In his continuing quest to prove that the music of the past has a lot to offer today's music lovers, Big Geez takes time off from his busy duties as a hammock tester to write RETRO REDUX. For those who remember the songs, it's a journey into musical nostalgia that will take you to places you haven't been for a while -- not only revisiting many of your favorite songs (even those you might have forgotten), but also telling the often surprising stories of the people who made the music. For those music lovers who might have come along a little too late to have actually experienced the music of the past, it's an opportunity to see what all the fuss was about.
You won't believe which Hollywood star provided inspiration to this legendary guitarist.
Here's a hint — it wasn't Rock Hudson.
A musical treat in two languages — and a favorite of Johnny's.
So just how high was that hair?
Was the record-buying public ready for what he was selling?
His signature song turned out to be prophetic.
One of his nicknames was 'The Creamer'
I wonder how his career would have gone if he'd performed under his real name?
A former school bus driver, she's now a legend.
I wonder what the Man in Black would have thought about all this?
He covered everything from moon music to mood music on every instrument from bongos to a moog synthesizer.
They had a lot in common — including growing up in the same area of West Texas.
It was an era that seemed to have more than its share of oddly-named bands.
If you don't know this song, you should be ashamed of yourself.
So were they a quartet or a quintet — or both?
Although he usually wielded a guitar, he could handle a six-shooter too.
A little story from the early years of the legendary band.
Among the many similarities they shared was a tragically premature ending.
He never met a polka that he didn't like, but some were extra special.
Airport X-rays can sometimes expose surprising secrets.