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George Harrison: A Look Back at His Career on His 72nd Birthday (video)

George Harrison was unquestionably the Beatle I really wanted to meet. Who could forget his early songs like “Taxman” and “Blue Jay Way,” or his lasting contribution to human rights. He would have been 72 today had he survive lung cancer that took his life in 2001 at the age of 58. I met John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, but Harrison eluded me. He was full of intrigue and complexity and almost dared you to like him. His brilliant 1970 Concert For Bangladesh set the standard for charity shows. Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jim Keltner, Jesse Ed Davis, Klaus Vorman, half-of Badfinger, Ringo, Billy Preston and horn-men Tom Scott and Jim Horn were there, led by George....

Frank Shiner, Delayed But Never Denied, Releases New Album

Frank Shiner had a promising New York theater career until he put it on hold to raise two children with wife Suzanne. That was two decades ago. Now he’s back, doing what he loves best… singing. And, he’s finding an audience. His new single, “The Real Me,” was the No. 1 most added Adult Contemporary record on radio for the second week in a row. That puts him in the same league as Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5....

James Blake, London Grammar Among 2014’s Best Music Makers

Some of the most sumptuous music in quite some time was produced this year from some of my favorite singers and bands like London Grammar, James Blake, Cold Play and Maroon 5. The music industry may be dying, but not the music. Be it the continuing female-Brit influence (London Grammar; Ella Henderson) to more jam-bands like My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes, it’s been a very good year indeed for everything but album sales....

Ella Henderson Keeps the British Invasion Alive With Debut Album

Ella Henderson won a lot of sympathy if not the vote on the 9th season of UK show “X-Factor” in 2012. She was booted during week seven. But her career has been on an indomitable rise since then and she’s about to take America by storm. She’s already attracted such fan as Adele, Lily Allen, Nick Grimshaw and Cher, along with actress Chloë Grace Moretz....

Yes, Progressive Rock Legends of the 70s, Are Back on New DVD Set

Yes was the most influential progressive rock band of the early 1970s. Their albums influenced a generation of musicians. Now, Eagle Rock Entertainment has the very best of their music in “Yes Songs From Tsongas – The 35th Anniversary Concert.” The set comes in 2DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats and the first-ever release of Songs From Tsongas as a 3CD set. The Special Edition contains music from two different concerts from Yes’s 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman and Alan White....

Jack Bruce of Supergroup Cream Debuts First New Album in Decade

Jack Bruce is probably best known as the bass player for ’60s supergroup Cream, with drummer Ginger Baker and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. But his 1969 solo album is one to remember. Bruce largely went under the radar in the early ’70s, but he resurfaced for a Cream reunion tour in 2005. Now, he has a brand new album, his first in a decade. ...

Jade Starling, of ’80s Group Pretty Poison, Is Back With Solo Album

Jade Starling, who provided the vocals for Pretty Poison’s “Catch Me I’m Falling,” one of 1987′s biggest hits, is going solo after all these years with a debut album Captive (Subpoena/Universal), and it’s a terrific. Captive features collaborations with Lee Dagger of the hugely successful English remix team Bimbo Jones (Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Rihanna); new comer Laszlo (Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj) and French DJ/remixer Franck Dona....

Elton John Classics Recorded Live Featured on Million Dollar Piano DVD

Elton John’s classic songs, from “I’m Still Standing,” “Rocket Man,” and “Philadelphia Freedom,” to “Crocodile Rock,” are featured on Eagle Rock’s new DVD release “The Million Dollar Piano.” Footage for The Million Dollar Piano was captured over multiple nights in 2013 at John’s residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Among some of the other DVD hits are “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Circle Of Life,” “Blue Eyes,” “Bennie And The Jets,” “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” and “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.”...

‘Trip-Hop’ Trio London Grammar Is Latest to Storm America (video!)

I’ve been listening pretty much non-stop for the past week or so to the latest discovery from the U. K. The collection, from the trio London Grammar, could be the best yet out of Great Britain, and that’s saying a lot. The British invasion in its latest incarnation has produced such artists as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Florence Welch, Duffy, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. London Grammar bills itself as a Brit trip-hop trio. The group consists of stunning Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major....

Zucchero Sojourn to Cuba Yields New Latin, Cuban, Tex-Mex Album

When I heard that one of my favorite artists, Grammy-nominated Italian blues-rock singer Zucchero, had released a new album called La Sesion Cubana, produced by Don Was no less, I knew it was going to be a terrific project. Turns out the album had been a long-time dream. “My music comes from blues, from soul and from gospel,” Zucchero says. "This project is a trip from New Orleans to Cuba via Mexicali. Latin, Cuban and Tex-Mex sounds and rhythms melt together dancing. Hasta l’asta siempre."...

Paul Simon, New Wave’s Sting Find Harmony in Diverse Styles

Folk-rocker Paul Simon and Sting from ’70s new wave rock band The Police seemed like an odd couple if there ever was one. But the legendary wordsmith and king of pain were positively intriguing on their recent tour. I caught their second show at Madison Square Garden in New York City earlier this month as part of a 21-date tour that just wrapped in Florida....

Scott Shannon, Pioneering Radio Figure, Abruptly Departs WPLJ

Scott Shannon, one of the founding fathers of New York pop music radio, abruptly announced his retirement last week in New York City. Is this another case of commercialism triumphing over independent programming? Could be. Shannon has been a pillar of New York radio since 1984 when he took New York’s Z100 radio station from “worst to first,” in a mere 73 days....

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Fest Hails 2013 as Year of the Comeback

After 2013′s great musical comebacks from the likes of David Bowie, Elton John and Paul McCartney, I’ve been listening pretty much non-stop to an album that came out in 2013′s last quarter under the auspices of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival 2013. It was recorded in April of last year and features among others, John Mayer, Jeff Beck, the Allman Brothers, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Cropper and Vince Gill....

Rebecca Holden, of ‘Knight Rider’ Fame, Lifts Music Career With Duet

Rebecca Holden is best known as a television actress, but she’s also a singer who has charted two singles and has just released a new song, “Dreams Come True,” with Abraham McDonald. It’s already broken into the Top 20 on the Country charts. Holden, 55, was discovered in New York City and began working as a model. She eventually segued into commercials and made the move to Hollywood to become an actress....

Graham Nash Writes the Book on 60’s Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll

Graham Nash founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Hollies delivers a no-holds-barred look back at his remarkable career and his music that helped defined a generation in his new autobiography. “Entitled Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life,” the legendary singer-songwriter, now 71, goes behind the scenes on a career that spans nearly 50 years of rock and roll....

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