Cheap Trick – Rick Neilsen
Tom Petty & Ron Blair of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 70′s.
From Runnin’ Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Chronicle Books, 2007.
Yes, performing Yours Is No Disgrace,
Hemel Hempstead, England
October 3rd, 1971
The Goggles were a bubblegum-pop band created for the NBC Children’s Theater television show, airing on Saturday, January 30th, 1971. According to the Paley Center For Media:
creates a montage effect with film, photographs, and
painted set to make children visually aware. The
Goggles, a rock music quartet, play rock music, watch a
sunrise, and learn about prisms and rainbows. They also
illustrate colors and their emotional connotations,
discuss color blindness and color illusions, and talk
about the sun and about pollution. Also examined are
light shows, color in plants and animals, and nightfall
The Goggles consisted of Rod McBrien, David Spinozza, Mark Lockhart, and Jessica Harper (also an actress, seen in films including Suspiria and Phantom of the Paradise). This episode (unlike most of the NBC Children’s Theater) is not lost, but is unavailable to view online. The footage is currently owned by the Paley Center in New York.
One LP was produced by Audio Fidelity also in 1971, and features a cover of the Beverly Bremers’ song “Don’t Say You Don’t Remember”, subsequently released as a single. Listen to the song “We All Live on a Rainbow” here. The album/single/songbook occasionally appear on eBay.
26-year-old Elton John’s 7th studio album in 4 years was released on 5 October 1973.
After a failed attempt to record in Jamaica (where the Rolling Stones had just recorded Goats Head Soup), the band relocated to the Château d’Hérouville near Paris (where Honky Château and Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player were recorded). Most of the album’s 17 songs were written and recorded at the Château in just a few weeks.
The album was Elton John’s 2nd of 3 consecutive #1 albums in the US and remains his best-selling studio album. The album contained the #1 single “Bennie and the Jets,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (which peaked at #2), and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (which peaked at #12).
Photographer: Dennis Callahan
From Conversations with Tom Petty, Paul Zollo, 2005.