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Woodstock 50th pt1- Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, Graham Nash

Woodstock Festival was unequaled in sheer scale, still heard fifty years later in the voices of Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend, the late Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years After,

Woodstock 50th pt2- David Crosby, Graham Nash, Robbie Robertson 8-12

In July 1969 Americans blasted off and landed on the Moon, and about three weeks later they colonized Max Yasgur's hog farm outside Bethel NY. Over half a million attended both events. They were both were very loud and lasted several days, but…

Woodstock 50th Anniversary pt1- Pete Townshend, Graham Nash, Carlos Santana- 8-5

Read about it. Pundits waxing poetic about its impact then and now. But nowhere can you hear more recollections from the stars of the Woodstock Festival  50 years ago than here In the Studio  starting the week of August 5! My guests include…

Jeff Healey 1966- 2008

...(cont) every headline before and since the cancer-related premature death of blues-rock phenomenon Jeff Healey March 2, 2008 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)

The Late Joe Cocker Paid Tribute to Ray Charles

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)

Elvis Saluted by John Hiatt-Tennessee Plates- 3-93 Dallas

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…

Joe Cocker with Leon Russell- Mad Dogs & Englishmen

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.

Joe Cocker- Mad Dogs & Englishmen-the late Joe Cocker,Leon Russell

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…
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A&M Records 50th Anniversary pt1

No one would be surprised to find that A&M Records, the most successful independent American label, headquartered in Hollywood no less, had the majority of their pop and jazz music successes come from U.S. recording artists, starting with…