Appreciations

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

Late Yes legend Chris Squire left me with a lasting concert memory

It had been 35 years since I’d seen the quintessential prog-rockers Yes, led by the recently departed Chris Squire. They didn’t disappoint.

Phil Austin of the Firesign Theatre (1941-2015): An Appreciation

Phil Austin of the Firesign Theatre (1941-2015): An Appreciation

Mike Tiano remembers the late Phil Austin, who left a rich legacy of comedy with the Firesign Theatre.

Ornette Coleman, an inscrutable genius, gave jazz its freedom

Ornette Coleman, an inscrutable genius, gave jazz its freedom

There were technical things that made Ornette Coleman’s work great. But stressing that gives away the one thing that really mattered: Its freedom.

Legendary blues guitarist Bo Diddley is shown in this undated publicity photograph. Diddley has died in Florida on June 2, 2008 after being ill for several months.  REUTERS/Courtesy Universal Music Group/Handout (UNITED STATES).  NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Bo Diddley used a canny sense of PR to open the door for modern rock and hip hop

The famous “shave-and-a-haircut, two-bits” beat didn’t start with Bo Diddley, who died on June 3, 2008. Through sheer force of will, he made it his own.

B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness in 2008’s One Kind Favor

B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness in 2008’s One Kind Favor

B.B. King opened 2008’s ‘One Kind Favor’ with a welp: “I’m not going anytime soon, but when the day comes, don’t forget me.” No chance of that.

Badfinger’s stirring music has outlived their many tragedies

Badfinger’s stirring music has outlived their many tragedies

Marking the anniversary of Pete Ham’s birth on April 27, 1947, Beverly Paterson takes a look back at some of Badfinger’s greatest musical moments.

Percy Sledge may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was

Percy Sledge may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was

Percy Sledge has died at 73 having long been dubbed a one hit wonder. But that one hit – “When a Man Loves a Woman” – was a wonder, indeed.

Michael Brown, of the Left Banke and Stories: An Appreciation

Michael Brown, of the Left Banke and Stories: An Appreciation

In the wake of the passing of Left Banke co-founder Michael Brown, we return to his later work with the underrated Stories.

Remembering Mike Porcaro, late bassist with Toto: ‘One of the greatest musicians and finest men I’ve ever known’

Remembering Mike Porcaro, late bassist with Toto: ‘One of the greatest musicians and finest men I’ve ever known’

Mike Porcaro, the Toto bassist who died today after a battle with ALS, is remembered by Steve Porcaro, David Hungate and Steve Lukather.

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out: ‘I was liberated’

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out: ‘I was liberated’

Remembering George Martin — both with and without the Beatles — on the occasion of the great producer’s 89th birthday.