All About Casey Kasem

Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” This statement was his weekly signoff while as host of “American Top 40.” 14241334407_d36988631d_oEarly Career and College:

He was born in Kemal Amen. Casey grew up and spent most of his childhood life at a Lebanese household found in Detroit, Michigan. Case made a debut in the radio industry whilst in high school. He then proceeded to studying radio broadcasting at Wayne State University. Casey then made several appearances in radio and played roles in shows such as The Lone Ranger. Later in 1952 Kasem joined the U.S. Army. This is where he grew into an great broadcaster as well as dj for a radio station in Korea for the Armed Forces.

Kasem and The American Top 40:

He then returned from Korea and spent the following two decades finding his way to America’s national prominent radio broadcaster. In 1970, he partnered with his old time friend Don Bustany then a Hollywood producer into production of a countdown show that was loosely based on the early 1940’s and 50s hit show known as Your Hit Parade. The result of this was the debut of America’s top show dubbed “American Top 40”later on July 4th 1970 being aired in over 7 radio stations.

American Top 40-Its Success

This American Top 40 became the most listened and popular radio show not just in America but around the world. By 1986, America Top 40 had featured in over 1,000 radio stations as well as 50 channels across the world. He also established a name for Voice of America and Armed Forces Radio. American Top 40 then spawned a T.V spin-off, America’s Top 10.This one ran from the year 1980 to 1990 featuring Casey Kasem’s countdown of the week’s top 10 hits as well as music videos.

Voice-Over Actor:

He is not just well-acclaimed for just his roles in radio, but as well as a voice-over actor roles. Do you remember the Scooby-Doo show? He played Shaggy in this show in other various incarnations. He quit this role in 1995 in a disputed Burger King Commercial. He again returned to his Scooby doo role as Shaggy and this time a vegetarian just like Kasem himself. He also featured in several other big time shows like Josie and the Pussycats and Adventures of Batman

Casey Kasem’s Honors: In 1992, he was inducted into the Hall Of Fame as well as the National Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame three years later. He then received a presidential award for Sustained Executive Achievements in the year 2001. Additionally, Casey is still recognized for the dedicated efforts in fighting discrimination against his ethnic group of the Arab-American citizens.

Into the Future: He retired in 2004 from his Top Show “American Top 40.”He then handed over to Ryan Seacrest. However, he didn’t resign completely from radio because he still ran proceeded into producing American Top 10 and American Top 20 both being contemporary music countdown shows. On the 4th July 2009 weekend, Casey Kasem publicly announced that the weekend’s countdowns were his last. Image: Flick’r

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5 Great Classic Rock Songs

Are you a fan of music? Do you like and listen to classic rock songs? If so then this article is meant for you. I sampled the 5 great classic rock songs that for a long time now have remained fans favorite. By the way this isn’t just a list; it’s a list of the great classic rock songs of all time. It means by appearing on the list the songs met all our requirements for ranking. Which is the one criterion we used to select them? Well, this can be answered with another question. Imagine that you were leaving on Desert Island, which 5 great songs would you have to take with you?

 

It may sound easy but really, this list undoubtedly has the greatest songs that come time and again, you will not get sick listening to them. This narrows down the list, doesn’t it? We will begin from the 5 down to the first one. It’s better that way.

5. “Cocaine” Eric Clapton, 1977

J.J Cale’s song’s cover was recorded in 1976.”Cocaine” was afterwards released into the industry as a single track in 1980.This classic rock song is widely acclaimed as one of the top classic rock songs by Clapton. It’s definitely one of the greatest songs ever released. Its lyrics are so cool, the guitar lick is awesome. This song’s live versions are astonishingly even cooler. The only perhaps uncool reason is that Clapton won’t play this song anymore because he says it somewhat promotes drug use. This sounds weird right? But look, several people who have never given coke a thought still like the song.

4. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, 1991

Yeah, technically Metallica’s song is kind of a heavy metal but it has found its oath along by mainstreaming so well that it qualifies to our list.

Plus it’s difficult to ignore any song that always makes you want to crank up to maximum volume every time you listen to it. After producing this song, this band thought is sounded way too commercial so they went back to the drawing board and came up with some ominous lyrics in a bid to offset it. Ulrich told them to that they could even do better and you know what? They did it…and it was a real hit!

3. “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones, 1971

Undoubtedly, the most crucial thing/secret (that makes the song even more interesting) is that Mick Jagger wrote it with his girlfriend Marsha Hunt in mind—she was mother to his first child by the name Karis.

2. “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC, 1979

This is one ultimate rockin’ out classic song. The highway to hell, precisely is, that name that Angus Young gave to their band’s earliest touring schedule.

 

1. “Born To Run” by Bruce Springsteen, 1974

The beauty of Bruce’s song is that you find something new each time you listen. After he released two flopped albums, Bruce was under fire by Record Execs to release a hit record or simply hit the bricks. This is basically a song that talks about walking out of Freehold, New Jersey-his hometown- but his undying passion for greater things made it stand out. This song is great and every time you play it, you wonder how it manages to sound so new and so fresh!

 

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