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James Taylor and Carole King in "Just Call Out My Name" is two hours of having a good time

More often than not, when superstar musicians perform together the results are disappointing. Maybe their styles don’t match, maybe they can’t put aside their egos, but whatever the reason, it usually leaves you shaking your head. However, when it does work, it’s thrilling and magical. That’s what you saw when James Taylor and Carole King... Read more »

The ten best albums from 1971

1971 was a special year in the world of popular/rock music. Some of the greatest acts of the classic rock era released their best and most influential work. For the last year, this column has run a series highlighting almost thirty albums from that year. The goal was to see how they held up after... Read more »

Would "You've Got A Friend" still win Grammys for James Taylor and Carole King if the voting was held in 2021?

In the early 1970s, James Taylor was one of the biggest recording artists in the world. He was the first non-British artist signed to the Beatles’ Apple label. He had a major breakthrough with his second album “Sweet Baby James.” In 1971, his biggest single, “You’ve Got A Friend” reached number one on the charts.... Read more »
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It's going to be the year of the woman in this year's voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It's going to be the year of the woman in this year's voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The nominees for induction to this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class were announced yesterday. Each year, fans get to vote for five artists. Their vote will be included with a panel of experts to determine the inductees for 2021. The top vote-getters in fan voting doesn’t mean automatic induction. Two of the artists receiving the... Read more »

How does Carole King's "Tapestry" sound fifty years later?

How does Carole King's "Tapestry" sound fifty years later?
The year was 1971. The singer-songwriter era of classic rock music was beginning. Musicians were no longer dependent on getting their material from the songwriters of Tin Pan Alley. They were writing and performing their own material. One of the artists poised to make the most of that transition was Carole King. She had been... Read more »

Classic albums from 1971 are now fifty years old. Are you still listening to them?

Pearl was Janis Joplin's final album. It was released months after her death.
1971 was a great year in the genre of classic rock. We still had artists from the British Invasion era making music, while at the same time we witnessed the start of the singer-songwriter era. There was a lot of something for everyone. The albums from that year will reach the fifty-year mark in 2021.... Read more »
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We need more women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Here's ten deserving candidates

We need more women in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Here's ten deserving candidates
This week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their newest class. The 2020 inductees are five members. Only one of the five, Whitney Houston, is a woman. There were sixteen nominees and only three were women. Last year, Janet Jackson was elected. In her speech, she mentioned that Hall needs to have more women... Read more »

My 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Joe Cocker is one of the great singers of the late 60's-70's. "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" is one of the great live albums.
Yesterday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced their class of 2018. The inductees will be the Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and the Zombies.  I would normally take this space to argue why or why not they are deserving of the honor. Not today. I’m okay with results although... Read more »

Top Ten List: David Letterman And His Music

Top Ten List: David Letterman And His Music
Tonight will be the final Late Show with David Letterman. I’ve been a huge Letterman fan since the opening NBC show in 1982. There was something about him that made you turn him on every night. It was so much different than anything that was on the air. Bill Murray was the first guest. Chris... Read more »
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Four Musical Women You'll See This Summer

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St. Vincent "Dig A Pony"
Most likely you know about all of them. Exciting things are happening in their careers. St. Vincent Real name is Annie Clark. Age 30. Born in Tulsa, grew up in Dallas. Debut album in 2007 was the first of three solo albums. Came into the limelight in 2012 with “Love the Giant”, an album with... Read more »
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