Archive for the ‘Then and Now’ Category

The new musical, “Piece of My Heart”, is based on the life and songs of legendary songwriter Bert Berns. He made fifty-one pop chart singles in seven years and became one of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s. Bert Berns was one of the great originals of the golden age of rhythm and blues. He first flourished   Read More …

Barbara (Sandy) Robison is at last featured on every song in this Peanut Butter Conspiracy release. The recordings date from 1966 through 1970. Five of them have never been previously released, two are from rare movie soundtracks, and five are hand-picked from previous PBC releases. There has always been consensus from their fans that Barbara   Read More …

My special mention goes to no 3, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, who just released a brand new album. Sean Lennon, an avid connoisseur of far-out Sixties sounds, explored some of the era’s deepest cult releases for this playlist. “There are a hundred songs I could pick,” he says. “It’s really my favorite period in rock   Read More …

Categories: Playlist, Then and Now

A gemstone I found on YouTube:

From an early age, Bill Medley had a passion for music. Listening to the albums of Ray Charles and Little Richard, this raw R&B influence would profoundly shape Medley’s musical future. As the pioneering “blue-eyed soul” group the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley and late partner Bobby Hatfield sang such famous hits as “(You’re My) Soul   Read More …

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 …

What a start to the year for Paul McCartney! On Sunday, Paul took home five GRAMMYs, winning every award he was nominated for at the 56th annual ceremony. Paul won awards for: ‘Best Rock Song’ for ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ which he co-wrote with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. ‘Best Boxed or Special   Read More …

Categories: The Beatles, Then and Now

Firstly heard in “Mad Men”, swell is a fancy joyful word. 1. swell From ye olde English, “‘Tis well.” Very popular in chatty movies of the 1930s, began to be used sarcastically in the ’40s. Nowadays, totally passe. 2. swell Fantastic, great, wonderful etc. Source: Urban Dictionary  

Categories: Then and Now

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 …

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 …

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