As one of America’s staunchest defenders in musical resistance to the British Invasion of the 1960s, Gary Lewis and The Playboys racked up seven Top 10 songs on the Billboard charts between 1965 and 1966. Despite their chart success, the group tends to be dismissed as a footnote to an epic era, and that’s a shame.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played a prime role in the Americana revolution of the 1960s and 1970s that blended rock and roll with heartland sensibilities.
There’s been plenty of ballyhoo around the 50th anniversaries of The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Beatlemania. But when Kiki Dee marked the same milestone, it slipped under the radar here in the U.S.
Head East co-founder and keyboardist Roger Boyd vows he’ll keep on rocking for as long as he can lift his synthesizer over his head.
When Klaatu formed in the early 1970s, the group’s goal was to create memorable music like that of the groups that influenced them. It worked … in a way.
When Melanie Safka traveled with her mom to the Woodstock festival to perform, she was a relative unknown. By the time she left the stage, that had changed.
Bad timing. Bad luck. Bad management. Van McLain of Shooting Star never had it easy, but he never gave up on his dream, either.
The members of Dust were unknowns, barely out of high school when they released two LPs in the early 1970s. But they went on to find great success.
They were barely participants in their first music video. Their record label was shut down by federal agents. Their drummer once punctured his eyeball during rehearsals.
Minstrel, maestro, medicine man — globe-trotting artist Shawn Phillips has done it all, on his own terms and with some of the most famous names in music.