Couldn’t He Afford the Airfare?

Couldn’t He Afford the Airfare?

Alan Parsons known for engineering and production on Abby Road, Let it Be, Dark Side of the Moon and his own Alan Parson’s Project has a new solo album coming out April 26th. Original Foreigner singer Lou Gramm is featured on. He sings the song “Sometimes.” But he didn’t travel to Santa Barbara where Alan…

Wrong again

Wrong again

Steppenwolf singer John Kay celebrates his 75th birthday today (April 12th). The song “Born to Be Wild” was huge, it peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100. But at first the record company didn’t think it was a hit and didn’t want it as an A-side — but the band pushed for it. Steppenwolf…

it was a Willie Bobo song

it was a Willie Bobo song

Even a jam band needs songs. The Santana song “Evil Ways” was not written by the band. It was on their first album titled Santana in 1969.  Believe it or not before that Santana was a jam band. Evil Ways was the band’s first Top 10 hit; it peaked at number-nine on the Billboard Hot…

Inspirational Dream

Inspirational Dream

It came to him in a dream. The Beatles song “Let It Be” was written because Paul’s late mother, Mary, came to him in a dream and he was inspired to write a song. It was on the album of the same name and it spent two weeks at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100…

A Throwaway

A Throwaway

50 years ago today (April 9th), David Bowie met his future first wife, Angela Barrett, while seeing King Crimson at the Speakeasy Club in London.  The song “‘Changes” started out as a parody of a nightclub song,” and it was “kind of [a] throwaway.” It was on the album Hunky Dory in 1971. Bowie’s co-producer,…

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…