By Randal C. Hill  “I had written the song in a fit of melancholy one dismal late-winter/early-spring day in Minnesota – the kind of day that makes every Minnesotan think about going down to Mexico,” John Denver once recalled. “It...
By Michele D. Baker FOREIGNER. An odd choice for a band name, but of course, there’s a story. Begun in 1976, the group originally included three Americans: lead vocalist Lou Gramm, bassist Ed Gagliardi, keyboardist Al Greenwood; and three Brits:...
The Beach Boys, with tens of millions of albums sold, have left an indelible mark on the music industry, influencing many artists that followed. Led by Mike Love, alongside longtime member Bruce Johnston, musical director Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love,...
By Randal C. Hill  Since you are reading this in a senior publication, you probably not only remember Ringo Starr’s “You’re Sixteen” from 50 years ago, but the original 1960 version by Johnny Burnette, as well.   Burnette’s only Top Ten career...
By Randal C. Hill  When Ingrid Croce sat her husband Jim Croce down at the kitchen table on their Pennsylvania farm one night, she told him they were finally about to become parents. Jim was so overcome with emotion that...
By Randal C. Hill  Due to a combination of iron and lime, yellow brick roads were fairly common at one time in parts of America. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” became Elton John’s seventh MCA Records studio album. It sold 20...
By Randal C. Hill  For superstar Gladys Knight, recording “Midnight Train to Georgia” was probably like singing poignant lines from a diary. She once said, “I was going through the exact same thing that I was about when recording,...
By Randal C. Hill  Songwriter Alex Harvey has explained that “Delta Dawn” was written about his mother, a Mississippi Delta-born hairdresser living in Brownsville, Tennessee. At 41, she had given herself over to drink after a man who had promised...
By Randal C. Hill  In the summer of 1973, Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s original “Monster Mash” reached the American Top 10 for a second time. Pickett sang lead with a Hollywood band called the Cordials. One evening, while performing the old...
By Randal C. Hill  The once-ubiquitous Andrews sisters – Patty, Maxine and Laverne – premiered “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in the 1941 Abbott and Costello comedy film “Buck Privates.” For the beloved Minnesota trio, that perky ditty became their twenty-fourth...
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