Flashback: Blue Oyster Cult’s Enchanted Evening at Barton
In 1978 Blue Oyster Cult were in the midst of an American tour in support of their most recent studio album Spectres. Released in November 1977 and remembered for the classic “Godzilla,” Spectres found Blue Oyster Cult trying to find their identity after finally hitting the big time. 1976’s Agents of Fortune, was the band’s big... Read more
TICKET TRIP: KISS Bids “Farewell” at Alltel 4/5/00
KISS – THE FAREWELL TOUR DATE: April 5th 2000 – VENUE: Alltel Arena – PROXIMITY: North Little Rock, Arkansas – ME: Row 12, Seat 13 Floor I’ve got NOTHING TO LOSE? After seeing my favorite band KISS in 79, 85 and on the Reunion Tour in 96, which I would value the... Read more
FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Plays The California Jam
California Jam was a music festival co-headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California, on April 6, 1974. Produced by ABC Entertainment, it attracted an estimated 400,000 people. The festival set what were then records for the loudest amplification system ever installed, the highest paid attendance, and highest... Read more
FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Release Debut Album
Produced by Iron Butterfly’s Lee Dorman, Black Oak Arkansas introduced their three-guitar thunderstorm and lead singer Jim “Dandy” Mangrum to the world. With songs like “Hot and Nasty,” “Lord Have Mercy on My Soul,”  and “Singin’ The Blues,” Black Oak found a cult following through incessant touring with the likes of the Allman Brothers. Released in... Read more
FLASHBACK: Johnnie Taylor Releases “Disco Lady”
“Disco Lady” is a 1976 single for Crawfordsville native Johnnie Taylor that went on to become his biggest hit. The single was Taylor’s first for Columbia Records, where Taylor signed after his long-time label, Stax Records, went bankrupt. It spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and six weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the U.S.... Read more
FLASHBACK: The Band Get “Up On Cripple Creek”
“Up on Cripple Creek” was the lead single from The Band’s eponymous second album, The Band. It was released as an single in November 1969 and reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Up on Cripple Creek” was written by Band guitarist and principal songwriter Robbie Robertson, with drummer Levon Helm singing lead vocal. A 1976 live performance... Read more
FLASHBACK: Bobby Whitlock Hits Big With Derek & The Dominoes.
Marmaduke (Greene County) native Bobby Whitlock is best known as a member of Eric Clapton’s post-Blind Faith band Derek and the Dominos. Whitlock’s musical career began with Memphis soul acts such as Sam & Dave and Booker T. & the M.G.’s before he joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends in 1968. His association with Delaney & Bonnie bandmate Eric... Read more
FLASHBACK: Sweet Connie Hits #1
“We’re an American Band” became Grand Funk Railroad’s first #1 single on September 29, 1973, Mark Farner’s 25th birthday. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart success broadened Grand Funk’s appeal. It was sung by Brewer rather than Farner, who usually took lead vocals. Brewer’s lyrics are somewhat autobiographical, detailing the band’s... Read more
FLASHBACK: Black Oak Arkansas Cracks Billboard Hot 100 With “Jim Dandy”
Released September 23 1973, “High on the Hog” was the most commercially successful album by Black Oak Arkansas. It is mainly known for its cover of the LaVern Baker song “Jim Dandy”, which reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Read more
FLASHBACK: Conway Twitty Is Born
Conway Twitty was born Harold Lloyd Jenkins on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point. Mississippi. The Jenkins family moved to Helena, Arkansas, when Jenkins was ten years old. In Helena, Jenkins formed his first singing group, the Phillips County Ramblers. Two years later, Jenkins had his own local radio show every Saturday morning. Wayne Hause, a neighbor,... Read more
FLASHBACK: The Band And The Cate Brothers Jam At The Rink
Check out these recently surfaced videos of The Band and The Cate Brothers performing at The Rink in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on August 31, 1984. In the video Levon dedicates “Rag Mama Rag” to his baby brother, Wheeler. Check out “Rag Mama Rag” and “A Story Everybody Knows” courtesy of The... Read more
FLASHBACK! The Band Plays To 600,000 At Watkins Glen
The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen once received the Guinness Book of World Records entry for “Largest audience at a pop festival.” An estimated 600,000 rock fans came to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Raceway outside of Watkins Glen, New York on July 28, 1973, to see the Allman... Read more
Flashback: Stones Get Busted!
The July 5, 1975, arrest of Rolling Stones guitarists Ron Wood and Keith Richards in Fordyce is now legend among Arkansans, and just another scrape with the law for the outlaw band. Fresh off a gig in Memphis, Tennessee. Richards and Woods decided to drive to their July 6 concert in Dallas,... Read more
Flashback: Pearl Jam At Alltel
On this day in 2003 Pearl Jam played a concert at Alltel Arena (Verizon Arena) in Little Rock with Scottish rockers Idlewild. The show would later be released as part of the Pearl Jam 2003 Bootleg Series. Pearl Jam Setlist Set 1 Arc Save You Animal Grievance Corduroy Love Boat... Read more