May 12, 1999 |
Before the Everly Brothers became a trademark for hit songs and sublime harmony singing, Chet Atkins knew them as two teenagers taking their first steps toward a recording career. Atkins, the legendary guitarist and record producer, knew their father, Ike, and invited the Everlys to Nashville when Don was 17 and Phil 15. Atkins played guitar on many of their hits. "They were typical brothers.
June 1, 2012 |
Phil Jackson has been away from the NBA for a year already. Hard to believe -- maybe because he really hasn't gone away. Sure, he's no longer the coach of the Lakers or the Bulls ... or any other NBA team for that matter. He's not associated with any organization at this point, and seems to be keeping busy as a corporate spokesperson in various commercials. But it's Jackson's name that hasn't gone way. Pretty much every time there's an opening on a team, or even when there really is no opening but just some wishful thinking, Jackson's name pops up -- at least on blogs, talk radio, etc. The latest rumor, reported Thursday by the Orlando Sentinel, involved Jackson showing interest in but then backing out of joining the front office of the Orlando Magic.
August 10, 1994 |
Over the last 25 years, Phil Collins has undergone one of the odder transformations in pop music. He began his music career drumming with Genesis, when that band was led by Peter Gabriel and was considered one of the headier British art-rock outfits. He's become a mega-successful mainstream crooner. With more than 35 million records sold and a half-dozen Grammys collected for his solo work, Collins doesn't have many pop summits left to conquer.
December 1, 1991 |
If there is a rock 'n' roll god, this was his altar. Jerry Lee Lewis played piano. Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye sang a raucous duet. Go-go dancers frugged in the background, except when the stage grew dark and silent and James Brown stepped to the microphone for a gospel-drenched ballad. In 1964, when "Bonanza" and Andy Griffith ruled the airwaves, an upstart show called "Shindig!" had the audacity to broadcast rock 'n' roll during prime time. It was loud. It was frenetic.
May 17, 1999 |
Apparently nobody told the Everly Brothers before they came onstage Saturday at the Coach House that they are the keepers of a body of revered early rock classics that set the standard by which all pop harmony singing is still measured. Good thing.
September 6, 2011 |
What possible impact could a young pop musician make if given just 18 months to carve out a career? Only the most dreamy-eyed optimist could think of placing 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, much less scoring induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and continuing to win fans among new generations of musicians and listeners more than a half-century later. Yet that's what Buddy Holly accomplished in his short time in the spotlight, from the day he first entered the national sales charts on Aug. 12, 1957, with "That'll Be the Day" until the plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959, that took his life at age 22 along with those of Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper (J.P.