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"rock will never last !" - that's what they said
At Sun Studio, Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee
I am just a fan.
As I entered my teenage years, Bill Haley and Elvis Presley were starting the rock and roll era. 
The music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly was the music of my early youth. 
In my teenage years the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, and the music of the 60's became the music of "my generation".
And in the 1970's the supergroups, including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and the Tamla Motown sound followed. 
Through the 80's and 90's many of these artists continue to perform, and new artists have emerged.
Those that are departed, still live on with their music and video. 
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New Orleans, Louisiana
The pundits said rock would never last,  how wrong they were !
  Let there be rock .......

Some of the groups and artists I have seen

Rolling Stones (four times) 
The Who 
Stylistics 
Supremes 
Four Tops 
Steve Winwood 
Spencer Davis Group 
Everly Brothers (twice) 
Duane Eddy 
Little Richard 
Chuck Berry 
Conway Twitty 
Clyde McPhatter (original lead singer of The Drifters
Stevie Wonder 
Black Sabbath (three times) 
Ozzy Osbourne
Bobby Darin 
Paul McCartney (twice) 
Elton John 
Fleetwood Mac 
ZZ Top 
Roy Orbison 
Neil Diamond 
Simply Red 
Chris Rea
Jerry Lee Lewis (twice) 
Eagles
Joe Cocker

 

Eric Clapton (twice) 
Phil Collins (twice)
Uriah Heep 
Cliff Richard and the Drifters (twice) - I mean the Drifters not the Shadows 
Cliff Richard 
The Ronettes 
The Crickets (alas post Buddy) 
Hot Chocolate 
Tommy Roe  (twice)
Ray Charles (three or four times) 
Led Zeppelin 
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Little Feat 
Dire Straits 
Pink Floyd 
Tina Turner 
Michael Jackson 
Van Morrison 
Status Quo  (twice)
Searchers 
Swinging Blue Jeans 
Peter, Paul, and Mary 
The Coasters (in 2002 !)
Chris Montez
Lonnie Donegan (four times) - his skiffle group awakened a musical interest for many in the UK 

and many others (in support, or that I have not remembered yet !) 
 

The best group/artist I have ever seen
Led Zeppelin at Earls Court (a brilliant concert spoilt only by the acoustics of Earls Court)
 
The best concerts I have seen
The Who at Charlton, London  (an open air gig with magnificent sound, and those lasers !) 
Knebworth (so many great performances)
 
Magnificent concerts  ( I hate to pick them out because I have enjoyed them all)
Steve Winwood (Royal Albert Hall, London) - one of my favourities, but so laid back. 
Paul McCartney (NEC, Birmingham) - all that the Beatles should have been ! 
ZZ Top (Wembley, London) - how do three guys create such a sound ? 
Fleetwood Mac (Wembley, London) - so many good songs 
Tina Turner (Woburn Abbey) - brilliant from start to finish 
Conway Twitty (Odeon Theatre, Birmingham) - I left the theatre thinking that this is what Elvis would be like !. 
Stevie Wonder (Odeon Theatre, Birmingham) - the PA used a third of the stage. 
Jerry Lee Lewis (Plaza Ballroom, Birmingham, England) - so close I could have caught his piano stool. 
Rolling Stones (Black and Blue Tour - Stafford, England) - always supreme live band. 
Black Sabbath (Odeon Theatre, Birmingham) - never stood on the cinema seats before ! 
Ray Charles (Odeon Theatre, Birmingham) - a real master.
 
Worst concert I have seen
Uriah Heep (Hammersmith Odeon, London - spoilt by their foul language)
 
and of course I enjoy the music of so many others on album or CD.
 
Biggest regrets
Not going to see the Beatles and Buddy Holly.
That Elvis did not perform in the UK (particularly in his early years).
 
The artists that impressed me
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) - probably the best drummer in the world 
Keith Richards 
Steve Winwood 
Robert Plant 
Roger Daltrey 
Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac
Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) - what a voice
 
Others that I like
Doobie Brothers
 
Artists I would like to see
John Lee Hooker (alas too late)
Peter Gabriel 
R.E.M.  (got tickets but had to go abroad and missed it - damm)

and almost everybody ! 
 


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the king of rock 'n roll Elvis was the king
from 'fifty six to 'sixty two
he sold his soul to Hollywood
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We all have our favourites and memories  ....  these are my views and experiences.    
 
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