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May 21, 2020

John Lennon: We can only imagine

What can I say about the late, great John Lennon that hasn’t already been said numerous times? He was a brilliant musician, an Avant Garde poet, an outspoken, and sometimes, rebellious visionary, and most certainly, an icon. He was a husband, a father, a lover, and an idol. He was a million different things to a million different people.
May 11, 2020

The Troubadour West Hollywood History

When you mention “The Troubadour” (or “The Troub” as many call it), most locals and people in the music industry know you mean West Hollywood’s iconic bar and restaurant since the late 50s. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard, where Beverly Hills and West Hollywood meet;
May 11, 2020

The Police: “Outlandos d’Amour”

For a band that almost didn’t happen, the Police were truly outlaws, instead of “Outlaws of Love” by the end of their somewhat rocky road. Formed in London in 1977,the line-up consisted of primary songwriter Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (guitar), and Stewart Copeland (drums).
February 13, 2020

The Story Behind the Song: “Layla” by Eric Clapton

From the very first driving notes of the intro to the song “Layla,” written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, you know this tune’s gonna rock. Originally released by their group, Derek and the Dominos, in November 1970, the song initially wasn’t very popular....
February 5, 2020

Ric Ocasek: Just What We Needed

The recent passing of Ric Ocasek left all of us reeling. Especially since it happened just days after we lost Eddie Money. Their respective music was the soundtrack of our youth for many of us...
February 5, 2020

Two Tickets to Paradise: The Legacy of Eddie Money

There are so many words that we could use to describe the remarkable life and accomplishments, and true legacy of singer and songwriter Eddie Money. He was truly gifted, but his path to stardom was a bit rocky in the beginning...
February 5, 2020

Women of Soul

When I started working on this article,“Women of Soul,” I was initially doing research on anotherarticle, “Women of Motown”. To my surprise, I discovered that many of the women who were on our most popular soul music singers list werenot signed to this top-selling funk and soul music label...
February 3, 2020

Casablanca Records: The Label Disco Made

It all started with a man named Neil Bogart and his partners, Cecil Holmes, Larry Harris (Bogart’s cousin) and Buck Reingold. The company had a rough start, but it quickly found the sound of the 70’s and became the label of both disco and excess, churning out hit after hit...
February 3, 2020

Bernie Taupin: The Other Half of Elton John

Elton John (“EJ”) is an artist that almost everyone recognizes. But there’s another side to the singer’s success, and that’s his long-time lyricist partner, Bernie Taupin, or the other half of Elton John...
January 13, 2020

My Music Life: Sing Mandy for Us

I’ve been telling this story for over 40 years, but I’ve never written it down before. Today, after seeing his face on a billboard, I was reminded about it, so I thought I would share it here with you...
January 13, 2020

My Music Life: Ziggy Played Guitar

Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth. Time, he's waiting in the wings. He speaks of senseless things. Time may change me, but I can't trace time. But time could not prepare us for the loss of the man who wrote these lyrics, David Bowie...