Thumbnail image from Pixabay By Randal C. Hill C’mon, admit it. The cheerful, shuffling Top 5 single of “In the Summertime” brought a smile to your face and got your fingers drumming back in the summer of 1970. Mungo Jerry’s irresistible anthem to good times resonates to this day. But let’s examine the lyrics a...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay By Randal C. Hill In October 1969, shortly after the release of “Abbey Road”, Beatle fans everywhere were suddenly digging up “evidence” of a music-world tragedy—the death of Paul McCartney.   What did the rumor about Paul say? According to the rumor, he had argued with the other Beatles during a 1966 recording session. Supposedly, early in the morning of Wednesday, November...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay By Randal C. Hill He was just 22 when his introspective breakout music single on Warner Records made James Taylor an international pop star. Born in Boston in 1948, he was the second of five children, and...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay By T Michele Walker About a year ago, my 87 year old father was in rehabilitation, recovering from another bout of pneumonia. He was starting to experience physical decline, no longer able to use his walker and reliant...
Thumbnail image from Album Art Exchange By Randal C. Hill It’s hard to imagine a million-selling 1970 song opening with the voices of a second-grade class singing,    Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world  Red and...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  A leisurely drive on a country road can offer a chance to leave city stresses behind for a while and enjoy nature’s scenic wonders.   Sometimes, though, such a usually ordinary event can prove life-changing.  About the music Near the end of 1970, musicians Bill Danoff and his girlfriend/future wife Taffy Nivert motored along a picturesque two-lane Maryland highway called Clopper Road....
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  His songs may have lacked the depth and social commentary of those of his fellow ex-Beatles, but Ringo Starr fans could usually count on having fun when hearing what he offered the world. Such is the case with “It Don’t Come Easy,” Ringo’s first Top 10 Apple Records single. Backed by...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay By Randal C. Hill Kris Kristofferson has earned a place in the history books as one of the great American songwriters. That honor, though, has come at a high personal price.  In Nashville, the college-educated Texan once swept the floors of Music City’s Columbia Recording...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay By Randal C. Hill It was in 1958 when 20-year-old Paul Revere (born Paul Revere Dick) met fellow Idahoan Mark Lindsay, age 16. Paul ran a drive-in restaurant west of Boise. One day, he began chatting with Lindsay when Mark delivered hamburger buns to Revere’s eatery. Both, they...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  Dave Marsh is a well-respected rock-music critic and historian. He’s normally quite sparing in his praise, but Marsh once could barely contain his enthusiasm when he reviewed a Marvin Gaye single and proclaimed it to be “the greatest piece of music ever written in favor of the survival of the environment on the...
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