IN NOVEMBER 1968, the Beatles released their long-awaited new album. It had been eighteen months since the release of their landmark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an unheard of period of time between albums in the ’60s. Unlike the over-the-top presentation of the earlier album, the new album did not have a clever title or an excessively busy and colorful jacket.
MY ATTENTION remains focused on Tell It Like It Was, my new publication on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was remains focused on music—mostly music of the ’60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues before and after that decade eventually. READ MORE
MY APOLOGIES for neglecting regular readers of my blogs for the past few months. Fortunately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly rumors circulated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a progressive commune in Vermont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. READ MORE
ONCE AGAIN it’s happened: I accidentally pushed the Publish button on WordPress instead of the Save Draft button. Of course, the two buttons shouldn’t be near one another so accidents like these should never occur.
But the two buttons are a couple of inches apart and when I’m focused on composing sometimes I just press the wrong damn button. READ MORE
DOES YOUR BABY DO THE HANKY PANKY? The question asked on Quora was “Are Pop lyrics getting more and more repetitive?” Instead of a well-reasoned, thoughtful answer, I posted this instead (and my complete answer is between the two lines):
This is the Roulette Records version of Hanky Panky that was the #1 hit on Billboard and Cash Box and sold millions of copies in 1966. READ MORE
A YOUNGER MEMBER of Quora—meaning significantly younger than me—asked me to answer the question, “Which musicians ruined their careers with their reckless behavior?” Quora is the place I seem to get rather easily dragged into on an almost daily basis, generally answering questions about Elvis. This question was more general but actually encompassed Presley. READ MORE
BUYERS AND SELLERS of collectables—whether records or memorabilia or Beanie Babies—often fail to achieve their goals of financial success because they do not understand a few basic concepts on determining collectability and value of the “seldom found.” Because this a record collectors website, I will generally refer to records below, but you can substitute almost any other collectable and the comments remain virtually unchanged. READ MORE
AFTER TWO BLASTED YEARS of dillydallying, pussyfooting, farting around, and lollygagging I finally (FINALLY!) got my new blog off the ground: The Endless Sixties is up and running and waiting for readers. There are half a dozen articles already posted plus the homepage, and everyone should read the introductory homepage first, of course. READ MORE
WE HAD BEEN TOGETHER for a year when we finally decided to make the move from the sultry summers of the East Coast to the more moderate West Coast. It was 1978 and the dreams of ‘the sixties’ didn’t seem so far off. Working two jobs each, we had saved the equivalent of $10,000 in today’s dollars. READ MORE