Category: Pop Music

If you knew the lyrics fifty years ago, what would you have thought about "Brown Sugar" and "Sticky Fingers?

Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fieldsSold in a market down in New OrleansScarred old slaver knows he’s doing alrightHear him whip the women just around midnight Brown sugarHow come you taste so good?Brown sugarJust like a young girl should On April 23, 1971, fifty years ago today, the Rolling Stones released their eleventh... Read more »

Can you believe that Bonnie Raitt's first album is fifty years old

When you think of musicians who have had fifty-year careers, Bonnie Raitt probably isn’t the first one that pops into your mind. Yet here we are, in 2021, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of her premier, self-titled album. Her first album was a surprise. The daughter of musicians, including Broadway musical star father John, she spent... Read more »

The new boss is still the same as the old boss: Who's Next and Won't Get Fooled Again fifty years later

Meet the new bossSame as the old boss The first time I heard those words was in the summer of 1971. I was working a summer job after my freshman year in college. Someone had the office radio tuned to an fm station. I didn’t know what the song was but it certainly caught my... Read more »

Stairway to Heaven is still legendary but what about the rest of Led Zeppelin IV fifty years later?

Stairway rules! Now going on half a century, it’s still a classic. Whenever you hear the song, it’s hard to turn it off. There have been plenty of times when I’ve parked the car and listened to the last five minutes or so before leaving. The tune has so many layers to it that you... Read more »

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 »

Baby Boomers should listen to and love Taylor Swift's 'Folklore'

Grammys are overrated! If you don’t believe me, check out Henry Mancini. Seventy-two Grammy nominations with twenty wins. Nothing against Hank but if you’ve won more awards than The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin and every other rock legend, then either the awards or way overrated or I’m missing something….probably both. However,... Read more »

What do the Grammy's offer for baby boomers?

Taylor Swift, BTS, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Bad Bunny, Harry Styles, Black Pumas, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Post Malone. Those are some of the biggest stars in the world of popular music. They’ll be the performers at tonight’s... Read more »

Graham Nash's 1971 album "Songs for Beginners" could have been made in 2021

I am a simple manSo I sing a simple songI never been so much in loveAnd never hurt so bad at the same time It’s 1971. Graham Nash has become one of the biggest rock stars in the world. A few years earlier, he left the Hollies and joined up to form a new band... Read more »

Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey" is as sweet today as it was fifty years ago

She’s as sweet as Tupelo honeyShe’s an angel of the first degreeShe’s as sweet as Tupelo honeyJust like honey, baby, from the bee Van Morrison is a dick. He’s had that reputation for decades. He continues to live up to that reputation today. But that doesn’t mean he can’t write sweet, beautiful songs. The year... Read more »

Van Morrison continues to be a putz about the Covid-19 pandemic

Van Morrison has two reputations. First, he is a musical genius. Second, he’s a prick. Yes, you can be both. The two are not mutually exclusive. Morrison’s career has spanned almost sixty years. He’s known for hit songs such as “Gloria”, “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Moondance” and “Tupelo Honey.” Among his forty-one studio albums include “Astral... Read more »
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