No less than four of Joe Cocker’s many albums have significant anniversaries: “Joe Cocker (1972)”,”Sheffield Steel”(’82),”Unchain My heart”(’87), & “Night Calls” in 1992…
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We are saddened at the death of Leon Russell, 74, who shaped American music for a full half century. Here is a rare Leon Russell interview with the late Joe Cocker who also died back in 2014.
Interviews with Woodstock Festival performers David Crosby, Graham Nash, dearly departed Joe Cocker, Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh, Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty, and Robbie Robertson of The Band. Part 2.
Here is the first-person accounts of a remarkable multi-media event, the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen US tour, concert film, and soundtrack double album. The backstory is classic lemons-to-lemonade: hot off of his Woodstock Festival and film US debut, Joe Cocker’s English manager had booked a US tour before Joe’s Grease Band split. When […]
Interviews with Woodstock Festival performers David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joe Cocker, Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh, Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty, and Robbie Robertson of The Band. Part 2 of 2.
To continue celebrating American Black History Month here In The Studio, I’m reminded of the definition of rock and roll as told to me by Mr. “Blue Suede Shoes” himself , the late Carl Perkins , ” The Blues and Country and Western had a baby , and they called it Rock’n’Roll .” Seeing as we were in Nashville at the time , Perkins could easily have laid it all at the toe-tapping feet of Hank Williams , a rebel Nashville outsider without whom rock simply would not exist …(more)
Something appropriate for Elvis Week in Memphis ( when I lived there, the locals referred to it as “Death Week” ). Big doings no doubt on Elvis Presley Boulevard for this fortieth anniversary. Now that Randy Newman has been inducted, here’s my nomination for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the most deserving American […]
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally employed some “affirmative action” this year with the induction of progressive rock icon YES, a band whose family tree has enormous branches.
…(cont) every headline before and since the cancer-related 2008 premature death of blues-rock phenomenon Jeff Healey has included the qualifier “blind guitarist”, as if Healey’s mind-blowing facility and unique technique on the instrument,his more-than-competent rich vocals,his uncanny choice of material,and Jeff’s wicked ultra-dry sense of humor were less defining of the man than his inability to read the drive-through menu at Taco Bell…(more)
By his mid-twenties, Steve Winwood already may have been on a hall of fame career pace, singing and playing hits as a mere teenager with the Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’ “,” I’m a Man”), Traffic, and Blind Faith. Yet Winwood told me in this classic rock interview that a 1972 bout with peritonitis […]