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The first song the broader world heard from the Beatles wasn't one of the pop-music gems that seemed to flow so effortlessly from the pens of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, nor was it any of their versions of American R&B and blues songs that were a...
Jack Beasley died. You might say "Who?" and I wouldn't disagree. I knew him like I do so many people: To say hello, chat a little, laugh a little, so I really didn't know him at all. But you probably saw him, a regular part of your life maybe on some...
A couple of albums from 2012 we missed . . . Martha Wainwright "Come Home to Mama" (V2/Cooperative Music) Three stars At No. 11 on my (and, I suspect, many others') 10 best albums of 2012 list is "Out of the Game," Rufus Wainwright's funny,...
It was one nation under a groove at Barack Obama's victory celebration Tuesday night in Chicago. Classic soul, R&B, funk, disco and Motown provided the soundtrack for the president's post-reelection bash, as throngs of Democratic Party faithful swayed to...
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Mariah Carey, Drake, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj all took home top honors at BMI’s Urban Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday. Carey accepted the night’s most prestigious honor, the BMI Icon Award, for her “unique and indelible influence...
Pop & HissVeteran record executive Joe Smith is donating 238 hours of taped interviews of rock, pop and other music world luminaries to the Library of Congress. Joe Smith interviewed Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Jerry Lee Lewis and hundreds of others for his 1988...
Pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey Johnny Otis made the kind of conscious life choice early on that few people have the inclination, or circumstance, to carry out. Born white, the son of Greek immigrant...
Pop & HissRoots rock aficionado Dave Alvin remembers Johnny Otis, the bandleader, songwriter, producer and disc jockey who died Jan. 17 at age 90. Johnny Otis "was as important as Sam Phillips or Leonard Chess in discovering new talent," Alvin writes....
Show TrackerA recap of 'The Voice' in which Ashley De La Rosa, Jesse Campbell, Erin Willett and Charlotte Sometimes perform well....
Show TrackerBreak out the pleather and guyliner, ballroom fans. It’s rock week on “Dancing With the Stars”! To kick things off on an appropriately headbanging note KISS(!) came out in full makeup and armor, horns on shoulder pads and all, to kick...
Pop & HissDick Clark: As the music and TV industry mourns the passing of "America's oldest living teenager," who died on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 82, we remember the indelible mark Dick Clark left on pop music....
Pop & Hiss'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' TV series helped open the door for Dick Clark and 'American Bandstand.' Young Ricky Nelson helped make the then-controversial rock music seem safe to millions of teens and their parents....
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