There’s a big issue in the music world centering around copyright infringement, George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord, Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, and many other notable, and not so notable tunes, have found their way to the center of copyright infringement cases. But were these songwriters actually stealing someone else’s music? Take Ed Sheeran for example. […]
The first-time I heard Harry Chapin’s first hit, was while riding in a taxi in New York City. Of course, the song was “Taxi.” Harry Chapin was a folk singer-songwriter best known for the worldwide hit “Cat’s in the Cradle.” His first hit was 1972’s “Taxi,” which is about a relationship with a woman named […]
The politically conscious, often volatile, singer/songwriters Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young were a folk rock supergroup that took its form from several well-known pop bands of the sixties. The group ultimately consisted of Birds guitarist David Crosby, Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills , and Hollies member Graham Nash. Stills & Crosby met Nash at a party at Joni […]
It’s been a year since Leon Russell passed and we all still miss him. Leon Russell has always been one of my major influences. The silver long hair and mirrored sunglasses aside, Russell’s keyboard style and performance charisma were traits to be admired among other keyboardists. In the early days with Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton […]
I remember practicing my drums to a ‘Under my Thumb’ from the 1966 release of Aftermath. That was a long time ago. Who would have thought that that very same group would still be recording, and releasing a fresh new batch of old blues standards, sounding as good, if not better, than they did in […]
If you’ve ever watched The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you’ve seen John Baptiste. He’s Colbert’s bandleader, pianist, mellotron aficionado that quietly, but very masterfully, brings the Jazz out of the The Late Show’s house band – Stay Human. I hadn’t heard of him before Colbert- but heck, he’s just a kid practically!