Top 11 Hit Songs That Were Recorded Live

Top 11 Hit Songs That Were Recorded Live

“Mony Mony” by Billy Idol “Mony Mony” was a 1968 hit for Tommy James and received renewed attention when Billy Idol recorded a version that reached No. 7 on the Billboard dance chart in 1981. In his autobiography Dancing With Myself, Idol explains the song’s attraction. “That song has always had special significance to me. I […]

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs “I was recently looking at an old cover of New Musical Express from 1973. It’s me and Mick Jagger, and he’s just found glam a little late. He’s wearing this jumpsuit with epaulets, and he’s dripping in makeup and mascara. And I’m on the other half of the page with […]

Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge’s Mark Stein on Hendrix, His New Band … and the LP That Was “The Biggest Disaster of the 1960s”

Vanilla Fudge departed from the three-minute single in 1967 with their debut album Vanilla Fudge. The New York-area band – drummer Carmine Appice, bassist Tim Bogert, guitarist Vinny Martell and organist Mark Stein – released the groundbreaking LP with extended versions of “Ticket to Ride,” “She’s Not There,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ […]

The Story Behind ‘A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg,’ with Jean Fogelberg and Norbert Putnam

The Story Behind ‘A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg,’ with Jean Fogelberg and Norbert Putnam

The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Others Record A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg The Seventies was a golden era for singer-songwriters, as James Taylor, Carole King and Jackson Browne dominated the charts. One of the best was Dan Fogelberg, whose “Part of the Plan” was his first hit in 1974. Over the […]

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

   “White folks hear the blues come out, but they don’t know how it got there.” – Ma Rainey “Time Is on My Side” by Irma Thomas and the Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side” was written by Jerry Ragovoy for jazz trombonist Kai Winding in 1963. Winding’s version, essentially an instrumental, only included […]

In Appreciation of The Drifters’ ‘White Christmas,’ a Deserving Holiday Season Classic

In Appreciation of The Drifters’ ‘White Christmas,’ a Deserving Holiday Season Classic

Thanksgiving is immediately followed by a brutal month of Christmas music overload. They’re inescapable; every radio station, department store, and building lobby pummels us with treacly tunes of the season.  So when a great song rises above the holiday hype, it deserves recognition. Such is the Drifters‘ version of the yuletide classic “White Christmas.” Bing […]

Judy Collins: On ‘Everybody Knows,’ Working With Stephen Stills and Music’s Ability to Empower (The Interview)

Judy Collins: On ‘Everybody Knows,’ Working With Stephen Stills and Music’s Ability to Empower (The Interview)

Soon after their fiery two-year relationship ended, Stephen Stills wrote “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” about Judy Collins. The iconic multi-part track opened Crosby, Stills & Nash’s 1969 debut album. Collins and Stills remained friends over the decades, but only recorded together sporadically. That all changed earlier this year, as Stills and Collins combined some of […]

Top 11 Songs Performed By Women

Top 11 Songs Performed By Women

“Men make angry music and it’s called rock and roll; Women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they’re angry and militant.” – Ani DiFranco Note: Obviously, selecting 11 songs performed by female songwriters/singers leaves out countless similarly deserving titles — so feel free to leave a comment below with any we omitted that you’d […]

Street Musician Chelsea Williams Has a New LP, a U.S. Tour and a Video With Maroon 5, but Still Loves L.A.’s ‘Dancing Drunks and Babies’ (Q&A)

Street Musician Chelsea Williams Has a New LP, a U.S. Tour and a Video With Maroon 5, but Still Loves L.A.’s ‘Dancing Drunks and Babies’ (Q&A)

Chelsea Williams knows how to work a crowd. Williams honed her craft as a singer-songwriter busking around Los Angeles for the past decade, a regular at Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. Playing acoustic guitar, Williams performs a mix of Americana and indie-folk tunes as she competes with breakdancers, drummers, magicians and clowns for attention – […]

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