Officially titled simply The Beatles and released fifty years ago next month, that makes it the golden anniversary of the “White Album“, and Sir Paul McCartney joins me for the occasion here In the Studio the weeks of November 19 and 26 for the two-part special which will also feature my exclusive interviews with the late […]
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Part two of the Beatles 1+ sellers including “Lady Madonna”,”Hey Jude”,”Get Back”,”Something”,”Come Together”,”Let It Be”, and “The Long and Winding Road”. Paul McCartney hosts part two, and additional comments from my interviews with the late George Harrison are here, too. –Redbeard
Paul McCartney retraces the Beatles with Redbeard from Liverpool to the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show fifty years ago, writing music history with every #1 song including “Love Me Do”,”She Loves You”,”I Want to Hold Your Hand”,”Can’t Buy Me Love”,”Hard Day’s Night”,”Eight Days a Week”,”Ticket to Ride”,Help!”,”Yesterday”,”Day Tripper”, and “Paperback Writer”. We include excerpts […]
Each night on the sold out Jeff Lynne/ ELO concert tour, one of the biggest crowd roars comes when Lynne performs a song from his “other band”, the Traveling Wilburys, and flashes brief melancholy glimpses of the time thirty years ago when rock’s ultimate Dream Team convened at a barbeque attended by Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, with Roy Orbison soon to follow.
When The Call’s main songwriter/singer Michael Been passed away recently , a quote was attributed to him in his obituary where he claimed to have seen The Band in concert at age 18 , which set Been on a life’s course of music literally until the day that he died . Watching Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz , The Band’s Thanksgiving 1976 swan song , shows how that kind of epiphany could happen . But the earliest work of this quintet with the generic name is no less impressive : when Rolling Stone magazine writers compiled their Top 500 Albums of All Time , The Band’s 1968 debut Music from Big Pink ranked at #34 . That’s almost twenty places higher than The Beatles’ debut !… (more)
William Martin Billy Joel has sold more albums in the U.S. than any pop/rock singer except for Elvis Presley. Superstar musicians in that rarified league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) always surround themselves with gaggles of managers, “minders”, assistants, agents, and promoters , and the size of the entourage doubles when […]
“When we’re on stage is the only time when it’s not serious,” muses Kinks kingpin Ray Davies, the seminal band’s lead singer and masterful songwriter. “There’s so much recording nowadays that’s got to be so high tech and so intense. (Recording live ) took some of the pressure off of it, because the guys in […]
At least indirectly, we have the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967 as inspiration for the Simon and Garfunkel masterpiece Bookends the following year, according to long tall tenor Art Garfunkel here In the Studio. Certainly not in songs or sounds per se, but Art explains that Sgt Pepper… established the album […]
This was my second interview with Parsons, the producer/engineer/electronic composer, the first occurring a decade earlier and specifically focused on the Alan Parson Project’s breakthrough 1977 album I Robot, their second . This time we would cover the three million-sellers that followed between 1978 and 1982, Pyramid, The Turn of a Friendly Card, and Eye in the Sky. Parsons was at the time releasing the album A Valid Path, the summation of a divorce, a move from his native England to Southern California, remarrying, & building his own recording studio, where this interview was done.
“They didn’t like me nose, me clothes, or me hair!” says Rod Stewart of his first record company audition in London, which makes a charming basis for the song “Can’t Stop Me Now” on our encore presentation of the 2013 album Time . Blame Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles. Before them, Artist and […]