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 […]

Van Morrison Celebrates the Jazz Songbook with New Album ‘Versatile’ (Stream)

Van Morrison Celebrates the Jazz Songbook with New Album ‘Versatile’ (Stream)

Van Morrison’s 37th studio album, Roll with the Punches, was released in late September, but the iconic singer/songwriter didn’t wait around before releasing another one. Titled Versatile, Morrison’s latest is a collection of a handful of original songs and spirited cover versions of jazz standards. It’s a project he holds very close to his heart, […]

Steve Rupert Drawings Vol. 3: Van Morrison and Dave Mason

Steve Rupert Drawings Vol. 3: Van Morrison and Dave Mason

Following up August’s Bruce Springsteen and Steve Wonder sketches, RCM Crowd Participation contributor Steve Rupert returns now with two more of his classic rock-inspired drawings. This month, we’re proud to pass along his sketches of Dave Mason and Van Morrison, two undeniably iconic musicians. Enjoy:   Stay tuned for more of Rupert’s rock-inspired drawings! Related links: […]

Top 11 Garage Rock Songs

Top 11 Garage Rock Songs

It was sad to note the recent passing of Jack Ely, lead singer of the Kingsmen. Ely, 71, was the lead voice of Louie Louie, the garage rock classic that was one of Rock Cellar’s Top 11 Censored Songs. In the ‘60s the raw sound of bands like the Kingsmen and British groups like the […]

Behind the Curtain: Hotel Room Trashing Lessons with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

Behind the Curtain: Hotel Room Trashing Lessons with Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi

This month’s Behind the Curtain finds journalist Steve Rosen recounting some extracurricular fun with Black Sabbath in the 1970s… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Out of the gate, Black Sabbath was a species unto themselves. They were louder, darker and more vicious sounding than any other bands around. When they released their self-titled debut in February 1970, the Birmingham, England quartet […]