Author Archives: Jim Cartwright

CHRIS CORNELL: Widow Blames Drugs

CHRIS CORNELL: Widow Blames Drugs

Chris Cornell’s widow is sure she knows why he committed suicide — drugs impaired his judgment. After Cornell hung himself last May in Detroit, a coroner’s report said that he had seven different drugs in his system — though it insisted that none of them had contributed to his suicide. And shortly before his death,…Read more »

Happy Birthday Roger Fisher Heart Guitarist

Happy Birthday Roger Fisher Heart Guitarist

Heart: “Crazy on You” The Hook: Nancy says she was sick when she first heard Ann’s lyrics — but not because she didn’t like them. Album: Dreamboat Annie Year: 1976 Writers: Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson Stats: Peaked at number-35 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: “Crazy on You” was Heart’s first single released in…Read more »

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVH!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVH!

Van Halen: “Jump” The Hook: It didn’t take a genius to figure out this was a great song. Album: 1984 Year: The single, in December 1983; the album in January 1984. Writers: Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 and to date is the…Read more »

Joe Perry’s Album Release Party Ends With Epic Jam

Joe Perry’s Album Release Party Ends With Epic Jam

Joe Perry’s had a huge jam session for a big release party for his new solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto was last night, and the encore was packed full of some of rocks biggest names. The night was capped off with “Train Kept A-Rollin’” that included Slash, Johnny Depp, Robin Zander, Dean and Robert DeLeo, David…Read more »

CLASSIC CUTS: Do It Again

CLASSIC CUTS: Do It Again

Donald Fagen celebrates his 70th birthday today!  From 1972 Do It Again Steely Dan: “Do It Again” The Hook: The first Steely Dan song they actually heard on the radio, which Donald Fagen says was “definitely a mindblower.” Album: Can’t Buy a Thrill Year: 1972 Writers: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen Stats: Peaked at number-six…Read more »

This week in 1978, “Runnin’ With the Devil” was released

This week in 1978, “Runnin’ With the Devil” was released

as the second single off Van Halen’s debut album. Also, drummer Alex Van Halen celebrates his 61st birthday yesterday. Van Halen: “Runnin’ With the Devil” The Hook: A response to a changing rock scene of the day. Album: Van Halen Year: 1978 Writers: Van Halen Stats: Peaked at number-84 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background:…Read more »

CLASSIC ROCK 101.5 CLASSIC CUTS: You Got That Right

CLASSIC ROCK 101.5 CLASSIC CUTS: You Got That Right

Lynyrd Skynyrd: “You Got That Right” The Hook: Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines both wrote and sang it together. Album: Street Survivors Year: 1977 Writers: Steve Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant Stats: Peaked at number-69 on the Billboard Hot 100 Background: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s fifth studio album, Street Survivors, would prove to be the last for Ronnie Van Zant, new guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie, who sang backing…Read more »