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Happy Birthday Michael Monroe

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Happy 51st birthday to Helsinki rocker Michael Monroe, who was lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Hanoi Rocks.

I was thrilled so have seen Hanoi Rocks perform at NYC’s Ritz in 1984 shortly before their drummer Razzle got killed in a massive car crash. Their show was right up there with one of the greatest performances I’ve seen in my entire life.

Since the party lifestyle took Razzle’s life way too soon (Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was driving the vehicle), I was thrilled to hear in a video interview that Michael Monroe always leads a clean, healthy lifestyle and was never into groupies. Good for him!

Here’s a great song from Michael Monroe’s solo effort:

Michael Monroe – “All You Need”

But my heart is with Hanoi Rocks … I love EVERYTHING, but here are some super cool songs:

Tragedy

Don’t You Ever Leave Me Baby

Up Around the Bend (Note: They always showed this video at the Ritz — brings back great memories)

Motorvatin’

Until I Get You

Fashion

Happy Birthday Punky Meadows!

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Happy Birthday to the legendary, Punky Meadows, lead guitarist of 1970s hard rock/glam band, Angel. Their record label was Casablanca, same as KISS. But unfortunately unlike KISS they never got the recognition they deserved.

Angel was (and still is) one of my favorite bands. I was too young to go see them live, but I had all the albums. My sister loved them too. My great-grandmother even loved them. They were amazing!

With so many thrilling Angel songs to choose from, here are just a few of my favorites:

And just for fun, here’s a Frank Zappa tribute to Punky Meadows, with Terry Bozzio on lead vocals singing, Punky’s Whips

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DOUBLE BIRTHDAY: Happy Birthday to Elvis and Bowie!

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Today we celebrate the birth dates of two legends, Elvis Presley and David Bowie. And I have a story to share about both!

In 1979, two years after the death of Elvis Presley, my Mother took me, my Grandmother and sister Kim to Graceland. At the time fans weren’t permitted to go into the house, but we all stood at the gates and even got to meet Elvis’s uncle, Vester Presley and have our photos taken with him.  I was 15 at the time and it was a gorgeous day outside. In the area we ate at a place that had a jukebox with nothing but Elvis music.

Elvis was always a bit hit in every home I lived in; first with my family; then living on my own I always threw on an Elvis record; and now with my husband, we love Elvis so much we often go see Elvis impersonators. Of all we’ve ever seen, I’d have to say my favorites were: Shawn Kush, Tony Grova and Mike Moat. And there are yet so many more to see!

I know a lot of people think the early Elvis is cooler, but I prefer the Las Vegas Elvis 🙂

Here are some of my favorite songs by the King:

Sylvia

True Love Travels on a Gravel Road

Early Morning Rain

My Boy

I’ll Remember You

The Wonder of You

Let it Be Me

Elvis 2

Elvis Presley

THANK YOU, Elvis, for all the beautiful music

and the sweet memories you made in my life,

and the life of my loved ones!

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And now, David Bowie!

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The first time I heard of David Bowie I was probably 12 years old. I always saw his pictures in rock magazines and thought he was strange with the bizarre bright red mullet he had. Then he grew on me and I started to love his music.

I had the honor of seeing David Bowie, 10th row at Madison Square Garden in 1984 for his Serious Moonlight Tour. I was one of the lucky fans who got a moon balloon. I still have the balloon in a suitcase filled of rock memorabilia, which includes set lists and guitar picks from musicians I saw over the years.

One night I went to see Iggy Pop at the Ritz. I was going upstairs and all of a sudden a bouncer screamed out, “EVERYONE MOVE TO THE LEFT!!!!!!!” I moved to the left and thought someone was hurt. But no, the bouncer was just making way for the legendary David Bowie to pass. I was close enough to see his two different colored eyes.

Like Elvis, I have so many favorite Bowie songs that it’s hard to choose just one, but let’s just say Starman is pretty “up there!”

Starman

Heroes

Little Drummer Boy, with Bing Crosby

1984

Fame

Ashes to Ashes

And when he still went under the name, Davie Jones (but later changed it not to be confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees)

Liza Jane

Thank you, David Bowie for adding a sublime soundtrack to my late teens and early 20s!

Happy New Year From Maryanne’s Jukebox!

Here are some of my favorite songs that were the back drop for ringing in the new year, over the years!

David Bowie – 1984

Prince 1999

Rock Around the Clock – Sex Pistols, Ten Pole Tudor on vocal

U-2 – New Year’s Day

Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis – Auld Lang Syne

Ella Fitzgerald “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”

Happy Birthday Razzle (RIP)

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Had he lived it would be another birthday for Razzle, drummer of another one of my favorite bands, Hanoi Rocks.

Razzle was killed Dec. 9, 1984 in a car accident. (Motley Crue front man Vince Neal was the driver and is on the record for being very torn for the manslaughter and has said he wished it was him instead).

I had the opportunity to see Hanoi Rocks perform at the Ritz in NYC before we lost Razzle. It was an amazing show and dirt cheap (under $10).

When Razzle died soon afterwards, my heart dropped. A very sad day in music history.

Here is a Razzle tribute from a fan on You Tube: MILLON MILES AWAY

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