Post Tagged with: "1960s"

'It was a great success': Van Dyke Parks remains proud of Beach Boys' troubled SMiLE project

Van Dyke Parks has collaborated, over the years, with the likes of Randy Newman, Ringo Starr, the Byrds, Harry Nilsson, Ry Cooder, and others. More recently, he has been issuing a series of seven-inch vinyl singles, the most recent of which was “Sassafrass”/”The All Golden.”

Upcoming 5-CD, 156-track set explores rare Frank Zappa recordings from pre-Mothers era

A new 5-CD set will focus on Frank Zappa’s pre-Mothers of Invention era, with many tracks making their debut on compact disc. Paul Buff Presents Highlights From The Pal And Original Sound Studio Archives is due on May 28, 2012 from Crossfire Publications.

Mort Weiss: There were big stars at this LA party, but I didn't shine so brightly

Let’s set the scene: Actress Polly Bergen’s Malibu Beach house, 1965. The cast of participants includes Jack Lemmon and his wife Felicia Farr, Kirk Douglas, Jackie Gleason, Steve Allen and his wife Jayne Meadows

Something Else! Featured Artist: More Eric Clapton!

The only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a solo artist, and as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream), Eric Clapton stands in 2012 as one of the most influential guitarists of his or any other generation.

'Look at that man; he never ages': TV and music icon Dick Clark dies at 82

Dick Clark, who shaped music tastes for generations with TV’s “American Bandstand,” delighted us in the afternoons with the well-watched $25,000 “Pyramid” game show, then gave the world a peek at Times Square craziness with his annual “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” specials, has died.

Celebrating Levon Helm, co-founder and voice of the Band: Gimme Five

Levon Helm re-emerged in the last decade after an initial cancer diagnosis to reclaim his mantle as yearning storyteller and timeless soul singer.

Something Else! Featured Artist: More Jeff Beck!

As fans await a forthcoming new album from Jeff Beck, we decided to dig deeper into the stacks to uncover more of our favorite tracks.

Half Notes: The Howard Roberts Quartet – H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player (1963)

Back when I was taking guitar lessons, my teacher turned me on to a whole pile of players like Jim Hall (my teacher was so into Hall that he actually attended a taping of the Merv Griffin just because Hall was in Griffin’s band), Gene Bertoncini and Howard Roberts. I’ve still got the tape made from my teacher’s record, butRead More

Ricky Skaggs – Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass (2008)

With today’s passing of Earl Scruggs at age 88, we returned to a stirring tribute to the three-finger banjo style of this Country Music Hall of Famer by Ricky Scaggs.

Jerry "Boogie" McCain (1930-2012): An Appreciation

Jerry “Boogie” McCain, the Alabama-born blues harmonica player, has died at age 81. He was best known for a double-sided 1960 hit, “She’s Tough”/”Steady” — the A-side of which was later redone by the Fabulous Thunderbirds.