yummy yummy yummy julie london’s got love in her tummy

JulieLondon 1956 close up 1500 crop

ANYTHING WITH “BEATLES” on it was hot prop­erty in the ’60s. Artists across the gamut of mu­sical genres and styles recorded songs bearing the Lennon-McCartney im­print. Along with the ex­pected rock and pop artists, the oc­ca­sional country and folk artist and even a jazz singer delved into the Fab Four’s song­book. Few of these non-rock artists en­joyed any no­table com­mer­cial suc­cess with these at­tempts. READ MORE

this was a time when it would benefit an artist to stand up

JethroTull Devonshire1970 1500 crop

I WAS ONE OF THOSE TEENS who prided them­selves in having a re­ally cool record col­lec­tion, brag­ging about al­bums and sin­gles few of my clue­less high school peers had ever heard of. So, of course, I was a big fan of Warner/Reprise Records in the late ’60s. Aside from cham­pi­oning my beloved Kinks (and Grom­mett save them!), by 1970 they had signed one of my he­roes, the all-but-unknown Neil Young, and the group that was fast be­coming my new ob­ses­sion, the Beach Boys. READ MORE

mike love’s excitations and good vibrations

BrianWilson MikeLove studio 1966 1500 1

MIKE LOVE OF THE BEACH BOYS has a rep­u­ta­tion that has dogged him around for al­most fifty—and it’s gen­er­ally as one of the most un­pleasant people in the world of rock & roll music. Be­cause of this, he has been un­fairly cas­ti­gated for his role in the Beach Boys. In fact, many of his con­tri­bu­tions to the group’s artistic and fi­nan­cial suc­cess are often over­looked if not in­ten­tion­ally den­i­grated by critics and his­to­rians swayed by his rep. READ MORE