Five live stylists

Blues blood runs in Earl O’Neill’s veins. (No typo there.) He shares memories of five of his best experiences and, oh, what a lucky man he’s been!

Almanac Music: Chuck Berry – Ent Cent, 1989

Hail, hail rock-n-roll! Earl gives thanks to Chuck.

Almanac Music: Chuck Berry at Festival Hall 1975

The sweat, smoke, and cold misery of thousands of defeated fist-fighters never seems to leave the suspended air of Melbourne’s Festival Hall. Even though the venue’s famous boxing ring has been disassembled for tonight’s show, the hall’s echo-enhancing walls still reverberate with the tolling clang of the bell. It’s a big, bloodied, booming cavern.

I’m here as a wide-eyed 13 year old anticipating the presence of true rock’n’roll royalty.

Almanac Music (and lists): Top 20 Christmas songs of 2015 (or possibly ever)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring except Paul Campbell’s top 20 and a bit Christmas songs. No carols allowed but you will find an Emilie-Claire, a Diana, a Sheryl and a few more.