Hello, Thank you for stopping by today. FACT…Did you know that, RANDY BACHMAN, a member of THE GUESS WHO, left that group in 1970 to form BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE. The group included brothers RANDY and ROBBIE BACHMAN, C. FRED TURNER and BLAIR THORNTON. Many radio announcers shortened their name to BTO. The group had two HUGE classic rock hits in 1974, “TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS”-#12 and “YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET”-#1. RANDY BACHMAN left BTO in 1977 to form the group IRONHORSE.
FACT…Did you know that, LaVERN BAKER was born Delores Williams on November 11, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois. Recorded at first as LITTLE MISS SHARE CROPPER and then BEA BAKER before using LaVERN BAKER as stage name. She is one of the most popular female vocalists of the GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL, charting 20 Billboard Top and Hot 100 hits. Her hits, TWEEDLEE DEE in 1955, JIM DANDY in 1956 and I CRIED A TEAR in 1958 are considered rock classics. She was inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 1991. She died in 1997 at the age of 67.
FACT…HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS were originally THE ROYALS an R&B vocal group from Detroit, Michigan. HANK BALLARD joined the group in late 1953. Hank’s birth name is JOHN KENDRICKS and he was born on November 18, 1927. He became lead singer and the group’s name was changed to THE MIDNIGHTERS in 1954. Hank recorded and wrote the original version of THE TWIST the world-wide hit that made CHUBBY CHECKER a big star. Hanks version charted at #28 in 1960. Hank Ballard and The Midnighters had 2 Top 10 hits in 1960…..FINGER POPPIN’ TIME-#7 and LET’S GO, LET’S GO, LET’S GO-#6. They charted 13 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1959 and 1962. They also charted 3, #1 R&B hits…..ANNIE HAD A BABY in 1954, WORK WITH ME ANNIE also in 1954 and LET’S GO, LET’S GO, LET’S GO in 1960. Hank died in March of 2003 at the age of 75. Hank Ballard and The Midnighters were inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 1990.
Till the next time—Joe