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Eli "Paperboy" Reed: He's Got The Song of Summer -- And Enough Gospel & Soul To Heat Up The Winter

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.15.2016 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Every summer has a song. I knew "Nights Like This" was the soundtrack of Summer 2016 the first time I heard it. The ingredients were all in place: ho...

B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and a Night to Remember

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 05.22.2016 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

The year was 1976. I was a student at UCLA and heard on campus that blues singers B.B. King and Bobby Bland would be performing at the nearby Cocoanut Grove -- a night club at the since-demolished Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire.

Late Bluesman Remembered By Friends

Commercial Appeal | Bob Mehr | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

It was not one, but a multitude of Bobby "Blue" Blands who were hailed and mourned during funeral services at First Baptist Church -- Broad on Thursda...

Bay City Rollers, Richard Hell, Aretha Franklin, Tom Verlaine, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Humble Pie, and My Friend, Anthony Jones

Binky Philips | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

WARNING: As the title suggests, this week's column careens like a pinball. One dear old friend is the connective tissue, a true candidate for Reader'...

Lisa Lowell's Beautiful Behavior

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Most of us know Lisa Lowell from her backing vocals with various artists, perhaps most famously as a member of Bruce Springsteen's Sessions Band in 20...

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Should Be The American Music Hall of Fame

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

The latest crop of inductees was announced yesterday by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Once again, it honored musicians who just a...

"The Way Young Lovers Do": A Playlist for Van the Man, a New Dad Again at 64

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here's a special birthday playlist for Little Van to help him into his father's sublime music and some of the enduring influences who help make Van the Man in the first place.