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Joe Cocker: 1944-2014

Monday, 22 December 2014 03:00 PM Written by

 

Last month, Billy Joel, performing at Madison Square Garden, offered a shout-out to Joe Cocker, noting he wasn't well and expressing his hope that Cocker be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Well, if Cocker, who died today at his Colorado home of lung cancer at 70, had done nothing more than record his powerful, soulful version of the Beatles' "A Little Help From My Friends," he would have left a mark. Aside from Steve Winwood and Tom Jones, few other white singers of his generation could evoke the raw emotional spirit of a Ray Charles.

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stax volt soul singles 68-71

The current "Believe Your Ears"  PG Music Podcast features my review of The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles Volume 2: 1968-1971, released by Concord Music. 

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The Colbert Report ended last night and its host concluded with a sing-along version of the venerable ballad "We'll Meet Again" with Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, and a cast that included Willie Nelson, Bryan Cranston, Alan Alda, Toby Keith, Sesame Street Characters, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Brokaw, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Doris Kearns Goodwin and a slew of other political, media and showbiz luminaries.

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The Mavericks' 'Mono' due February 17

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 06:56 AM Written by

 

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A year after making a genuine comeback with their stunning album In Time, the Mavericks are back with a new album: Mono, to be released by The Valory Music Company on February 17.

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 Some would note that along with Joan Jett, Lou Reed, Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Green Day, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today.  Many who aren't aware of their work might think them a mere 60's addendum.  And they would be wrong.

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Last night's series finale of the increasingly controversial Aaron Sorkin  HBO series The Newsroom included a country standard that's been played in recent years by the Avett Brothers, to name a few. I'm not going to get into all the recaps and flak the show's storylines have generated in the past week or so. There are plenty of blogs and so on to cover that.  The musical interlude itself has stirred debate among fans.

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 SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any farther if you haven't watched the Sons of Anarchy series finale, "Papa's Goods."

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Rolling Stones Sax Master Bobby Keys Remembered

Friday, 05 December 2014 06:42 AM Written by

Tenor saxophonist Bobby Keys, who died of cirrhosis this week at his Franklin, Tennessee home at 70, was a part of rock and roll almost from the beginning. Best known for his stage and recording work with the Rolling Stones and other giants of the genre, Keys, born in Slaton, Texas in 1943, started on harmonica before going to sax. He was still a teenager when he met Buddy Holly (they never performed together). Through the 60's Keys played in backup bands on national rock tours featuring various artists, like the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars,

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