The two most important names in making 1955-1965 rock and roll the most popular music of the that era were Bill Haley, a Country & Western singer who performed the grand experiment of introducing white audiences to R&B; and Elvis Presley whose high-quality voice, singing style, good looks and sensual stage presence were a magnet […]
With this weekend’s passing of Chuck Berry, it’s a good time to take a look at where the music industry is today. Record sales have been slumping for years as listeners either pirated music on the internet, or chose streaming services over album purchases for their listening. But there are signs of green shoots in […]
It all started for Chuck Berry on 21 May 1955 with Chuck’s simple three-chord (A, D7, E7) recording of Maybellene, an adaption of “Ida Red,” with Jerome Green on maracas, Johnnie Johnson on piano (see some of Johnson’s great albums below with Berry’s), Jasper Thomas on drums, and the legendary Willie Dixon on bass. By […]
Famed jazz guitarist Larry Coryell passed away at age 73 has passed away. Billboard writes of the innovative musician: Legendary guitarist Larry Coryell died Sunday (Feb. 19) at the age of 73 in his New York City hotel room, according to a statement sent to Billboard from jazz publicist Jim Eigo. Coryell, who passed away […]
Nat Hentoff’s son, Nick, sadly announced the death of his father on January 7. I have followed Nat Hentoff’s work since 1959, and am saddened by his passing. Hentoff was a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and an ardent defender of civil liberties. He also had, as I have, a lifelong passion for jazz […]
Originally posted April 11, 2014. Al Kooper is one of the most underrated members of America’s Rock & Roll legacy. Al’s work with Bob Dylan and Mike Bloomfield was truly memory making. From The Wall Street Journal: Al Kooper doesn’t really need to listen to the latest songs by garage bands comprised of 20-year-olds. Now […]
On December 2, the Rolling Stones will revisit their roots with a new blues album pulling songs from the group’s early influences. Represented on the album will be Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Memphis Slim and more. The Wall Street Journal reports: Though it informs the Stones’ music, traditional blues haven’t been […]
Happy 90th birthday to Chuck Berry, a pioneer of Rock n’ Roll!