Thumbnail image by Anselmo Pedraz from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  The Beatles had 20. Elvis Presley had 18. Michael Jackson—with and without his singing brethren—had 17. Had what? The answer is hit singles. And not just any successful releases but...
Thumbnail image by Tibor Janosi Mozes from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  The first time the world heard of Brooklyn-born musician Robert John was in 1958 when he was 12 years old. Back then, the singing youngster was going by his...
Thumbnail image by PublicDomainArchive from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  At a London party in 1760, a Belgian violinist made a surprise entrance on a new invention called “roller skates” as he played his music. In doing so, he smashed into a mirror worth a thousand dollars and damaged it beyond repair.  Over the years, roller skates evolved...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  Remember Cat Stevens? He came to prominence here in the early Seventies as a singer-songwriter responsible for such ethereal musical ballads as “Peace Train,” “Wild World,” “Moon Shadow” and “Morning Has Broken.” He was equally popular in his home country of England at the same time, but to his British...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  Thomas “Snuff” Garrett was a Dallas high school dropout who became a Lubbock, Texas, disc jockey at age 17 and befriended local music star Buddy Holly. Two years later, Garrett became a staff producer at Liberty Records in...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  One has to wonder: Somewhere in England in 1971, was there a woman in her mid-40s—and possibly wearing a Mona Lisa smile—who heard “Maggie May” and realized that she might have been the inspiration for Rod Stewart’s breakthrough rock tune?  We’ll probably never know.  Roderick...
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...
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 NPR.org BY RANDAL C. HILL  Have you ever heard of musician Billy Strange? Born William Everett Strange in 1930 in Long Beach, California, he became an in-demand session guitarist/arranger in Hollywood who recorded with such top-drawer artists as Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Cher and Nancy...
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...
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