting to the stage due to being caught in heavy traffic. It is hard to understand that for such an event of this size, that no merchandise of any kind was available, no t-shirts or any official souvenirs of the festival were sold.
There were posters of the festival program that went largely undistributed, many of them were thrown away in their boxes after the festival. Still during the 3 days at Woodstock there were no reported incidents of violence among the half million people,and still despite the fact that stage announcements and newspapers reported at least two births at Woodstock, to date, no one has stepped forward as a Woodstock baby.
And in like many money making deals sometimes a few lies usually help out, permits for the event were hard to get, so the organizers told authorities that they expected 50,000 people while selling 186,000 tickets in advance and planning for 200,000,in the end 500,000 attended and another million had to turn back because of the traffic. People get hungry, and then there was the food problem. Hearing there was a food shortage, a Jewish community center made sandwiches for some of the crowd, the food was distributed by nuns. Still not enough food to go around another way of catering food came about. At the Hog Farm Free Kitchen some 160,000-190,000 people were fed.
There is so much information on Woodstock that it is impossible to tell everything about the festival, not to mention stories about all of the bands that performed there, which I didn’t even mention anything about. 1969, what better year to have started an event that has never to be duplicated again. Although there have been 4 attempts to recreate the festival on different sites; In 1979, 1989, 1994 and the disastrous 1999 festival, which was shut down because of riots and violence,commemorative events are taking place across America and Europe.
Learn more about the Woodstock Festival of 1969 as KWMC 1490AM the Classic Hits Station presents the “Woodstock Festival”as the classic event of the month,on the “Little Red Rooster Show”.
All information and new facts about Woodstock 1969 are by Wendy Johnson and produced by Javier Martinez.
Before they were the Beatles, before the Ed Sullivan Show, before America and before the fame, the Beatles were a struggling band that had several personnel changes. Most of the time they played with no drummer. In the early years there was Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Duff Lowe, and Colin Hanton. At the time they were known as the Quarrymen they perform their second gig at the Caver Club,the first with Paul McCartney. Alot of songs that were played by the Beatles in the early years, whether on film or record have been lost throughout the years. In a chance of a lifetime the Beatles got a chance to record with another musician who gave them the chance to make some records, he was suppose to be the British version of Elvis Presley, his name Tony Sheridan.
The Beatles recorded “My Bonnie”, Ain’t She sweet”and other songs. Most early recordings did not appear until the Anthology 1, 2, and3 lp’s were released,later we would end up with other lp’s like the Beatles live at the BBC and live at the BBC live on air. To come across any Beatles music from this time period, these rarities are almost impossible to find,but they do exist.
The amounts of money that some of these recordings are worth are just totally ridiculous,but that’s another story. August 6, 1960 looking for a drummer for a series of dates in Hamburg Germany, the Beatles invite Pete Best to be their drummer, Pete being moody and usually absent a lot, the band turns to seek another drummer. By October 15, 1960 the Beatles play with the drummer of another group”Rory Storm and the Hurricanes” that drummer would be Ringo Star.
This is the first known recording of the group together, though the master tape has been lost to history. And talk about practice makes perfect,one night around Christmas time the Beatles were recorded on stage, performing upwards of 30 songs,fascinating that only two song were originals. You can find these albums on the cheap Pickwick label as well as on the Phoenix record label. Other lp’s of interest is the 1962 Audition Tapes from Breakaway records. In 1962 Capitol Records,the sister company of EMI records,were offered the opportunity to release the first Beatles records in the U.S.A.,but because British acts typically had little success in the American market,they were turned down.
It was until two small companies Vee-Jay and Swan records who saw potential in the Beatles that their records were released. In early Autumn Brian Epstein the Beatles manager,asked Lennon and McCartney to write a song aimed at the American market. The song they came up with was “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, still at this point no US record company had the right to release it.
Although American audiences saw reports of Beatle Madness in the U.K. still they had not heard their records. Although a radio station in Washington was not the first to play a Beatles record, this song would capture the U.S. audience for the fist time. And then of course you know the rest is history. Tune in to KWMC’s 1490 AM all classic hits station as we feature The Beatles early years on the “Little Red Rooster Show”.All information and known facts are by Wendy Johnson and the show is produced by Javier Martinez.
It’s been now about fifty three years when Sam Cooke was shot in a cheap motel in Los Angeles at the age of 33, but you have to separate the man from his music simply because he was a flawed and unpleasant man who was also one of the greatest singers of the 20th century.
He sold more than 10 million records. In addition to being a talented singer and songwriter,he also had business smarts. He established his own publishing company for his music in 1959 and negotiated an impressive contract with RCA records in 1960. Not only did he get a substantial advance,but he would also get ownership of his master recordings after 30 years. This was something unheard of back in that time period.
Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale Mississippi in 1931 and then his family moved to Chicago,Illinois in 1933.In his starting musical career Sam started with a Gospel group called The Soul Stirrers who featured R.H. Harris on lead vocals. Sam Cooke replaced Harris in 1950.Straying away from his Gospel roots Sam started singing more into pop music and released his first #1 single “You Send Me” was released on the tiny Keen records label in 1957 and quickly rose to the top of the pop and R&B charts.
This song knocked Elvis Presley’s hit “Jailhouse Rock” from the top spot. After 2 years with Keen Records Sam left due to royalties disputes. He almost ended recording for Atlantic Records,but they wanted publishing rights to his songs. Cooke new the business side of the industry and realized he needed a deal that would give him rights to his own publishing. RCA records gave him that deal and the rest is history.
And then of course there is always some type of tragic moment in the life of someones career as they are becoming famous when something goes wrong. On December 11,1964 Sam Cooke was shot dead in a Los Angeles motel. No one knows for certain what happened,but it was reported that Sam had been out the night before drinking and met up with a woman,when they both ended up in a motel and what could go wrong went wrong.
The woman that was with him claimed that she was forced by Cooke to the room and that he tried to rape her. When she some how escaped while Sam was in the restroom,the woman went to the managers office to complaint. By that time Sam was trying to force himself into the managers office and claiming self-defense,the motel manager shot Cooke. Sam’s last words were “lady you shot me”.
Listen to the Little Red Rooster Show on the all new Classic hits station “KWMC 1490AM when we feature Sam Cooke as artist of the month. All information and known facts are by Wendy Johnson and all shows are produced by Javier Martinez
Traditional Christmas oldies have been a format of radio stations for generations,you get to hear the same ole songs over and over again.Seems like they want to think that that’s all the Christmas music that is out there.And although these traditional songs might be pleasing to an older generation,what about the kids today,they fall into the same idea that all Christmas music is old.Bing Crosby,Burl Ives,Johnny Mathis,the only song so burnt out by Jose Feliciano,Elvis Presley to name just a few.And if you include today’s new artists is still the same old songs just re-made.There are very few original songs out there by newer artists.If you have a favorite band and say i have all their records,do you know if maybe they recorded Christmas music?. Many artist did have holiday music,they didn’t intend to sell millions of copies,or to have a #1 hit with it,it was just for fun,and of course seasonal.How many people have heard holiday music by The Temptations,Marvin Gaye,Hall and Oates,Smokey Robinson,older artists like Bill Haley,The Four Seasons and many more?.Whether the artists are from the 50’s,60’s70’s or 80’s,this 2016 holiday Christmas Special will feature
rare songs and never before heard off Christmas oldies by various artist’s.All this music special will be on the LITTLE RED ROOSTER SHOW,
As KWMC the all new Classic hits station presents “The Christmas Oldies Special”.This special presentation is being produced by Mr. Javier Martinez.To the citizens of Del Rio and surrounding areas,May you have the happiest of holidays this Christmas and the New Year,from all the staff at KWMC1490 All Classic Hits Station.
No one would be prepared for a man who started out in traveling medicine shows, drag-queen revues, churches and clubs. But in 1950’s America, this made for a terrible mess.
He was black and gay, talented and loud, teens of both races loved him. As early as 1951 this artist cut his first recordings, but they all fell through. When he returned back home to Macon Georgia with his group the” Upsetters” he sent a demo tape to Specialty Records in Los Angeles.
Later in the year he got invited to record some demos in New Orleans, many white kids had never heard heard of him,but when several white radio stations thought the time was right, they showed no hesitation in programming the song of “Tutti Frutti” from that point on there begin a trail of some of the classiest, black Rock’n’Roll records that America and the world would ever hear, even though sometimes he had to watch other performers
steel his music, he calls himself the inventor of “Rock’n’Roll”.
He was backed up buy some of the best studio musicians and soon had chart toppers like” Lond Tall Sally”,”Rip it up”, Slippin and Sliddin”,Lucille”,”The girl can’t help it”,”Jenny Jenny”,and”Good Golly Miss Molly. We
all know him as “LITTLE RICHARD”.While on tour he met up with an up coming band from England who called themselves “The BEATLES”,at that time he was offered the opportunity to buy a 50% share of the group but didn’t take the offer.
He moved in with a white family after being kicked out from his
home with Ann and Johnny Johnson who ran Macon’s “Tick Tock Club,where Richard first performed. His style of whooping,shouting vocals,dumb lyrics,and wild piano banging
set the style for his future hits.Out of Richard’s
approximately 36 songs for Specialty Records seven were certified gold,”Tutti Frutti”,”Long Tall Sally”,”Rip it up”,”Jenny Jenny”,Keep a Knockin”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”and “Lucille”.
To find out more about LITTLE RICHARD listen to KWMC’S 1490 AM Classic Hits “Little Red Rooster
Show as we feature the originator of ROCK’N’ROLL himself “LITTLE RICHARD”.All information and known facts are by Wendy Johnson and all shows are produced by Javier Martinez.
Connie Francis came from Newark New Jersey, she performed first at age 4, playing the accordian at a musical recital. Fifteen years later she burst into stardom with a hit song “Who’s Sorry Now”?.In the early 60’s Connie was playing the Copa cabana and Carnegie Hall earning $12,000 a week in club fees,buy the time she was 26 she had sold 42 million records,making her one of the top female artist of all time.
Once Connie’s dad who opposed her first romance with Bobby Darin,drove the singer out of his daughters rehearsal at gunpoint. Connie’s third marriage was happy at first but on Nov. 8, 1974 it turned sour along with everything else. That night while Connie was asleep at the Howard Johnson motel in New York an intruder broke in and raped her at knife point he was never caught.
Connie sued the motel and won $1,475,000 in a settlement,it would take 7 years before Connie would perform again. Later on on her career she lost her voice as a result of an operation. Also being in and out of hospitals due to psychiatric issues, she finally came to leave the past behind.
She once bought three stretch limos during one of her manic episodes,the next day she bought $178,000.00 worth of clothes. Later as a result of overdosing on medication in an effort to kill herself Connie was in a coma for three days,but she survived. It has been a rough life for Connie Francis but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 77 year old Connie Francis has taken the No.1 spot on People With Money top ten highest paid singers for 2016 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings,that is nearly $60 million dollars lead over her closest competition.
The American singer has a net worth of $275,000.00. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, deals with Cover Girl Cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants in Washington, a football team the Newark Angels and her own brand of Vodka.
Learn more about Connie Francis on KWMC’S Classic Hits Station1490 AM’s Little Red Rooster Show. All information and known facts are by Ernest Mesta, Wendy Johnson and produced by Javier Martinez.
In 1967 a group of musicians turned a dream into reality, that dream turned into record sales topping the 100,000,000 mark,including 21 top ten singles.
An incredible 25 of their 34 albums have been certified platinum,and they have a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. They called themselves CHICAGO, considered one of the longest running and most successful pop, rock'n'roll bands in history.Chicago is the highest charting American band in Billboard's Magazine list of top 100 artists of all time, coming in at #13.Before Chicago they were called THE BIG THING then they moved to
Los Angeles California and signed to Columbia Records back in 1968,buy then the name changed to "The Chicago Transit Authority".In 1969
their first record was released as a double album which was a rare thing for a band who was to have their first release, by 1970 the double album had sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a platinum disc.When the actual Chicago Transit Authority entered legal proceedings soon after
the albums release, the bands name was shortened to just CHICAGO. Find out more on this great American group as they will be featured as
Artist of the Month on KWMC'S The Mighty 1490,Little Red Rooster Show. All information and known facts are by Ernest Mesta ,Wendy Johnson
and produced by Javier Martinez.
In 1969 and early 1970 and during that time,why would such great bands like Jefferson Airplane and even Santana refuse to play any concerts if they knew that a small three piece band from Texas would be the opening act.
This three piece band played red-hot Texas boogie and blues, no one did it better-or has done it longer than ZZ Top.Most people will tell you that ZZ top were know as the "Moving sidewalks",that is not true
It was Gibbons who played in the psychedelic blues band "The Moving Sidewalks" and then after hooking up with Frank Beard and Hill who played in the group "American Blues" did they become ZZ Top.
They played their first show in February 1970.Though most U.S. record labels would not take them on, they finally recorded for London Records which was home to the Rolling Stones which was a big plus for the band.
Their earliest album ZZ Top's first album came out in 1970, Rio Grande Mud 1972 which gave them a chart hit "Francene" which was also recorded in spanish and the album "Tres Hombres" from 1973 which so solidified their sound.
The "Tres Hombres" album became the first in an unbroken string of eleven gold and platinum albums.To this day the little band from Texas remain of rock's most entertaining live acts.After three decades and a half ZZ Top keeps rolling on.Find out more about Texas own "The Little Band from Texas" ZZ Top as KWMC "The Mighty 1490" will feature them as Artist Of The Month on "The Little Red Rooster Show".
All information and known facts provided by Ernest Mesta, Wendy Johnson and produced by Javier Martinez.
From a high school dropout who gave us seven years of his music and is considered one of the most influential electric guitarist in the history of music, he is described as a "rocking powerhouse".
Stevie Ray Vaughan was born in Dallas Texas and inspired by his older brother. Dropping out of school in 1971 he went to Austin Texas and in the early 60's he tried several different instruments including drums and saxophone. When his brother left home at the age of 16 Stevie's apparent obsession for the guitar caused a lack of support from his parents, so now miserable at home he took a job at a local hamburger stand, where he washed dishes and dumped trash for 70 cents an hour. After falling into a barrel of grease, he got tired of the job and quit to devote his life to music.
During the early 70's Stevie attended Kimball High School, but his late night gigs contributed to neglect his studies, including music theory.
He later spoke of his dislike of the school and stated that he had to get a daily note from his principal about his grooming. On and off with so many bands Stevie finally started his own band "Double Trouble" although popular in Texas they failed to gain national attention. So now booked for the Montreux Jazz Festival it didn't turn out so good the first time they played there, the set ended with boos from the audience. So now with no name, no contract, and no album Stevie was very upset, handed over his guitar and walked off stage.
Finally at his peak at stardom Stevie Ray and Double Trouble went back for a second time and it was totally different. The rest is history. Learn more about Stevie Ray Vaughan on KWMC's Little Red Rooster Show and the Mighty 1490 Del Rio's Classic Hits Station.all information and known facts are by Ernest Mesta,Wendy Johnson and produced by Javier Martinez.