Legendary drummer, Hal Blaine has passed away. Blaine laid down the beat for hundreds of hit songs in the 60s and 70s as part of the famed studio musician group “The Wrecking Crew.” Best Classic Bands writes of Blaine: During The Wrecking Crew’s heyday in the 1960s and 1970s, they were the musical backbone on […]
You know the triangle is a special instrument. It’s small, yet important. Like the cherry on a sundae. It has a place. But when you’re a drummer in a high school band and you see the sheet music for the Nutcracker and you’re playing the triangle you know it might be a light day. That’s […]
Put up who ever you please. I will counter with Johnny’s 2-CD Anthology 1964-1977 Rhino set produced by Bill Inglot, Featured on the set are studio wizards James Burton, Hal Blaine, Jim Horn, Harlan Rogers, Larry Knechtel and Dean Parks, a hard group to beat out. The 36 cover tunes include Into The Mystic, Sea Cruise, […]
If you like Coldplay (I do) then you’ll love their new documentary A Head Full of Dreams (Prime Video) covering the British quartet’s first two decades. What stood out to me was when lead singer Chris Martin told the camera that all of their best songs were written in only ten minutes…but it takes months […]
Paul Simon has been writing music for more than 60 years. And all that’s about to come to an end. His farewell tour closes in just a few weeks in Queens, New York, not very far from his childhood home. And even though he recorded five studio albums with Art Garfunkel, made 14 solo albums, […]
Toto’s late drummer Jeff Porcaro was a genius at setting a groove—he’s the backbone for the song Africa—as I wrote to you in 2011. This Summer, Weezer’s cover of Africa has hit its stride. I love how drummer Pat Wilson interprets Porcaro’s groove and makes it his own. Enjoy. Originally posted on Yoursurvivalguy.com.
Yesterday, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed away. Downbeat Magazine’s obituary tells the story of the late R&B sensation. Jeff Johnson writes: She was the little girl who would be queen. Graced with a huge voice and even more powerful spirit, Aretha Franklin claimed her throne as the dominant female vocalist of her generation […]