Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Eric Clapton’

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Eric Clapton’

The sound of Eric Clapton‘s guitar is instantly identifiable. Old school fans remember his departure from the Yardbirds to pursue his passion for the blues with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Huge hits with Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek & the Dominos followed. Clapton’s solo career further expanded his cult of fans. […]

Top 11 Songs Featured in ‘The Sopranos’

Top 11 Songs Featured in ‘The Sopranos’

For six unforgettable seasons, creator David Chase made music an integral part of the Emmy Award-winning drama The Sopranos. Mob boss Tony Soprano (the late, great James Gandolfini) was the show’s focus, and Chase used as a musical guide “any song that Tony would be listening to, that he would have on his radio station.” […]

Top 11 New York City Songs

Top 11 New York City Songs

“New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.” – David Letterman (Editor’s Note: As this list curates songs from the folk/classic rock realm, it does not feature Frank Sinatra’s classic “Theme From ‘New York New York,” though that has been added here […]

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia

San Francisco Musicians (Marty Balin, Peter Albin, David Freiberg and David Nelson) Recall Their First Encounters with Jerry Garcia

The free-form jams of the Grateful Dead provided the soundtrack for San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love. Led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia, the band regularly performed at venues such as the Fillmore, Winterland and the Family Dog. The Dead’s original run lasted from 1965 until 1995, when Garcia died at 53. Garcia […]

Top 11 Songs With Advice You Ought to Take

Top 11 Songs With Advice You Ought to Take

“Never tell your problems to anyone … 20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.” – Lou Holtz “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. When hip hop group Run-D.M.C. had a 1986 crossover hit with a cover of Aerosmith‘s “Walk This Way,” it marked hip hop’s entry into mainstream pop […]

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Jerry Garcia’

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Jerry Garcia’

Half a century ago, San Francisco musicians provided the soundtrack to 1967’s Summer of Love. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), Quicksilver Messenger Service, New Riders of the Purple Sage (NRPS) and Moby Grape helped introduce psychedelic rock to thousands of buzzed flower children at free concerts throughout […]

Bobby Whitlock on Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominos … and Why He Hates the Piano Coda of ‘Layla’ (Q&A)

Bobby Whitlock on Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominos … and Why He Hates the Piano Coda of ‘Layla’ (Q&A)

Keyboardist, guitarist and singer Bobby Whitlock has performed on some of rock’s best-loved albums since his early days with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The Memphis native, mentored at Stax Records by Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper, soon became a favorite of British musicians who hoped to tap his soulful R&B style. Whitlock, a […]

Top 11 Songs About Booze

Top 11 Songs About Booze

“I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.” – Rodney Dangerfield “The No No Song” by Ringo Starr Singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton was inspired to write “The No No Song” the morning after a losing bout with booze and drugs. “I was afraid if I looked […]

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain “In the Presence of the Lord” by Blind Faith Eric Clapton wrote “In the Presence of the Lord” in 1969 while a member of Blind Faith. He asked keyboardist Steve Winwood to provide […]