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 …

‘NEW’ was recently voted the fourth best album of the year by Rolling Stone magazine. It was produced by Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Giles Martin and Ethan Johns, and features the title track and recent single ‘Queenie Eye’. The sound of a 71-year-old Beatle getting back in the ring: McCartney plays to his strengths: Wings-like glam rock,   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 …

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 …

If happiness was an oldies song, I’d put on my swing dress and let you lead.  

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 …

“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 …