Entries by Red Beard

Creedence Clearwater Revival-Cosmo’s Factory-John Fogerty

This week in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s veritable hits package Cosmo’s Factory  would start a nine week run at #1 ! With his highly-anticipated autobiography Fortunate Son, Hall of Fame American music legend John Fogerty returned In the Studio for the timeless iconic album by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cosmo’s Factory. This was miraculously the fourth […]

Pat Benatar- Crimes of Passion- Pat, Neil Giraldo

The first time I interviewed Pat Benatar, she was very wary of me and visibly uncomfortable. It didn’t take long to understand why: Rolling Stone’s Encyclopedia of Rock’n’Roll states unequivocally in its opening line, “Pat Benatar was the most successful female rocker of the 1980s.” What should be added is that she was probably the […]

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Styx-Box set pt 2- Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Dennis DeYoung

This part two with current Styx leaders Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young focuses on the five consecutive studio multi-platinum releases Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, Paradise Theater, and Kilroy Was Here. For the complete story of this legendary run, former member and band co-founder Dennis DeYoung adds context for those albums which include […]

Fleetwood Mac- Spare Me a Little- Record Plant Sausalito Dec 1974

Happy birthday Christine McVie! Simply astounding that she was lending her songwriting, distinctive voice, organ, and piano sound to Fleetwood Mac here, and continues to do so in 2017 in a big way this month appearing at the Classic West shows at Dodger Stadium and again at New York City’s CitiField for Classic East. Above […]

Pete Townshend “Truancy: the Very Best of”- Pete Townshend

The release of Pete Townshend‘s solo album Empty Glass 35 years ago was quite the media event, for a number of reasons. First, his new New York City-based label then was thrilled to get The Who‘s genius songwriter after coveting the iconic group for many years, so much so that they erroneously promoted Empty Glass […]

Gary Wright- The Dream Weaver

When it comes to technical innovation in the history of recorded music, certain names top any serious list: Thomas Edison (invented the recorder and phonograph 1878 ); Leo Fender (electric guitar ); Les Paul ( multi-track recording ); Ray Dolby (noise reduction ); Robert Moog (the synthesizer ). But as Beatles producer George Martin proved […]