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Category Archives: 60s and 70s Music
To observe the Kent State Shootings, I’m reposting an essay I wrote 2 years ago. The night of May 2, 1970 I was a 17 year-old high school senior, living about 40 minutes east of Kent, OH. One of my … Continue reading
Former child prodigy Joe Bonomassa cut his teeth on blues/rock, playing Stevie Ray Vaughn licks by age 7. B.B. King heard him early and was bowled over. By the time he was 12, Bonomassa was opening B.B. King shows, subsequently touring with Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, Gregg Allman and in 2009 played a stunner of a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall with special guest Eric Clapton. Continue reading
One of my favorite chicken-scratch/fusion funk/”southern-fried” (but not “southern”) confections of the late ’60s/early ’70s was Rhinoceros — a concocted “supergroup” conceived and assembled by management at Elektra Records — a label that among other distinctions, recorded at Jimi Hendrix‘s … Continue reading
As you probably have heard, Alex Chilton, one of the principals if not the driving force behind Big Star died this week of an apparent heart attack. Bummer. At the tender age of 16, Chilton made a splash with the … Continue reading
To the uninitiated, Peter Gabriel could be somewhat intimidating, apparently dropped from another planet. His stage presence was carefully crafted and painstakingly performed. Critics claimed that it distracted from the music, which most agreed was top-notch. Continue reading
Ever since I first heard Tower of Power, I was drawn to them. Their red-hot chops, superb vocals and up-tempo crossover jazz-funk makes toes tap and asses wiggle, even among those not prone to do either. Through decades, they’ve weathered … Continue reading
In the late 70s, Teddy left the “Notes” to embark on a successful solo career, in which he morphed into a steamy, sex-charged love balladeer with wide appeal, including women of all ages. In 1981, he had a car crash that left him paralyzed. Many thought that he’d never perform again but a force of nature, Pendergrass proved them wrong, performing through the 90’s. Continue reading
Rod Argent is a gifted keyboard player and musician of considerable skill that cut his teeth in one of the most underrated sixties bands, the Zombies. Although they had a couple of hits with “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” … Continue reading
I heard Irma Thomas today on XM’s Bluesville belting a far from current version of “Hip Shakin’ Mama.” A glorious early fall afternoon, the sun blazed down on the “blues schooner” through puffy cotton balls against a deep azure sky. … Continue reading
As much as I’ve always loved Joe Cocker, his unique style (I’d say inimitable but he was extremely vulnerable to impersonation–remember Belushi on SNL?) and his simply electrifying rendition of the Ringo Starr’s “A Little Help From My Friends” at Woodstock. Continue reading