And Howe

And Howe

Yes guitarist Steve Howe celebrates his 72nd birthday today (April 8th). The song “Roundabout” off of the album: Fragile in 1971which peaked at number-13 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Yes’s second highest-charting U.S. single, after the chart-topping “Owner of a Lonely Heart; “marked a turning point in the way Yes recorded, as guitarist…

st st st stutter like the Who

st st st stutter like the Who

The Knack recorded “My Sharona” 40 years ago today (April 5th) at Whitney Recording Studio in Glendale, California. The late Doug Fieger claimed he modeled its structure after the act of sex. Sex apparently sells, My Sharona topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. It was The Knack’s debut single and such a huge…

She Forgot?

She Forgot?

When Stevie Nicks delivered her rambling and unfocused 12-minute speech Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech last Friday, she failed to mention her longtime musical director and guitarist, Waddy Wachtel. So when she met backstage with the press, her longtime publicist, Liz Rosenberg, tapped the moderator on her shoulder and asked her to…

Not for a child; for someone like a child

Not for a child; for someone like a child

Arthur Alistair Donald, Paul McCartney’s first grandchild — his daughter Mary’s son — was born 20 years ago today (April 3rd, 1999). The Beatles: “Yellow Submarine” although he might’ve sung it to a grand child or child was not written for a child. It was on the album Revolver in 1966 and made it to…

I wonder who spilled the beans

I wonder who spilled the beans

While the press release on Saturday announcing the postponement of The Rolling Stones North American concert tour mentions that Mick Jagger needs “medical treatment,” info on just what his undisclosed illness might be has been hard to come by. On Sunday, someone close to the band explained that Jagger is not ill but suffered “a…

I’m taking my songs and going home

I’m taking my songs and going home

Keith Richards marks the 30th anniversary of his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap, with a reissue today (Friday) in numerous configurations. The album came together during downtime with The Rolling Stones during a period of substantial tension between him and Mick Jagger. It turned out to be an eye-opening experience. “As I went through…

Your best friend’s wife

Your best friend’s wife

40 years ago today (March 28th), Eric Clapton married Pattie Boyd — George Harrison’s ex-wife and the inspiration for “Layla” — in Tucson, Arizona. The wedding came on the second day of his 1979 tour; the marriage lasted 10 years. Derek and the Dominos: “Layla” Is not your typical rock song — they’re playing in…

But it’s so hard!

But it’s so hard!

Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks celebrates his 69th birthday today (March 27th). He talks of a Genesis song that’s hard to play live.  It’s “Man on the Corner” from 1981’s Abacab. Tony Banks says of all the songs the band has performed live, Phil Collins’ “Man on the Corner” just might be the toughest for him.…

She likes herself; she really likes herself

She likes herself; she really likes herself

Stevie Nicks will make history this Friday night when she becomes the first woman to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame following 22 men who have achieved that honor. Her first induction was in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac. Along with Lindsey Buckingham, she helped catapult the Mac,…

Surprised and Pleased

Surprised and Pleased

: Sir Elton John turns 72 years old today (March 25th). Elton John’s: “Bennie and the Jets” from the album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” in 1973  first broke on black radio in Detroit, which couldn’t have pleased Elton more. Elton John was against releasing “Bennie and the Jets” as the third U.S. single off Goodbye…