Beatle Bob

Beatle Bob

If you've been anywhere that’s anywhere there's live music in St. Louis, you've seen Beatle Bob near the stage dancing and seemingly enjoying the music more than one should be allowed. In fact, some say the show didn't happen if Beatle Bob wasn't there.  And now Bob (Robert Matonis) is here on OnStL to share his local music knowledge with us.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:10

St. Louis' Best Selling Records For The Week!

Hey cavestompers,

Here's the latest list of St. Louis' top ravin' 45's pounders and wigout LP platters from a wipeout week as based on St. Louis' #1 Top 40 radio station KXOK 630 AM's "Sing-A-Long-Survey."

 
Seeburg M100C
A tribute to the great  H & L Ice Cream shop on the corner of Gravois and Seibert Ave. in south St. Louis in the '60s whose mighty 1952 Seeburg M100c Jukebox blasted the coolest 45's recorded by local area bands.
 
Bob Kuban has been a part of the St. Louis music scene for nearly 40 years and these two albums represent his full recorded output for Musicland USA. "The Cheater" hit the charts in 1966 as contemporary music in the USA was moving away from blue eyed soul and into experimentation, which culminated a year later in the psychedelia emerging from the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Bob Kuban wanted no part of this trend. He always insisted that his musicians be consummate professionals. The In-Men always wore ties, matching suits and short hair. He attracted the best players in St. Louis to his bands. Little Walter Scott's polished interpretations of some of the Stax and Atlantic classics were an interesting counterpoint to the grittier originals. Long time guitarist Ray Schulte was a technically superb player but is restrained primarily to R&B rhythm riffs here. The In-Men would play at the numerous live gigs at teen dances and CYOs around St. Louis. They were the pride of St. Louis in the Summer of '66.
Beatle Bob's Top Concert For The Week of June 16-22
Ray Lamontagne - Fox Theater - June 18 
w/ Bell Brigade & Hamilton Leithauser

 A true find, a voice like no others, Ray Lamontagne has been compared to Otis Redding, Van Morrison and David Grey, However, Ray has a voice of his own, sometimes gravelly, always luscious. His lyrics alone are enough to bring in accolades, but his voice and the music behind him, guitar, piano, harmonica and bass are all he needs. His style is also reminiscent of Ryan Adams' more acoustic, alt-country songs, but tinged with an incredible soulfulness. While it is difficult to explain, Ray L.'s voice is an emotional force, conveying the sincerity and depth of his emotions. 

The frantic festival that's whipping young America into a footstomping frenzy! This 18th installment comes on like gangbusters with the rockingest of today's bands at their live n' wildest hot stompin' best! Rock n' roll, gut-bucket country, rockabilly, soul floor shakers, hairy squallers a-plenty! Sure to elevate your status in all sudsy circles! More vivid living proof that St. Louis is m-m-movin! Absolutely staggering array of sounds! All sizzle, no gristle!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:17

WHEN ST. LOUIS WAS AMUSING

Amusement parks are a special place; a magic place. A place where every experience is a happy one. No one ever seems to have a bad memory of an amusement park.

Children have fun in the fantasy world. The multitude of colors, the bright colors, sometimes the cartoon or storybook characters, and, of course, the rides, all help to make the amusement park a thrilling experience for everyone - from the youngest child to the oldest adult.

But, what happens to "the magic" when an amusement park closes? I've always held a wonderment for closed parks. These special places where the fantasy, the magic, used to excite children, young and old, and are now just ruins or maybe a mall or office building.

 

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Describing Wakarusa Festival to someone who has never been would be like… well, fill in your favorite cliché that describes something that is impossible to describe (sex to a virgin, rock ‘n’ roll to a stranger, etc). It’s like that. But I’ll try anyway.

Saturday, February 15, 2014, marked the 250th anniversary of the city of St. Louis from the Show-Me-State of Missouri. A phalanx of celebrations took place honoring this historic occasion, which brought to mind a musical memory that gave me pause to remember our city's bicentennial shindig 50 years ago in 1964.
 
The one who made it all possible then was a man who had his musical roots in St. Louis and would become a member of a musical act that would start the legendary lounge scene in Las Vegas. The gentleman was Norman Kaye. And this is his story and his song.
 

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A tribute to the great H & L Ice Cream on Gravois at Seibert Ave. in south St. Louis in the '60s whose mighty 1952 Seeburg M100c Jukebox blasted the coolest 45's recorded by local area bands.
 

The Unknowns, I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better (Marlo 1550) (1966)

The Unknowns, I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better (Marlo 1550)

 

 
Monday, 27 January 2014 13:11

I Was A Teenage Dell Rat

Beatle Bob St. Louis Music And Memories

CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.

 DellHouseBWTHE SUNBURST DELL:    PART OF NORTH ST. LOUIS CITY'S COLORFUL HISTORY

"There"

“Words and photographs could never do those dancers justice because you had to be there - in a club with great music, like minded people and loads of atmosphere.” David Meikle of Glasgow, Scotland wrote those words in an article remembering the Twisted Wheel, the legendary northern soul club in Manchester, England. Yet, Mr. Meikle could just as easily have been describing the scene at my favorite "in" spot of the 1960s, the Sunburst Dell.

What began as a home based restaurant and bakery in 1945 evolved over the next two decades into the hottest teen nightspot in north St. Louis complete with indoor and outdoor dance floors.

Friday, 20 December 2013 17:40

Holiday Greetings From KXOK

Hey shindiggers,

 
It's a fab Christmas greetings from all of your fave-rave boss DJ's at St. Louis' #1 rock & roll radio station: KXOK 630 AM!
 
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