the legend will never die
Little Roger and the Goosebumps was a San Francisco bar band favorite for years and ended up opening for lots of more famous bands in the 70′s. They got famous for a riff on Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, and were promptly sued and all copies of the record were ordered destroyed. The story is below, but the original 45 vinyl is pretty hard to get and most of the versions on youtube are pretty crappy.
This version is one of the rarest and cleanest versions ever from a nearly mint condition original 45 issued on Splash records in 1978 (and no, the owner is not selling)
Little Roger and the Goosebumps – Stairway to Gilligans Island, 1978, Splash records, San Francisco
In 2006, Little Roger tried a comeback and made a new album but that didn’t go so well and now LittleRoger.com is gone. Roger Clark did do an interview in March of 2007 in the East Bay Monthly explaining more detail about the song and what happened and the music industry in general.
Little Roger in 2007
Little Roger and the Goosebumps is a pop/rock band from San Francisco active during the 1970s and early 1980s and resurrected in 2006. It has been led throughout its history by Roger Clark and Dick Bright, with various sidemen.
The band is best known for its single “Gilligan’s Island (Stairway)”, a song combining the lyrics to the theme song of the television show Gilligan’s Island with the music of “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. The band wrote the song in 1977 as “material to pad the last set of the grueling 5 nights a week/4 sets a night routine,” recorded it in March 1978, and released it as a single in May 1978 on their own Splash Records label. Within five weeks, Led Zeppelin’s lawyers threatened to sue them and demanded that any remaining copies of the recording be destroyed.
During a 2005 interview on National Public Radio, Robert Plant referred to the tune as his favorite cover of “Stairway to Heaven.”
They recorded their next single, “Kennedy Girl” (based on Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl”), in 1980, then waited over a quarter-century before producing their debut album They Hate Us Cuz We’re Beautiful, featuring new recordings of 14 songs drawn from three decades of original material.
Their single “Fudd on the Hill,” essentially a performance of “Fool on the Hill” as performed by Elmer Fudd, was included on the novelty compilation album The Rhino Brothers Present the World’s Worst Records, Volume 2.
What is new and what Little Roger himself may not be aware of, is one of Little Roger and the Goosebumps concerts were recorded at Winterland and is now available on Wolfgangs Vault, which really proves, Like Roger Clark says, that Little Roger and the Goosebumps were a good rock and roll band
Little Roger and the Goosebumps Concert
Winterland (San Francisco, CA) Jan 14, 1975
“corry342 | Friday, March 13, 2009 | 4:15 pm
I saw Little Roger and The Goosebumps open at Winterland for Thin Lizzy and Graham Parker and The Rumour on October 1, 1977. They ended their set with “Stairway To Gilligan’s Island,” then unknown (as the single was not released until Spring 78), and they absolutely brought down the house.