Ep. 45: Joe Long of The Four Seasons

Joe Long, born Joseph LaBracio in Elizabeth, New Jersey, spent ten years as a member of The Four Seasons, playing a vital role in the group’s most prolific decade from 1965-1975. Long played bass, sang, contributed to onstage musical arrangements, served as co-producer, onstage emcee, and was a longtime fan favorite. In 2014, he was honored with a street-naming in his hometown of Elizabeth, and is now joining the canon of New Jersey history and immortality with an induction to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. We are honored to have him on our podcast.

In Episode 45, Mike Derrico talks to the Four Seasons legend about his early musical roots, his ten year run with the group, and his recent induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Co-hosts Pat Ivanitski and Stick Nixon have the week off. (Interview begins at 12:00 mark)

We thank all of you who continue to support Rock Under Fire, and we welcome any new listeners to the show. As a rock and roll podcast, we make it a point not to focus on any one particular artist, band, or genre of music, but with that comes the reality that our show may not always appeal to everyone at the same time. The seven decades of rock and roll music along with its even longer history gives us an extremely broad canvas to create discussions on, drawing from different areas with each episode. So there is still always something for everyone.

In past episodes we’ve discussed The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Prince, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, Doo Wop, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Steely Dan, The Strokes, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Velvet Underground, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Heart, Dave Grohl, Jack White, digital streaming, the state of the music industry and record labels, the effect of rap and hip hop on rock, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Counting Crows, Boston, The Temptations, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, the Smithereens, Suzanne Vega, Van Halen, Rick Rubin, The Gun Club, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Mekons, UFO, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Chuck Klosterman, John Philip Sousa, Billy Joel, The Wipers, Iron Maiden, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Waits, Thin Lizzy, the Bee Gees, Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Bob Marley, 5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, J Geils Band, Billy Miller, Chris Cornell, Turn Me On Dead Man, the Desert Trip concerts, aging rock stars, our favorite debut albums, soundtracks, music licensing, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, disco vs. rock, Ticketmaster, Tom Petty, and our most overrated and underrated artists. We’ve also been joined by special guests such as, author and photographers Bob Gruen, STARZ guitarist Richie Ranno, Lydia Criss, author and pop culture critic Alice Echols, and writer and director Michael Lee Nirenberg.

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“Bad News” performed by Live Animals

“Stringed Disco” by Kevin Macleod

A Change of Seasons, 1980, 20th Century Fox, TV spot

Joe Long: The Rock Under Fire Interview

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Congratulations to THE FOUR SEASONS on their nomination to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. We’re joined by the legendary JOE LONG to discuss growing up in New Jersey, his early musical roots, ten-year history with the group, and his NJHOF induction in an exclusive Rock Under Fire interview…featured in next week’s Episode 45.

Ep. 44: Greta Van Fleet

In Episode 44, we discuss the most talked-about new band in two decades…possibly since The Strokes. Is Greta Van Fleet really the next Led Zeppelin as critics suggest? Are they the swift kick in the ass the music industry needs to bring back rock and put it front and center again? Or will this all just amount to short-lived hype?

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