Tag: Marvin Gaye

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 »

The musical legends of Black History Month looks at the male vocalists

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We start with Michael Jackson. 'Thriller' has sold more than sixty million albums worldwide. He was nominated for thirty-eight Grammys, winning thirteen times.
The series of the great Black musicians continues with a look at the greatest Black male vocalists. There are so many that there’s not enough space to feature all of them. Some of the others not featured in the gallery include Lionel Richie, Isaac Hayes, Teddy Pendergrass, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls and Johnny Mathis, Here... Read more »

Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" has aged like a fine wine

Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" has aged like a fine wine
The year is 1971. The United States is mired down by the war in Vietnam. We’ve been there for more than a decade and it doesn’t look like it will be coming to an end anytime soon. Each night on the national news, the American public is shown scenes of our young people fighting in... 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 »

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 »

Songs to protest Donald Trump's 4th of July Parade

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It's been obvious for decades that Donald Trump is the "American Idiot" (Green Day)
Happy Independence Day eve. Tomorrow, Donald Trump is throwing himself and his followers a little party. He’s going to have a parade, military-dictatorship style. Trump is enamored of those parades his heroes throw. Tanks rolling down the street. Soldiers marching and paying honor to their leader. He’s always wanted one of those to honor him.... Read more »

Is using your music to pitch products selling out or just good business?

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John Newman- "Come and Get It". This song sells Fords. I never heard of the artist until seeing the ad. I know him now and that's one of the purposes of doing the commercial.
Sell Out! Those are the words used whenever we hear one of our favorite songs in a commercial. Remember how shocked you were when you heard The Beatles “Revolution” used to sell Nike shoes? Bob Dylan selling lingerie, yogurt, cars and computers? BLASPHEMY! There are lots of reasons for artists to have their songs in... Read more »

Black History Month Music: The Legends From A-Z Part 1

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Louis Armstrong- One of the most important figures in the history of Jazz. You can make a case that there's never been a better musician in any form of music. He hits note you can't believe. Check out the last minute of "Ain't Misbehavin'"
February is Black History Month. Music is a big part of it. You can find great contributions in every genre of music. From Rock, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Hip-hop and even Country music. Here’s a mix of some of the great musicians. Today we’ll look at the first half of the alphabet…A through M. Tomorrow N-Z... Read more »

John Lennon And Other Musicians Who Were Victims Of Gun Violence

John Lennon, here with his wife Yoko Ono, was killed in 1980. He was shot in the back four times.
Today would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. The former Beatle was shot and killed  in front of his New York City home. It’s hard to believe that was almost 35 years ago. He was far from the only musician to lose his life to gun violence. Here’s a look at others that died because of... Read more »
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