Archive for the ‘Stories of artists’ Category

Tommy James was America’s number one artist, the music prodigy, the multiple-hit wonder. But, above all, Tommy James is a memorable interlocutor, sharing his inspiring stories with passion and delight: OldiesMusicBlog: Your biography was included in Rolling Stone’s “25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time”… Tommy James: Basically, my book is an autobiography, devoted to our very   Read More …

1. “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector” album This album has grown in stature over the years and has been reissued countless times. Featuring the amazing Spector production together with Darlene Love, The Crystals, The Ronettes, BobB. Soxx And The Blue Jeans, even Leon Russell on piano and Sonny Bono on percussion, this   Read More …

1. “Inside the Songs of the Sixties” by Brian L. Forsythe I truly recommend it to all sixties enthusiasts, as it is a never-ending source of stories – stories of artists, bands, songs, albums, concerts. And many other facts ready to be discovered page by page. The anthology includes everything that needs to be known   Read More …

The first time the entire body of his Fortune recordings are in one place, this 2-CD set represents square-one for Andre Williams and the deepest blues and rhythm roots from which he grew his “bad boy” rock ‘n’ roll sensibility. In the same way his friend Ike Turner created a modern, post-blues persona from his   Read More …

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Recollections of the Golden Oldies era are never complete without giving Bill Withers his dues. Born on the Fourth of July 1938, Bill Withers became a musical icon with some of the most sensational hits of his generation. Among his more notable songs are: Lean on Me, Grandma’s Hands, Lovely Day, Ain’t No Sunshine, Just   Read More …

Categories: Stories of artists

“People started realizing that if you can play the guitar and sing your ass off, you could be better than Superman. And that was a strong feeling for a black man in the ’50s”. “Cadillac Records” (2008) explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the influential   Read More …

On a cloudy Sunday, a gorgeously graceful documentary is the greatest gift one could get. Bitter-sweet and highly emotional, „Standing in the Shadows of Motown” presents the one and only Funk Brothers, the unrecognized and uncredited musical backbone who played on Motown‘s recordings from 1959 up to 1972 that had far more number 1 hits   Read More …

Then:   Now (Virgil Johnson singing live):

Nothing compares to a live performance. With a little help from my friend, YouTube, I often find stunning videos with powerful performances from the ’50s and ’60s. Voices are loud and clear, artists are shining and smiling and the audience goes crazy. All these cannot be comprised on a 2-minute disc recording, so all we   Read More …

Tommy James, the music legend responsible for the hits “Crimson & Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuation,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Hanky Panky,” “Sweet Cherry Wine,” and “Mony Mony,”  has announced an agreement with The Orchard to launch the Tommy James and the Shondells official YouTube channel, available at http://www.youtube.com/TJShondells. “The new YouTube channel is going   Read More …

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