In reality, we are all connected just by listening. And perhaps there is something to playwright John Guare's “Six Degrees of Separation”. Or the variations, as in the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, “Six Degrees of der Kommissar” or your own life experience. We are all connected. What we do and say and how we live is all connected. And thinking of Woodstock, maybe we all were, in fact, at Max Yasgur’s farm. In less than six degrees. Peace and love, man.
Muddy Waters recorded about a dozen studio albums between 1960 and his death in 1983. His gravestone says "McKinley Morganfield, 1915-1983. The Mojo Is Gone. The Master has Won". Long after the era of Chess Records, we can look back on the evolution of artists like McKinley Morganfield and be thankful they came our way.
Janis Joplin’s solo career was cut short by, well, Janis. But while some reviewers trashed her first solo effort – “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama” – I have always been willing to give it some praise. Because it was a bellwether of the good things to come, even if we only ever got the merest glimpse.
Perfect: when the right voice meets the right song, even after that voice has left us.
Virgin Wines would like to wish Peter "The Catman" Criss a VERY Happy Birthday – rock on!
I was working for A&M Records in Hollywood, California … The owners of the label – A&M was privately held for almost 30 years – created a unique and wildly successful business model. There have been plenty of other successful music people, but few like Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss (the “A” and the “M”). [...]
Barely out of high school, it was a genuine treat to have been gifted a pass to a rock music event in the summer of 1969. And Led Zeppelin delivered the goods.
On November 12, 1984, we were touched for the very first time by Madonna's Like a Virgin album. Her first album to make No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, it inspired legions of lingerie-clad teens around the world.
November 7, 2001: The King of Pop lights up Times Square, celebrating the SMASH success of what would become his final studio album, Invincible, at the Virgin Megastore.
In 1956, 21-year-old Elvis Presley pulled into a Memphis gas station where he started to attract a small crowd of autograph seekers. After repeatedly asking Elvis to move on so he could resume normal business, station manager Ed Hopper slapped Presley on the head and found himself on the receiving end of a punch in [...]
1973, The Rolling Stones performed two shows at Foret Nationale, Brussels, Belgium, as part of a tour of the UK and Europe. Opening for the tour's shows were Billy Preston and American group Kracker, the first band to be signed to Rolling Stones Records. Bobby Keys didn’t show up for the concert, which resulted in [...]
1965, The Beatles recorded 'Day Tripper' at Abbey Road studio's London in three takes, they then added vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.
1965, Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract in the UK, where he would receive $1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings.