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RIP: Gerry Goffin

June 19, 2014 | Commentary

By the 70′s the songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin had already ended with the divorce of the couple. But that didn’t keep acts in the ’70s from covering hits that the do wrote in the ’60s. Some of these included the Donny Osmond hits “Go Away Little Girl” and “Hey Girl” and […]

RIP: Casey Kasem

June 15, 2014 | Commentary

Sad news today hearing about the death of Casey Kasem. For those of us who grew up in the 1970′s his voice is well know. America’s Top 40 as well as the original voice of Shaggy of Scooby Doo. I spent many hours listening to the Top 40. Some of those were in the evening […]

June 1974

June 4, 2014 | 1974, Commentary

As the Class of ’14 at my old High School graduated and addressed by a member of the Class of ’74, I am thinking back on June of 1974. I was finishing my Sophomore year of High School, a year I term as my ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ year. Some could call it my ‘Happy […]

RIP Lou Reed

October 28, 2013 | Commentary

Lou Reed passed away on October 27, 2013. Lewis Allan Reed was born on March 2, 1942. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground. After he left the Velvet Underground, Reed went on to have a solo career. In 1972 he released his second solo album Transformer, which was co=produced […]

Monkees 2013 Summer Tour

April 30, 2013 | Commentary

By the start of the 1970s the Monkees had pretty much already run their course. But their music was still being played and for those who became a teen during their heyday their records were still part of the collection. The Monkees have announced a 24 date 2013 Summer tour. But does it really matter […]

RIP – Joe South

September 7, 2012 | Commentary

Joe South passed away on September 5, 2012 from natural causes stemming from a Heart Attach. South was a song writer who wrote many hits of the 60′s and early ’70′s. A few of these are Billy Joe Royal’s songs “Down in the Boondocks”, “I Knew You When”, “Yo-Yo” (later a hit for the Osmonds), […]

RIP – Donna Summer

May 17, 2012 | Commentary, Disco, Donna Summer

It has been reported by TMZ that Disco Queen Donna Summers has died at the age of 63. She was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948. The Grammy-winning singer had numerous hits in both the 1970s and 1980s, including “Last Dance,” “She Works Hard for the Money” and “Bad Girls.” It is being […]

RIP – Dick Clark

April 19, 2012 | Commentary

For many, especially those who were teens in the late 50s to the early 90s, their first introduction to Rock Music was through American Bandstand and Dick Clark. And unless you have been living under a rock you know that Dick Clark died of a heart attack on April 18, 2012. When I was a […]

Carole King – A Natural Woman

April 11, 2012 | Carole King, Commentary

Carole King and her first husband Gerry Goffin can be considered the voice of the 60′s with the many songs that they wrote and had recorded. Included among these are Will You Still Love Me Tommorrow recorded by The Shirelles, Pleasant Valley Sunday by the Monkees, and (You Make me Feel Like (A Natural Women) […]

RIP – Don Cornelius

February 1, 2012 | Commentary

Don Cornelius, who created Soul Train in 1971 and continued as its host until 1993, was found dead this morning, February 1, 2012.  He apparently took his own life. May he rest in peace. I think we all can feel just like his closing line of the show, “as always in parting, we wish you […]

Nick Ashford – RIP

August 23, 2011 | Commentary

It is with saddest to hear of the death of Nick Ashford, the Ashford of the Ashford and Simpson song writing team. Nick Ashford has pass away after a battling throat cancer. He was 70. The songwriting team of Ashford and Simpson are Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. They meet in 1963 and recorded as […]

Christmas 1970

December 18, 2010 | 1970, Christmas, Commentary, Elvis Presley

40 years ago, as I was looking forward to Christmas, I was just a pre-teen. Just a few months earlier I had celebrated my 12th birthday. While I did have a portable AM radio and listened to it, I wasn’t a regular listener. Most of my music experience was from Movie Musicals, Saturday Morning Cartoons, […]

The Partridge Family

December 5, 2010 | 1970, Commentary

September of 1970. I had just turned 12 and the new television season was beginning. With it the Partridge Family debuted on Friday September 25th. The show, based loosely on the family group the Cowsills, was to show the adventures of a family who came together to be pop stars. Shirley Jones was the Mom […]

Top Albums – Released in the 1970s

August 22, 2009 | Commentary

Top 10 Albums that were released in the 1970s. Based on total sales since release. As of July 2009 10 – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (22) 9 – Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (20) 8 – The Beatles – 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) (19) 7 – Elton John – Elton John […]