As John and David bring their Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show to different venues for the Fall 2018/ Spring 2019, a weekly radio show could be looming in the future. Please see the videos in the links of their appearances in the studio of WCHO – 1250 AM Oldies Radio with host Harry Wright for a hint of things to come.
The video is about ten minutes in length. Also, a second show is being aired for local cable access TV in the Washington Court House, Ohio area:
The Timmons Brothers on WCHO with Harry Wright in the studio in 2015. Enjoy the first portion of this video. It's length is about 10 minutes.
The Timmons Brothers (David and John) joined the Independent Showcase for a live show hosted by John Darlington to discuss the 10th anniversary of their Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show. The Timmons Brothers were the guests on the Independent Showcase and they also discussed highlights of past shows they have done with JTR radio since 2009. This show aired originally on June 23, 2018 on the radio station (WCYC-LP FM 105.1 ) in London, Ohio. Classic rock songs from previous shows were played and they revisited some past topics of interest from JohnTalkRadio shows.
In case you were wondering, the gentleman holding the "Men Without Hats" album is John Darlington. Also, left to right is the "Duck," former guitarist of "Razor's Edge," David, John D., John T., Chris, Junior, former bassist of "Razor's Edge," and Jack.
Click here to check out their September 30, 2016 appearance on WRHI radio!
The radio personalities were Chuck Boozer and Freddie Hammer. We had a great time in the studio and enjoyed meeting with Chuck and Freddie each time we do a show in the Metrolina area. The third "Timmons Brother" is Junior. After all, the Righteous Brothers and the Doobie Brothers were brothers in name.
David and John continue to venture 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 earlier this year they discussed at length The Beatles album (better known as the White Album). They wish to thank over 80 viewers who watched their show about rock ‘n’ roll. The topic for the evening focused on the music of the White Album and similarities with less expected artists including several Grateful Dead songs. It was their third run on Meerkat and the Timmons Brothers plan to return for a new show in July. Watch for details on the site here.
By Rachel Southmayd
The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, perform and are interviewed by David Letterman at the former Sullivan theater. Other artists will also perform. Original footage of the first performance will be shown.
Fifty years after The Beatles’ landmark performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, John Timmons still remembers the night like it was yesterday.
“Even as a 6-year-old, I knew there was something interesting about those four guys shaking their heads and going, ‘Wooo,’” he said.
Timmons, the associate director of residence life at Winthrop University, is one of 73 million Americans who tuned in 50 years ago tonight to see Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr make their television debuts in the United States. With that performance and visit to the U.S., the American music scene was forever changed, Timmons said.
“The incredible thing about The Beatles that we notice is their music is so timeless because it was so well done and so melodic,” he said. “It’s incredible how they have maintained their appeal after all these years.”
A self-described Beatles “fanatic,” Winthrop professor John Bird said he has an MP3 player devoted entirely to the band’s music, although he wasn’t a fan when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
“I had no clue about rock ‘n’ roll music,” he said. “At school the next day, everybody was going crazy.”
Bird, who was 10 at the time, said he was hooked.
“They caught me from the very beginning, but the thing that amazed me is how they grew and changed,” he said.
While many say The Beatles’ enormous success in the United States led the “British invasion” of musicians, Bird said that’s not really accurate.
“People call it the British invasion, but they brought us back to American music,” Bird said, because the Beatles’ style was similar to that of American rock icons Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. The Beatles’ style was just packaged in a new way.
And it was something about the way The Beatles always sang about love in whatever they did that made their music “spiritual” in its own way, he said.
Part of their lasting appeal, said both Bird and Timmons, is also the way The Beatles and their career arc mimicked the socially turbulent 1960s, where more changed in one decade than in any other in the 20th century, Timmons said.
The change The Beatles inspired wasn’t just about authority or society. Sometimes it was something simple as a hairstyle.
On the day after the Ed Sullivan Show, “Guys had washed the Brylcreem out of their hair,” Bird said.
Timmons also recalled that on the day after the Ed Sullivan performance, his older brother’s hair was no longer slicked down, but combed straight to try to emulate McCartney, Harrison, Lennon and Starr’s shaggier styles.
Fans of The Beatles today know no age limits, said Timmons, who teaches a graduate seminar at Winthrop on The Beatles and has given lectures about the band.
“I’ve seen it firsthand teaching courses with college students,” he said. “That’s the kind of thing that carries from generation to generation.”
A whole new generation will get the opportunity to see The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night when CBS airs a special devoted to the event. Both Timmons and Bird said they’ll be watching.
“I plan to tune in on Monday night at eight o’clock and make up for what I missed when I was 10,” Bird said.
This article originally appeared in the Rock Hill, SC Harold on Sunday, February 8, 2014.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Web Note: Here is the Tribune article (pictured above) about the Timmons Brothers Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Show at Winthrop University in April