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This is a music mix like nothing you’ve even heard (unless you’ve been here before). It’s created by radio professionals who went beyond the “oldies” mentality to provide a blend of the best music from the dawn of rock & roll right though today. You’ll hear greatest hits as well as some gems you might never have heard before from the biggest rock stars of all time.

Give our unique music blend just 60 minutes, we know you’ll be hooked because if you’ve been looking for Rock & Roll Heaven – you’ve found it!

  • This Day in Rock History - June 23rd

    A great day for classic recordings. On this day, the following artists were busy…

    1959: Eddie Cochran (“Something Else”)

    1967: The Beatles (“All You Need Is Love”)

    1967: Aretha Franklin (“Chain of Fools”)

    1968: Elvis Presley (“If I Can Dream”)

    1973: B. W. Stevenson (“My Maria”)

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As the 50s became the 60s, many thought rock & roll was on the way out. Buddy Holly was dead. Little Richard had quit rocking to join the ministry. Elvis was in the army (and would never be quite the same after he came out). Chuck Berry was on his way to jail.

Even scarier, folk music was threatening to become young America’s favorite genre.

But there was one man who kept the flame of rock & roll burning until the Beatles brought the British Invasion to our shores. That man was Charles Weedon Westover. Perhaps you know him better by his stage name – Del Shannon!

Shannon was born in 1934 and raised in Michigan. He spent his childhood listening to country artists (as rock & roll hadn’t been invented yet) and his voice never lost that country twang. Following a stint in the army, Shannon began playing part-time in a Battle Creek, Michigan band called the Moonlight Ramblers. By 1958, the Ramblers ditched their lead singer, who seemed to have a bit of a drinking problem, and promoted Del to group leader.

By 1960, Del and his keyboard player, Max Cook, signed as songwriters and recording artists with Big Top Records. Their first couple of tunes went nowhere. Then, local DJ Ollie McLaughlin suggested they take an older song from their repertoire, rework it a bit, and add the strange organ hybrid Cook had invented and was using in their live show (named the Musitron). Of course, the song was “Runaway,” and it lived up to its title becoming a runway smash that went to #1 not just in the United States, but all over the world.

Shannon managed to follow up that success with a string of other hard rockers that also found chart success, including “Hats Off to Larry” (#5), “Little Town Flirt” (#12), “Handy Man” (#22), “Keep Searchin’” (#9), and “Stranger in Town” (#30).

On a tour of England in 1963, Shannon played on a bill with the Beatles and liked what he heard. When he returned to the States, he recorded his own version of “From Me to You.” While it only managed to make it to #77, it was the very first Lennon-McCartney tune to chart in America.

Once the Beatles started putting their own records on the U.S. charts, times got hard for a lot of American recording acts and Shannon was no different. By late 1965, the hits stopped coming.

As the hits slowed down, Shannon’s drinking increased, which certainly didn’t help his career. He found sobriety by 1978 and began putting his career back together. In 1982, Shannon recorded a cover of “Sea of Love,” a tune composer Phil Phillps took to #1 in 1959. That song, part of an album produced by Tom Petty, actually gave Shannon his first top 40 hit (reaching #33) in 16 years.

In 1986, his career got another shot in the arm when NBC launched Crime Story and used a new recording of Shannon and his signature tune, “Runaway,” as its theme song.

By 1990, Shannon was hard at work on a new album. He put himself under a lot of stress to finish the project. That led him to a doctor who prescribed the antidepressant, Prozac. Big mistake. According to Shannon’s wife, Shirley Westover, Shannon’s personality underwent a dramatic shift as soon as he started taking the medication, developing severe insomnia, extreme fatigue, and other disturbing symptoms. Just 15 days after he began taking Prozac, Shannon took his own life with no note and no goodbye. His wife swears that suicide was totally out of character for her husband.

Having worked with both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, there were rumors that he might replace Roy Orbison in The Travelling Wilburys. Those rumors died along with Del.

Del Shannon was posthumously elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. His music is still frequently featured in movies and TV shows. Any true rock fan owes a huge debt to the guy who kept rock alive in the early 60s.

One of the best films of the sixties came at the very end of the decade. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, a hybrid of the buddy comedy and a Western, was a huge hit with audiences when released in 1969. It also made a star of Robert Redford. And its bubbly, yet anachronistic pop song, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” finally earned Burt Bacharach his first Oscar as a composer.

Here are a few things you might not know about this classic movie:

1.) It almost co-starred Steve McQueen with Paul Newman.

William Goldman wrote the screenplay with Paul Newman and Jack Lemmon in mind. Lemmon had no interest in the project, so the studio next approached Steve McQueen. McQueen was interested but wanted top billing. The studio thought (correctly) that Newman was the bigger star and refused, so McQueen moved on. It was only after Marlon Brando and Warren Beatty also passed that Newman’s wife had an idea.

2.) The studio boss at 20th Century Fox had to be talked into casting Robert Redford.

Redford was primarily known as a stage actor at that point. It was Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward who suggested him for the role. Newman liked the idea and soon won over director George Roy Hill. Together, the three of them mounted a campaign to convince studio boss, Richard Zanuck to go with the unknown.

3.) The “Hole-in-the-Wall Gang” was not really named that.

Butch’s actual gang was named the Wild Bunch. (You can see where this is going, right?) Sam Peckinpaugh had filmed his own movie called The Wild Bunch (although it was not about Butch’s gang) and got it into theaters before Newman’s film. So, they simply changed the name of the gang in the film, basing it on a location in Wyoming where Butch & Sundance were known to hide out.

4.) The real-life super posse was much more effective than the one in the film.

A good deal of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid concerns a super posse that tracks our heroes (outlaws) until they finally flee to Bolivia. In the real world, that posse did form, but they didn’t have to do much tracking. When Butch and Sundance got word the posse was forming, they immediately hightailed it out of the country. No chase ever took place.

5.) Redford & Newman performed some of their own stunts.

They brought in a stunt man to perform the bicycle tricks of Butch Cassidy that happen during “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” but the stunt man kept falling off his bike. In the end, Newman performed his own stunts.

Likewise, Redford began by performing some of his own stunts. After Redford leaped onto a moving train in one shot, Newman got worried about losing his co-star to injury and convinced Redford to let the stunt team handle the dangerous stuff from that point on.

6.) Katherine Ross was actually kicked off the set.

At the time of filming, Ross was engaged to the movie’s cinematographer, Conrad Hall. During one scene, Hall allowed his sweetie to handle one of the cameras. In a tightly run union town such as Hollywood, that was a huge no-no, so director Hill had Ross banned from the set except when she had a scene in which she was acting.

7.) The initial cut of the film was deemed too funny.

Comedy westerns rarely did well at the box office. When audiences at the first test screenings were laughing loud and long all the way through the picture, Hill took the film back into the editing suite and cut some of the film’s funniest footage.

8.) “Most of what follows is true” isn’t true.

The film opens with that title card. But the actual truth is that screenwriter Goldman (who received a then-record $400,000 for the screenplay) didn’t want to do the tedious research it would have taken to ensure historical accuracy. So, he just took some of the generally accepted parts of the Butch & Sundance legend and wrote whatever he thought would make the most entertaining film.

One final thought, without this film, what would they call the Sundance Film Festival?

We’ve all heard about identity theft in regards to bank accounts and credit cards, but there is another kind of identity theft that can be even costlier to you!

It’s medical identity theft. That’s when someone steals you name and insurance information, then uses it to get treatments and drugs for themselves, sticking you with the bill. With most credit card fraud, the bank or the card company winds eating most of phony charges. With medical ID theft, you could be on the hook for the charges.

To protect yourself:

  • Read those letters that say “THIS IS NOT A BILL” – Make sure you go over the medical services and drugs in those letters. If you notice a treatment or a doctor you don’t know (as well as medication you are not taking). Contact your insurance company immediately.

  • Guard your health insurance cards and numbers – And remember that goes for dental and vision plans as well as your medical insurance. That also goes for your Medicare card (even though it no longer contains your SSN).

  • When you visit a doctor, make sure you get a copy what transpired during that visit – Including treatments performed and medication prescribed.

  • Be Careful of “Free Screenings” – While most are legit, avoid any “free screening” that requires you disclose insurance information.

Simplicity in itself, graham cracker, slab of chocolate, and a marshmallow: Toast lightly (usually over a campfire or grill) and enjoy! But who had the bright idea to combine these elements into a tasty treat and who came up with the name?

Alas, no one knows because s’mores have been around for over 100 years. As far back as we can trace it, there is a recipe for this confection, then known as a graham cracker sandwich in a Campfire Marshmallow cookbook from the early 1920s, but the cookbook doesn’t claim it to be an original recipe, meaning it had probably been around for a few years before.

It appears with the name “Some Mores” in a 1927 book, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. By 1938, scouting books for both Boy and Girl Scouts had shortened the name to “s’mores.” But this confection really didn’t take off until the Baby Boomers reached scouting age in the 1950s. Scores of scouts, plus an explosion in summer camps for kids during those years resulted in the simple recipe for s’mores coming home to backyard barbecues across the U.S. and Canada.

Recipes for s’mores crossed over to mainstream cookbooks when Betty Crocker first included the recipe in their 1957 edition. This treat remained a homemade confection until Hershey’s introduced their S’more candy bar in 2003. But can you really compare any store-bought s’more to the glorious sticky, sweet experience of toasting your own?

BTW - mark your calendars because August 10th is National S’mores Day!

1.) Not eating enough produce – Veggies contain potassium, which flushes the sodium from our system. Sodium can be a cause of high blood pressure. Most Americans get too much of the stuff because of all the salt we consume.

2.) Having a drink or two a day – Just 7 to 13 drinks a week (or a little less than 2 per day) can raise your risk for high blood pressure.

3.) Chronic pain – Believe it or not, living with chronic pain can lead to chronically elevated blood pressure.

4.) Holding it when you have to pee – Seriously. A full bladder can raise your blood pressure. Experts say always make sure you visit the bathroom before checking your pressure.

As always, the thing you can do for yourself is maintain regular check-ups with your physician.