The Dixie Dregs formed while several of its members were attending the University of Miami in the early 1970’s. I’m not sure exactly what the status of that school is musically today, but in the ’70’s it was a hotbed of jazz greatness. Keyboardist Bruce … Continue reading Dixie Dregs
Michael Jackson towered over the 1980s the way Elvis Presley dominated the 1950s, and here’s why. On Thriller, the child R&B star ripened into a Technicolor soulman: a singer, dancer, and songwriter with incomparable crossover instincts. – Rolling Stone By 1982, Michael Jackson had been … Continue reading Featured Album – Thriller – Michael Jackson
The Music Enthusiast thinks it’s important to maintain some humility in life. He feels, as Winston Churchill supposedly said of prime minister Clement Attlee, that he has much to be humble about. But he woke up this morning to the following message: “My name is … Continue reading The Music Enthusiast Receives a Major Award!
A recent issue of the Boston Globe (Sunday) Magazine has this cover story – When Boston Rocked! Loud guitars, packed clubs, and bands that mattered. Why we’ll always remember the local music scene of the ’70’s, ’80’s, and ’90’s. That headline makes me both happy … Continue reading Aimee Mann (and the Boston Scene)
Until I started researching this post, I would have sworn on a stack of Bibles that the original version of this song was done by The Animals. It just had that gritty sound that we came to expect from them. As a matter of fact, … Continue reading One Song/Three Versions – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
(Pictured: Elton John, circa 1970) So I went to see this concert a number of years ago at the Fillmore East. Elton John was the headliner and this was his third trip and second headlining tour in the US. He was the guy we primarily … Continue reading A Blast from the Past – Elton John, Seatrain, Wishbone Ash
I wrote this post a while back with no greater motive than love of the song. But in light of recent events, let’s dedicate this to the Brits who remain, as ever, strong and resilient. On his album, The Interpreter: Live at Largo, singer Rhett … Continue reading A Song I Love – Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks