What You’ll See at CES

Today’s highlights, What’s hot  at the Consumer Electronics Show? Stars who are turning 30 this year. Songs we love to sing in the car. Dion & the Belmonts debut on American Bandstand – We have the video. And much more music!

Here’s some context as we get ready to take in the new gadgets come out at the Consumer Electronics Show. Our cover photo is a 1930 imagining of the future. How much of it came true? (Photo via Retro Futurism.) Today in 2001, Apple introduces the iTunes media player. Six years later, Steve Jobs shows off the first iPhone. Want a sneak peek at what’s hot at this year’s show? Think infrastructure, home gear and mobile. And as the cartoon, below… from two years ago shows. We’re still talking about a lot of the same things on the tech side.

From the Rock and Roll Revisited Almanac:

Charlie Watts

Today in 1963, Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated & his gig as a graphic designer.

Today in 1959. Dion & The Belmonts perform “A Teenager In Love” on American Bandstand. They don’t make em like this anymore. (Video)

Ed Sheeran

Back when I was growing up, our young selves used to say, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Haven’t heard that one in a long time. In any event,  we still love these folks.

What tunes do you sing out loud whenever you hear them on your car radio? From 2014. Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'” tops a best car song poll conducted by Insurance dot com. Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” &  AC/DC‘s “You Shook Me All Night Long” round out the Top 3. “Highway To Hell,” Golden Earring‘s “Radar Love” & “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar top write-ins. (Video – Don’t Stop Believin’ Live)

Today in 1975, five years after The Beatles break up, the group’s partnership is officially dissolved in court. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney and Wings start work on the “Venus And Mars” album in New Orleans. Heres the one big hit from that LP: “Listen to What the Man Said”. (Video)

And one year ago we were mourning, Rush drummer Neil Peart. Here’s a Rolling Stone Magazine remembrance.

Feeling the need to apologize? Here are 4 ways to do it via TED.

Today’s Birthdays:

Richard Nixon, 1913 (d. 1994); Bob Denver (Gilligan), 1935 (d. 2005); Joan Baez, 1941; Jerry Yester (Lovin’ Spoonful), 1943; Scott Walker (Walker Brothers), 1943; Jimmy Page, 1944; Bill Cowsill, 1948 (d. 2006); Crystal Gayle, 1951; Dave Matthews, 1967

We leave you with this Wee Five classic from 1965. Beverly Bivens sings lead. Michael Stewart the brother of John Stewart of Kingston Trio fame was the leader of the group. “You Were On My Mind” was originally and Ian & Sylvia tune.


Thanks for listening!

Scott Westerman
Host and Producer – Rock and Roll Revisited
Author: Motor City Music – Keener 13 and the Soundtrack of Detroit