Articles by: Kit O'Toole

Tony Bennett – As Time Goes By (2013)

Tony Bennett – As Time Goes By (2013)

Tony Bennett holds a rightful place as an American icon for a variety of reasons: he is essentially our last link to the other great crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

The Beatles, “I’ve Got A Feeling” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

Volumes have been written on the Lennon/McCartney dynamic, after point/counterpoint exchanges graced “We Can Work It Out,” “Getting Better,” and “She’s Leaving Home.” One of their finest moments as a duo occurred during the troubled Get Back sessions.

The Beatles, “Run for Your Life” from Rubber Soul (1965): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Run for Your Life” from Rubber Soul (1965): Deep Beatles

While the lyrics may cause today’s audiences discomfort, “Run for Your Life” stands as a catchy song that effectively utilizes the Beatles’ distinctive harmonies.

Deep Beatles: Paul McCartney, “Little Willow” from Flaming Pie (1997)

Deep Beatles: Paul McCartney, “Little Willow” from Flaming Pie (1997)

Since Christmas is right around the corner, I planned on writing about the Beatles’ Fan Club Christmas records. However, last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has halted the usual festivities, teaching us that life is fragile.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2012

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKcdvg6Ay_w&w=500&h=305] 2012 marked a number of musical events, including the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do.” The limited-edition anniversary “Love Me Do” single represents just one of many Fab Four-related products released this past year.

One Track Mind: Jane Monheit and Sara Gazarek, “Spend Christmas with Me” (2012)

Among the voluminous amount of Christmas music recently released lies a fun stocking stuffer: “Spend Christmas with Me,” a duet with jazz chanteuses Jane Monheit and Sara Gazarek.

The Beatles, “Rain” from Past Masters (1966): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Rain” from Past Masters (1966): Deep Beatles

This may not have been a huge hit – it’s difficult to believe it originated as a B-side – but “Rain” holds a very important position in the Beatles catalog.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Monkees, November 16, 2012

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Monkees, November 16, 2012

At the Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois: Many so-called nostalgia acts figure all the crowd wants is to hear the big hits. However, longtime fans were richly rewarded on November 16, 2012, when The Monkees hit the stage

The Beatles, “There’s a Place” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “There’s a Place” from Please Please Me (1963): Deep Beatles

“There’s a Place” signals the change the Beatles brought to popular music, fusing rock and pop with complicated harmonies and deeper lyrics.

The Beatles, “For You Blue” from Let It Be (1970): Deep Beatles

Unlike many bands, the Beatles’ B-sides were often just as good, if not better, than the A-side single. Case in point: “For You Blue,” the B-side to the hit single “The Long and Winding Road.”

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