Those southern rockers from the early 70s were grittier and louder than the country rock groups that came before. Lynyrd Skynyrd first hit in 1973 with “Gimme Three Steps,” a bar brawl tune that was based on a true story. On Rockaeology at http://bit.ly/eDpt3B guitarist Gary Rossington tells what happened when Ronnie Van Zant was caught dancing with the wrong guy’s girlfriend at the Little Brown Jug, a Jacksonville bar.
While “Everybody’s Talkin’” is the signature song of Harry Nilsson, it was written and performed by folk singer Fred Neil in 1966. The song almost didn’t make it to vinyl. Rockaeology at http://bit.ly/hZAT9T tells how “Everybody’s Talkin’” was created at the end of a recording session. Neil was anxious to get back home to Miami. Short one track for an album, his manager convinced Neil to write a song on the spot, which took 5 minutes, and Neil recorded “Everybody’s Talkin’” in one take.
In 1967, the Box Tops blasted onto the scene with Wayne Carson’s “The Letter,” a number one hit for the blue-eyed soul band that would sell 4 million copies. Fronted by 16-year-old lead singer Alex Chilton, the band was produced by Dan Penn of American Sound Studio in Memphis. On Rockaeology at http://bit.ly/rqhHK1 Penn tells how he used all the elements of writer Wayne Carson’s original demo—guitar, bass and drums—because of the Boxtops’ inexperience as a band.
Percy Sledge became one of the first artists to introduce the world to the Muscle Shoals Sound with his release of “When a Man Loves a Woman” in 1966. Sledge was inspired to write the song when his girlfriend left him and moved to Los Angeles. Rockaeology at http://bit.ly/pwb4DN tells how Sledge worked as a hospital orderly, singing in the halls during his shift, when he recorded the track for Quin Ivy, a local producer who owned a record shop and recording studio. It was Percy's first time in a recording studio.
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