B.B. King: The Thrill Will Never Be Gone (Archival Interview)

B.B. King: The Thrill Will Never Be Gone (Archival Interview)

B.B. King is championed by pundits as the quintessential blues guitar player. Since his emergence in the Fifties, King, trusty black Gibson “Lucille” guitar in hand, wowed audiences with his gritty, expressive voice and spectacular blues guitar playing. He could say more in one note than others could say in a hundred. In recent years […]

Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places

Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places

“If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.” — George Winters Rockers have traveled to every corner of the earth – if not by plane, train and automobile then in their imaginations – to compose our Top 11 Songs About Faraway Places. Some songs celebrated their […]

Classic NYC Album Cover Locations (Photo Essay)

Classic NYC Album Cover Locations (Photo Essay)

Walking around Greenwich Village, midtown and other Manhattan neighborhoods, don’t be surprised if some landmarks jump out at you. You knew them back when, when liner notes and gatefold covers changed your life…  Gem Spa, Southeast corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue  The New York Dolls posed here for the back of their […]

Top 11 Handclap Songs

Top 11 Handclap Songs

Handclapping has long been a staple of rock music, but its lineage traces back to the days of slavery. Drums were often outlawed as a means of communication, so handclapping accompanied spirituals sung in slave quarters. After slavery was abolished, gospel music featured handclapping, foot-stomping and shouts. Gospel’s descendants were the blues and R&B; as […]

The Real Jersey Boy: Frankie Valli Looks Back (The Interview)

The Real Jersey Boy: Frankie Valli Looks Back (The Interview)

It’s a good time to be a fan of the Four Seasons. Jersey Boys, the hugely successful Broadway play modeled on the band’s career, helped the Four Seasons reclaim their indelible place in music history. And now, it’s been made into a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood. With such songs as Big Girls […]