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Why Dionne Warwick 'Feels So Good' At Age 73

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 11.14.2014 | Fifty
Dustin Fitzharris

Dionne Warwick has been dazzling us as a musical ingenue for more than five decades. Next month she turns 74 and shows no signs of slowing down. She says the best part of getting older is waking up every morning, putting one food in front of the other and being able to say, 'I made another one.'

Why Barry Manilow Was Intimidated To Work With This Iconic Singer

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.29.2014 | Fifty

Barry Manilow has worked as a producer for a slew of A-list acts and is a music superstar in his own right, so it takes a lot to intimidate him -- but...

The Experimental Genius of Gerry Goffin

David Galenson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

I knew who sang the songs, so of course I knew who Bob Dylan was, and the Beatles. But I didn't know writers who didn't sing, so I didn't know who Gerry Goffin and Carole King were.

Stage Door: Beautiful, What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The music of the '60s and '70s is having a revival -- on stage. Two legendary composers from the time, Carole King and Burt Bacharach, are getting their theatrical due.

Sy Smith: Just the Thought of You

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Hands down, it was the most dazzling performance by a female vocalist during the Symphony's 2013 Season.

Wise Up Ghost: A Conversation with Elvis Costello, Chatting with Twenty One Pilots' Josh Dun and Charlie Faye, Plus The Appleseed Collective's "Pumpkin Pie" Exclusive & Recipe

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"If we had the opportunity to play together, it seemed like there would be a lot of possibilities. The way they approached playing the songs, whether they were old or new, and each time I went to the show, it was a different agenda."

Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz II: Conversations with Earl Klugh, David Sanborn, Jonathan Butler and Euge Groove, Plus a Bo-Keys Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Paris Nights, Soul Fighting and Foot Excitement: Conversations with Christopher Cross, Jonny Lang and Tommy Keene

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"People say that the internet democratized music, which it did in that it allows people to make records without getting the hallowed record deal, because you have all these home studios and stuff. The problem is marketing yourself."

The Melodies Linger On (Part II)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

When I asked my pop-music-obsessed friends to pick a favorite melody from the past 50 years I overbooked, assuming that a fair number would have bette...

The Melodies Linger On (Part I)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Jan Swafford's slate.com essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favori...

Nilsson Still, Son! Chatting with Jimmy Webb on Harry Nilsson, Plus Catching Up with Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I think now is a great time to go back and take another look at Harry, in light of what we know about all the drug use and all the crazy stuff that we were all into and that he seemed to gravitate towards. He reveled in offending people, to be honest with you. It didn't bother him too much."

Legendary Musician Opens Up About Daughter's Suicide

AP | JOHN CARUCCI | Posted 07.22.2013 | Celebrity

NEW YORK — Burt Bacharach knew writing a memoir would be emotional – not because of his never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marr...

Thank You, Mr. Dog Ears: My Interviews with Phil Ramone, Plus H.D. Harmsen's 'Teetotaler' Video Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I personally was saddened by the iconic producer/engineer/mastermind's recent passing not only because I kind of bonded with him during our two interviews together, but also because his sonic fingerprints are all over so much of the music I grew up on.

Dog Ears Music: Taxes and Other Misfortunes Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by John Coltrane & Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Charles Mingus, Sophie Tucker, and more.

Dog Ears Music: Near Miss Day (Swoooh!) Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Laura Veirs, Elliott Smith, David Bowie, Bobby Womack, Mimicking Birds and more.

Dionne Warwick: Living for Now

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 01.07.2013 | Black Voices
Dustin Fitzharris

As Dionne Warwick approaches 72, she is still filled with vitality and looks ahead to new challenges. She holds to the advice her grandfather gave her when she was 6 years old: "If you can think it, you can do it."

Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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50 Years of A&M Records: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"If you're prepared for what you'd like to do with the rest of your life and you're putting in the time and are passionate about what you're doing, you have to just stay with it. There's no magic formula for how to get through the maze."

Music Legend Hal David Passes, But His Lyrics Still Resonate

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 11.02.2012 | Entertainment
Brian Levin, J.D.

Lyricists, often a forgotten footnote, breathe life and meaning into a melody. It is the lyrics that tie the emotion of both the music and the singer entrusted to it, to deliver a message that can touch our hearts, something few can rarely accomplish.

Legendary Songwriter Dies At 91

AP | BOB THOMAS and CHRISTOPHER WEBER | Posted 11.01.2012 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a...

Obama Presents Award For Popular Song

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored Burt Bacharach and Hal David on Wednesday night as "two kings of songwriting," presenting them the n...

Carole Bayer Sager Will Be Honored At Grammy Museum

Posted 03.26.2012 | Arts

Carole Bayer Sager is a prolific songwriter, and has spent the past 40 years writing and performing her hits, which have also been recorded by artists...

Dog Ears Music Near-Miss Day Playlist: Remember the Epic Asteroid of '89?!

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review music by Joe Meek and The Blue Men, Beck, Burt Bacharach, PJ Harvey, Semantic Noise and more.

Grammytech 2: A Conversation With Bob Clearmountain, Plus Chatting With Steve Tyrell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The thing with Bruce, and any artist like Bruce, is that the most important thing is the song, getting across the meaning and the character of the song. Bruce is almost like an actor in that he creates a character for each of his songs.

Lovesick Landscapes That Bleed And Drip Color

Posted 02.13.2012 | Arts

Isolated beaches, crashing waves, the sun melting into darkness behind the trees, sharing it all with that special someone... blech, who needs it? It'...