Tag: Jimi Hendrix

On Bob Dylan's 80th birthday, here are some of my favorite cover versions of his songs

Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan. Today he turns eighty. That’s right…80!! While I’m a big fan of his songs, I like them better when they’re sung by other artists. So to celebrate another decade of Bob, here are a few of my favorite Dylan tunes, interpreted by some of Bob’s friends. Mr Tambourine Man-The Byrds.... Read more »

Ten great guitarists celebrating Black History Month

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We start with the greatest guitarist of all-time. Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock with his version of the Star Spangled Banner
February is Black History Month. We celebrate it by looking at some of the greatest artists in music history. Over the next three weeks, we’ll feature the different instrumentalists and singers from all genres of music. We start today with ten of the greatest guitarists. Later this week we’ll feature some of the great drummers.... Read more »

Woodstock at 50: Where are they now?

Michael Lang was the brains behind the original Woodstock Festival. Now 74, he's still involved in the promotion business. He produced Woodstock '94 & '99 and was involved in the attempt to have a fiftieth anniversary celebration.
This weekend marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. “3 days of Peace and Music!” For many involved in the event, it was the highlight of their lives. Others went on to lengthy lives and careers. Let’s have a look at what happened to some of Woodstock’s major figures: Related Post: Woodstock’s 50th anniversary-Three days... Read more »

Woodstock at 50: It's about the music

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Richie Havens opened the concert. "Freedom"
When you think about Woodstock, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It should be the music. There has never been an event where so many legendary artists performed. Thirty-three acts played over the three-plus days. The performances were relatively short; most ranging from forty-five minutes to one hour. The two exceptions were Jefferson Airplane and... Read more »

My ten favorite items at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

First a few honorable mention items:
I love this pic of Darlene Love with Bruce Springsteen. They're probably singing Christmas songs.
It’s August. Just a few weeks left until the end of summer. Time for one more mini-vaca before school starts. So where should a couple go? CLEVELAND!!!!! Yeah…I know, I know BUT…. CLEVELAND ROCKS…so the song says (shrugging shoulders). BUT…it’s only six hours away by car and it has the one place that I’ve wanted... Read more »

The week in review: The Stormy Seattle edition

The week in review: The Stormy Seattle edition
I’m on a quest to visit all fifty states. It’s a bucket list thing. The magic number going into this year was ten. A friend has been working a temp gig in Seattle. Cheap airfare and free lodging made this trip a no-brainer. Off to Washington state for the first time. Nine states to go!... Read more »

The Influence of Chuck Berry

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All the Beatles loved Chuck Berry. John Lennon said if you were going to give Rock and Roll a different name you'd call it Chuck Berry. Here they sing "Rock and Roll Music".
Legendary music pioneer Chuck Berry died yesterday at age 90. One way to tell and artist’ influence is by the number of his songs recorded by other great musicians. There are hundreds of Berry tunes covered by musicians in all genres of music. Here’s a look at some of them: Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Jagger, Richards,... Read more »

Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and coming of age in 1970

Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and coming of age in 1970
It’s May 8, 1970. The shootings at Kent State happened just four days earlier. On this night, Jimi Hendrix is playing a concert at the University of Oklahoma. It’s a little too soon for me. I’m heading off to college there in August. Damn! It’s June 11, 1970. It’s my 18th birthday. I’ve just graduated... Read more »

Bob Dylan Turns 75: His best cover songs

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The Band-"I Shall Be Released".
Richard Manuel on the vocals.
Today is Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday. In a year where the world of music has lost a lot of great talents, it’s nice to see one of it’s legends hitting a milestone. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of articles that will focus on his life, career and legacy. You’ll also see stories about how he... Read more »

Songs For Election Day

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Please stand as Mr. James Marshall Hendrix plays our National Anthem.
Today is primary day in Illinois, Florida, Ohio and a few other states. Do you need some motivation to get out there and vote? Maybe some election music will get you out there. Here are some tunes about elections, politicians and America.   Here’s a piece from last week about The Donald. Type your email... Read more »
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