Three Sides of Pink Floyd: Animals, Wet Dream and Mihalis

After Roger Waters took over Pink Floyd with Animals (1977), David Gilmour release his first solo album, appropriately named, David Gilmour (1978), and Richard Wright followed with Wet Dream, also in 1978. All three are incredible musical works of art. Meanwhile, Nick Mason was off racing cars. Animals, the last prog-sounding work from Pink Floyd, … More Three Sides of Pink Floyd: Animals, Wet Dream and Mihalis

The Doobie Brothers and Producer Ted Templeman, Part 1

It’s difficult to write about the success of the Doobie Brothers without also talking about Ted Templeman, an uber-successful record executive, who produced their classic period albums. Two books help tell different sides of the same story. These are not the typical rockstar tell-all book of 1970s bad behavior. Templeman was one of the red-hot … More The Doobie Brothers and Producer Ted Templeman, Part 1

A Trio of Smooth, Genre Defining Rock Bands

Eagles, Can’t Buy a Thrill, Toulouse Street. The year 1972 was a prosperous one for great rock albums. Three in particular signaled a titanic shift in music for the rest of the decade. Let’s not use the term “yacht rock” because these groups could rock. The Eagles debut album was simply called Eagles. Country-rock is … More A Trio of Smooth, Genre Defining Rock Bands

Classic Band Lineups

What lineups were the best for bands? Membership changes happen for various reasons: death, substance abuse, ego, solo careers, etc. Here are some of my favorites: Beatles. The post Best and Sutcliffe days, obviously. Rolling Stones. The Mick Taylor years, after Brian Jones. The classic era. Fleetwood Mac. Obviously, the McVies, Fleetwood, Buckingham and Nicks. … More Classic Band Lineups

Barbara Hershey, plus a look at two Woody Allen Films

In the 1960s, Barbara Hershey was an ingénue actress on television and small parts in films. There was something about her, more than sending young boys into puberty. She co-starred in a television Western called The Monroes, about a family of kids trying to make it on the frontier without adult supervision, just a benevolent … More Barbara Hershey, plus a look at two Woody Allen Films

Athletes Who Became Actors + Joe Namath

Instead of acting classes and schools, wannabe actors have transitioned from the world of athletics. Buster Crabbe (Olympic swimmer) Johnny Weissmuller (Olympic swimmer), Sonja Henie (Olympic skater), Woody Strode (football, martial arts) and Esther Williams (swimming) come to mind from Hollywood’s Golden Era. Catch them on the late show. Then came Chuck Connors (baseball, basketball), … More Athletes Who Became Actors + Joe Namath