When interviewing Keith Richards in early January 1989 ostensibly about his solo album Talk is Cheap, I was repeatedly reminded by his delightful publicist Jane Rose not to ask about the 900 pound gorilla in the studio: the Rolling Stones, and Richards’ long and very public estrangement from Mick Jagger then which had rendered the band […]
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Elton John himself confirms here that indeed he and lyricist Bernie Taupin did compose “Philadelphia Freedom” not in 1975 for the US bicentennial the following year, as has been erroneously mythologized for decades, but in fact 1973, twenty years before this spectacular live performance outside Boston during the Walden Woods Benefit at Foxborough Stadium Labor […]
When Tommy Shaw, just recently estranged then from arena-fillers Styx, brought his Girls With Guns solo band to a Ft. Worth nightclub in an otherwise empty strip mall on a chilly Sunday November night in 1984, what I expected to see and hear, and what was actually offered up, were two completely different things, providing […]
“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 […]
Before he died in March 2013 Phil Ramone collaborated with a plethora of music superstars, including RAY CHARLES, BOB DYLAN, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PAUL MCCARTNEY, QUINCY JONES, FRANK SINATRA, STEVIE WONDER, BURT BACHARACH, BONO, MADONNA, and PAUL SIMON, among many others. More recently, he produced TONY BENNETT‘s “Duets II” set from 2011, when he also reunited […]
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 .
No less than four of Joe Cocker’s many albums have significant anniversaries: “Joe Cocker (1972)”,”Sheffield Steel”(’82),”Unchain My heart”(’87), & “Night Calls” in 1992…
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I had said in the liner notes where I was talking about one of the songs and I just said ,’ it reminds me of ya know Brave New World and Sailor when I was working on my guitar parts ‘. And what I did then and what I did on this record. So, it is similar, I think and it’s been a very fun project to get excited about playing lead guitar on a record…(To read the entire 1-hour interview,click the link below)
“Basically he signed a blank tape,” Alan Parsons chuckles about 20th Century Records President Russ Regan greenlighting a concept album “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”, based on the books of Edgar Alan Poe, composed by the young Abbey Road studio hound and songwriter Eric Woolfson as The Alan Parsons Project.