Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Podcast

Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Podcast

"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" is a rockumentary podcast series that tells the greatest rock and roll stories on record. This includes the untold tales of some great hits that time forgot, but maybe you'll still remember. These programs are hosted by Radio Dave, a veteran disc jockey and published authority on rock and pop music history. He draws his "Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" stories from his "groove yard," an archive that has more music than most record libraries.... Show More

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July 4, 2020 65 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_114 – "25 U.K. GROUPS THAT ROCKED THE BLUES"

Blues is  one of the cornerstones upon which rock and roll was built. You’ll hear artists like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals, Yardbirds, Cream, Kinks, Jethro Tull, and Fleetwood Mac. You know their names. You might not know the blues roots of some of their music. We’ll also present snippets of selected U.S. blues originals by stateside ...

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June 14, 2020 87 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #113 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF DIONNE WARWICK - PART 2"

This episode chronicles all of the rest of Dionne Warwick's hit singles, along with the numerous original versions by the many other artists who inspired her.

We’ll highlight Dionne Warwick’s special connections and collaborations with the Spinners, Barry Manilow, the Bee Gees, Johnny Mathis, Luther Vandross, Stevie...

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May 31, 2020 103 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #112 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF DIONNE WARWICK - PART 1"

This is part one of our two-part salute to a singer, actress, and television personality, who is one of the most successful female vocalists of all time. She charted hit singles spanning seven decades beginning in the 1960s. Her recordings have sold more than100 million copies world-wide. She’s Dionne Warwick.

We’ll chr...

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May 14, 2020 65 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL – “THE TOP 40 LOST HITS OF 1965" –

This episode spotlights 40 top 40 lost hits from the year 1965 – the tunes you never seem to hear on the radio, or the satellite or on anyone’s live stream anymore.

Talk about variety, we’ve got some dreamers and a Duke, a religious King and a Johann Sebastian Bach concerto that all rocked.

Somewhere in our list of hits there’s even a Cannon and a shotg...

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April 30, 2020 71 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_110 – SUNSHINE POP HITS OF THE LATE 1960s –

Remember a time when life was groovy, love-ins were the in-thing, and happenings happened? An era when flower power energized us? When far out and out of sight were what we wanted to be?

If you were around in the late 1960s, then you know what we're rapping about. And if you were born later, and you’re listening to this podcast series, then it’s ...

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April 14, 2020 64 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_109 – "THE GREATEST ROCK & ROLL DOCTORS OF ALL TIME"

Are the endless encores of the same songs, constant commercials, and perpetual pre-pubescent patter on the radio giving you a headache? Is your home audio system constipated? Does your car stereo have indigestion? Is your podcast player all pooped out? Sounds like you need an immediate appointment with the “Rare & Scratchy Rock...

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March 31, 2020 59 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_108 – "40 GREATEST BIRD-NAMED GROUPS"

More rock, rhythm & blues, and country groups have been named after birds than any other member of the animal kingdom on this planet. Thirty-seven of our feathered musical friends have found nesting places on the hit singles charts.

Our “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” Ornithology Department has also identified three more bird groups whose reco...

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March 14, 2020 107 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_107 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF NEIL DIAMOND, PART 2 

This is part two of our two-part salute to a singer/songwriter who’s been making hit records for more than a half-century. His recordings have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. And the songs he composed for other performers have added many millions to that total. He’s Neil Diamond.

Continuing our retrospective from the y...

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March 1, 2020 79 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_106 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF NEIL DIAMOND, PART 1

This is part one of our two-part salute to a singer/songwriter who’s been making hit records for more than a half-century. His recordings have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. And the songs he composed for other performers have added many millions to that total. He’s Neil Diamond.

We’ll chronicle all of his hit singles, ...

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February 15, 2020 57 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL – "THE LOST TOP 40 HITS OF 1961" –

This episode spotlights 40 lost hits from the year 1961. These include top 40 tunes radio stations no longer play – by major artists such as Tony Orlando, Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, and Chubby Checker, as well as famed actress/singer Ann-Margret, among many others.

We’ll also reveal the special connection between one of Elvis Presley’s...

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February 1, 2020 93 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_104 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE EVERLY BROTHERS, PART 2" –

This is part two of our two-part salute to two siblings who comprised the most successful duo in the history of rock and roll – the Everly Brothers.

We’ll chronicle the rest of their hit singles – singing together and also apart as solo artists – along with the original versions by other performers who inspired th...

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January 15, 2020 90 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_103 – "THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF THE EVERLY BROTHERS, PART 1" –

This is part one of our two-part salute to two siblings who comprised the most successful duo in the history of rock and roll. They mixed their Appalachian mountain music heritage with some rockabilly, a little country and western, a dash of rhythm and blues, and a sprinkle of easy listening pop to chart more hit s...

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January 1, 2020 77 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL #_102 – "40 GOOD SONGS FROM 30 BAD MOVIES"

Have you ever seen a really bad major motion picture where the original soundtrack music was the only good part of the film? We have. 

Our resident “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” Rockogolist, Ken Deutsch, picked 30 such flicks, and I plucked 40 songs that debuted in those pictures for this presentation. 

Most of these movies were musicals th...

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December 15, 2019 56 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL _101 – 45 LOST 1960s XMAS 45s

This is our fourth annual Xmas podcast. On earlier editions, show #25 told “The Little-Known Stories Of The Biggest Christmas Hits." #51 showcased "The Top 40 Lost Hits Of Christmas." And #75 presented "The Beatles & Elvis Presley For Christmas."

Now, on this episode #101, it’s the yuletide tunes of a specific decade. We’ll remember “45 forgo...

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December 1, 2019 68 min

R&SRNR_100 – “What’s Playin’ On The Jukebox At Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll World Headquarters”

This is show #100 in our podcast series. And to commemorate our reaching the century mark, we’ve prepared a celebration that we hope you’ll share. It’s 40 of the records that are playin’ on the Jukebox at “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll World Headquarters.” 

These are some of the songs that I, my podcast partner and our residen...

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November 15, 2019 60 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_099 – "Sex-Rated Hit Singles Of The 1960s & 1970s"

Our earlier episode #8 – “Risque Records, Banned Ballads, & Profane Platters” – is the second most downloaded show in our “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” series. It covers 52 songs spanning all the decades since the 1950s. 

Now, as an extension of that rockumentary, we’ll listen a little closer to how rock and roll reflected t...

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November 1, 2019 63 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_098 – THE COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS

This episode salutes an act that achieved a feat that such then-contemporary groups as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, and Four Seasons never matched. They were one of just two acts during the 1960s whose first seven 45s reached the top 10 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 singles chart. 

It’s a group that got a lot o...

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October 15, 2019 83 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_097 – CANADIAN ROCKERS WITH TOP 40 HIT SINGLES IN THE U.S. - 1955-1994

This edition spotlights “Top 40 U.S. Hit Singles Imported From Canada During The First 40 Years Of Rock & Roll” – 1955 to 1994. 

We’ve received many requests from listeners to do an episode on Canadian rock acts, and we’re playin’ what you’re sayin.” One of those “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” fans is Canadian Mike ...

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October 1, 2019 90 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_096 – “COMPLETE HIT SINGLES HISTORY OF CARL PERKINS"

This episode spotlights a legendary singer/songwriter/guitar stylist who’s known as the King of Rockabilly, as well as the Godfather of Rock & Roll. He’s Carl Perkins. This is an episode several of our “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” listeners have requested, and we’re thrilled to be presenting it.

We’ll spotlight all of Carl Perkin...

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September 15, 2019 70 min

RARE & SCRATCHY ROCK 'N ROLL_095 – "THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF MOTOWN RECORDS – 64 HIT SINGLES" –

The Motown Sound helped define the music of a generation during the company’s heyday in the 1960s and early 1970s. The Motown family of labels has been celebrated in television specials, stage musicals, and Hollywood movies. 

You may recall that “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” episodes #4 and #5 presented a two-part a...

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