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Chats With Camper Van Beethoven's Victor Krummenacher, The Ready Set's Jordan Witzigreuter, Alex Orbison and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jordan Witzigreuter: "I wrote a bunch of songs -- 70 or so -- over the past two years, and only a few of those 70 were even considered for this album. I tend to like a song when I finish it, give it a week, and then I'm over it, so the ones that made the cut were the ones I still felt passionately about."

ASCAP'S 'I Create Music' EXPO, Plus Conversations with E-Streeter Nils Lofgren and Summer Horns' Mindi Abair

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.18.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

ASCAP'S "I CREATE MUSIC" EXPO At the end of the month, ASCAP once again is sponsoring their annual "I Create Music" EXPO, this being the event's 9t...

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

Conversations With Seymour Stein, Lori Lieberman and Sun Records' Josh Collum, Collin Brace & Julie Roberts, Plus an Ed Kowalczyk Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Back in my teens, New York WAS the music business. ... I'd go up to Harlem to buy my records. It was a straight line on the D train from King's Highway to 125th street, and they had great record stores up there. ... I mean, I just couldn't think of a better place to be."

Here's A Show With A Lotta Rock History You Won't Want To Miss

Pat Gallagher | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Picture it. It's December 4, 1956. The place: Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis, TN. The 'Father of Rock 'n' Roll,' Sam Phillips, who discovered all four musical icons, unite Elvis, Jerry Lee, Carl and Johnny for an impromptu recording session that is now labeled 'one of the greatest rock 'n' roll jam sessions of all time.'

Yesteryear's Hollywood Scandals: Would They Be So Scandalous Today?

Pat Gallagher | Posted 09.15.2013 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Hollywood headlines come and go, but it's -- by far -- the more scandalous ones that capture the imagination of the public at large. We tend to glaze over the newest Hollywood couple sighting, baby births or the bikini flavor of the week, but for some reason, we perk up if the headline has 'scandal' written all over it.

22 Celebrities Who Have Been Married Four Times Or More

Pat Gallagher | Posted 05.20.2013 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Christie Brinkley tied the knot four times, but that's nothing compared to some of the stars on this list.

Micky Dolenz: The Man, the Myth, the Monkee... and Me

Tony Sachs | Posted 02.17.2013 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Why, why, has Micky Dolenz -- blessed with one of the great voices in pop music history -- recorded so little all these decades? And what had led him to start taking his recording career seriously at this late date?

The Singer: A Conversation With Art Garfunkel

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

If you were to ask me, "How does that work?" I would say "It's all musical affinity," and it's very hard to explain why you're on somebody else's wavelength.

When I'm President and Still On The Road To Freedom: Conversations With Ian Hunter and Alvin Lee

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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'Killer on the Keys'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.05.2012 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

When it comes to pianists, only one -- goodness gracious! -- is a great ball of fire. I refer, of course, to Jerry Lee Zezima.

Music Biz Icon Joe Smith Donates Awesome Audio Chats

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

At age 84, Joe has lost none of his comic timing. When I reminded him of the good deed he'd done for me so long ago, he paused for a beat and said, "Yeah, I sure am a great guy, aren't I?"

Bogus Trend Stories Getting Sadder and Sadder

Michael Sigman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Media
Michael Sigman

Trend stories based on anecdotes or lazy statistics are bad enough. When extensive research by "experts" is involved, meaninglessness can rise to a higher -- or lower -- level of absurdity.

Why The '60s Really Ended With Carole King's 'Too Late'

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Driving home to "Lawn Guyland" the day after graduating from Bucknell U. in Lewisburg, PA and blasting progressive rock station WNEW on the radio, I was struck by one of those other-worldly, pull-over-to-the curb musical moments.

Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand' Greatest Moments

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.18.2012 | TV

"American Bandstand," which the late Dick Clark hosted from 1956 to 1989, introduced new musical acts to generations of Americans during its decades-l...

Jerry Lee Lewis Ties The Knot AGAIN

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 05.30.2012 | Weddings

JACKSON, Miss. — Rock `n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis has married for a seventh time in Mississippi, and the new bride is his cousin's ex-wife. ...

My Top 10 Most Influential Rock 'N' Roll Pioneers

Pat Gallagher | Posted 05.26.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Teenagers back in the day who actually wore poodle skirts and experienced the Brylcreem era remember -- first hand -- the musical explosion that came to be known as rock 'n' roll.

First Nighter: Mark Nadler's Outstanding, Outrageous 'Crazy 1961'

David Finkle | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
David Finkle

When the amazing Mark Nadler performs, I never fail to find myself thinking about the talent/luck equation. If x (talent) + y (luck) = Big Star, how are x and y measured?

Michael Jackson's "The Immortal Megamix," Plus Chatting With Chris Isaak and Phil Manzanera

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.03.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I've made a lot of records because that's what I do, and I've listened to a lot of records, and I have to tell you the truth--it wouldn't have mattered if The Beatles had recorded "A Hard Day's Night" on Silly Putty. It would have sounded good."

Million Dollar Quartet: A Trip Inside Rock History

Danny Groner | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

This story about four rock n' roll legends is really a story about the record company, Sun Records, that launched their careers. Nevertheless, it's the music here that really tells the story.

Visiting the Memphis Kings: Elvis and Dr. Martin Luther King

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

Photo by Eric Lindberg Edison Pena, one of the rescued Chilean miners and a huge Elvis fan, is getting his wish: Graceland and the Memphis Conventio...

1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.

"Who's Your Daddy!": A Playlist For Today's Rock & Roll Fathers

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Four talented dads in my neighborhood, men with distinguished credits in music, as well as film and television, have formed an acapella group that's fittingly called Who's Your Daddy!

Dog Ears Music: Born in September Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we feature music from Jerry Lee Lewis, Sonny Rollins, Memphis Slim, Patsy Cline, John Cage, and more.

PLAY > SKIP: New Music for Sept. 7

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

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