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What Now? Sad Songs, Standards and Sweet Sixteens

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Sam Cooke's lament -- "Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody" -- summed up my social situation after, for reasons known only to my unconscious. I'd blown the Sweet 16 by ignoring my friendly good-looking date in favor of a sarcastic snob at the next table.

How To Have Fun With a Serious Song

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

In the wake of "Ebb Tide," Carl's 1953 oceanic collaboration with composer Robert Maxwell, hundreds of orchestras and singers recorded it. Millions purchased those recordings. Critics fawned over it. Teens made out to it. Couples chose it as their wedding song.

At the Intersection of Abbey Road and Tin Pan Alley

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The mission impossible: write a brilliant lyric, and write it yesterday. Carl chose to accept it.

Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and the Persistence of Experimental Popular Music

David Galenson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

The summer of 1961 was one of my favorites: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were hitting home runs, Whitey Ford was winning games, and "Who Put the Bomp" was a big hit on my transistor radio.

First Nighter: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Is Beautiful Where It Counts

David Finkle | Posted 03.14.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Before we get to what's wrong with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim, let's establish what's so right that it instantly joins the ranks of irresistible jukebox tuners Jersey Boys, Motown The Musical and Mamma Mia.

Of Phil Spector, Marshmallows and Ebb Tides

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

During the early 1960s, my father, songwriter Carl Sigman, and many of his "Great American Songbook" contemporaries watched in horror as airwaves and ...

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.

A Love Story: Darlene Love, New Inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced and the honorees include, finally (Let me hear you say Hallelujah! - I've been sayin...

Beyond Dirty Dancing & Semisonic: Conversations with Dan Wilson and Franke Previte

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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HuffPost Exclusives: R.E.M. and Cory Chisel, Plus Bruce Hornsby Interview, Big Star Box, Paolo Nutini Live, This Week's New Albums, and more...

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Mike Ragogna

R.E.M. will be releasing Live At The Olympia, a 39-song, two CD set containing "working rehearsals" from 2007. I was lent a track that captures the band's energy and insightful views.