James Taylor hits 70 Monday, with the operative word there “hits”.
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One of my secret weapons at making ROCK 103 the top-rated radio station in Memphis from 1980 through 1983 was the friendship that developed with the late legendary John Fry and his wonderfully talented staff at the world-renowned Ardent Studios nearby. As it turned out, one of my personal favorite bands, Houston-based ZZ Top, had […]
The third volume in the unreleased Jimi Hendrix archive, Both Sides of the Sky, features Billy Cox and Buddy Miles on “Lover Man“, which Uncut magazine described as “a weaponized piece of funk…”, recorded in mid-December 1969 just two weeks before they would perform four legendary Fillmore East New Year’s concerts as Band of Gypsys […]
Four of the millions of people who purchased this week’s feature album include David, an environmental geologist father of two; his wife Carol, a petroleum engineer who runs her own oil/gas exploration company; Dan, a folk artist and state park ranger; and Allen, president of a large Dallas law firm. What do they share in […]
“The Very Last Time” that Todd Rundgren performed live with his ace band Utopia reportedly was over thirty years ago, so you can imagine that it is a pretty big deal for us hardcore Todd-followers that a box set and a reunion tour are both set for this year. It was once said of Todd […]
Part one of my interviews with the late George Harrison, who surprised everybody by becoming the most popular maker of solo music for the first five years after the Beatles called it a career.
My second George Harrison interview that focused on his return to performing in England for the first time in over 25 years on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall; the support of his longtime friend,Eric Clapton; and several examples of his delightful impish sense of humor. And I chose to display this photo of George on stage at the Albert Hall with the late Gary Moore on April 6,1992 .God bless them both, together again for eternity .-Redbeard
Steppenwolf should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if only for, in early 1968, introducing the world to the term and sound “…heavy metal thunder” in the song “Born to Be Wild“. That and other iconic songs “Magic Carpet Ride”,”The Pusher”,”Rock Me”,”Move Over”, Hoyt Axton‘s “Snowblind Friend” were all recorded in rapid […]
We continue our celebration of American Black History month with this unreleased historical musical moment .The Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have been signed by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964 , but that simply changed the law in America . Hearts and minds would be another thing entirely , a fact recognized by the Funkadelic 1970 album title “Free Your Mind (and Your Ass Will Follow)” . On January 23 , 1983 I witnessed the true integration of one of the last holdouts from diversity, the Nashville music community , when as part of his annual Volunteer Jam series , host/organizer Charlie Daniels presented the legendary James Brown to headline Volunteer Jam 9 …(more)
From our vantage point today thiry-five years on, there is all of this revisionist history as if there were these high expectations in March 1983 for Dublin quartet U2 and their third album, War then, when in actuality all we had seen in America were these two flashes of brilliance, “I Will Follow” and […]