Check “About Us” to learn more about the background of the Timmons Brothers, their involvement in rock n roll, and interest in rock history.Welcome to our site. The Timmons Brothers (David and John) provide a series of rock shows including presentations on rock artists, eras, and “Rock N Roll Trivia Shows.” The Timmons Brothers have presented at diverse venues including university conferences, Chamber of Commerce conventions, city festivals, and college campuses. Please enjoy the site and learn more about the shows the Timmons Brothers present. Be sure to check back for updates.
Palmetto Mornings: 10/03/14 Timmons Brothers
The DiGiorgio Student Union presents the Timmons Brother’s Family Friendly Rock & Roll Trivia on Saturday Night at 8pm in the Richardson Ballroom at Winthrop University. Click here to check out their promotion of Winthrop’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Trivia Show on WRHI radio!
Timmons Brothers Next Radio Show
Timmons Brothers - “The Beatles in 1964 and the Rebirth of American Rock”
Air date: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm Friday, February 7, 1964 began the renaissance of ‘rock ‘n’ roll music in America as the Beatles landed at the JFK airport in New York City and became the vanguard of the British Invasion. The Timmons Brothers will analyze and review the contemporary reports of 1964 and the skepticism that surrounded the possibility of success for British artists in the United States. Such questions as timing, the music landscape and the type of artist before 1964 will be addressed and why 1964 may be the benchmark year in rock’s history. Click here to listen to the show broadcast. Please note this link may take you to a promotion. If this is the case, please press the “back” button on your browser. This will allow you, the awesome listener, the ability to access the show! Want to take part in the show? Call in at (877) 694-5613 to speak with the host, John Darlington. If you cannot hear the show live, it will be available for your convenience on this same website (Timmonsrock.com) whenever you wish. Just click on our “Press” page and scroll down to find the latest show under our “Blog Talk Radio” section.
Timmons Brothers in Ohio for Presentation and Appraisal of Rock Memorabilia – Saturday, October 18, 2014
Join David and John Timmons on Saturday morning, October 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. when they will be available in the Mount Sterling, Ohio Museum to appraise rock memorabilia, which includes records, magazines, books, posters, and merchandise (figurines, mugs, buttons, etc.). They will follow the appraisal time with a 60-minute multi-media presentation called “The Split of Rock/Pop AM/FM Radio – 1968-1973.”
“The Split of Rock/Pop AM/FM Radio – 1968-1973″
It was a period that followed a rebirth of American rock led by the British Invasion. The focus will be the transition of rock ‘n’ roll from the late sixties into the early seventies. We will contrast the two large outdoor concert environments of Woodstock and Altamont Speedway from only August 1969 to December 1969 and how this set the foundation for the beginning of the 1970s music scene and the demise of flower power (although not suddenly) and the break-up of The Beatles and Diana Ross and the Supremes among other ’60s icons. Highlighting the artists from the ’60s who continued to prosper into the early ’70s were the following among others: the four former Beatles as solo artists, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin, CCR, Deep Purple, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton (through various bands), The Who, the Kinks and Chicago to name a few as well as Paul Revere and The Raiders becoming The Raiders.
Of course, along with Altamont and the break-up of The Beatles, late 1969 through 1971 was an era for cataclysmic change with the tragic deaths of Hendrix, Joplin, and Morrison and the Vietnam War protests throughout college campuses and the deaths of four students at Kent State to stun the counterculture world. This change in music was also occurring in the radio stations across the USA. Until 1968, AM radio was the voice for both top 40 and the rock bands. By 1968, this split slowly began with each band on the radio forming its identity with the rise of new FM stations and an “album-oriented rock” sound while AM radio and some established FM radio stations continued to make hits and top 40 songs their format.
The “Timmons Brothers Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show and the Family Day Tour” starts this fall. The latest date is in October with a Family Day show on Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m. in Rock Hill, South Carolina on the Winthrop campus.
The Timmons Brothers would like to offer a note of appreciation and thanks to Winthrop’s DSU, Fine & Performing Arts Committee, and Chair Ayana Crawford for their hospitality was great as they accommodated all of our needs with class and grace. Also, Winthrop’s newspaper, The Johnsonian, ran an article on the Family Day show, and the article can be accessed here.
Along with a busy September, the Timmons Brothers look forward to meeting parents and families along the way from the Carolinas to Ohio.
“Kick Off the Summer Season with the Timmons Brothers Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show”
I am pleased to report the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show we did in June in central Ohio went very well. I want to thank Chris Siscoe, the Director of the Mount Sterling Library and Steve and Angela Chambers for helping us deliver the show. Steve is the Director of the Mount Sterling Museum and is developing a special exhibit about late 1960s and early 1970s rock ‘n’ roll for this coming fall. Although the details are not established, it appears the Timmons Brothers will be debuting a new presentation on this topic for this special exhibit. Stay tune for details. As you know, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show on June 28 was the debut of our 6th complete show and only the second time we have sported the new “Timmons Brothers Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show” shirts developed by our web master, the ever-talented Rebecca. In fact, several people commented their interest in purchasing a shirt. We will investigate this one. It is always exciting to unveil a new show after months of notes, reflection, research, and numerous decisions/choices. In fact one person was so captivated by the entertainment, he felt compelled to write a letter to the editor of The Madison Press in London, Ohio. Here is the link to the letter for your enjoyment. Such words are so meaningful to learn we brought joy and memories to the audience with our show. http://www.madison-press.com/news/letters-opinion/5243265/Let-Freedom-Ring-an-enjoyable-day
The Timmons Brothers Rock Shows can come to your event. Book them for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Shows or presentations (such as “The British Invasion and America’s Response”). They may be booked for college campuses, city festivals, conferences, high school reunions and other events where people wish to share in an experience of memories and making new memories. They will meet your needs. For example, they will tailor the show to the audience and years from the 1950s to the 1990s. Please visit the “Contact Us” page on our website to learn more about booking an event.
Timmons Brothers in the News Updates
With 2014 marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in the U.S.A., the Timmons Brothers have been giving their thoughts on the occasion. Below, John was included in an article in a South Carolina newspaper that landed on the front page of the Sunday edition. Click hereto read the article.
David is currently serving his second year on city council and continuing his research on the origin and the early years of Led Zeppelin. John will be serving on a panel at a University campus in the upcoming fall season. The topic will be “Americans and their British Obsessions.” He will be discussing the success of British rock’n’roll in the United States. More details to come. He just completed teaching an Honors Symposium on the 1960s Popular Music and Culture for the fall term. In the class, a range of topics from folk music to surf music to the British Invasion to the Summer of Love and Woodstock were explored. Of course, a huge dose of The Beatles was also included. The Timmons Brothers were also the special guests on Fayette Focus, as they discussed their debut presentation, “Hollywood and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Through the Lens of Cinema”. Fayette Focus can be heard by accessing http://www.wchoam.com/main.html anywhere and anytime via podcast. Recently, our show was selected in the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio in the “Weekender” of Thursday, June 27 for one of the top five things to do over the weekend. Here on the attachment below is a scan from the newspaper. Kenny Chesney was the top on the cover, but we were one of the “hidden gems”. It is quite a thrill to receive such recognition and reach so many new people to see one of our shows for the first time.
Here is this excellent article from the Madison Press of July 11 and The Tribune of July 9 (the picture and full text of the article are reproduced below):
The Timmons Brothers, John, left, and Dave, right, like that they got a correct answer during their “Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show” at the Mt. Sterling Community Center during the village’s Fourth of July celebration, “Let Freedom Ring,” on Saturday, June 29.
Timmons Brothers are rock ‘n’ rollers
BY FRAN ODYNIEC
For The Tribune
The categories flashed up on the screen Jeopardy-style.
You could sense that the crowd was just itching their heads to get going.
The Timmons Brothers were ready to rock, not that they would shake the Mt. Sterling Community Center’s gym to its foundations. Rather they would attempt to shake, rattle, and roll the recall capabilities of the 65 folks-plus who had come to be either challenged or entertained with the Timmons’ “Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show,” sponsored by the Mt. Sterling Public Library. It was part of Mt. Sterling’s Fourth of July Celebration, “Let Freedom Ring,” Saturday afternoon, June 29.
John Timmons, sporting a Paul Revere and the Raiders T-shirt, opened the show with one proviso: this is a non-competitive way to have fun and test your knowledge of rock ‘n’ roll. Dave, wearing a Led Zeppelin T-shirt, added to the fun with asides and perfectly timed quips. Before the show was over, Dave, who was sort of energy unleashed in a remote James Brown kind of way, had to change into an Abbey Road T-shirt.
And test the audience they would with 10 categories that ranged from “Finish the Lyrics” to “Debut Albums” to “Rock and Movies” to “Rock Action on TV” to “Credit to Classical Music” followed by audio stumpers from the ’50s to the ’90s. Along the way, they would toss in tasty tidbits of background on a tune, the artist, or a related event.
Both John and Dave share an incredible knowledge of the music that spans more than 50 years of the greatest hits, the one-hit wonders, the artists, the groups, the movies, the events and the little known or almost forgotten singles and albums that somewhere and somehow strike a fond memory chord.
I squirmed in my seat wondering just how much or how little I could remember. Truth be told, I had earlier that day (either in preparation or desperation) paged through a couple of the rock ‘n’ roll books I have in my home library to refresh my memory.
Who was I kidding? John and Dave are master rock historians as evidenced by their trivia shows and more serious theme presentations. I have attended a couple of those venues, and had come away “Marveletting” at what I had seen and learned. (For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a mild reference to one of the great Motown girl groups, The Marvelettes.)
The last Saturday in June was no exception.
The audience was a good cross-section of music tastes as well as age. On one side, a trio of young lovelies seemed to have the 1990s locked down tight. Toward the back, there was a Led Zeppelin contingent. Off to the left, one lady knew a lot of the late ’50s and ’60s. Sprinkled around were pockets of specific knowledge when it came to completing lyrics or identifying movie music. Me, I was somewhat confident in the fourth row about the ’60s and early ’70s.
With the Jeopardy-like board staring down at us, John got the show in gear.
I thought I was “Alive and Kicking” (score one for that group from the ’70s) when, the moment I heard the intro to a Bobby Rydell hit, my arm shot up and I nailed “Forget Him.” A little later, my recall jelled again with “Get Ready” by the Temptations, but came up short when John asked me, “Do you know who wrote it?” Slightly embarrassed but smiling, I took a bye and that lady sitting off to the left confidently shouted out, “Smokey Robinson.” I scored one more time with my answer to “Who did the theme song to ‘Where the Action Is?’” I proudly belted out, “Freddy ‘Boom Boom’ Cannon.”
A telling moment occurred when John and Dave (not to be confused with the soul duo Sam and Dave) revved up 33 1/3 imaginations with some Beethoven. No one in the house could make the connection between Ludwig and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer’s opening segment to their “Fifth of Beethoven” cut.
They also made the connection between the Toys’ hit “Lover’s Concerto” and “Minuet in G Major” by Christian Petzold but often credited to Johann Sebastian Bach.
Another moment came during the “Rock Action on TV” category when the question dealt with music producer Don Krishner, known for his weekly “Don Krishner’s Rock Concert” which aired on NBC. There was another TV show before the “Rock Concert.”
This one stumped everyone. John revealed the answer: “In Concert” which aired on ABC. When you think about it, those two Kirshner-produced shows and others like “The Midnight Special” were forerunners of MTV and the music video craze.
It was simply fun to rediscover that the Monkees had made a movie, called “Head,” and that the Beach Boys had that blockbuster album titled “Endless Summer” (which was on the Billboard charts for 155 weeks).
The Led Zeppelin contingent took off with its knowledge of the Zeppelin, and those three gals to the right often put their heads together to trump everyone else when it came to tunes from the ’90s.
But it seemed a good number of the audience (which reached as many as 100 folks) recognized The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek” from the ’70s.
“Complete the Lyrics” was another category that brought out the best in recall from all around the audience.
Dave said later that he and John were a bit surprised that the audience struggled a bit with that one. In fact, that lady on the left was the only person to recognize the lyrics to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”
Apparently, lyrics seem different when you see them versus when you sing them.
What pleasantly surprised this Philadelphia-born boy was the Ohio origin of some of the bands.
For instance, the Raspberries were from Cleveland; Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods (I got that one, too) were from Cincinnati; and the Ohio Players were from Dayton.
For those two hours on Saturday, the Timmons Brothers proved again and again that they have this knack for rock music archaeology by unearthing, replaying and rekindling songs and feelings from that great era in American music.
As a Philadelphia disc jockey once blabbed, “Keep on rockin’, ’cause you only rock once.”
It could very well be John and Dave’s mantra.
The Timmons Brothers both think this article captures the ambience and atmosphere of one of their “Rock n Roll Trivia Shows” in a creative and humorous, which signifies the core of the show – informative yet entertaining. We certainly want to acknowledge the writer of the article (Fran Odyniec -former editor of The Madison Press).
Timmons Brothers Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show Voted as a ‘Top Five Event to Try’
The Timmons Brothers (who in the past have been voted one of the “Top Variety/Novelty Events” for the year by a college activities board) were voted as “One of the Five to Try” events for central Ohio by the Columbus Dispatch on a holiday weekend in 2013. When David Timmons was asked about the 2013 shows, he commented, “We had as much fun as the audience and they left with smiles.”
The Timmons Brothers appeared on WCHO 1250 AM Cool Oldies radio and the Fayette Focus program of June 14.
Here is the link to WCHO 1250AM Cool Oldies and the Fayette Focus program of June 14. The topic is the Rock ‘n’ Roll trivia Show. It is about 12 minutes 12 seconds in length.
Check the “Shows” page for a list of presentations (topics and eras) and the “Rock N Roll Trivia Show.”
Past Internet Radio Shows with the Timmons Brothers
Interested in hearing the Timmons Brothers discuss various topics about the history of rock ‘n’ roll and its industry and culture? Full shows of their appearances on JohnTalkRadio, found on BlogTalkRadio, with host John Darlington are available on this web site by clicking on the “Press” tab, where you will find each show with the topic name, brief description and original air date. Choose a topic and click on the arrow inside the box for the topic you wish to hear. It takes a few seconds to buffer, then the show you chose begins. Enjoy!