Wishing drummer Alex Van Halen of the incomparable Van Halen, a happy 60th birthday! Enjoy their #1 US single "Jump" below:
On my 11th birthday, I was given a record called The Sound Of Paint Drying. It really made me think…that I need better records. Well, now the shoe’s on the other hand and Dr. Rhino is calling the shots. That is how you’ll come to hear the Velvet Underground’s last show at Max’s, Brian Wilson’s solo work, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Jimi at Monterey. In fact, you’ll hear all that and more on this edition of Dr. Rhino’s Picks!
This day in 1977, "Hotel California" by the Eagles hit #1 on the US singles chart. It would be the group's fourth US #1. Following their peak in the charts, the single was awarded Record of the Year at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978. Enjoy their live performance at VH1's 1998 Hall of Fame below:
Today we wish legendary Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann a happy 67th birthday! Here are the Dead performing "Blow Away" in Philadelphia in '89: Be sure to check out Grateful Dead's newest box-set release MAY 1977 here.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, former Warner Bros. Records executive and industry insider Stan Cornyn ruminates on the past, present, and future of the music business.
Crosby and ...
In the late ‘60s, living up in Laurel Canyon, most folk music folks hung loose. They seldom had music agents or career managers. The folkies up there were not making big bucks enough to interest agents or managers.
If there was one act that might have been of interest, that one was The Byrds, David Crosby’s folk-rock group, which back in 1965 had a hit on Columbia with Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The Byrds’ version came out in folk-rock, with amps and speakers plugged into folk guitars.
In 1967, The Byrds played at the Monterey Pop Festival. Crosby found the San Francisco scene addictive, more so than Laurel Canyon’s sweet passivity. He wanted his Byrds to be in one of those hard-sound bands, like Jefferson Airplane. He made no secret about his dissatisfaction, being just a Byrd with no jet engine.
Now available on the App Store, THE DOORS official App brings The Doors' story to life with a rich, immersive experience that delves deeply into every aspect of The Doors' incandescent career. Of all the California bands, The Doors music still burns with an intensity that clearly identifies their distinctive approach to poetic lyrics, bold instrumentation and song.