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Even before 1970, John had enlisted the best of the best for his solo projects including the multi-talented guitarist/bassist Klaus Voormann, session pianist Nicky Hopkins, and veteran guitarist Hugh McCracken for the Wedding Album in 1969; Clapton, Voormann, and future Yes drummer Alan White on Live Peace in Toronto in late 1969; and Voormann, Ringo, Phil Spector, and Billy Preston for the debut of the self-titled album of his conceptual super-group The John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, in 1970. B...
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Music | +14 votes | 6 comments
By 1970, Rock was no longer in its developmental stages. It had become the dominant musical force that would come to define all forms of popular American music--from Contemporary (Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck) to Country & Western (Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings), Blues (Leppelin and Black Sabbath) to Pop (Partridge Family and Carley Simon.) And from its Black roots sprouted Southern Rock, Soft rock, Acid Rock, Country Rock, Funk Rock, Christian Rock, and a dozen other genres over the ...
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Music | +14 votes | 10 comments
The Beatles, being a rock band by heart recorded a lesser percentage of rock songs compared the pop songs they have composed probably to attract a majority of the population. The Beatles were a Rock Band while performing at the Cavern Club; they only performed rock songs and occasionally perform mainstream music. It was only during the Beatlemania era that the Beatles recorded and performed more pop songs instead of rock songs.
Published by Gerard 69 months ago in Music | +15 votes | 5 comments
Never in the history of American music were silly songs--the weird, the inane, the pointless, the down-right stupid--more in vogue and more an interregnal part of the American music scene than in the 1960s when Rock was setting the tone of the nation. In 1960, Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” was a monstrous hit, as was Hollywood Argyles’ homage to the popular comic strip character, “Alley-Oop.” This was just the first of many novelty entr...
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Music | +16 votes | 20 comments
By Wednesday, August 13th, 1969, an estimated 60,000 people had already arrived and set up camp at the 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel owned by Max Yasgur. By Friday the 15th, the roads were so jammed with cars that performing artists had to arrive by helicopter. And although the event wasnÂ’t exactly free (100,000 advanced tickets were sold at $39), by the time the first act went on, nearly 500,000 more men, women and children had arrived--most gaining access for free. From August the 1...
Published by James R. Coffey 69 months ago in Music | +7 votes | 2 comments
Although Hippies and mainstream Rock listeners made up only a very small percentage of the “teen-oriented” record-buying public in the late 1960s, as Bubblegum made its way more and more into the Billboard Top 100, it was virtually impossible to follow mainstream Rock radio without encountering these silly little ditties sandwiched in-between soon-to-be-Rock legends like Strawberry Alarm Clock's “Incense and Peppermints” and early Who's “I Can See For Miles."
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +11 votes | 10 comments
Known for their extraordinary harmonies, Don and Phil Everly are perhaps best known for their 1957 super hit, "Bye Bye Love." Able to carry their phenomenal popularity in Country, Bluegrass, Rock-a-Billy, and Rock of the 50s to the '60s, the duo released the highly-popular "So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)" and “Cathy's Clown" in 1960. While the 1950s had experienced a marked increase in musical duos (including the Everly Brothers, Jan and Dean, and Simon and Garfunkel), no time in Ameri...
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +12 votes | 15 comments
By early 1963, female singers became a mainstay of the Pop/Rock Billboard Top 100 including Dusty Springfield (who by 1966 was the best-selling female artist in the world) with her up-tempo hit “I Only Want to Be With You,” Skeeter Davis with the melancholy “The End of the World,” Little Peggy March’s “I Will Follow Him,” and the #1 hit from Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party.” In 1964, Brit Petula Clark and Canadian Buffy Sainte-Marie began making names for the...
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +11 votes | 7 comments
Often distinguished from the other Soul “Sounds” by its stylish, funky, “uptown” soul characteristics--described as “not as hard-edged as Southern soul”--The Memphis Sound could easily be recognized by its lavish rhythm section--a unison of horns, organ, and bass--all driven by an almost primal drum beat. During this uniquely diverse and musically-innovative decade, the Memphis Sound would ultimately come to be defined by the artists who represented it, including Johnny ...
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +7 votes | 3 comments
During the "Summer of Love,” Psychedelic Rock music entered the mainstream--both through the airwaves and via print media--subsequently receiving more and more commercial radio airplay across the country. The Bohemian atmosphere seemed to inspire the music which in turn further inspired the Bohemian atmosphere. In May of ‘67, the song "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" was released, giving an indication of where the Summer was headed. But nothing and no one could ...
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +9 votes | 11 comments
The Beatles can be considered as the epitome of being popular; in fact they have performed some of their songs in different languages, and have used other languages other than English into their songs. The Beatles could make out a tune from any language and turn it into a popular song.
Published by Gerard 70 months ago in Music | +7 votes | 6 comments
Bands like Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (“Purple Haze”), Pink Floyd, Blue Cheer (who had a variety of LSD named after them), The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Blue Cheer, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Stone Garden, and the Grateful Dead all became known as the “acid” bands. And although--technically-speaking--Big Brother was more of a Blues band and the New Riders and Gr...
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +6 votes | 4 comments
Discovering and signing a veritable whoÂ’s who of Black recording greats--from Mary Wells to Gladys Knight to The Jackson Five--Gordy parlayed a knack for knowing a hit song when he heard one, into one of the biggest music empires in the world. And although all but a few of his line-up were Black artists, Motown RecordÂ’s influence on the Rock music industry via its songwriters, musicians, and performers was nothing short of extraordinary. From 1970 to present day, Motown Records has gon...
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +8 votes | 10 comments
By definition, “transposition” is the functional, theory-based method of moving chords and/or notes from one “key” to another. Although many music purists like to equate this endeavor with some mystical and magical art likened to alchemy, it is, in reality a simple process involving simple mathematics. Here we will demonstrate and explain how to transpose chords.
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +7 votes | 2 comments
During the mid- to late-1950s, the so-called “Bakersfield Sound,” centralized in the San Joaquin Valley south of Los Angeles, had established itself as the anti-Nashville center for Country music, producing all the early work of Buck Owens (“Love’s Gonna Live Here”) and Merle Haggard (“Sing a Sad Song”) [much more recently, Dwight Yoakam], and “Surf-Rock” had evolved from several spots around Orange County, producing the Chantays (“Pipeline”), the Beac...
Published by James R. Coffey 70 months ago in Music | +10 votes | 12 comments
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