A truly interesting study:     “I’m the Greatest” (John Lennon) · Ringo Starr · 1973 “One and One Is Two” · The Strangers with Mike Shannon · 1964 “Like Dreamers Do” · The Applejacks · 1964 “Tip of My Tongue” · Tommy Quickly · 1963 “Bad to Me” · Billy J. Kramer with The   Read More …

Dion, as charming as in the old days: 1958 2004  

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 …

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 …

Last night, PBS SoCaL’s seventh-annual gala “Puttin’ on the Glitz” celebrates Southern California’s largest stage for the arts, honoring leaders from the Arts and Entertainment industry. Partake in an evening of Old Hollywood Glamour with a craft cocktail reception, an elegant dinner, live entertainment, and special performance by Peter Asher. Peter Asher is the British guitarist, singer and record producer.   Read More …

Ronnie Milsap, six-time Grammy-winning icon, releases Summer Number Seventeen tomorrow – a homage to the various styles of music that shaped his singularly bluesy take on modern country, the 12 song collection is defined by his instinctive keyboard playing and soulful vocals. Pick up Summer Number Seventeen tomorrow!