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  • Bobby "Boris" Pickett....Half Dead In Hollywood!

    Ever since I've known Bob, I have marveled at his elegance of manner, his ultra-quick wit and his well focused insight to character. We have recorded dozens of commercials and a whole lot of bits together. (He as talent and I as engineer) Through hours of being on the other side of the glass, I gained a great deal of respect for this talented man's work.

    Forty-five years ago, a tiny record lable called GARPAX released a single (45 rpm record) to the world. The A side, written by Bob and Lenny Capeci is titled "Monster Mash" and has become synonymous with the holiday, Halloween. There are very few people in the world whom haven't heard, "They did the mash....they did the Monster Mash. It was a graveyard smash!"

    And smash it was. This one song has kept Bobby "Boris" Pickett in groceries for forty-five years. and....as Bob mentions, "It's more than paid the rent."
    Bob will be appearing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus, New Jersey on the 27th, 28th and 29th of October at the 16th Annual Chiller Theatre Expo along with Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman), the enchanting Elvira, plus Adam West and Burt Ward of Batman fame.

    His book, Monster Mash, Half Dead In Hollywood is a tremendous read and tells Mr. Pickett's history from the time he was born through today. Bob tells the truth about Hollywood and the denizens that dwell there.

    As Mr. Pickett says...."They drag me out for one night a year. It's my time to howl."

    It's good to hear you howl again my friend.

    Tonight's music is....

    1)...."It's Alive"....Bobby "Boris" Pickett
    2)...."Dead Man's Party"....Oingo-Boingo
    3)...."Monster Mash"....Bobby "Boris" Pickett
    4)...."Gallow's Pole"....Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
    5)...."Werewolves Of London"....Warren Zevon
    6)...."Sinister Stomp"....Bobby "Boris" Pickett
    7)...."Got My Mojo Workin' "....Muddy Waters
    8)...."Blood Bank Blues"....Bobby "Boris" Pickett

    Incidental music composed by: Dave Roberts.





    Half Dead In Hollywood....With Guest....Bobby "Boris" Pickett!Go to the superb website of Bobby "Boris" Pickett!

    Have a safe and sane HALLOWEEN!

    John Rhys-Eddins/BluePower.com
  • Rastus....The Best Music You "Never" Heard!









    From The Archives



    THE BEST MUSIC YOU "NEVER" HEARD! In 1969 I met a band which would become a driving force in my life for the next two years. I have had the good fortune to work with some really fine musicians over the years but none that could compare with the tremendous power of Rastus. My problem was that I could not get them to play with the same intensity in the studio as when they were in front of an audience. Listen in as Jim Cantale and I discuss the ups and downs of a band that was on the edge of making it big but could never cross the line to real stardom. John Rhys/BluePower.com


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  • Matt Lucas....Hall Of Famer!



    From The Archives

    Matt Lucas plays Blues! He plays RocknRoll! He plays Boogie! He has Soul. Heck Matt even played DISCO! This guy can play it all! Matt Lucas was born in the Delta and raised in the Black land farming communities of Missouri. Matt Lucas knew he had the Blues from the first time he heard them. His songs are humorous, sad, insightful and revealing. Here is a guy who has been to the top and knows where the bottom is as well. His music tells the story of the birth of RocknRoll and he knows where it came from too. Matt Lucas knows how to move his audience out of the chair and on to their feet. His first hit was "I'm Movin' On", which was recorded in Memphis in the early 60s and became his first gold record. He took this old country standard and made it his own. Many hits followed his first million seller but this one never dies. Its back on the charts again in Europe and still climbing. Matt has just recorded another CD. Recorded outsite Memphis and produced by Lou Hobbs. Its called SHOCKABILLY and with Matts wonderfully, wild and unique style, singing these great rockabilly songs, it has got to be a hit! Matt Lucas is a drummer. One bad-ass drummer. He is one of those rare birds that can keep a beat and sing too. Matt is touring, playing festivals, and giging all over the place. If you see a tall blond guy with flying drum sticks singing his heart out - bets are its Matt Lucas.


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  • Get Your Tickets For Detroit A Go Go!





     

    In case you haven't heard; there's a huge Northern Soul event coming to Detroit!
    Artists from across the USA will be converging on the Motor City, October 18th thru October 23rd. 

    Artist Meet and Greets, Special Detroit Soul & Motown record shows, Special Q&A panels with artists, producers and sonwriters. DJs spinning records all day plus a tour of historical record label and studio locations.

    Several stages will be featuring artists, The Contours, The Velvelettes, The Fantastic Four, J. J. Barnes, Kim Weston, the fabulous Pat Lewis, not mention your favorite, Tobi Legend singing "Time Will Pass You By' in person and many more.

    Never before has an event of this magnitude been staged in Detroit! If you're a collector, enthusiast or pure Northern Soul lover, you MUST be there when the action takes place.

    Life is too short to miss this "once in a lifetime" event!

    Click the poster above for all ticket info:


    See you there!
    John Rhys Eddins
    BluePower.com