Category: Beatles

Ringo Starr zooms in with a little help from his friends

When a legend calls asking for help, you ask how soon should I be there. So it’s no surprise that when Ringo Starr wants to record new music and asks his friends to join in, they’ll come running. Like so many musicians, the former Beatles drummer had plans to hit the road with another version... Read more »

Songs for an unprecedented win in Georgia

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It was quite an night in Georgia (Spencer Davis/Steve Winwood)
It was quite a night in Georgia. Democrats won both seats in run-off races and with that, they will control the Senate. It’s hard to explain exactly what and why it happened. Maybe it’s easier to explain it all in songs? Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My... Read more »

The Last Days of John Lennon: Just another Beatles book

The Last Days of John Lennon: Just another Beatles book
In 2015, I was thinking of writing a book. I told a friend this and he asked, “What’s it going to be about? The Beatles?”  I responded snarkily, “Yeah, because a thousand of them aren’t enough. The world needs another book about The Beatles.”  You can be snarky and true at the same time. It’s hard to... Read more »
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Paul McCartney drops latest album McCartney 3: No dice!

Paul McCartney drops latest album McCartney 3: No dice!
K: Dad, does Paul McCartney have a lot of music from after he left The Beatles? H: Well, yeah. He was only in The Beatles a short time compared to his solo career. Why? K: I’m not going to know any of those songs when he plays them. H. That’s okay. Hardly anyone does. We’re... Read more »

On the anniversary of his death, a look at the life of George Harrison

George as a young child.
From 1964 to 1970, he was one of the four most popular musicians in the world. He didn’t write or sing many of their songs, but you could hear his instrument on every single tune. He very rarely was out in front when on stage performing, but the band wouldn’t have been the same without... Read more »

It's 2020 and I'm exhausted

It's 2020 and I'm exhausted
I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drinks  It’s 2020 and I’m exhausted. February: Coronavirus hadn’t hit the United States yet, but we knew it was coming. You stared down every person who came into... Read more »
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What do you remember about John Lennon?

What do you remember about John Lennon?
Do you remember the first time you heard John Lennon? It was January of 1964. I heard “I Want To Hold Your Hand ” on WLS-Radio in Chicago. It was a life-changing moment. Do you remember the first time you saw John Lennon? It was February 9, 1964. The Beatles made their first appearance on... Read more »

Did Rolling Stone's new "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" get it right

Did Rolling Stone's new "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" get it right
‘Best of’ lists drive people crazy. It could be who is the greatest president, who is the best athlete or some inane topic that will lead to long arguments among friends. Music is no different. Rolling Stone’s new list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” was published this week. RS first completed this exercise in... Read more »

Fifty years of classic rock classics

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"Moondance" was Van Morrison's third album. Between this and t l he earlier "Astral Weeks", he moved far away from "Brown Eyed Girl." Fifty years later, Morrison has produced forty-one studio albums and is still going strong.
If you’re from my generation, classic rock is probably your go-to genre of music. Yeah, you may try to pretend that you’re cool and hip enough to love newer types of music, but we always seem to come back to the songs and records that we loved when we were young. 1970 was a big year... Read more »
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The marriage of pop music and television: The Ed Sullivan Show

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In 1955, Bill Haley became the first rock artist to perform on the Sullivan show. His "Rock Around The Clock" started the Sullivan show music phenomenon that went on for more than a decade.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications has an exhibit which looks at the connection between rock music and television. Both industries used each other to drive up tv ratings as well as sales of records and concert tickets. This is a two part series that looks at some of the most historic moment in the worlds... Read more »
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