If you lived within five hundred miles of Chicago, Detroit, or Toronto between 1968 and 1972, seemingly there wasn’t a day when the Winnepeg band The Guess Who didn’t have a hit song on the radio:“These Eyes”,”Laughing”,”Undun”,”No Time”,”No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature”,”American Woman”, all written by terrific singer/pianist Burton Cummings and guitarist Randy Bachman. Even […]
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There are precious few albums made in 1969 of which you can, to this day, marvel at the sonic ear candy in the singing and playing, but it is safe to say that Tommy by The Who has never sounded better in its current deluxe and super deluxe collector editions. Complete with additional Pete […]
Like peeling back layer after layer of an onion, the many stages of The Who‘s Tommy conception, gestation, and birth as the first successful rock opera are further revealed, it seems, every time Tommy composer Pete Townshend cleans out a storage closet. Additional demos and even a complete 1969 London Wembley arena performance of the […]
Believed by Pete Townshend to have been destroyed by his explicit orders as recently as in his 2012 autobiography Who I Am , the forthcoming Tommy deluxe and super deluxe editions will contain The Who performing Tommy in concert at London’s Wembley Arena in July 1969. Here is “Amazing Journey” from the new release coming […]
(cont)… As The Who’s recognized Quadrophenia auteur , Townshend has assessed their almost half-century of musical creation and found it to be good . Pete is a delightful , witty , thoughtful , and refreshingly honest conversationalist who can easily and effectively examine The Who’s epic 1973 opus through a slightly-detached , objective eye which only the passage of time , and maturity , can provide . -Redbeard
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey join me In the Studio in this week’s classic rock interview for the first in a two-part look at the new Quadrophenia Director’s Cut box set , the last word on Townshend’s 1974 rock opera, which certainly is much more appreciated today than upon its initial release …(more)
Redbeard rocks St Patty’s Day!
August 1993-Truly one of the greatest honors I have ever received was to have James Taylor sing a song to me . Like millions of others , I came of age at the time that James debuted on U.S.radio with the stunning “Fire and Rain” in 1970, but this gem from the earliest JT canon actually pre-dates his breakthrough by about 18 months .
James Taylor hits 70 Monday, with the operative word there “hits”.
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 […]