Category Archives: Rock History
The Beatles At Shea One More Time

The Beatles played Shea Stadium on August 15th 1965 in what was to be the first rock concert ever staged in a stadium in front of more than 55,000 people.  The event was filmed using fourteen 35mm cameras by Ed Sullivan Productions and Brian Epstein and for the very first time, the fully restored, remastered, 30-minute performance will be available to screen as part of the worldwide theatrical release of Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized documentary feature film, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years.

Part of the theatrical release package also includes an opportunity to use your original Beatles concert ticket stub from the 1960s for a chance to win a free ticket for the US theatrical release of the film. For more information, visit The film heads to theatres September 15th

R.I.P. Prince

This weekend, so many of us will be taking time to remember Prince and his music. Here’s a quick clip of his appearance with Larry King back in 1999, responding to a question about how he’d describe his music.

Be listening to HIT OLDIES all weekend long for our memories of the artist, the man & the legend.

Remembering Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey of The Eagles performs on stage at Ahoy on May 11th 1977 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)The  music world lost another this week – Eagles founder Glenn Frey left us was too soon at age 67.
Hit Oldies remembers his massive contribution to music and our lives with a one hour tribute, hosted by Steve West.
Catch this exclusive broadcast at these times (all EDT)
only on Hit Oldies:
Tuesday January 19th 6pm
Thursday January 21st at 12noon
Friday January 22nd at 2pm
Saturday January 23rd at 3pm
Sunday January 24th at 6pm

Happy New Year From The King – It’s Elvis Live!

Settle back for a trip back to 1976 and Elvis Presley capturing the stage one more time for a Legendary New Years Eve concert in Pittsburgh, PA

A Different Side Of Brian’s Story

Behind the fun fun fun of The Beach Boys was the fascinating and genius singer/songwriter Brian Wilson. Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of the iconic Wilson — portrayed by two actors, Paul Dano in the ’60s and John Cusack in the ’80s — and examines his musical brilliance, personal voyage and ultimate salvation. Love & Mercy, co-written by Oscar® nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman, also stars Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, and is directed by Bill Pohlad, known as the Academy Award-nominated producer for such bold films as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Sean Penn’s Into the Wild and Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain.  Love & Mercy opens in theaters on June 5th

Rock History: Who Wrote SURFIN USA?

This week in 1963, “Surfin’ USA” by the Beach Boys was released in the US, where it will become the group’s second Billboard chart-maker, reaching #3. The song was a note-for-note copy of Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” with new lyrics. After Berry sued, he was granted royalties and all further issues of the song gave him writing credit.
Keep that in your head as you hear the boys doing it live:

Meet The Monkees For The First Time

Talk about “found footage”! When MONKEES series creators Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider shot the un-aired 16mm pilot, they had no ideas we’d find it decades later. It starts off with some charming B&W screen test footage from Davy Jones and Michael Nesmith, then still going by his stage name “Michael Blessing” but credited here as Nesmith. (Micky Dolenz, however was called “Micky Braddock”)

Plus there are some great versions of the theme by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, too!

IRS Spends 60 Grand On STAR TREK

Sources at the Internal Revenue Service says the video here, cost about $60,000! It was shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference but does not appear to have any training value. What do you think?

On Stage With The Boss

A lot of Bruce Springsteen fans would gladly give their right arms (and left arms) for a chance to sing onstage with The Boss – it sure jump started the career of Courtney Cox. Recently, a young fan in Brisbane, Australia, got his wish when Springsteen pulled him onstage to belt out Waitin’ on a Sunny Day. The kid was singled out after being spotted with a red baseball cap in his back pocket, Born in the U.S.A.-style.

Fall In Love With Stevie Nicks Again

Even marginal fans of singer Stevie Nicks should check out In Your Dreams – a new documentary co-produced and directed by Dave Stewart  worked on Stevie’s 2011 solo record. The film screens in 50 cities April 2 (for a list go here) and Stevie  kicks off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on April 4th.

Here’s a preview: