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January 25, 1986 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Ham hocks and chitlins and rock-and-roll at the Waldorf!" marveled record producer Quincy Jones, standing at the podium at the inaugural Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony Thursday night. Well, not exactly ham hocks and chitlins - more like nouvelle-style smoked river trout, fruit sorbet and vintage California wines - but there was rock- and-roll in the Grand Ballroom of the swank Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and plenty of it. And the spirit of rock's early days, which Jones alluded to, also pervaded the hall.
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April 23, 2012 | By B.G. Kelley
The Bandstand studio at 46th and Market Streets was old, dreary, and dark — that is, until Dick Clark appeared. Then the lights punched on like a bolt of sunshine, and the gym-like bleacher seats were rolled out with businesslike authority. A certain buzz circulated among the teenagers: Bandstand was about to begin. I went to the studio several times and, on one occasion, took part in one of Clark's famous spotlight dances with a girl I didn't even know. I was able to waltz past the guards at the entrance because I knew one of the regulars.
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June 24, 1992 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Little Richard's current show is designed for people who don't like to invest much energy in their entertainment. The self-described "architect of rock and roll," who appeared Sunday at Valley Forge Music Fair, offered a one hour made-for-TV rock-and-roll anthology that was disquietingly pleasant, full of audience sing-alongs, clap- alongs and on-stage dance-alongs, and utterly devoid of the willful outrageousness that is his trademark....
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November 9, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The slanting rays of the early-afternoon sun are lighting up the back room of Ray's Happy Birthday Bar in South Philadelphia, and already Low Cut Connie is rocking out. It's well before any normal hour to take the stage for the four-piece rock-and-roll combo, fronted by Cherry Hill native Adam Weiner, a piano-pumping showman; and Birmingham, England, drummer and guitarist Dan Finnemore. Joined by Neil Duncan and Ian Vos, the quartet will play Friday at Johnny Brenda's in support of their stellar, self-released second album, Call Me Sylvia . But today, at a neighborhood joint opened in 1933 by proprietor and saxophonist Lou Capozzoli's father, Ray, is a bit out of the ordinary.
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February 14, 1986 | By Beth Gillin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's business, civic and political leaders transformed themselves into rock-and-roll animals yesterday in an attempt to woo the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum to Philadelphia. In an orchestrated performance that combined balloons and blueprints, raucous street-corner chants and polite boardroom persuasion, the city wined, dined, fawned over and rallied around representatives of the proposed national rock shrine. Gov. Thornburgh sent a telegram that said, "We're ready to rock around the clock in Philadelphia.
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January 30, 2012 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's fitting that Charlie Gracie's new album is called For the Love of Charlie. That's because the singer and guitarist didn't just leave his mark with late-1950s hits like the No. 1 smash "Butterfly," which made him the first rock-and-roll star to come out of Philadelphia. He also influenced many of the younger musicians who became the first generation of United Kingdom rock superstars - artists who still revere him. Van Morrison asked Gracie to open for him on a tour; Paul McCartney covered his hit "Fabulous"; Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits sings on the new album, as does Graham Nash, who also contributed liner notes.
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January 15, 1998 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bob Dylan's motorcycle is parked behind the bar. The gold records, autographed pictures, satin jackets and rock-and-roll posters gleam beneath spotlights. Rita is here. And the shelves in the gift shop are stocked with colorful T-shirts ($16 and up) and sweatshirts ($22 and up). Nearly 27 years after two Yanks opened a hamburger joint in London, Hard Rock Cafe tomorrow morning brings its act to Philadelphia, where it has taken over a corner of the Reading Terminal Headhouse at 12th and Market Streets.
NEWS
March 26, 1986
I was insulted by Mark Randall's article on the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame ("Is rock-and-roll ready for a hall?" Op-ed Page, March 11). First he calls rock-and-roll trash and bad music, and then he claims that our generation spent the first half of our lives in adolescence. All this from a man who can only think of Fabian? Perhaps Mr. Randall is living the second half of his life under a rock. He was right about the trash situation, and his article helped to make it worse.
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July 1, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by Barry Gutierrez
Yesterday's "Welcome, America!" festivities celebrated rock and roll, with entertainment that included Bill Haley's backup band, the Blue Comets, at the Gallery, and, at Center Court, Elvis!
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October 25, 1989 | Daily News Wire Services
The Who, The Four Tops, The Platters, Bobby Darin, the Four Seasons, the Kinks, Simon and Garfunkel and Hank Ballard have been selected to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining those rock notables, in the forefathers category, will be jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, (who may have had more influence on rock and roll as a vocalist), jazz guitarist Charlie Christian and blues pioneer Ma Rainey. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation made the announcement yesterday in Cleveland, where the 4-year-old foundation is based.
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April 18, 2015 | By Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The entrance to what's promised to be Philadelphia's hottest music club come fall is a gravel lot under an I-95 overpass. Now, it's just an abandoned metal factory in Fishtown - windows long blown out, covered in graffiti. But by fall, developers promise, it will be home to the Fillmore, a 2,500-seat music hall that promoter Live Nation aims to fill with big-name talent, as well as the Foundry, a more intimate venue with room for 450 aimed at local bands and up-and-coming talent, and a lounge.
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February 20, 2015 | By Nick Cristiano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It wasn't Charlie Gracie's idea that he write his life story. The South Philadelphia native was one of the first stars of rock and roll, one who inspired numerous future superstars. But his life has contained not even a hint of the scandal and salaciousness that usually draw publishers to rock memoirs. "Why would you want to write about me?" the still-vibrant 78-year-old singer and guitarist says at the home in Drexel Hill he shares with his wife of 57 years, Joan. "I don't have anything spectacular outside of my music.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
NEW YORK - It was a big night in Brooklyn on Thursday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as Philadelphia pop-soul duo Hall & Oates joined Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, cartoon hard-rockers Kiss, and others in entering the Cleveland-based Hall as its 2014 class. Other inductees included '70s and '80s prog-rocker Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, and country-rock hit maker Linda Ronstadt. She suffers from Parkinson's disease and did not attend the show but was paid tribute to in song by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood.
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October 18, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The 16 nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year have been announced, and one of them is absolutely, undoubtedly going to make it in the first year of eligibility. The no-brainer is Nirvana, the Kurt Cobain-led grunge trio that released its first single, "Love Buzz," 25 years ago, in 1988. That was three years before it turned the world on its ear with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album, Nevermind . But who among the other contenders are likely to be among the half-dozen who make the final cut?
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August 16, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
"DON'T MESS with my fest!" For sure, some old-school folkniks attending this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival will be whining that line. But we're thinking that the general populace will rejoice at some offbeat bookings for the 52nd annual get-together on the Old Pool Farm, in Upper Salford Township, acts intended to make this homey event even more user-friendly and connectable. As ever, there's lots at the fest that qualifies as tried and true folk music, from Celtic talents ( Burning Bridget Cleary , RUNA )
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December 20, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Long before The Sopranos , David Chase wanted to make a movie about a rock-and-roll band in the New Jersey suburbs. And even before that, the writer, director, and creator of one of the most celebrated series in television history - whose feature film debut, Not Fade Away , opens Dec. 28 - was in a rock-and-roll band from the Jersey suburbs. Like Douglas, the curly-haired Rod Serling fan played by John Magaro who steps out from behind his kit in Not Fade Away to become the lead singer of his group, the Twylight Zones, Chase was once a teenage rock drummer.
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December 13, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
          The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has chosen its Class of 2013: Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Heart , and Donna Summer will be inducted at a ceremony April 18 at L.A.'s Nokia Theater. HBO will telecast the glittering gala event on May 18.   Charlie Sheen, philanthropist Most graciously disgraced Two and a Half Men alum Charlie Sheen last month helped Lindsay Lohan dig her way out of debt with a $100,000 gift.
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November 9, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The slanting rays of the early-afternoon sun are lighting up the back room of Ray's Happy Birthday Bar in South Philadelphia, and already Low Cut Connie is rocking out. It's well before any normal hour to take the stage for the four-piece rock-and-roll combo, fronted by Cherry Hill native Adam Weiner, a piano-pumping showman; and Birmingham, England, drummer and guitarist Dan Finnemore. Joined by Neil Duncan and Ian Vos, the quartet will play Friday at Johnny Brenda's in support of their stellar, self-released second album, Call Me Sylvia . But today, at a neighborhood joint opened in 1933 by proprietor and saxophonist Lou Capozzoli's father, Ray, is a bit out of the ordinary.
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July 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Valania and FOR THE INQUIRER
It has often been said that Wilco is the American Radiohead — an edgy, 21st-century rock band whose audience only seems to grow the more they challenge it. Less remarked on is the more obvious fact that they are also the new Grateful Dead — populist guarantors of the heartland verities of cosmic Americana. So it makes perfect sense that Wilco should headline the second night of the XPoNential Music Festival, curated by WXPN, a radio station that has astutely bridged the divide between edgy and crunchy and, like Wilco and Radiohead, commands a mass audience that is more a community than a crowd.
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