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Glen Glenn

Posted on Apr 27, 2019 in 50s, Rockabilly

While he never gained the same fame and public recognition as such fellow West Coast rockabilly pioneers as Eddie Cochran and Ricky Nelson, Glen Glenn’s talent far outweighed his luck in the music business, and his classic sides have become the stuff of legend among rockabilly fans as well as such roots rock giants as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, all of whom have covered his tunes on-stage…

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David McWilliams

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in 60s, Folk Rock, ROCK/POP, Singer/Songwriter

Born in Belfast, folk-rock/pop singer/songwriter David McWilliams recorded several albums in the late ’60s in a style similar to Donovan. Here, too, was a youthful but slightly ragged-looking troubadour, obviously influenced by Bob Dylan, whose songs were also dressed up with Baroque orchestration…

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The Afghan Whigs

Posted on Apr 20, 2019 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE

Evolving from a garage punk band to a literate, moody, soul-inflected post-punk quartet, the Afghan Whigs were one of the most critically acclaimed alternative bands of the early ’90s. Although the band never broke into the mainstream, it developed a dedicated cult following…

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The Phantom

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Rockabilly

Jerry Lott a.k.a. Marty Lott a.k.a. The Phantom (January 30, 1938 – September 4, 1983) was an American rockabilly singer with the frantic Dot single, “Love Me” backed with the ballad “Whisper My Love” (Dot 45-16056). Both sides were recorded in 1958 but not issued until January 1960. The record was released with the artist shown as The Phantom…

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Posted on Apr 14, 2019 in 70s, ROCK/POP

With their light, airy melodies and meticulously crafted, clean arrangements that appealed to a variety of audiences, the Carpenters stood in direct contrast to the excessive, gaudy pop/rock of the ’70s. Yet, they became one of the most popular artists of the decade, winning four Grammy Awards, and scoring 12 Top Ten hits, and three number one singles…

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Jessie Hill

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 in 60s, Rhythm & Blues

Best remembered for the classic “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” New Orleans R&B legend Jessie Hill was born in the Crescent City’s Ninth Ward district on December 9, 1932. Raised alongside the likes of Eddie Bo, Oliver Morgan, and Prince La La, it was almost inevitable that he would pursue a career in music, and by his teens he was playing drums in bands fronted by Kid Arnestine and Freddie Domino…

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Johnny Thunders

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Glam Rock, Punk

Johnny Thunders was the first punk rock guitar hero, earning a cult following for his noisy but epic style a few years before the insouciant new music gained its name. Following in the footsteps of his idol and role model Keith Richards, Johnny Thunders lived the ultimate rock & roll life, spending most of his days churning out tough, sloppy three-chord rock & roll…

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Fleetwood Mac

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 in 60s, 70s, Blues Rock, ROCK/POP

While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late ’60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac were drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie…

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James Brown

Posted on Mar 27, 2019 in 60s, 70s, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

“Soul Brother Number One,” “the Godfather of Soul,” “the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Mr. Dynamite” — those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown earned them more than any other performer. Other singers were more popular, others were equally skilled, but few other African-American musicians were so influential over the course of popular music…

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Roddy Frame

Posted on Mar 23, 2019 in 00s, Indie, Singer/Songwriter

Best known as the leader of Scottish pop group Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame burst onto the U.K. pop scene as a songwriting wunderkind who became a critical favorite while still in his teens … Frame has earned a reputation as a gifted, literate tunesmith who has enjoyed a long-running and uncompromising career…

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