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Turning 65 with 'Crazy'

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Call her crazy, but my mom says that the second I heard the opening notes of Billie's recording, I leapt over the walls of my crib, landed squarely on the piano bench and welcomed my new sister into the world by playing along and harmonizing with every line.

Countdown to a New Year in New York City

Yetta Kurland | Posted 03.02.2014 | New York
Yetta Kurland

This is for my progressives. My fellow activists and outside the boxers who are rightfully disillusioned with the electoral process, but courageous enough to stay in the game. Tomorrow morning, we take a big step forward.

Lou Adler: Low Key, Lucky and Very Cool

Tom Teicholz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

The house itself didn't seem like much. It is, in fact, the office of legendary music producer Lou Adler, and its lack of pretention is, I discovered, much like Adler himself: down-to-earth, casual and extremely cool.

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."

Life According to Trey Songz

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 08.23.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

As a result of that faith and hard work, Trey is being honored by The Recording Academy on June 25, 2013 for his contribution to music thus far.

Rogue Machine Presents One Night in Miami...

Carla Escoda | Posted 08.07.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Whether you believe Cassius Clay was a true believer, or a consummate entertainer whose commitment to the Nation of Islam was a move calculated to inflate his popularity, you are likely to be enthralled by the captivating premise behind this play.

Which Song Had The Most Impact On Black Culture?

Posted 06.06.2013 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that music is a form of self-expression. And many artists not only use the recording booth as a hit-making platform, but also as a me...

Remembering Sam Cooke and the Sound of Young America

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 12.11.2012 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

What Berry Gordy understood was that Motown represented the best of what America could produce, and Sam Cooke was a constant reminder of what those possibilities were.

Book Review: Rod: The Autobiography

Carole Mallory | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
Carole Mallory

Grandfather Rod Stewart, the rocker, happy at last.

A Musical Portrait of LA

Tom Teicholz | Posted 08.18.2012 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

"Trouble in Paradise" and "Who Shot Rock & Roll" serve to remind of us of how much music can shape the very landscape of our lives and our times, through journeys that both define and transcend the place where we live.

Random Midday Hotness: Marvin Chilling — And Killing It

Gene Demby | Posted 06.02.2012 | Black Voices
Gene Demby

Here's Marvin Gaye, who would have been 73 today, performing "I Want You" while lounging on the couch in a Belgian hotel room. Epic.

Canonization Coming for Hildegard

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.11.2012 | Arts
Michael Sigman

The Catholic Church seems ready to codify what music lovers have known for nearly a millennium: Hildegard von Bingen is a saint. Vatican Insider repor...

Maroon 5 with Travie McCoy on SNL, Plus Chatting with Vince Gill, Trombone Shorty and Paul Rodgers

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.06.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Artists' Famous Last Words

Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts

While great art lives forever, great artists don't. And aside all of the panic, pain and stress death brings, there is also the pressure to come out w...

Portion Of 36th Street To Be Named 'Sam Cooke Way'

Posted 08.14.2011 | Chicago

Oprah isn't the only legendary performer getting a street named after her this season. One of the most influential musicians in American history -- an...

James Tormé's "Love For Sale," Plus Conversations with Josh Groban, Darlene Love, and Yael Naim (Video)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.03.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jazz vocalist James Tormé -- son of The Velvet Fog, Mel Tormé -- debuts his new video "Love For Sale" here on HuffPost.

Rate The All-Time Best Soul Singers

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Linnie Frank Bailey

Here are some of the best, along with their qualifying songs. Rate them. Who did we forget?

From DJ Heroes to Old Time Gospel: Conversations with Aaron Neville and DJ Qbert

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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HuffPost Review: John Legend & The Roots' Wake Up!, Plus Conversations With Seal and Matt White

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Listening Booth 1970: A Conversation With Marc Cohn

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Listening Booth: 1970 is a concept album that compiles Marc Cohn's favorite -- and many would feel greatest -- songs from that year.

Today I Left the Democratic Party

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Campbell

With any relationship, when the bad far outweighs the good, perhaps it's time to move on. This is honestly how I've felt for the past few years with the Democratic Party

An Interview with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Last Herb and Lani re-emerged, hitting the road for a series of low-key shows which were recorded for the newly-released Anything Goes -- the first time they've ever collaborated musically.

"Night Shift": A Late Night Playlist For Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Wild

Jay and Conan have both brought us so much music over the years. Here's my playlist for two nice and funny guys in one awkward TV situation.

Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 1)

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Here are the first of two offerings of some current inspirations for cheer. If you've been laid off, Madeoff-ed, or you just plain need a lift during a tough holiday season, check these out.

Fan-Funding With Jonah Smith, Plus Chris Bell, Stephen Stills, and Manassas Updates

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

While most of his contemporaries have the fantasy of signing the bottom line of a label contract, Jonah Smith has rejected a record company's offer instead.