The Doobie Brothers and Producer Ted Templeman, Part 2

Part 2. Picking up where we left off. Warner Bros. was concerned when Tommy Johnston was forced to leave the Doobie Brothers because of his ulcer. He had collapsed at a concert and was in critical condition. “So I was heartbroken when he walked away. I never told anybody this, but some part of me … More The Doobie Brothers and Producer Ted Templeman, Part 2

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

Kenny Loggins: Still Alright (book review)

Rock star, pop star, country star, children’s recording star. What a long and successful career for Kenny Loggins, who just published his memoirs, Still Alright. Loggins was also a 1980s film soundtrack hit machine, in addition to his solo album successes, then he began a slow fade as most every successful artist does. The difference … More Kenny Loggins: Still Alright (book review)

Spirit (the band)

Fifty years later, the band still sounds great. Spirit has been in news in recent years related to a plagiarism lawsuit against Led Zeppelin over parts of “Stairway to Heaven”. I am not going to get into that, my focus will be on the classic period of the band. Randy California (real name Randy Wolfe), … More Spirit (the band)

Riffing: Music Artists Who Who Utilize the Technique

As a wannabe guitar player, I’m drawn more to smooth sets of chords forming an irresistible melodic progression. A catchy and inventive guitar riff is a thing of beauty for the soul. Riffs seem most closely associated with rock’n’roll, which I agree, but they can be found across musical genres. Riffs catch the ear, and … More Riffing: Music Artists Who Who Utilize the Technique