“Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit, yelling for help,” Mahalia Jackson once remarked. And if anyone can relate to that remark, it’s Beth Hart. She was an up-and-coming vocalist before drugs, alcohol and numerous trips to the psych ward derailed her career.
Sure, Clifford Gibson sang the blues. But the real power of his music was evident when he let his incredibly long fingers did the talking.
Billy Sheehan — aka “the Eddie Van Halen of the bass” — loves a lot of different music, but there is a common theme in his Top 10 list: great bassists.
Bad timing. Bad luck. Bad management. Van McLain of Shooting Star never had it easy, but he never gave up on his dream, either.
What do you do when your incredibly successful band breaks up? If you’re drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival, you bounce around on other gigs for a while, form a production company with the other half of your former rhythm section and eventually, you form a cover band of, well, yourself.
Van Morrison, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson all loved him. James Brown was jealous of him. And when you get name-checked in someone’s song, it’s a safe bet that your music is a big deal. So if all you know about Jackie Wilson is that one of his songs plays a role in “Ghostbusters II,” it’s time to pull up to the turntable and learn more about the R&B legend.
British rock band Status Quo stars in its own feature film — along with Jon Lovitz, Craig Fairbass and Laura Aikman — in the whodunit farce “Bula Quo!”
He’s spent time ‘Down on The Corner,’ ‘Up Around The Bend’ and in ‘Centerfield.’ These days, John Fogerty has laid a course for his musical past with ‘Wrote A Song For Everyone.’ And if the star-studded credits on the album are any indicator, ‘Everyone’ came along for the ride.
With her personality and pizzazz, Grace Potter could be whatever she wanted. But, as Little Richard says, “The girl can’t help it.” She just wants to rock.
Even rock stars have first drafts. Before KISS wrapped “Rock and Roll All Nite,” the band tested the waters with an alternate take preserved on an acetate.