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Hall o’ Winners?

It’s that time of year when costumed creatures show up at our doors asking for treats. No, I’m not talking about Halloween. Not that they’re all extravagantly costumed, but the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020 are out there, looking for votes. This year’s Rock Hall maybes are: Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. As is always the case with the proposed RRHF inhabitants, some of them may as well be wearing masks, as far as I’m concerned. Couldn’t name a song by Dep

RIP, the Cream of the Drummers

Peter Edward Baker left the planet a couple weeks ago — and left it without one of the best rock drummers ever. Known as Ginger — because he was one, as in very red-haired — from childhood on, Baker succumbed to heart problems that had ended his performing career three and a half years earlier. Considering his lifestyle and habits, it was amazing that Rock and Roller’s Disease hadn’t gotten to him long before he was closing in on 80. Ginger Baker is best known as the drummer for Cream, the late 1960s psychedelic rock/blues band that also brought guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton to prominence. But it’s sometimes easy to forget that Cream was really the first “supergroup,” and that Baker, bassist

Gold, and Anniversaries, Part III

(Resuming my blog post about The Band and Abbey Road.) Not surprised that the “Paul Is Dead” hoax helped sell more of the earlier Beatle LPs, but I think Abbey Road would have sold well, regardless. “Something” was a No. 1 single, helping the album to No. 1 in the U.S., where it remained for 11 weeks; it was also the Fab Four’s biggest-selling LP in the States. There’s a lot to like about Abbey Road, not the least of which is “Something,” written by George Harrison, John Lennon’s favorite song on the album, and McCartney’s favorite Harrison composition. No less than Frank Sinatra called it the best love song ever written. The opening cut, “Come Together,” isn’t musically special, but the lyr

Gold, and Anniversaries, Part II

Picking up where I left off last week, two of my all-time favorite albums — works that also are considered among the best of all time — celebrated the 50th anniversary of their release late last month. The previous post covered the first of those out of the gate, The Band’s self-titled second LP, issued Sept. 22, 1969 Four days later, Abbey Road by the Beatles was released. As a big Fab Four fan from their American debut, I might have been eagerly anticipating another album from my favorites, but I didn’t have a very good stereo system, and wasn’t buying a lot of LPs then. Radio Free Madison, the “underground” station on Wisconsin capitol city’s WIBA-FM, introduced me to a lot albums and art

Gold, and Anniversaries, Part I

Two of my all-time favorite albums — works that also are considered among the best of all time — celebrated the 50th anniversary of their release late last month. I’m speaking of The Band’s self-titled sophomore effort, issued Sept. 22, 1969, and Abbey Road by the Beatles, which came out four days later, and was the last LP the Fab Four recorded (although not the last they released) before their dissolution the following year. Hard to believe that two albums of that quality, and commercial success, were basically released the same week, but 1969 was — as I blogged earlier this year — an amazing year for rock LPs. I was a Beatle fan from the start, but The Band caught me by surprise late in 1

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