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"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" is a rockumentary podcast series that tells the greatest rock and roll stories on record. This includes the untold tales of some great hits that time forgot, but maybe you'll still remember. These programs are hosted by Radio Dave, a veteran disc jockey and published authority on rock and pop music history. He draws his "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" stories from his "groove yard," an archive that has more music than most record libraries.
 
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RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_143 – "THE HISTORY OF 'LOUIE LOUIE'" This episode spotlights the fascinating history of just one song. And it’s one of the most widely performed rock and roll tunes of all time. I’m talking about the immortal “Louie Louie.” We’ll trace the musical roots that inspired Richard Berry to compose it. You’ll also hear samples…
 
R&SRNR_142 – “THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE DOORS” One of the most popular and influential bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s made an indelible mark on rock and roll history by applying electric blues arrangements to dark musical messages about sex, obsessive excesses, and death. Their charismatic lead singer adopted the persona of “…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_141 – “TWENTIETH CENTURY TOP 40 ANGELS & DEVILS” We’re spotlighting every Top 40 hit song with angel and/or devil in the title that charted during the first five decades of the rock and roll era – from 1955 through 1999. How many angels and devils songs can you name? Although there have been hundreds of such rock and ro…
 
R&SRNR_140 – “THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE RASCALS” This episode spotlights the Rascals – one of the most popular groups in the U.S. and Canada during this act’s peak years in the late 1960s. The Rascals impact was significant enough to earn them induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Also, a successful Broadway musical which celeb…
 
R&SRNR_139 – “THE LOST TOP 40 HITS OF 1971” This episode spotlights 40 lost Top 40 hits from the year 1971. It was a vintage year for music, including some great records you never seem to hear on the radio, or the satellite or on anyone’s live stream anymore. Three of the 45s on our playlist are from a famous Hollywood romantic drama. We’ve also go…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_138 – “THE MANY SIDES OF PHIL SPECTOR” – His remarkable career was a contrast of very good music and very bad behavior. But there’s no question that Phil Spector’s musical achievements across six decades beginning in 1958 and ending in 2003 earned him an indelible place in rock and roll history – and an in-depth retrosp…
 
R&SRNR_137 – “Our 30 Nominees For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame” The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame was founded in 1983, and its home is in Cleveland, Ohio. The honorees enshrined there are an honor roll comprising more than 300 of the greatest names in rock and roll history. And more are added every year. That said, we think there are many overlooked art…
 
R&SRNR_136 – “THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE GRASS ROOTS” Hit songs credited to the Grass Roots were all over your radio dial in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Note that we said credited to rather than performed by. That’s because for most of its existence, the Grass Roots has been a brand in search of a band. The name Grass Roots was app…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_135 – “BIG HITS & BIG LAW SUITS + PLATTERS ABOUT THE LEGAL PROFESSION” – This episode spotlights some big hit records that were the subject of some great big law suits, plus assorted platters about the legal profession. These include musical testimonies by artists who were sued for copyright infringement and celebrated …
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_134 – “THE LOST TOP 40 HITS OF 1977” This episode spotlights 40 lost hits from the year 1977. It was a vintage year for music, including some great records you never seem to hear on the radio, or the satellite or on anyone’s live stream anymore. Three of the songs on our playlist are title tunes from blockbuster Hollywo…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL – “HIT SINGLES COVER VERSIONS OF BEATLES ORIGINALS – PART 2” Although they were only active for a little over a decade – from 1960 to 1970, the Beatles remain to this very day the most covered band in rock and roll history. By covers, we mean new versions of their originals recorded by other artists. There are thousands…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_132 – “HIT SINGLES COVER VERSION OF BEATLES ORIGINALS – PART 1” Although they were only active for a little over a decade – from 1960 to 1970, the Beatles remain to this very day the most covered band in rock and roll history. By covers, we mean new versions of their originals recorded by other artists. There are thousa…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_131 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE FOUR SEASONS – PART 2" This is the second installment in our two-episode salute to a group whose incredible career has been celebrated on stage and screen in “The Jersey Boys.” They’re the Four Seasons. We’ll continue our chronicle comprising all of their hit singles. As we…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_130 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE FOUR SEASONS – PART ONE This is part one of our two-part salute to a group whose incredible career has been celebrated on stage and screen in “The Jersey Boys.” They’re the Four Seasons. We’ll chronicle all of their hit singles, as we track their tunes – collectively as a g…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_129 – “ORIGINAL NAMES OF 30 FAMOUS ROCK & RHYTHM & BLUES GROUPS” Many of the greatest vocal groups and bands were known by different designations before they found fame using the names by which we know them now. Tracing those antecedent aliases is one of the most interesting and fun parts of rock and roll history. We’ll…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL _128 – "THE LOST TOP 40 HITS OF 1967" This episode spotlights 40 lost hits from the year 1967. it was a magical time for music. Including some great records you never seem to hear on the radio, or the satellite or on anyone’s live stream anymore. And in a few instances, for very good reason. Three of the tunes on our pl…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL _127 – "THEY ALL SOUNDED LIKE ELVIS PRESLEY" Elvis Presley just has to be the most imitated performer in pop music history. Beginning with his ascent to super stardom in 1956, and continuing after his death in 1977, myriad performers have sought success by emulating his sound and style. That doesn’t even include the cou…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_126 – “ELVIS PRESLEY'S RHYTHM & BLUES HIT SINGLES" – It’s the rhythm & blues hit singles career of Elvis Presley. Since 1955, there have been 170 Elvis Presley singles on Billboard’s various hit music charts. 35 of those 45s were listed on Billboard’s R&B rankings between 1956 and 1963. We’ll cover them all – along with…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_119 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE KINGSTON TRIO" Once upon a time – back in the 1950s and 1960s – folk music was all over your radio dial. Not much anymore on AM, FM, or satellite broadcasts. But your friends at “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” are bringing it back for you. This episode salutes a group that h…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_118 – THE HISTORY OF THE BAND & ROBBIE ROBERTSON This episode spotlights a band that started in the 1950s as the supporting musicians for Canada’s biggest rockabilly star. Later, they moved to the United States and fine- tuned their sound under a variety of different names. That led Bob Dylan to hire them to back him on…
 
R&SRNR_#117 – LOST HITS (& LOST HEADLINES) FROM EACH OF THE FIRST 20 YEARS OF THE “ROCK & ROLL ERA” This episode spotlights 60 lost hits from the first 20 years of the “Rock & Roll Era” – 1955 through 1974. We’ve picked three songs from each of those years, and they’re tunes you rarely hear on the radio, or from a satellite, or on anyone’s live str…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_116 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF PETER & GORDON + PETER ASHER PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS" There’s only person that we can think of in the annals of rock and roll history who worked with the Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Cher, Neil Diamond, and Diana Ross. He also was one-half of one of the most successful …
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL _115 – "THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT – 60 HIT PRODUCING PROGENCY OF FAMED ROCK, RHYTHM & BLUES, COUNTRY, AND POP PERFORMERS" This episode spotlights 60 hit-producing progeny of famed rock, rhythm & blues, country, and pop performers who also had charted records, owned record companies, and/or made their musical marks on Broadwa…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_114 – "25 U.K. GROUPS THAT ROCKED THE BLUES" Blues is one of the cornerstones upon which rock and roll was built. You’ll hear artists like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals, Yardbirds, Cream, Kinks, Jethro Tull, and Fleetwood Mac. You know their names. You might not know the blues roots of some of their music. We’ll …
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #113 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF DIONNE WARWICK - PART 2" This episode chronicles all of the rest of Dionne Warwick's hit singles, along with the numerous original versions by the many other artists who inspired her. We’ll highlight Dionne Warwick’s special connections and collaborations with the Spinners, Ba…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #112 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF DIONNE WARWICK - PART 1" This is part one of our two-part salute to a singer, actress, and television personality, who is one of the most successful female vocalists of all time. She charted hit singles spanning seven decades beginning in the 1960s. Her recordings have sold mo…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL – “THE TOP 40 LOST HITS OF 1965" – This episode spotlights 40 top 40 lost hits from the year 1965 – the tunes you never seem to hear on the radio, or the satellite or on anyone’s live stream anymore. Talk about variety, we’ve got some dreamers and a Duke, a religious King and a Johann Sebastian Bach concerto that all ro…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_110 – SUNSHINE POP HITS OF THE LATE 1960s – Remember a time when life was groovy, love-ins were the in-thing, and happenings happened? An era when flower power energized us? When far out and out of sight were what we wanted to be? If you were around in the late 1960s, then you know what we're rapping about. And if you…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_109 – "THE GREATEST ROCK & ROLL DOCTORS OF ALL TIME" Are the endless encores of the same songs, constant commercials, and perpetual pre-pubescent patter on the radio giving you a headache? Is your home audio system constipated? Does your car stereo have indigestion? Is your podcast player all pooped out? Sounds like you…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_108 – "40 GREATEST BIRD-NAMED GROUPS" More rock, rhythm & blues, and country groups have been named after birds than any other member of the animal kingdom on this planet. Thirty-seven of our feathered musical friends have found nesting places on the hit singles charts. Our “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” Ornithology Dep…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_107 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF NEIL DIAMOND, PART 2 This is part two of our two-part salute to a singer/songwriter who’s been making hit records for more than a half-century. His recordings have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. And the songs he composed for other performers have added many million…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_106 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF NEIL DIAMOND, PART 1 This is part one of our two-part salute to a singer/songwriter who’s been making hit records for more than a half-century. His recordings have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. And the songs he composed for other performers have added many million…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL – "THE LOST TOP 40 HITS OF 1961" – This episode spotlights 40 lost hits from the year 1961. These include top 40 tunes radio stations no longer play – by major artists such as Tony Orlando, Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, and Chubby Checker, as well as famed actress/singer Ann-Margret, among many others. We’ll …
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_104 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE EVERLY BROTHERS, PART 2" – This is part two of our two-part salute to two siblings who comprised the most successful duo in the history of rock and roll – the Everly Brothers. We’ll chronicle the rest of their hit singles – singing together and also apart as solo artists – …
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_103 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE EVERLY BROTHERS, PART 1" – This is part one of our two-part salute to two siblings who comprised the most successful duo in the history of rock and roll. They mixed their Appalachian mountain music heritage with some rockabilly, a little country and western, a dash of rhyth…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_102 – "40 GOOD SONGS FROM 30 BAD MOVIES" Have you ever seen a really bad major motion picture where the original soundtrack music was the only good part of the film? We have. Our resident “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” Rockogolist, Ken Deutsch, picked 30 such flicks, and I plucked 40 songs that debuted in those pictur…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL _101 – 45 LOST 1960s XMAS 45s This is our fourth annual Xmas podcast. On earlier editions, show #25 told “The Little-Known Stories Of The Biggest Christmas Hits." #51 showcased "The Top 40 Lost Hits Of Christmas." And #75 presented "The Beatles & Elvis Presley For Christmas." Now, on this episode #101, it’s the yuletide…
 
R&SRNR_100 – “What’s Playin’ On The Jukebox At Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll World Headquarters” This is show #100 in our podcast series. And to commemorate our reaching the century mark, we’ve prepared a celebration that we hope you’ll share. It’s 40 of the records that are playin’ on the Jukebox at “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll World Headquarters.…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_099 – "Sex-Rated Hit Singles Of The 1960s & 1970s" Our earlier episode #8 – “Risque Records, Banned Ballads, & Profane Platters” – is the second most downloaded show in our “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” series. It covers 52 songs spanning all the decades since the 1950s. Now, as an extension of that rockumentary, we’ll…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_098 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS This episode salutes an act that achieved a feat that such then-contemporary groups as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, and Four Seasons never matched. They were one of just two acts during the 1960s whose first seven 45s reached the top 10 on B…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_097 – CANADIAN ROCKERS WITH TOP 40 HIT SINGLES IN THE U.S. - 1955-1994 This edition spotlights “Top 40 U.S. Hit Singles Imported From Canada During The First 40 Years Of Rock & Roll” – 1955 to 1994. We’ve received many requests from listeners to do an episode on Canadian rock acts, and we’re playin’ what you’re sayin.” …
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_096 – “COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF CARL PERKINS" This episode spotlights a legendary singer/songwriter/guitar stylist who’s known as the King of Rockabilly, as well as the Godfather of Rock & Roll. He’s Carl Perkins. This is an episode several of our “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” listeners have requested, and we’re…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_095 – "THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF MOTOWN RECORDS – 64 HIT SINGLES" – The Motown Sound helped define the music of a generation during the company’s heyday in the 1960s and early 1970s. The Motown family of labels has been celebrated in television specials, stage musicals, and Hollywood movies. You may recall that “Rare & Sc…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_094 – "THE LOST TOP 40 HITS OF 1972" – This episode spotlights 40 lost hits from the year 1972. These include top 40 tunes radio stations no longer play – by major artists such as Carole King, Three Dog Night, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, The 5th Dimension, Wayne Newton, Curtis Mayfield, and The Bee Gees, among others. We…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL – WOODSTOCK MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL – 50TH ANNIVERSARY ROCKUMENTARY This episode salutes the 50th Anniversary of the largest and most famous rock and roll concert ever – Woodstock – August 15 through August 18, 1969. We’ll sample one song each from the acts who performed there. These include an artist who was six months p…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_092 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF ROCK NELSON – PART 2 This is the second of two episodes saluting one of the most famous names in rock and roll history – Rick Nelson. Our first episode tracked his trajectory from child actor to rock star. Now we’ll spotlight the second half of his career, as he gradually evol…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_091 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF RICK NELSON – PART 1 This is the first of two episodes saluting one of the most famous names in rock and roll history. His early recordings were a mixture of rock and roll, rockabilly, and gentle ballad styles. In later years, he was a pioneer in the genre of country rock. Dur…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_090 – 20TH CENTURY HIT SINGLES ABOUT MOTORCYCLES Rev up your sound system, because we’re popping the clutch on hit singles with a biker theme during the 20th century. We’ll also road test some terrific two-wheel tunes that didn’t chart, along with selected hit album cuts about motorcycles that got great mileage on rad…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_089 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF ROY ORBISON – PART 2" This is the second of two episodes saluting one of the most unique and enduring talents in rock and roll history – Roy Orbison. He recorded hits in four decades – the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. And his posthumous platters also charted in the 1990s and rem…
 
RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_088 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES CAREER OF ROY ORBISON This is the first of two episodes saluting one of the most unique and enduring talents in rock and roll history. He recorded hits in four decades – the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. And his posthumous platters also charted in the 1990s. He’s best known for his soaring v…
 
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