Chances are, if you listened to songs by the Rolling Stones, The Who, the Jeff Beck Group, The Kinks, Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller Band, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, or other seminal groups of that era, the tinkling of piano notes on their music was supplied by Nicky Hopkins. If there was an English version of the … More Nicky Hopkins: Piano Player of the Gods
The most famous record producer of the classic rock era was George Martin but next in line was probably Jimmy Miller. Never heard of him? You’ve heard the music he produced. I’ll get that in a minute. Miller was an American but he had his greatest success with British artists. He was a singer and … More Who is Jimmy Miller?
Joan Baez, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell. There are a lot of pioneering women in popular music but these three quickly come to mind. To be fair, these three are more than just music. They are activists, artists, writers, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, and whether they are comfortable with the label or … More Three More Amazing Women
Even if you didn’t grow up in the 1960s, repeats of old television shows of the period are shocked full of pop music. For this blog, I’m going to use pop music and rock and roll interchangeably, with the understanding that we are talking about youth music (rock and roll, pop, folk, rockabilly), not Percy … More Pop Music in 1960s Sitcoms
The 1960s was the last decade of significance for the Western film genre. Sure, there have been Westerns since then but the game changed forever. To understand the change and to appreciate how the Western changed, let’s look at one film from each year of the decade. The films I have chosen are significant for … More A Decade of Western Films: The 1960s