Dave Swanson is a writer and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with all things Rock & Roll. Dave has written for a variety of publications including Shindig!, Bucketful Of Brains, The Cleveland Scene and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He hosts his own radio show, has promoted concerts and played in several bands including, but not limited to, Rainy Day Saints, New Salem Witch Hunters, The Cynics, Chamber Strings, Guided By Voices, Death Of Samantha, and Captain Groovy & His Bubblegum Army. Favorite bands-Cheap Trick, The Monkees, Sparks, Motorhead, Beach Boys, Rockpile, XTC,Van Der Graaf Generator, Sweet, Bob Dylan,etc. Favortie color- paisley. Sign-Scorpio. Favorite Movies-Love And Death, Don't Look Back & Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. Political party-Mod & Rocker. Religion-Rock & Roll. His biggest regret is having no regrets. If not playing, writing, reading about, listening to, or discussing music, he is most likely dead.
The Story of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Movie ‘FM’
A movie that captured the radio industry at a crucial time came out on May 3, 1978.
The Day the Who Played Their First Concert With Kenney Jones
Kenney Jones, a former drummer with the Small Faces and the Faces, later admitted that the very idea of anyone replacing Keith Moon in the Who was ludicrous.
How the Beatles Found Themselves Featured on Topps Trading Cards
You know you've made it in America when you get your image on a bubblegum card.
How the Sweet Finally Broke Out With ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’
Unfortunately, 'Sweet Fanny Adams' was never released in the U.S.
How the Amboy Dukes Bridged Psychedelia and Hard Rock on ‘Journey to the Center of the Min…
In April 1968, the Amboy Dukes released of one of the era's most definitive singles, "Journey to the Center of the Mind."
That Time Ringo Starr Got His Own TV Special
The difficulties of being Ringo Starr was the subject of a cheesy TV special in April 1978.
How the Monkees Declared Independence on ‘The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees’
By the time the Monkees released 'The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees' in April 1968, they had been on a nonstop roller-coaster ride for a solid 15 months.
How Paul McCartney Finally Ended the Beatles For Good
Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving the Beatles on April 10, 1970.
The Day Ron Wood Was Saved From a Boat Fire by Paparazzi
On April 8, 1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was rescued by paparazzi from a yacht fire.
The Day Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Others Held an MLK Tribute Jam Session
On April 7, 1968, some rock and blues legends paid tribute to Martin Luther King, who had been killed a few days earlier.
The Day John Lennon Married Yoko Ono
For their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono then staged a week-long "Bed-In" for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.
That Time Elvis Costello Filled in for David Letterman
Elvis Costello had, of course, been a regular musical guest on David Letterman's 'Late Show.' This time, he also acted as host.