Tuesday, September 11, 2007

"Roll Over Beethoven". This 1961 cover by The Velaires is the most popular cover of the song, ever. The Velaires scored a top ten hit nationally with this release on the Jamie record label (the song posted at #1 in the Los Angeles area, according to Billboard Magazine.) Appearances on American Bandstand and national tours with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars followed, as well as many subsequent releases on eight different labels. The Velaires were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Velaires founder and lead guitar, Danny Matousek, was my cousin.

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