This being Episode # 57, I thought it would be fun to revisit ’57 — as in the year 1957. With the loss of Little Richard recently, virtually all of the early pioneers of Rock ‘n’ Roll are gone now, so let’s take a look back at the music and the musicians behind rock’s first big year.

This episode was also inspired by the book “The History Of Rock & Roll, Volume 1” by Ed Ward. Most of the research, facts & figures came from this excellent book, and I highly recommend it. You can find it here:

The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1 (macmillan.com)

There’s also an audiobook version available.

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Earth, Wind & Fire’s 6th album, That’s The Way of The World, was ostensibly a soundtrack album; when the film bombed, the album was on the verge of fading away, too– until “Shining Star” was released as a single and it became their first (and surprisingly only) #1 Top 10 Hit. The whole band is on fire here; beneath the pop sheen is the heaviest of funk grooves, with particularly tasty guitar & bass work. Let’s climb inside this funk machine & see what it took to create this stellar track.

Earth Wind & Fire – “Shining Star” (Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn) Copyright 1975 (Renewed 2003) EMI April Music Inc. 

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