Dick is an all-around music guy and wild shirt aficionado.
Topic: The Guy In the Groove
As a consumer, musician, disc jockey, researcher, lecturer, writer, seller and buyer, music has been the core of my existence. This has been the case from the time I acquired Elvis Presley's “Hound Dog” at age six—on a 78, as that’s what kids played at the time—through the 33 1/3 years I co-owned and operated a new/used record store called Flat, Black & Circular.
It was amazing to play in a band, as a 13-year-old in 1963, then see what happened when the Beatles hit these shores the next year. Producing and hosting two radio shows on a public station in the early days of NPR was exciting. Having Captain Beefheart record station ID’s was certainly a highlight.
In recent years I’ve taken to researching and writing about the earliest versions of popular and hit songs. After having articles published in the record collecting magazine Discoveries, I combined and expanded that information on a website: www.OriginalsProject.us.
My knowledge and experience have led to excavating some amazing, often surprising, stories behind the music we love. I'm eager to share anecdotes, insights and observations with those of you who have lived through the era, or who are simply fascinated by the culture of music. Your input is welcome and encouraged.
Look forward to revealing stories, such as when the Beatles were butchers, how Led Zeppelin perfected the art (and business) of “borrowing” songs and where exactly it was that the "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
November 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Did a president's death inaugurate a musical revolution?
August 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM
'It's one thing to get on stage and run through songs the audience recognizes and expects. But how long can performers continue to be artistically vital..."
July 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Hint: it was never a hit record
February 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM
January 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM
"...Presley admitted having never composed a song in his life"
August 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM
"Fifty years on, the Beatles still rock"
August 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Fifty years on, the Beatles still rock
July 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM
"Minimal sibling rivalry in the music business"
May 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM
"Sit tight, folks, this blog involves some naughty pictures"
April 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM
"The number of artists who recorded Coca-Cola commercials may be greater than the ones who didn’t..."
March 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM
"The poet laureate of the blues"
January 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM
"As a drummer, I study other players’ styles and techniques and have to say Ardolino was one of a kind"
December 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM
"Not your standard carols!"
November 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM
"One song Jimmy Page clearly ripped off"
October 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM
"...albums are actually increasing their share in the marketplace."
September 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM
"Rock & roll is the devil's work!"
August 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM
"An African Zulu chant leads to a chart-topping pop song"
July 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM
"One song Led Zeppelin didn’t purposely steal"