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Rick Henry's Rock Show

A Timeline of the Music that Has Touched Me Throughout My Life

By Rick Henry ChristopherPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 4 min read

Welcome to Rick Henry's Rock Concert! Or as I like to call it, "Rick's Trip Down Memory Lane, with a Side of Rock." So, buckle up, folks, because we're about to take a ride through the ages and stages of my life. And don't worry, there won't be any pit stops for diaper changes, I promise.

We're kicking things off with the legendary Frankie Avalon, who topped the charts on the very day I was born (December 29, 1959) with his hit "Why." So, let's give it up for Frankie, the man who started it all!

Now, let's fast forward a few years to 1965 when my mom was driving a sleek black VW Bug with a beehive hairdo that would make even Amy Winehouse jealous. And speaking of Motown girl groups, my mom was all about Diana Ross and the Supremes. But right now, we're gonna groove to Martha and the Vandellas' classic "Dancing in the Streets."

As a kid, I loved to sing. And apparently, I was pretty good at it because the little French girl down the street had a crush on me after I serenaded her with "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Sorry ladies, I'm taken now. But let's hear it for the one and only Frankie Valli, singing the song that made me the heartthrob of my neighborhood.

In late 1971 I was introduced to Karen Carpenter’s one a of kind voice. From that first listen I was hooked, and she had me captive for the next five years. So, let's take a moment to appreciate her incredible talent. Up on Center Stage we have the Carpenters with their sweet and soulful performance of "Bless the Beasts and Children."

As the 1970s marched on, music shifted from easy listening to the thumpin' sounds of disco. I wasn't a fan. I was like a one-man No Disco parade. But then Donna Summer came along and stole my heart with "I Feel Love" in 1977. The song became the catalyst for all Electronic Dance Music. So, let's get groovy with Donna, baby!

Fast forward to December 1978 when I walked into Licorice Pizza, a hip record store where two guys greeted me. One had a full beard and mustache, the other looked like Daryl Hall. They were playing music heavy on guitars, strong drums, and a lead vocalist with his own style. It was a slightly heavier, more alt sound than what I was used to, but I dug it. Turns out, it was The Cars. I bought the album and played both sides without skipping a song. I became an avid Cars fan. So, let's rev our engines for The Cars!

Thanks to The Cars, I finally got into other rockers like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi was my man - a rocker, a soulful balladeer, a master jazz musician. He had it all going on. It's just too bad he had been gone for nine years by the time I discovered him. Let's jam out with Jimi!

And let's not forget about Pink Floyd, who dug their hooks in me deeper and deeper with their pre-Dark Side of the Moon albums. They've been my favorite musical entity for more than two decades now. So welcome, Pink Floyd!

By 1980, I was rockin' and rollin' with the post-punk and new wave scene, and boy, did I have some favorites on repeat! The Talking Heads, David Bowie, and Adrian Belew - what a trio!

Now spinning… The Talking Heads!!!

Welcome to the stage… David Bowie

A round of applause for Mr. Adrian Belew:

But wait, let's not forget the queen of dancefloor new wave quirk, Lene Lovich, who I overplayed to death.

And then there was K.D. Lang, in the late 1980s who could light up any dance floor or stage with her special brand of cowpunk. Talk about energy!

The '90s were a bit of a musical drought for me, but then came Bjork in '99, and my heart was stolen by the Icelandic wonder.

The New Millennium

It wasn't until I listened to Coldplay's Parachutes with headphones on that I really felt the sparks fly.

And don't even get me started on Liam McKahey's deep, dark voice in Cousteau.

The 2010s were all about jazz

Esperanza Spalding reigns as my current day favorite female musician. She writes and produces her songs and plays standup bass and electric bass.

Roller Trio and their unique brand of electronic experimental jazz left an indelible mark on me.

Let’s not forget about Stefon Harris who proves to be one of the world's greatest vibraphonists that hardly anybody knows about.

Up to the Current Day 2020-2023

Now, I want to take a moment to honor the late, great Donna Summer - beyond the flashy disco lights, she was a phenomenal singer and my all-time favorite female artist.

And speaking of favorites, my mom's ultimate favorite is Diana Ross and The Supremes, so they hold a special place in my heart.

And finally, let's end on a high note with Little Sister, my favorite South African band. Lead singer Jen Lonmon is one of my personal besties, she is a crazy prankster. I suggest you avoid her on April Fool’s Day.

Here is a link to the Little Sister fan club on Facebook:

And that, my friends, is the rock show of Rick Henry from birth to now - with plenty of humor and good tunes along the way!

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Rick Henry Christopher

Writing is a distraction for me. It takes me to places unknown that fulfill my need for intellectual stimulus, emotional release, and a soothing of the breaks and bruises of the day.

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  • Lynn Anderson 2 months ago

    I think it's cool that The Cars was your gateway to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Some of these artists are new to me. Can't wait to add them to my playlist.

  • Mariann Carroll2 months ago

    This my favorite playlist you have made. Thank you for sharing . This brought me back to the good old days. My personal favorite is Karen Carpenter. I bet heaven is enjoying her singing now . I enjoyed all the song so much 🥰🥰🥰

  • Lori Melton2 months ago

    Share so many of these loves - Karen Carpenter! The absolute best! Miss her beautiful, unique, rather haunting sound. Love Pink Floyd and Bowie - Frankie Valli - swoon! I must add Queen and Freddie Mercury and The Beatles as my faves! And The Bee Gees! Lol Congrats on Top Story! 😊

  • JBaz2 months ago

    Awesome , as long as Bowie is on a list, I’m good Congratulations

  • Jeff Newman2 months ago

    Loved this read! Brings back a lot of memories on these songs. Since you’re a music fan, check out my Top 5 Criminally Underrated Guitarists article.

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    Congrats Rick. An excellent collection of great music.

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    Fun, entertaining and nostalgic! Great story, congratulations on Top Story!

  • It's so cool that you remember so much about when, where and how music impacted you throughout your life.

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Nice trip back! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Loryne Andawey2 months ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story!!!!

  • J. S. Wade2 months ago

    What a great journey Rick. Wow. Rock on 🥰

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Interesting piece. Some of the acts, I am also a fan of. Some, I've never heard of. Well done.

  • Enjoyed the tour/journey. Good choices. Editorial Note: In the paragraph beginning, "In late 1971...," you have the phrase "one a of kind voice" instead of "one of a kind voice."

  • Lamar Wiggins2 months ago

    Cool memories, Rick. I enjoyed this a lot. Especially Diana Ross toward the end there. I haven't heard that song in a while, and never saw that vintage video of it. So young looking, she could pass for a 16 yr old. Thank you.

  • Thanks for taking us on that musical journey!

  • Kristen Balyeat2 months ago

    What a fun piece! I love that you tied so many memories to music. The fact that you remembered them all is such a testament to the power and impact of music. Definitely lingered on your Pink Floyd choice. Big fan! Will be checking out more of Little Sister's music- thank you! Great job, Rick!

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Loved the musical memories tour!!!💖💖💕

  • Okay that was Fun 🎢 ❤️😉

  • Gina C.2 months ago

    I always love learning about music! It was definitely fun to take a trip through your musical favorites! 😍

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    I loved hearing about your taste in music over time, I’m a fan of several of these artists but you also introduced me to some new ones! 😁

  • Loryne Andawey2 months ago

    Oh man. The fact that you were able to remember all the songs and music styles that shaped who you are is astounding. I can't remember the last thing I listened to or who it was from! The closest I can get to this level of memory lane is through food and even that would require a lot of thought. Thank you for sharing and well done!

  • Shane Dobbie2 months ago

    Lots to check out here. You might have inspired me to do something similar for movies 🤔

  • It's so amazing to see the so many talents down your memory lane! Only two have had a significance down my memory lane and they are Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift. I do have mamy others down my memory lane but they're just specks, lol. I enjoyed reading this, it was very fascinating!

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