Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fred Ferrara of the Brooklyn Bridge Passes

R.I.P. Fred Ferrara, formerly of the Del-Satins, who backed Dion Dimucci on such hits as "Donna, the Prima Donna", and "Ruby Baby" , then moving on to the Brooklyn Bridge with Johnny Maestro,..has passed.

Friday, October 21, 2011

On This Day in Music History 1958:

1958: Buddy Holly recorded his last studio session. Holly and the Crickets recorded “True Love Ways,” “Moondreams,” “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” and “Raining in my Heart.”

Thursday, October 20, 2011

On this Day October 20, 1977Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd were all killed along with manager Dean Kilpatrick when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Missouri. The crash seriously injured the rest of the band and crew who were due to play at Louisiana University that evening.

This Day in Music

This Day in Music

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paul Leka, who co-wrote the ubiquitous chant of a hit single, “Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye,” passed away on October 12th according to web reports. Leka also wrote “Green Tambourine,” one of the seminal singles of the late 1960s, for his group, The Lemon Pipers.
“Na Na Na” was a hit for Steam, Leka’s group at the time. But it was a chorus that was supposed to be a throwaway B side which he’d written years earlier with another member of the group. They added it to a song written in the studio and it went on to become a massive hit. It’s now a regular chant at sports events.
Leka, from Bridgeport, Connecticut, also produced several hits including Harry Chapin‘s “Cat’s in the Cradle” and “Theme from Summer of ’42″ by Peter Nero. He also produced the first two REO Speedwagon albums from his Bridgeport studio. Leka also produced records by Gloria Gaynor, 
Angela Clemmons, and Lesley Gore.