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.
“TV’s Portrayal of Rock ‘n’ Roll Through the Decades” – Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2 pm – Mount Sterling Library
Rock and roll historians, John and David Timmons, will talk about TV’s censorship of acts such as Elvis Presley & the Rolling Stones to videos on MTV. Discover how local & national TV shows such as American Bandstand, Soul Train, Jerry Rasor’s Dance Party, & HBO’s Vinyl have fostered the love/hate relationship. Learn the details behind iconic TV moments: such as the Beatles first US appearance & Michael Jackson’s debut of the moonwalk.
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 2 PM (Doors open at 1pm)*
Where: Mt. Sterling Public Library
60 West Columbus Street, Mt. Sterling, OH (Main Conference Room, Lower Level)
*Special Feature: Is it Valuable? At 1:00 PM, bring your personal rock & roll memorabilia and collectibles. John and David will assess the value of your items before the show.
Timmons Brothers Kick Off Summer 2015 Shows
Put on your sandals and favorite rock ‘n’ roll t-shirt as the Timmons Brothers will be bringing their traveling Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show to Ohio on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Community Center located on 160 East Main Street in Mount Sterling. The Mount Sterling Public Library is sponsoring the show as part of the Let Freedom Ring Festival. Please see this cool flyer and video in the link of their appearance in the studio of WCHO – 1250 AM Oldies Radio with host Harry Wright. The video is about ten minutes in length.
Newsflash: The June 27 show will be filmed for local cable access TV in the Washington Court House, Ohio area. Watch our website for more details.
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 Sgt. Pepper: The Legacy of an Album”
Air date: Saturday, June 4 at 6:00 pm
In 1967 upon its release date of June 1, Time magazine declared it “a historic departure in the progress of music”. Newsweek called it a “masterpiece”, comparing the lyrics with classic literary works, and The New Statesman hailed its elevation of pop music to the level of fine art. By 2003, the Library of Congress placed it in the National Recording Registry honoring the work as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number one in its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Of course, it is the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album. Why wait until 2017 for the golden anniversary as the Timmons Brothers will explore and reveal insights in this show of perhaps the most talked about single album ever.
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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 on Meerkat
David and John have ventured into the world of Meerkat Live Streaming Video. In case you are not familiar with Meerkat, here is a quick synopsis of it. Everything that happens on meerkat happens on Twitter. Streams will be pushed to followers in real time via push notifications. Everything is live, no reruns. In a 75 minute appearance on a Saturday in May, they wish to thank over 40 viewers who watched their show about rock ‘n’ roll. The topic for the evening focused on lesser known cover versions of familiar songs. For instance, one viewer informed us Leonard Nimoy has several covers of popular tunes. How about the different versions of Indian Reservation? The Raiders. Don Fardon. It was a one-time run, but the Timmons Brothers enjoyed this experience and plan to return for a new show in July. Watch for details on the site here.
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 here to read the article.
David is currently serving his fourth year on city council and will be seeking a new term. His research interests are currently focusing on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. This could lead to a presentation. John has started to research the decade of the 1970s rock ‘n’ roll and popular music with a possibility of developing an academic course. He was appointed to a panel at a University campus to discuss the British Invasion as part of an overarching topic called “Americans and their British Obsessions.” 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.
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 Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show Voted as a ‘Top Five Event to Try’ for Second Time
Our June 2015 show in the Let Freedom Ring festival in Ohio was selected in the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio in the “Weekender” of Thursday, June 25 for one of the top five things to do over the weekend. Here on the attachment below is a scan from the newspaper. Our show is called “Trivia Hop” and the blurb promotes our website. This is the second time the Timmons Brothers have received this distinction as they were also a “Five to Try” in 2013 when Kenny Chesney was the top on the cover of the “Weekender” and we were one of the “hidden gems”. It is quite a thrill to receive such recognition a second time and reach so many new people to see one of our shows for the first time.
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 for the second time in three years as “One of the Five to Try” events for central Ohio by the Columbus Dispatch on a holiday weekend. When David Timmons was asked about the 2013 shows, he commented, “We had as much fun as the audience and they left with smiles.” In reference to the summer 2015 shows, John Timmons stated, “It is an honor to be a hidden gem and see the look of people in the audience being truly entertained when they ‘discover’ us.”
The Timmons Brothers appeared on WCHO 1250 AM Cool Oldies radio and the Fayette Focus program of June 14. A special thanks to Harry Wright of WCHO for his support and bringing our show to cable TV audiences.
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.”
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).
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!