Without Gram Parsons, The Rolling Stones could not have transformed themselves into what they became in the late Sixties and early Seventies. The bond between the South Carolina-born walking encyclopaedia of the music of America’s south and Keith Richards changed the Stones. Without Parsons there would have been no Eagles. They emerged from what he developed with The Flying Burrito Brothers and turned it into platinum. Without Parsons, Emmylou Harris would not have had the opportunity to soar. Parsons died in 1973 and did not rejoice in the harvests reaped from what he had sewn.
Fifty years into their career, the Beach Boys are still making waves on Billboard charts.
This week, they best the Beatles for a Billboard 200 album chart record.
As their reunion set, “That’s Why God Made the Radio” (their first album of all-new material since 1992), bursts onto the chart at No. 3, the Beach Boys break a record by expanding their span of Billboard 200 top 10s to 49 years and one week. They first graced the top 10 with “Surfin’ U.S.A.” the week of June 15, 1963.
The newest CD release by Ron Dante of The Archies is now on sale. Favorites, originally released in 2000, is now available in an enhanced version with bonus tracks, including several brand-new, never-before-released cuts. To read all about it, please visit Laura’s Ron Dante Fan Pages where you will find a link to listen to sound samples and order your very own copy.
Imagine, just for a moment, that you are Andy Kim.
Make believe that you are a singer/songwriter who left your native Montreal as a teenager in the mid-60s, traveling to New York City where you met your musical idol, Jeff Barry; teamed up with him to record several Top 40 hits (“How’d We Ever Get This Way,” “Baby, I Love You,” “Be My Baby”) for his record label and to write a song that would sell in the millions, and become Record of the Year for 1969 (“Sugar, Sugar”); and composed, produced, recorded and released what would become your signature song and an international hit in 1974 (“Rock Me Gently”). Pretend that your songs and recordings endure to this day, continually being discovered by new generations of fans. And imagine that there’s probably not an hour that goes by when at least one of your songs isn’t playing somewhere in the world.
Now – if you were Andy Kim, what would you do to top all that?
Here’s a little secret …
(To finish reading my review of singer-songwriter Andy Kim’s new CD, Happen Again, please click on the link to visit my Andy Kim Fan Page.)
BREAKING NEWS: Andy Kim‘s new CD, Happen Again, is being released tomorrow, March 30th. To help celebrate the release of his first new album in over twenty years, Toronto’s AM740 (Zoomer Radio) is presenting Andy Kim live in concert at 2:00 p.m. If you’re in or near Toronto on Tuesday, you can be one of the lucky people to see the show in person in the Concert Lobby at the radio station (on a first-come, first-served basis). If not, you can listen to the whole thing on AM740 or on the station’s website, or watch the live webcast on the site. Click on one of the foregoing radio station links for details.