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Joe Barry. The name is synonymous with legendary rock and roll. And bad behavior. Few knew the tortured man behind the music who struggled with personal and professional demons, giving up on music several times to pursue careers as diverse as pimp, preacher and mercenary. He threw punches and received them, shot others and got   Read More …

Although their period of success was brief, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers‘ string of hits were highly influential on the rock and R&B performers who followed them. Lymon’s high-voiced sound is said to be a direct predecessor of the girl group sound, and the list of performers who name him as an influence include Michael   Read More …

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In the stunning documentary Beatles Stories, Brian Wilson praised Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” album: “I remember listening to Rubber Soul with my wife and some friends and we were smoking marijuana. And we were stoned. Rubber Soul just took me away! And I went to the piano and started writing Pet Sounds*. It took me to Pet Sounds.   Read More …

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Frankie Lymon – addiction to the stage, stardom and cocaine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9OsbMXxaCw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NADKXsf4mI

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“Music is a safe kind of high.” Jimi Hendrix

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The legend never fades aways as fans all over the world celebrate 79 years since the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was born. Unfortunately, he died of a heart problem in 1977 at age 42, at his massive Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn. Graceland, where Elvis spent most of his time when not performing, is the   Read More …

There was a time when black and white teenagers where separed by a red wire on the dance floor. There was that time when any interaction between them would have been shocking. But Frankie Lymon did it. Frankie Lymon was the doo-wop king, the rock’n’roll idol and the R&B pioneer. Nothing could stop him to   Read More …

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Recently, I discovered a lovely documentary that compiles unknown stories of The Beatles. “Beatles Stories” (2011) is a beautiful collection of memories of those who stood besides, behind or on the stage with the Fab Four. One of the stories I deeply enjoyed was about Ringo’s star. It starts like this: Brian Skiff, an astronomer   Read More …

But… it’s not what you put in, is it? It’s what you leave out.  Listen to… listen to Marvin Gaye… A song like “What’s Going On.”  That single “woo” at the end of the second verse – you know that woo – that single “woo.” That’s what you remember.  The silly things, the little things…   Read More …