January 16, 2014 |
Throughout the history of Southern California rock, two bands have loomed largest in America's popular imagination: the Beach Boys and the Eagles. While the Beach Boys presented a more wholesome lifestyle involving fun (fun, fun), surfing, and chasing girls, the Eagles sold more records, attracted more groupies, preferred dusk to midday and smoked more pot. Or, as Glenn Frey said during the Eagles' return to the Forum on Wednesday: "The Beach Boys were pioneers. The Eagles were settlers.
January 6, 2014 |
Responding to the death Friday of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, many of the world's most respected rock and country vocalists expressed their sorrow over the loss. As these artists discussed the influence the Everlys had on their own music, two common themes emerged: the ambition one day to be able to sing like an Everly; then for those who achieved any degree of success, the hope at some point to sing with an Everly. “My mom always called me her little Everly,” country musician Vince Gill told The Times in explaining how much it meant later when he met Phil.
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January 4, 2014 |
Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, has died. He was 74. Everly died Friday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. "We are absolutely heartbroken," she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking.
January 3, 2014 |
Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74. “We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking.
October 29, 2013 |
Honda has rolled out a brand new motorcycle, and it's poised to become one of the most popular new motorcycle models of the last several years. It's called the Grom and, as I reported Saturday , it's so popular Honda can't supply dealers with enough of them to meet demand. Riding it, I kept hearing the words to that 1960s pop song -- written by the Beach Boys and made famous by them and The Hondells -- called "Little Honda. " "It's not a big motorcycle, just a groovy little motorbike.
October 26, 2013 |
In 1964, the Beach Boys had a hit record that started with the lyrics, "It's not a big motorcycle, just a groovy little motorbike. " A half-century later, Honda has reinvented the groovy little motorbike for a new generation of young riders. And it can't make them fast enough to satisfy a swarm of buyers. Dealers are sold out of the tiny Grom -- a name derived from "grommet," for newbie surfer -- and report waiting lists of up to 40 buyers. Many are offering more than the asking price for the street-legal mini-motorcycle, which starts at $2,999, less than many scooters.