August 24, 2015
There are two weeks of unofficial summer left, and the autumnal equinox doesn't arrive until Sept. 23. That means it's still road-trip season, still time to get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway, as Steppenwolf sang in "Born to Be Wild," a song identified with 1969's Easy Rider but also featured in my favorite road movie, the 1985 Albert Brooks comedy Lost in America , in which an advertising executive and his wife load up...
February 5, 2014 |
CAN YOU imagine half the nation tuning in to a TV variety show today? Only the Super Bowl scores that kind of audience. But 50 years ago this weekend, the titan of Sunday night TV, Ed Sullivan, lured 73 million viewers for the American debut of the Beatles. For certain it was a shot heard round the world, as resonant and revolutionary as the one fired in Lexington, Mass., in 1775. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, the deed was considered friendly fire. And the unspoken battle cry - out with the old-fogey pop standards, in with the new, youth-made tunes - made instant heroes of the British invaders.
April 30, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - For one night only, the Rolling Stones were an up-and-coming band again. The legendary group rocked a small club in Los Angeles on Saturday night for a minuscule crowd compared with the thousands set to see them launch their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour on Friday at the Staples Center. (The North American leg of the tour ends at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 18 and 21.) The band started off Saturday's hush-hush 90-minute concert at the Echoplex in the hip Echo Park neighborhood with "You Got Me Rocking" before catapulting into a mix of new and old material, as well as their bluesy covers of classics from Otis Redding ("That's How Strong My Love Is")
February 22, 2013 |
IF YOU are going to Friday's concert by The Who at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, do yourself a favor and get their early enough to see show-opener Vintage Trouble, the youthful, Los Angeles-forged quartet supporting the legendary Brit rockers on their current U.S. tour. Although still flying under the radar here, the unit has made considerable noise in the United Kingdom by combining old-school R&B with an almost New Wave-y attitude, and having it all delivered by electrifying front- man Ty Taylor.
July 27, 2012 |
If the Grammy Awards created a category for the most musically diverse album, Lyle Lovett would be a contender for Release Me (Curb Records/Lost Highway). The 14-song CD shows the breadth of his musical tastes, with selections by rock-and-roll pioneer Chuck Berry (a slowed-down "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man") and 16th-century theologian Martin Luther (a heartfelt "Keep Us Steadfast"). He offers his version of Engelbert Humperdinck's biggest U.S. hit (the title track, a duet with k.d. lang)
March 26, 2010 |
It is called The T.A.M.I Show, with T.A.M.I. standing for the unwieldy Teenage Awards Music International. Filmed in October 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, it brought together a spectacular lineup of rock and soul talent - James Brown, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, the Miracles, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, and more. Now The T.A.M.I. Show (Shout! Factory, $19.93) has not only been released on DVD for the first time, but the complete show also is being made available for the first time since the film was shown in theaters in the months after the performance.
September 3, 1995 |
Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry and friends rocked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night in a concert to mark the long-awaited opening of the $92 million glass-and-steel shrine. Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the show by joining Berry for a rendition of Berry's 1950s hit "Johnny B. Goode. " The energetic crowd filled in on the chorus of "Go, Johnny, go!" Springsteen and Berry were followed by John Mellencamp, who performed his tribute to vintage rock artists, "R.O.
June 9, 1993 |
The crowd was breathless, ready with Instamatics. There were rumors Paul McCartney might show up. On the stage sat no less than Billy Joel, in shades and a blazer, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Chuck Berry, the father of it all. Glorying in the moment, pushing the crowd's excitement to the limit, the announcer leaned into the microphone and shouted, "And now I'd like to introduce some of the great music personalities. " All eyes turned to the stage. "Tommy Mottola!" Who?
January 27, 1992 |
There are a lot of stories regarding the origins of Chuck Berry's famous "Johnny B. Goode" guitar riff, but one of the most persistent is that Berry based it on a musical figure invented by his longtime pianist, Johnnie Johnson. The story seems to make sense. With the self-taught keyboardist and drummer Ebby Harding, Berry formed a group in 1953 called the Johnnie Johnson Trio. By the mid-'50s, Berry was leading the band, churning out hits based on the flashy riff in "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Around and Around" and "Little Queenie.
June 30, 1990 |
Chuck Berry amassed a quarter of his $36 million fortune through drug sales, according to a court affidavit filed this week in St. Charles County, Mo. His lawyer called the charge ridiculous. At a news conference Thursday, prosecutor William Hannah said a search of the rock icon's Wentzville home last Saturday had turned up sizable quantities of hashish, marijuana, pornographic materials and three firearms. He added that the raid, prompted by a report that Berry, 63, was in possession of cocaine, was carried out in connection with an 18-month investigation of the performer.