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Timmons Brothers: “Psychedelic & Protest: Music Takes a Serious Turn”:
John and David Timmons will be our guests tonight to talk about and play music from the 1960′s Protest and Psychedelic music era. This dynamic rock trivia duo will take questions from the audience. Original Air Date: July 11, 2009.
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Timmons Brothers Rock Historians:
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Timmons Brothers Rock Historians:
Part two of “After The Breakup.” We continue analyzing the solo careers of the Beatles and even address their affiliation with Christmas music as a band and as solo artists. Original Air Date: December 19, 2009.
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Timmons Brothers “History of Glam Rock”:
Join John and David as the two rock historians take us through the world of Glam rock in the early 70′s. They will explore such artists as T.Rex, David Bowie, and Gary Glitter. Original Air Date: March 6, 2010.
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Timmons Brothers “Midwest Rock”:
John and David are back to discuss the importance of Midwest rock to the overall history of rock music. The focus will be on artists from Ohio and Michigan including the Michael Stanley Band, the Raspberries, James Gang, and Ted Nugent. Original Air Date: May 22, 2010.
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Timmons Brothers “Reflecting on the Music Industry”:
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Halloween special with the Timmons Brothers:
Halloween music special with David and John. Rock ‘n’ Roll has its own haunting sounds and spooky stories. Artists in tonight’s show include Led Zeppelin, Marc Bolan, and a discussion on the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Original Air Date: October 30, 2010.
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas Special with the Timmons Brothers:
Happy Holiday show with John and David as they explore some of the best known and greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll holiday songs including The Kinks, Elton John, The Beach Boys, and Jethro Tull. Original Air Date: December 18, 2010.
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Timmons Brothers: Thoughts and Opinions on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame:
The 26th induction ceremony for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame will be later in the month of March. The Timmons brothers reflect on the first 25 years of inductees and analyze the status of performers who are in and who are out for the Hall of Fame. This show will provide insights to prepare us for this year’s induction. Original Air Date: March 5, 2011.
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Timmons Brothers: A Review of The Live Music Experience
The live album can be career changing or just an obligatory commitment to a recording contract, but nearly every artist eventually releases a live product. We will discuss and analyze the iconic live rock ‘n’ roll albums from the big sellers to the influential to the forgotten. Original Air Date: June 25, 2011.
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Timmons Brothers “Bubblegum Music: Putting the Sugar on Rock n Roll”:
The genre of music known for its upbeat sound was especially appealing to teenagers in its peak from 1967-1972. It has since become a nostalgic favorite for baby boomers. Time to chew on the pink slab of bubblegum and eat your favorite sugary cereal. In this show, the Timmons Brothers reflect on an era which is seldom taken seriously, but known for catchy melodies and its happy, feel good sound. Original Air Date: October 8, 2011.
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Timmons Brothers: “A Look Into Bowie and Presley – The Thin White Duke and The King”
January 8thmarked the birthday of two rock icons (David Bowie and Elvis Presley) with careers between them spanning the entire history of rock ‘n’ roll from the roots of the 1950s to today. Although seldom mentioned in the same breath, the Timmons Brothers share thoughts on these two rock ‘n’ roll pioneers as innovative trailblazers, who transformed the rock industry. Original Air Date: January 21, 2012.
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Timmons Brothers: “Hollywood and Rock ‘n’ Roll”
From documentaries to live concerts to action/comedies, film producers, writers, and directors have taken different perspectives bringing rock ‘n’ roll to movies on the big screen. From the early days of rock with the effusion of music from Billy Haley and the Coments in “Blackboard Jungle” to the introduction of what would later be known as the rock video through The Beatles in the cleverly played “Hard Day’s Night” to the allstar rock cast of “Tommy” and documentaries like “Woodstock” and live concerts such as “The Last Waltz,” the movies and rock ‘n’ roll have experienced a rather dysfunctional relationship. The Timmons Brothers will reflect on how the film industry has portrayed rock through the years with the hits, misses, and obscurities. Original Air Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012.
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Timmons Brothers: “The Rolling Stones: World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band”
John and David will celebrate the worlds greatest rock and roll band. “The Rolling Stones: ‘The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band’ – an analysis of the 1960s and 70s. ”Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, the Rock Hall states; “critical acclaim and popular consensus has accorded them the title of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”. The Timmons Brother focus on the Rolling Stones of the 1960s and 1970s and trace milestones, pitfalls and tragedies which led to this acclamation when they became inductees. Original airdate: August 4, 2012
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Timmons Brothers: “A Look at 1973: The Year Rock Becomes Classic”
1973 is a landmark year in the laurels of rock music history. Although the contemporary top 40 hits of 1973 may be lost in the vaults of time forgotten (does “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” or “Playground in my Mind” come to mind?), few of us knew at the time we were also experiencing some of the greatest rock music and artists for future generations. The album debut releases by such artists as Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Aerosmith along with impactful album releases by established artists (Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd and solo work by each former Beatle, et al) set the stage for 1973 as the genesis of what would later be called “Classic Rock”. Join the Timmons Brothers and their in-depth retrospective of 1973 rock music as the benchmark for an integral core of the popular classic rock format in the radio industry. Original airdate: October 28, 2012
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Timmons Brothers: “The Beach Boys: Fifty Years of Endless Summer”
Often been called “America’s Band”, the Beach Boys have sold more records than any other American band. Their embodiment of Americana was recognized by Elton John when he provided the induction speech for their induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Although known for their rich and smooth harmonies in music, their relationships were marked by divisive elements associated with soap opera scandals. Coming off their 50th anniversary tour, the music of the Beach Boys continues to be the timeless soundtrack of summer, fun, and an eternal youthful spirit. Join the Timmons Brothers as they reflect on the music and the culture of “The Beach Boys: Fifty years of Endless Summer”.
Original airdate: December 15, 2012
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Timmons Brothers: “A Look at the Debut Album”
From Rock’n’Roll legends to single album artists, they share in common the making of a debut album. The level of success for the debut album varies as much as the level of success in the performer’s career. The first album can be a springboard and launch a great career (such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones). The first album can also be a collection of veteran rock performers who assemble a new band (such as Led Zeppelin and Bad Company). Join the Timmons Brothers as they debate what entails a debut album and discuss several categories of the debut album.
“The Debut Album: Where it All Begins for Performers”
Original airdate: March 9, 2013
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Timmons Brothers: “The Singer/Songwriter: Part 1″
The singer/songwriter has evolved from the roots of traveling performers in 19 century Europe to its own niche in today’s contemporary music market. In Part I, the focus of the Timmons Brothers will be the first half of the era when the singer-songwriter arguably enjoyed their greatest commercial success (mid 1960s – mid 1970s). From Dylan to Donovan and Neil Diamond to James Taylor, the singer/songwriters provide commentary on the times with their lyrics, grab your heart with their melodies, make a political statement with their compositions, and through it all, they write, compose and sing their own musical material.
“The Singer/Songwriter: Part 1″
Original airdate: June 1, 2013
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Timmons Brothers: “The Singer/Songwriter: Part II”
The Singer/Songwriter Part II: The Golden Era (1970 – 75) As a follow up to Part I, the focus of the Timmons Brothers will be the second half of the era when the singer-songwriter arguably enjoyed their greatest commercial success (early to mid 1970s). From Harry Chapin to Jim Croce and Gordon Lightfoot to Billy Joel among others, the singer/songwriters provided commentary on the times with their lyrics while evoking emotions with their melodies. Through it all, this period may have been the most noteworthy for the singer/songwriter.
“The Singer/Songwriter: Part 2″
Original airdate: September 1, 2013
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Timmons Brothers: “A Review of The Byrds: Folk Rockers and Innovators”
Pioneers of folk rock and country rock, the Byrds combined harmony, an electric 12 string guitar, and thought provoking lyrics. They were influenced by The Beatles, but they also fascinated The Beatles. The Timmons Brothers review the legacy of a band from the original five of McGuinn, Crosby, Hillmam, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke (who were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1991) to several shifts of changing personnel. Through the changes, they continued to be innovators with their sound. A rare combination of combining commercial success with Top Forty singles while extending rock into new underground areas, the story of the Byrds is as interesting as their freshness in their music to this day.
“A Review of The Byrds: Folk Rockers and Innovators”
Original airdate: November 17, 2013
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Timmons Brothers: “Roots and Branches of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Family Tree Part 1″
The roots of rock ‘n’ roll originate in multiple genres of music, but on a more narrow sense, rock artists can be the root of their own rock ‘n’ roll family tree. With the focus on two artists (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the career of Paul Rodgers) the Timmons Brothers trace the roots of each and the number of artists/bands from their family tree of rock ‘n’ roll. In part 1 of a series, you may be surprised how far their ripple effect extends.
“Roots and Branches of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Family Tree”
Original airdate: February 22, 2014
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Timmons Brothers: “Roots and Branches of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Family Tree Part 2″
The roots of rock ‘n’ roll originate in multiple genres of music, but on a more narrow sense, rock artists can be the root of their own rock ‘n’ roll family tree. In Part II, the focus is on two artists (Poco and the career of Eric Clapton). The Timmons Brothers trace the roots of each and the number of artists/bands from their family tree of rock ‘n’ roll. The Poco branch extends to Loggins and Messina, The Eagles, and The Buffalo Springfield among others while the elongated branch of Clapton to many artists will be explored.
“Roots and Branches of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Family Tree Part 2″
Original airdate: May 24, 2014
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Timmons Brothers: “The Beatles in 1964 and the Rebirth of American Rock”
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.
“The Beatles in 1964 and the Rebirth of American Rock”
Original airdate: September 7, 2014
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Timmons Brothers: “Reflection on Buddy Holly and February 3, 1959″
On February 3, 1959, a plane crash occurred as three musicians (22 year old Buddy Holly, 17 year old Ritchie Valens and 28 year old the Big Bopper) and the 21 year old pilot loss their lives. For many, itsymbolized the “loss of innocence” of the early rock-and-roll generation. On the week of the 56th anniversary of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest tragedies, the Timmons Brothers will highlight the career of rock legend Buddy Holly (whose works influenced notably The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones among many others). They will also explore the culture of 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll tours, the events leading up the accident, the aftermath, and its legacy.
“Reflection on Buddy Holly and February 3, 1959″
Original airdate: February 7, 2015
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Timmons Brothers: Paul Revere and the Raiders: An American Musical Revolution – Part 1 (1961-1967 ‘The Classic Years’)”
Labeled by Paul Shaffer of The David Letterman Show as “the greatest show band of all time,” Paul Revere and the Raiders became the vanguard of America’s response to the British Invasion with one of the most exciting live shows in the business. Their hits are now seen as bold, unpretentious pieces of ’60s rock & roll with a defiant, punk edge, which would become the foundation for the development of punk rock. Although they experienced disappointment when they saw another version of “Louie, Louie” become a national hit, they bounced back to sell records in numbers second only to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones during their three biggest years (1966-1969) while garnering more TV appearances than any other rock ‘n’ roll band from 1965- 1968. Tonight, in Part I, we focus on the years when a band with a Northwest U.S.A. origin grew so highly in popularity that each member’s charm and fame would rival the Beatles with their own fan clubs and constant appearances in every teen magazine.
“Paul Revere and the Raiders: An American Musical Revolution – Part 1 (1961-1967 ‘The Classic Years’)”
Original airdate: April 25, 2015
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Timmons Brothers: Paul Revere and the Raiders: An American Musical Revolution – Part II (1967-1972 ‘The Happening Years and Beyond’)”
After their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967, three of the classic Raiders form their own band, which leaves Paul Revere and Mark Lindsay to find new members. With the nucleus of a new band with southern roots, they soon have their own TV shows (Happening ’68 and It’s Happening). The shows air on ABC six days a week as life becomes a blur of TV appearances, new recordings, and concert tours. With new members demonstrating savvy studio recording techniques, the Raiders music and appearance evolve in a rapidly changing period of pop culture from the late 60s into the early 70s. The Timmons Brothers unveil how the latter years of The Raiders reflect a microcosm of a quickly transforming landscape in the music industry from 1967 to 1972.
“Paul Revere and the Raiders: An American Musical Revolution – Part II (1967-1972 ‘The Happening Years and Beyond’)”
Original airdate: July 11, 2015
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Timmons Brothers Rock Historians: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame – An Overview of Who is Not In and Possibly Why”
With the release of the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees, the Timmons Brothers reveal a list of names that could be labeled a Who’s Who in Rock ‘n’ Roll and all the artists share a common bond of not being inducted into its Hall of Fame. Although the number of artists not inducted is too numerous to give them their due in one show, the two rock historians (David and John) will explore voting patterns, possible biases (and some may be surprising), the philosophy of defining a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and other music related hall of fames. The artists being ignored span four decades and include Paul Anka, Connie Francis, the Moody Blues, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Chicago, Grand Funk Railroad , Jethro Tull, ELO, Kool and the Gang, and you are encouraged to call in with others. While the topic stirs debate, this program will be a catalyst to continue the discussion.
“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame – An Overview of Who is Not In and Possibly Why”
Original airdate: October 31, 2015
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Timmons Brothers Rock Historians: Bowie, Frey, and Kantner – January 2016: A Reflection on Their Past and Rock’s Future”
Starting with the British Invasion in 1964 through today, the number of successful artists who have elevated to rock legend status in the world of rock ‘n’ roll is unparalleled for popular culture. As growing numbers continue to rock well into their golden years, many rock icons are reflecting on their careers by releasing memoirs and autobiographies; while others are in their actual farewell tours. However, with the loss of David Bowie, Glen Frey, and Paul Kantner in the month of January 2016, the Timmons Brothers will reflect on the career of these three icons and address the issue that January 2016 may become the benchmark (month and year) we will later remember as the time when the loss of rock legends of natural causes began to reach an unprecedented pace. As the Righteous Brothers said, “If there’s a rock and roll heaven, you know they’ve got a hell of a band“. It will be a band far better than we have here.
“Bowie, Frey, and Kantner – January 2016: A Reflection on Their Past and Rock’s Future”
Original airdate: March 5, 2016
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Timmons Brothers Rock Historians: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper: The Legacy of An Album”
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.
“The Beatles Sgt. Pepper: The Legacy of An Album”
Original airdate: June 4, 2016
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Timmons Brothers Rock Historians: “TV’s Portrayal of Rock ‘n’ Roll through the Decades”
The Timmons Brothers will address the love-hate affair between rock and roll and television. Since the 1950s when both industries began to blossom to the present, TV and rock have been at odds sometimes and have enjoyed some moments of mutual celebration, but for the most part, they co-exist. From the early days of rock and roll when bands appeared on such television shows as The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, Top of the Pops, and others, censorship was evident. Although acts such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and The Doors performed their music amid controversy, some of rock’s greatest moments such as The Beatles American debut, the 1985 Live Aid Concert, and Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, also were captured on TV. There is sure to be something to trigger a memory of historical rock and roll moments on television.
“TV’s Portrayal of Rock ‘n’ Roll through the Decades”
Original airdate: August 27, 2016
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In 2006, the Timmons Brothers provided a presentation on The Beatles and the mania it created when they first came to the USA in 1964. With the recent success of The Beatles Rock Guitar Hero and the charting of re-mastered CDs of Beatle albums, it is time to present another era of the world’s most popular and commercially successful group. Plan to be present at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 1 at the Mount Sterling Public Library as the Timmons Brothers will examine and discuss the era from late 1966 to early 1968 when the Beatles stopped touring and focused their creative energies on their music.
The period gave us some of the most critically acclaimed and innovative music of the 20th century with the release of the albums “Revolver”, “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Sgt. Pepper” (the album recognized by critics and publications as one of the most influential albums in the history of rock music). Join the Timmons Brothers as they share rare audio performances and video footage of the Beatles from this era. They are also encouraging people to bring Beatles memorabilia as an exhibit area will be provided to showcase various Beatle collectibles. As spoken in song by the Beatles, “A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”
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Palmetto Mornings: 4/25/14 Timmons Brothers
It’s time for Timmons Brother’s Rock & Roll Trivia at Dina’s Place on Winthrop’s Campus at 8pm on Saturday night! Click here to check out their promotion of Winthrop’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Trivia Show on WRHI radio.
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.”
Here is the full text of the Tribune article (pictured above) about the Timmons Brothers Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show at Winthrop University in April:
Timmons Bros. go ‘cultural’ at Winthrop
Rock ‘n’ Roll trivia program dazzles fans
By Dean Shipley The Timmons Brothers’ rock and roll trivia show not only continues to entertain crowds, it also continues to win awards. The show’s latest triumph came April 26 at Winthrop University in South Carolina where it won Global Learning Cultural Event status. The duo presented its program on the university campus to a packed house in Dina’s Place Theatre in Rock Hill, S.C. John and David Timmons, Mt. Sterling natives, have developed the show over several years and taken it to local and university audiences. This award is “an honor to have an event be bestowed with Cultural Event status and even more prestigious to have an event be awarded a Global Learning Cultural Event status,” said John Timmons, an assistant professor at the university. Timmons said to achieve this status on the college campus requires a special application. According to documentation in the application, the event must ensure that each student is exposed to certain out-of-class activities which may provide an opportunity to develop an awareness of life which might not otherwise be attained. Beginning in fall 2011, Winthrop University began specifically designating Global Learning cultural events. If the cultural event includes “local, regional, national, and/or international experiences that may differ from one’s own culture,” then it can be considered, according to an email from Timmons. Further, an approved cultural event is chosen from areas such as plays, films, art exhibitions and dance and musical performances or from lectures of general appeal. The Timmons Brothers began their rock and roll trivia program as a part of the Mt. Sterling Public Library outreach seven years ago. They have presented their show at local venues including the Mt. Sterling Community Center. Four years ago they took the show to the Winthrop University campus, where it won a people’s choice award during a campus orientation day. David Timmons is also a Mt. Sterling village council member. Both men are staunch supporters of obtaining Rock and Roll Hall of Fame status for Paul Revere and the Raiders.