Category Archives: Music

Monday Blues (8.18.14)

In the more than 40 years since they released their first album, a variety of line-ups have played as The Allman Brothers Band. Playing their classic “Whipping Post” at one of their 1970 shows at the Fillmore East (before the … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Elvis ’72

This weekend marks the 37th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Elvis was 37 years old in 1972, a year that falls within my favorite Elvis period (1968-72). His live shows in that period were as good as it … Continue reading

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Monday Blues (8.11.14)

Paul McCartney (Liverpool, 1942- ) wrote “Oh Darling!” and recorded it in 1969 for what would become The Beatles last recorded studio album, Abbey Road. It’s a standard blues tune, reflective of the foundation of a lot of popular music … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Paul McCartney (sort of…)

I’m going to the Paul McCartney concert this weekend at Dodger Stadium. It’s my first time seeing him in concert, and my first time seeing any Beatle perform live. Paul McCartney is responsible for more than a few of my … Continue reading

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Monday Blues (8.4.14)

Samuel Maghett, more famously known as “Magic Sam,” was born (1937) and raised in Mississippi. He moved to Chicago at the age of 19 and, even though his career was cut short by a heart attack at age 32, he … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Motown

There is no conceivable way to reduce the Motown catalog down to just 5 songs and have that mean anything. Not a best list, not a favorites, either. So here are 5 Motown songs that I would like to share, … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Sam Cooke

If you don’t know who Sam Cooke is, I almost don’t want to tell you. Or maybe it’s more like I can’t. Whatever I would try to say wouldn’t be enough. I can say this: Music is, in many ways, … Continue reading

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Friday Five: The Pixies

I wasn’t a fan of The Pixies in my youth. Where I came from all alternative music was thought of as “white music,” and so it wasn’t something we gravitated toward. (Ironically, heavy metal–which you might think of as just … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Little Junior Parker

Within the general popular culture, Little Junior Parker is one of the least recognized architects of rock n’ roll music. He is not forgotten by critics and historians of the sound. Here’s five of his best. 5. “Pretty Baby“: Songs … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Guns N’ Roses

There’s this whole big-hair-80s-hard-rock thing that happened in LA and kind of took over rock music for the 80s into the 90s. Guns N’ Roses were a part of that, of course, but they were also the real deal in … Continue reading

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