No one stands up to Paul McCartney. Beginning his musical journey in the Beatles, he also enjoyed another successful band, as well as a solo career. As a music icon, he’s played over our airwaves for over 50 years. On McCartney’s 77th birthday, we reflect on how one man changed the music industry.
I think it's fair to say that I should begin putting "an opinion piece" in my titles, since it has become apparent that there are people who don't understand what the word opinion means, or don't bother to read the introduction where I clearly state the point of this article.
This British rock singer-songwriter with his unending energy and vitality continues to entertain his fans to this very day. Rod Stewart’s heritage is a mixture of English and Scottish ancestry. He counts himself among the best selling music artists of all time, and has sold more than 100 million records around the globe. In the UK alone he has had six consecutive number one albums, and has had four number one hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. He got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.
This is a very popular and well known American rock band, whose beginnings were in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The original Beach Boys were Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, Mike Love, and Al Jardine. They gained almost immediate popularity and one of their all-time favorite songs, “Good Vibrations,” was released in 1966. They continue to be popular today as the surviving members continue to perform. In 1983, Dennis Wilson drowned and in 1998, Carl Wilson died of lung cancer. The remaining members came together as The Beach Boys for their 50th anniversary. They have sold over 100 million records all over the globe and were listed as number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
A very popular American recording artist, songwriter, and musician, whose performances thrilled his fans, was born as Richard Wayne Penniman and became known as Little Richard. He was most popular in the mid-1950s and played a mix of music which included rock, soul, and funk. He has been inducted in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. For unique vocalization and an irresistible beat, his song “Tutti Frutti,” from 1955, has been included in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, in 2010.
Today, we're going through the top five best covers of Bob Dylan's seminal minimalist era song, "All Along the Watchtower."Released as a single with the B-Side "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" and on the great minimalist album of the 60s, John Wesley Harding (1967). This song represents the cyclical nature of humanity with its careful guitar work and its enigmatic lyrics surrounding the conversation between the "Joker" and the "Thief."
"I see my light come shining..." is one of the most famous opening lines in gospel folk rock. Bob Dylan opens the chorus to his great song with this incredible line. Now, please don't be fooled as there are two versions of this song. There is one that appears on the Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and there is one, which is slightly more famous that appears on the Bootleg Vol. 11: The Raw Basement Tapes. The one on the Raw Basement Tapes is the one that people normally cover.
"Come gather 'round people wherever you roam..." the opening lines to quite possibly one of the most iconic songs ever written. It has been covered far and wide by many. But first, let's have a look at the song itself and the incredible lyricism of it all. After this briefing, we'll get into the top five covers of the song.
To tell others about a talent like Janis Joplin is like trying to explain a moonbeam that is here and then so quickly gone again. She had talent, amazing talent, but as the fates would have it, she was gone much too soon. I watched a documentary about her because I was interested and I watched her appearing on the Dick Cavett Show. I realized then and there that she was a most fascinating individual and rather eccentric too.
This is a tragic tale involving Rory Storm who was an English musician and vocalist. He was born in 1938 as Alan Caldwell in Liverpool but took the name Storm and became the singer and leader of a Liverpool band known as Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Actually, one of the Beatles, Ringo Starr, was the drummer for the Hurricanes before he met the other three.
The Everly Brothers were two real-life brothers Isaac Donald “Don” Everly and Phillip “Phil” Everly who played rock and roll songs with a kind of American country flair. They had lots of very touching songs which just made you want to sing along. They were best known for their steel-guitar playing and close harmony singing. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. The great harmony singing of the brothers strongly influenced other rock groups of the 1960s including Simon & Garfunkle, The Beach Boys, and The Beatles who developed their early singing styles doing performances using Everly covers.
When Gil Bridges was in grade school in Detroit the only instrument taught was the violin. His dad thought it a girl's instrument so he had to wait. At ten, Bridges saw Aldo Ray performing the saxophone, and his older sister suggested that was the axe he should start swinging. He took the advice and went onto play in the various school bands – marching, jazz and symphonic. A friend eventually approached him about joining their band. But playing that scene with the Sunliners was something he was initially afraid to try. A little coaxing later, he was in. Beginning in 1960, they played the Motown clubs, and by the late sixties, they received a record deal from MGM/Verve. Despite not having that association go far, Motown approached the band and Rare Earth was born. As a result, songs such as "Get Ready" and "I Just Want to Celebrate" became part of the American musical lexicon.