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Rock Hall President Terry Stewart Shares His Favorite Rock and Roll Holiday Songs

Thursday, December 17: 12 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Terry Stewart shares some of his favorite holiday songs at Rock and Roll Night School on December 16

Man oh Man was last night’s holiday edition of Rock and Roll Night School fun! And we all learned so much about a very special niche of music. In fact, we are thinking about doing this again and maybe streaming the program online. So……anybody out there, let us know if this would be something you would like to participate in…and if you can’t make it in person, consider possibly participating online or via the phone.

Below you’ll find a list of my favorite rock and roll holiday songs. Also, feel free to comment on all of the lists if you were here last night. Most importantly, let us know if we missed any holiday songs by Inductees.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Come to Cleveland!

27.) Merry Christmas – Lightning Hopkins
26.) Christmas Presents – Solomon Burke
25.) Not So Merry Christmas – Bobby Vee
24.) There’s Trouble Brewing – Jack Scott
23.) Chipmunk Song – Canned Heat and the Chipmunks
22.) Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy – Buck Owens
21.) Man with all the Toys – The Beach Boys
20.) Papa Noel – Brenda Lee
19.) Chinchy Old Scrooge – Phil Moore
18.) Jingle Jangle – The Penguins
17.) Christmas in ...


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Rock Hall Inductee Jerry Wexler’s Life and Legacy Celebrated

Thursday, November 5: 2:56 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
The Rock Hall's Atlantic Records exhibition case in the Main Exhibit Hall.

While the Rock Hall team was in New York for the 25th Anniversary Concerts, a celebration of the late Jerry Wexler’s life and his legacy was held at the Director’s Guild.  This tribute was a lively event meant to rejoice in all of the music that Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry was responsible for or had touched in his inimitable way.

Jerry’s daughter and son, Lisa and Paul, got it started with a few words about their Dad. Both discussed how much he meant to each of them and what a powerful influence he had been on their lives as well as so many others in the music industry.

The program was divided into two parts: first, speakers who gave personal remembrances; and second, a group of performers doing renditions of songs that Jerry produced and/or loved…..or both.

Many of the speakers gave testimony as to what Jerry had meant to their lives.  Several talked of his being a “rabbi” of sorts.  David Ritz,  who co-authored Jerry’s autobiography and is the dean of musical biographers, even provided the audience with some very specific legal advice that Jerry had proffered in response to one of ...


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Johnnie Carter’s Voice Lives On

Wednesday, September 2: 5:09 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
The Dells. L-R: Mickey McGill, Chuck Barksdale, Marvin Junior, Johnnie Carter, Vern Allison

As many of you may know, I’ve always felt strongly about the Dells and their place in the history of rock and roll. This past Sunday, I attended a memorial service in honor of the passing of two-time Rock Hall Inductee John Edward Carter.  It was a wonderful evening, but a very sad occasion. Best known as one of the greatest tenor voices in popular music, Carter was a founding member of the Flamingos and a member of the Dells – the longest running vocal group in history with virtually the same members throughout their career.

Carter’s memorial service was held at Bethlehem Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey, Illinois. The crowd that came to pay respect to the late singer overflowed from the church and into a side room where the two-hour service was also simulcast. Numerous personal tributes and proclamations were read along with several moving musical performances. Among one of the most memorable was that of Gerald Alston of the Manhattans, who performed “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” a gospel hymn that brought the crowd to their feet singing in a joyous outpouring of emotion. An explosive eulogy was delivered by Elder John Holley.

The ...


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