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How The Wrecking Crew Secretly Recorded Some of the Biggest Hits of the 1960s & 70s

The top flight crew of L.A. studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew acquired their name, legend has it, because they “were wrecking the business for everyone else,” writes Janet Maslin at The New York Times­, meaning older session players who couldn’t keep up. Drummers like Hal Blaine (“who justifiably calls himself ’10 of Your Favorite Drummers’ on his Web site”) and guitarists like Tommy Tedesco and Carol Kaye could play anything put in front of them perfectly, in one take, with th...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Glen Campbell, Hawaii, New York Times, Brian Wilson, Monkees, Pasadena, Phoenix, Facebook Twitter, Blaine, Motown, Simon Garfunkel, Josh Jones, Leon Russell


Rickie Lee Jones talks ‘Last Chance Texaco’ and tales of music, heartache, addiction and family

Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones says she decided to write her life story for one simple reason. The material was just so good. “I know I have great stories to tell,” she says recently by phone from her home in New Orleans. “I’ve told a few to audiences in live shows, and told them to friends, and watched them play in my head again and again.” Readers can now get the chance to experience these tales themselves in Jones’s memoir, “Last Chance Texaco,” which hit stores on April 6. She recounts t...
Tags: Books, Music, Bruce Springsteen, California, Washington, Robin Williams, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Tom Waits, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, Bob Dylan, Arizona


Paul Simon Deconstructs “Mrs. Robinson” (1970)

There’s nothing like having a deadline. When Simon and Garfunkel were called on by director Mike Nichols to provide music for his 1967 comedy The Graduate, the film was already being edited, and the duo were working on the movie studio clock. To hear Simon tell it in this interview with Dick Cavett (from the same interview we featured earlier this week), it was that crunch time that produced one of their best songs, and their biggest hit, “Mrs. Robinson.” In fact, the song stitched toget...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Paul Simon, Joe Dimaggio, Jesus, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Mrs Robinson, Dick Cavett, Simon, Robinson, Facebook Twitter, Garfunkel, Anne Bancroft, Cavett


Paul Simon Tells the Story of How He Wrote “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)

It takes a certain amount of hubris to write a song like “Bridge Over Troubled Water”—to write, that is, a secular hymn, a non-religious gospel hit for burned-out sixties’ folkies. Maybe only a tragic flaw could inspire a composer “coming off the back of four hit albums and two number one singles in four years” to soothe the disaffection of down-and-out Americans who could see the bottom from where they stood in 1969, a year notorious for its cultural disaffection and political gloom. Pa...
Tags: Google, Music, Nbc, College, Paul Simon, America, Bbc, Bob Dylan, Paul Mccartney, New Orleans, Cbs, Upper East Side, Martin Luther King, Dick Cavett, Central Park, Simon


Hear Spandau Ballet’s Unreleased Sophisti-Pop Cover Of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” From 1990

Way back in September 1990, Spandau Ballet got together at Master Rock Recording Studios in Kilburn, London to record a new track with Michael Kamen, the film composer and arranger known for his work on movies like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Highlander. The idea was to put it out on a greatest hits album that Christmas. That never ended up happening. But later this month, Spandau Ballet are releasing another greatest hits album called 40 Years – The Greatest Hits, celebrating the sophisti-po...
Tags: Music, Paul Simon, New Music, Simon, Michael Kamen, Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel, Kamen, Simon Garfunkel, Spandau Ballet, Simon and Garfunkel, Lifeline, Master Rock Recording Studios, Kilburn London, Paint Me Down 08 Coffee Club, Instinction


The Number Ones So Far

In January of 2018, I was killing time at the gym while my kids were finishing up a swimming class, and I was idly clicking around Tom Ewing’s Popular, a writing project that’s been going on for well over a decade. Ewing has been writing funny, incisive, personal reviews of every song ever to hit #1 on the UK charts, and it’s been one of the best things on the internet for a long time. I found myself wondering about #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, our own American pop chart. Was there a lis...
Tags: Music, UK, Abc, Wikipedia, John Lennon, Best, Dolly Parton, John Oates, Elton John, Paul Mccartney, Smokey Robinson, Elvis Presley, Miami, James Taylor, Lists, Jackson


Second Good Music… Comp Features 77 Previously Unreleased Tracks From Pearl Jam, David Byrne, Jenny Lewis, & More

Earlier this month, a bunch of artists came together to release a limited-time-only benefit compilation called Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy that was up on Bandcamp for only 24 hours before it was removed. This Friday (10/2) is Bandcamp's next Bandcamp Friday, when the service waives their revenue share, … More »
Tags: Music, News, Pink Floyd, The War On Drugs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Mark Ronson, Little Dragon, Arcade Fire, Killer Mike, Whitney, Nina Simone, Jenny Lewis, Fleet Foxes, Joe Cocker


Disturbed – “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” (Sting Cover)

Disturbed have released a cover of Sting's 1993 Grammy-winning track "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You." The band had quite a bit of success with a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence" a few years ago -- it became their highest-charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 when … More »
Tags: Music, Disturbed, Sting, Simon Garfunkel


"After 59 years of friendship, laughter, tears, jail cells and lost brain bells [sic], we have handed over our lovely lead singer Wayne Fontana to the big band in rock and roll heaven."

Wrote Peter Noone ("Herman"), quoted in "Wayne Fontana, British singer who topped US charts with Game of Love, dies aged 74" (The Guardian). Born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis in the Levenshulme area of Manchester, Fontana took his stage name from the Elvis Presley drummer DJ Fontana. Backed by his band, the Mindbenders, he released his debut single in 1963 and further singles grew ever more successful: Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um reached No 5 in the UK in 1964, with The Game of Love reaching No 2 the followin...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Law, Wikipedia, New York City, US, Fire, Elvis Presley, Driving, Wine, Gore, Slang, 1960s, Sam Cooke, Phil Collins


Marissa Nadler – “Old Friends/Bookends” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

The last time Bandcamp did one of their , spectral folk singer/future AI pop star Marissa Nadler dropped an EP of covers. Today, Bandcamp is doing their thing again, and so is Nadler, who's just shared a new cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Old Friends/Bookends." … More »
Tags: Music, Paul Simon, Simon, Simon Garfunkel, Bandcamp, Marissa Nadler, Simon and Garfunkel, Nadler


Watch Ben Gibbard Play The Cure, R.E.M., Spiritualized, & More In Another All-Covers Livestream

Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard was an early adopter in the wave of livestreamed concerts that has arisen while many people isolate themselves in their homes to combat the spread of COVID-19. Sunday, for the 13th straight day, Gibbard sat down at home in Seattle and broadcast himself playing songs on YouTube. More »
Tags: Video, Music, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Daryl Hall, John Oates, The Cure, Seattle, Morrissey, Death Cab For Cutie, Kris Kristofferson, Cutie, Art Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel, Ben Gibbard, Spiritualized


Soothing, Uplifting Resources for Parents & Caregivers Stressed by the COVID-19 Crisis

When COVID-19 closed schools and shuttered theaters and concert venues, response was swift. Stars ranging from the Cincinnati zoo’s hippo Fiona to Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda leapt to share free content with suddenly homebound viewers. Coldplay’s frontman, Chris Martin, separated from his bandmates by international borders, played a mini gig at home, as did country star Keith Urban, with his wife, Nicole Kidman, lurking in the background. Choreographer Debbie Allen got people off the c...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Life, Bbc, Nature, Nicole Kidman, Newcastle, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Shakespeare, Keith Urban, Hayao Miyazaki, Hamilton, Cincinnati


Erin Pringle's Playlist for Her Novel "Hezada! I Miss You"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Erin Pringle's novel Hezada! I Miss You is a moving and compelling examination of love and loss in small town America. In her own words, here is Erin Pringle's Book Notes music pla...
Tags: Music, England, New York, Lana Del Rey, Norah Jones, America, Neil Young, Sufjan Stevens, David, Billy Joel, Mcdonalds, Barbie, Frank Sinatra, Duran Duran, Kfc, Alice


Spotify will now create playlists for your pet

Spotify has just announced a free playlist-creation site for pets. Research suggests that animals have their own music preferences. Hedgehogs possibly don't get enough respect. None Dear Spotify, I am a hedgehog and a regular listener when my human plays Spotify as she works. I would like to point out the bias in your new pet playlist feature. Why are there no playlists for hedgehogs? Hedgehogs rock, and it's high time you overstuffed primates understood this. Sincerely,Snuggles Johnson The st...
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, Internet, Neuroscience, Innovation, Beethoven, Npr, Lulu, Sound, Darwin, Mozart, Emory University, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Leicester, Bach


50 moments from 1970 that shaped entertainment and pop culture

This was 1970, the dawn of the Seventies, and with it the world welcomed Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon,” Disney’s “The Aristocats” and “Broom-Hilda,” a comic strip that blew the lid off the secret life of a centuries-old husband-hunting cigar-smoking witch. Also, the American Motor Corporation introduced its weird little subcompact the Gremlin on April 1, a joke that practically writes itself. There were goodbyes, too, in 1970. Motown star Tammi Terrell, who often sang duets with Marvin ...
Tags: Movies + TV, Things to do, Movies, Music, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories PSN, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories WDN, TV


50 moments that shaped entertainment and pop culture 50 years ago

This was 1970, the dawn of the Seventies, and with it the world welcomed Joni Mitchell’s “Ladies of the Canyon,” Disney’s “The Aristocats” and “Broom-Hilda,” a comic strip that blew the lid off the secret life of a centuries-old husband-hunting cigar-smoking witch. Also, the American Motor Corporation introduced its weird little subcompact the Gremlin on April 1, a joke that practically writes itself. There were goodbyes, too, in 1970. Motown star Tammi Terrell, who often sang duets with Marvin ...
Tags: Movies + TV, Things to do, Movies, Music, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories LBPT, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories PSN, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories WDN, TV


50 years ago, these were the No. 1 albums and singles of 1970

The calendar said the 1960s were over, but you wouldn’t have known it from the 11 albums that reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1970. There, the sounds of the decade in which rock and roll stormed the mainstream and pushed aside the remnants of Fifties pop music, still ruled supreme. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were the kings of the scene as the ’70s began. Simon & Garfunkel’s farewell album, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was the top-selling album of the year. Its title track was the top-...
Tags: Music, New York City, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Sport, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Things To Do, Soccer, Paul Mccartney, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Jackson, Carlos Santana, Beatles


Chromatics – “Burning Bridges”

Chromatics' recent surprise album Closer To Grey opened with a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence." And now they're leaning even harder into the '60s folk vibes with their new The Sound Of Silence EP, which bundles two versions of "The Sound Of Silence" with their cover of … More »
Tags: Music, Grey, Chromatics, Simon Garfunkel


Erika Dreifus's Playlist for Her Poetry Collection "Birthright"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Erika Dreifus’s Birthright is an impressive debut poetry collection (following her short-story collection Quiet Americans). Sivan Butler-Rotholz wrote of the book: “With its hon...
Tags: Europe, Music, Germany, New York City, Israel, Cary Grant, Jerusalem, David, United States, Joe Dimaggio, Carly Simon, Nazi, Shakespeare, Heinz, Moses, New York State


Watch Lorde & Marlon Williams Cover Simon & Garfunkel At Christchurch Mosque Benefit

Lorde made a rare off-cycle appearance to perform at a benefit concert to raise funds for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks that took place last month. The You Are Us/Aroha Nui benefit was held at Christchurch Stadium in New Zealand last night, and Lorde performed a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound Of … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Lorde, New Zealand, Christchurch, Marlon Williams, Simon Garfunkel, Christchurch Stadium, Marlon Williams Cover Simon, Garfunkel At Christchurch Mosque Benefit


Hal Blaine, drummer who dominated mid-century pop, dies aged 90

Drummer behind iconic Be My Baby rhythm as well as hits by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Simon & Garfunkel described as ‘greatest ever’ by Brian WilsonHal Blaine, one of pop music’s most prolific and brilliant drummers, who played with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and more, has died aged 90.The news was announced on his Facebook page, where he was described as a loving father and grandfather, “and inspiration to countless friends, fans and musicians … May he rest forever on 2 ...
Tags: Music, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, Hal, Blaine, Simon Garfunkel, Andy Johnson, Frank Sinatra Elvis Presley, Hal Blaine, Brian WilsonHal Blaine, Elvis Presley Frank Sinatra the Beach Boys


Hal Blaine (1929-2019)

Hal Blaine, a prolific Los Angeles session drummer most closely associated with the Wrecking Crew, a tightly knit group of studio musicians in the 1960s and '70s who added a professional studio sound behind thousands of recordings by pop-rock groups and stars, died on March 11. He was 90. Hal played on 40 #1 hit singles, 150 top-10 hits and performed on more than 35,000 recorded tracks. He was the drummer on the Grammy's "Record of the Year" for six years straight, from 1966 to 1971. These six...
Tags: Hollywood, Los Angeles, Jazz, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Wall Street Journal, Phil Spector, Sinatra, Simon, Garfunkel, Hal, Blaine, Simon Garfunkel, Palm Desert, Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass


Amy Feltman's Playlist for Her Novel "Willa & Hesper"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Amy Feltman's novel Willa & Hesper is an auspicious debut, a complex and delicate portrayal of love and its effects on our lives. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "Feltman sli...
Tags: Music, Christina Aguilera, Germany, Berlin, Georgia, David, House, Copenhagen, Ada, Florence, Tbilisi, Tunde Adebimpe, Laura Marling, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview


Brendan Lorber's Playlist for His Poetry Collection "If This Is Paradise Why Are We Still Driving"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Brendan Lorber's impressive poetry collection If This Is Paradise Why Are We Still Driving repeatedly transforms the banal into the beautiful and thought-provoking. In his own wor...
Tags: Music, Minneapolis, China, San Francisco, Rome, Radiohead, David, Brooklyn, Williams, New Jersey, Rosetta, Broadway, Argentina, Cia, Scorsese, Osborne


The 30 Best New Musical Artists of 2018

Amnesia Scanner Amnesia Scanner is the experimental electronic duo of Ville Haimala and Martti Kalliala. Created in late 2013, the group is not exactly new, but they have remained somewhat unrecognizable and wholly inaccessible until this year. As they used to refuse interviews and released several unannounced, unexplained EP's and mixtapes, Amnesia Scanner floated around as illegible codes for devoted listeners to decipher. Every track title was prefaced by "AS", and each music video reg...
Tags: Feature, Music, Japan, UK, England, New York, London, Beyonce, Virginia, Milwaukee, India, Alabama, Los Angeles, Wes, Canada, Brooklyn


The Number Ones: Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Simon, Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel, The Number Ones


The Best Indie Pop of 2018

None Real talk: year-end list-making is unfair, even cruel. We treat the year as 11 months. We pretend like we've heard all or most of the noteworthy music that came out in the year, even with the current number of music delivery options and decline in reliable sources of curation. We act like one person's opinion is the cold hard truth when it's built on whims, gut feelings and personal preference.In 2018 making a list especially felt like an exercise in leaving great music out. There's the wo...
Tags: Feature, Music, UK, Los Angeles, Massage, New Zealand, Boys, Stockholm, Indie Pop, The Spook School, Austin Texas, Edinburgh Scotland, Simon Garfunkel, Belle Sebastian, Spook School, Nora


The Number Ones: Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
Tags: Music, Simon, Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel, The Number Ones


Christina Dalcher's Playlist for Her Novel "Vox"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Christina Dalcher's novel Vox is a startling and provocative debut. Vanity Fair wrote of the book: "Christina Dalcher's debut novel, set in a recognizable near future and sure to ...
Tags: Music, America, David, United States, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Margaret Atwood, Vox, Vanity Fair, Simon, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Newsweek, Garfunkel, Guthrie, Nash, Jean


DISTURBED's New Power Ballad Gives Us "A Reason To Fight"

With the success of Disturbed's cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "Sound of Silence," the band warned fans that... The post DISTURBED's New Power Ballad Gives Us "A Reason To Fight" appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Disturbed, New Music, Simon Garfunkel



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