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.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 13:43

A John Waters Christmas

If there is a more entertaining Christmas show than the John Waters, I have not heard it. Several years ago, John Waters compiled a Christmas record made in heaven for guys like me, sharing his treasures for one brief and shining moment. These aren't necessarily classics - they’re not necessarily even good - but each and every song is a bona fide rarity, and most of them are cracked, bent, and/or goofy.This is a party platter of rare R&B that's a nonstop Christmas party on the other side of the tracks. While the parents are having their cocktail party and listening to the Harry Simeone Chorale, the kids are in the basement dancing the frug and making out to this album. Waters has eclectic tastes; thus the selection. Certainly not for the faint of heart.

John Waters will be coming to the Sheldon Concert Hall on December 14 for a presentation of his one man show, A John Waters Christmas. The past shows of his have dived deep in to the most probing yuletide questions one could have: Is Prancer the only gay reindeer? Has Santa ever been nude? and more profanity laced lunacy with a clear cut message. Waters has not lost one bit of sarcasm or quirkiness that created his own brand of cult phenomenon. And as the holidays approach and you have your own dysfunctional family to deal with and you need a laugh, just remember these words by John Waters: ”I love Christmas so much I could shit."

It's one of the biggest sixties teen hit parade fare and worship worthy rock roll package tours to make the St. Louis scene. The Happy Together roars forth with an astonishing barrage of foot stompin', brain sprainin' teentown tantrums! All presented for your drooling pleasure on this deluxe package tour. Here's The All-Star lineup:

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!

Friday, 25 September 2015 11:12

From a Small Shop In Overland, Missouri

It is with great sadness that I let the world know that Hall of Fame Member and the “Ambassador of the Steel Guitar” DeWitt “Scotty” Scott, Sr. passed away at age 83 on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Mr. Dewitt is one the greatest musicians - steel guitar - to ever grace the St. Louis music scene and if the day ever comes that they close the book on the history of St. Louis music, under title of Who Did It All would be Dewitt "Scotty" Scott.

It was forty-nine years ago this week that Beatle Bob saw them play. Now they’ve never gone out of style, and on that summer night they truly raised a smile. So let me introduce you to, the act you’ve known for all these years, the one and only Beatles -  live at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis on Sunday August 21st, 1966.

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Above: During a break on the 1967 summer tour, The Monkees filmed music videos for their TV show at the Rainbow Room in Chicago, Illinois.

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014 10:39

Beatle Bob's New Year's Eve Reflections - 2014


My first memories of New Year’s Eve, though very faint, were about chipped beef cheese balls, crackers of all kinds, chips and dip, sweets and a host of other fun foods. I used to be a selective eater when I was a child, but on that particular night of the year, I was able to pick and choose what went on my plate. It was every kid’s dream.

Hey ghouls and goblins,

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In 1957, Universal Pictures leased a package of classic horror films and forgotten B-movies to television stations across the country. To promote the package, stations hired actors (and sometimes newscasters and weathermen) to play emcees in the guise of mad scientists, vampires and ghouls. By the mid-1960s, almost every major American city had their own TV horror host. Invaders of the wee hour weekend airwaves, these colorful eccentrics guided young viewers through cinematic fare from Dracula to Robot Monster, yucking it up with goofy skits during commercial breaks. As one of the kings of horror hosting, John Zacherley, said, “I don't know of any host that was trying to be scary. We were just making fun of the movies, and it struck kids just right."

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