If you really want to have fun with a self-proclaimed Deadhead, first have him/ her set down their phone and then ask them to name the Grateful Dead’s highest-charting Billboard album up to the band’s 1987 best-seller, “In the Dark” . You’ll get a lot “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” guesses, and after that I’d have picked “Terrapin Station”. The correct answer turns out to be the tasty mid-decade effort by the Grateful Dead, “Blues for Allah”. Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, & Phil Lesh are In the Studio.
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Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh In the Studio for the 30th anniversary of “In the Dark”.
It is the fiftieth anniversary of “Broken Barricades , Robin Trower’s final album in his tenure with the eclectic British band Procol Harum , which has the distinction of placing two of the most unlikely songs at the top of the singles chart five years apart with “Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967 and “Conquistador” in 1972.
For the story of INXS’ breakthrough album “Listen Like Thieves” in 1985 ( Billboard sales peak at #11), the band’s keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss, guitar-playing brother Tim Farriss, and guitar/sax man Kirk Pengilly, tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most remote city in the world, Perth Australia; surviving the one-nighters there, in Sydney and in Melbourne; allying with a talented singer from Hong Kong-via-Hollywood, the mercurial snakehipped Michael Hutchence;
John Fogerty was rehearsing his band in Burbank CA in front of a small studio audience when the band dug into the title song from that Creedence Clearwater Revival “Green River” album.
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