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.
She is known as the queen of soul. This High School drop out has 44 Grammy nominations and 18 wins. Ten of those are for Best R&B Vocal Performance. She has performed at the inaugurations of three presidents. She is also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock'n'Roll hall of Fame.
On October the 8th 2014 she achieves a milestone in music history by becoming the first female to earn her 100th hit on Billboard's Hot R&B chart.Aretha released the album Songs of Faith for the Checker label when she was discovered singing in the choir. Although Checker did not sign her to a contract,the recording still remains as Aretha's first professional recording. In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Aretha in their '100
Greatest Artist of All Time' at # 9 she is the only woman to make it into the top ten. According to her concert contract. Aretha likes to get $25,000
of her performance fee in cash on the night of her concert. It is also stated that she and her security personnel must be accommodated in hotel rooms
below the fifth floor. On January of 2009 Aretha's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame had been defaced,apparently by the people for the ethical
treatment of animals,the words"FUR HAG"were painted on the star as a protest for Aretha's choice of wardrobe. Find out more about Aretha Franklin
on KWMC's Little Red Rooster Show as she will be featured as Artist of The Month. All fun Facts and information are by the little red rooster,Wendy Johnson and produced by Javier Martinez.
Marvin Gaye started out with a group called the Marquees,then changing their to the Moonglows. Although many people say Marvin never recorded vocals with the Moonglows that is incorrect. He did record some vocals but you won't find any of the recordings on his greatest hits or rarities albums. The time with the Moonglows was short lived and Marvin returned to his home town of Washington D.C. and teamed up with another doowop group called the Rainbows.
Finally being introduced to Motown records Marvin started out as a session drummer and recorded with some of the biggest artists for Motown. Not everyone at Motown was so easy going about Marvin's habit of smoking Marijuana in the recording studio, he would spend time brainstorming ideas for marijuana advertisements. One particular ad Marvin came up with was "Try the Marvin Redeye brand, friends and neighbors.No sticks, no seeds,no stems just clean smooth smoke. And talk about a lucky find,a Motown memorabilia collector came across Marvin
Gaye's passport from 1964 tucked inside an old record sleeve.He made his discovery after buying a collection of lp's and singles from a family of a deceased former Motown musician.The passport is valued at a minimum of $20,000 by appraiser Laura Wooley.
On our next Artist Of The Month the music and life of Marvin Gaye will be featured on KWMC the Mighty 1490's Little Red Rooster Show.All fun facts and information are by Ernest Mesta,Wendy Johnson and produced by Javier Martinez
The only group to have hits before, during, and after the british invasion. The Four Seasons have stood their ground. Like in the early years of any group or performer, it is a period when nothing becomes a hit or your music just doesn't appeal to anyone but in 1956 when they were known as the Four Lovers, Joe Pesci (the movie actor) introduced Franki Valli to Bob Gaudio, which at the time changed their name to the Four Seasons.
In their nearly 40 year career the Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records making them the most long-lived and successful white-doo-wop group. The Four Seasons have gone through numerous personnel changes over the years but the essence of the group has remained with lead vocalist Franki Valli and songwriter/manager Bob Gaudio Valli. Gaudio owns the master tapes of all the group's recordings, the rights to use the musical group name "The Four Seasons" and also owns the right's to the music and lyrics of all the Four Seasons song. These properties have generated millions of dollars in revenue for Valli and Gaudio joint enterprise. Where people sometimes think that old 50's and 60's music is only for the baby boomers,
Re-issues of Four Seasons recordings enjoy steady sales with many purchases being made by people who weren't even alive during the groups hey-day. Tune in to KWMC's 1490 AM "Little Red Rooster" show to find out more stories and interesting facts about the "Four Seasons" as they will be featured as Artist of the Month. All known facts and stories are by Ernest Mesta, Wendy Johnson and produced by Javier Martinez.