Category Archives: Pop

CHI COLTRANE-CHI COLTRANE, LET IT RIDE AND SILK AND STEEL.

Chi Coltrane-Chi Coltrane, Let It Ride and Silk and Steel. Label: BGO Records. The word prodigy is an overused word, but that is the only way to describe Chi Coltrane who could play eight different instruments by the time she was twelve. What makes this all the more remarkable is that Chi Coltrane had absolutely …

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GILLIAN HILLS-ZOU BISOU BISOU: TOUT EN FRANCAIS THE YE-YE YEARS 1960-1965. 

Gillian Hills-Zou Bisou Bisou: Tout En Français-The Yé-Yé Years 1960-1965. Gillian Hills was born in Cairo, Egypt, on the ‘5th’ of June 1944  and was the daughter of teacher, traveller, author and adventurer Denis Hills and Dunia Leśmianowna, daughter of Polish poet Bolesław Leśmian. Much of Gillian Hills’ early life was spent in France which …

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HANNE HUKKELBERG-TRUST.

Hanne Hukkelberg-Trust. Label: Propeller Recordings. From an early age, children are taught that the best way achieve something is to start at the beginning. That is the gospel according to countless generations of teachers and Julie Andrews in the Sound Of Music, who believed it’s: “a very good place to start.” However, that isn’t always …

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SANDY DENNY-FROM FOTHERINGAY TO THE SOLO YEARS.

Sandy Denny-From Fotheringay To The Solo Years. In December 1969, an announcement was made that Sandy Denny had left Britain’s leading folk band, Fairport Convention. This came as a shock to many as Fairport Convention, who were Britain’s first electric folk band, popularity been rising over the past two years. Playing her part in the rise and rise of Fairport Convention was Sandy Denny who had previously been …

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ELIANA CUEVAS-GOLPES Y FLORES.

Eliana Cuevas-Golpes y Flores.  Label: Alma Records. It was twenty years ago in 1997, when Venezuelan singer, songwriter and bandleader Eliana Cuevas arrived in Toronto, Canada, which she now calls home. Since then, Eliana Cuevas’ career has flourished, and the award-winning singer-songwriter is now one of the most successful Latin American singers of her generations. …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE.

The Rise and Demise Of Sly and the Family Stone. Between 1966 and 1976, psychedelic soul pioneers Sly and The Family Stone released eight studio albums and their first Greatest Hits album. These albums showcased Sly and the Family Stone’s genre-melting music, which took as a starting point psychedelic soul and added funk and rock to this heady musical brew. …

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LINDA PERHACS-I’M A HARMONY.

Linda Perhacs-I’m A Harmony. Label: Omnivore Recordings. There aren’t many artists that wait forty-four years before releasing their sophomore album. That was the case with one of music’s best kept secrets, Linda Perhacs, who returned with her much-anticipated comeback sophomore album The Soul Of All Natural Things in March 2014. It was the followup to …

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SUSANNE SUNDFOR-MUSIC FOR PEOPLE IN TROUBLE.

Susanne Sundfør-Music For People In Trouble. Label: Bella Union. Although Susanne Sundfør only embarked upon a musical career in 2005, the thirty-one year old is already one of Norway’s most successful singer, songwriter and producers. Her last four studio albums have topped the Norwegian charts, including her recently released fifth album Music For People In …

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RONNIE MILSAP-OUT WHERE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS ARE GLOWING, THERE’S NO GETTIN’ OVER ME, KEYED UP AND ONE MORE TRY FOR LOVE.

Ronnie Milsap-Out Where The Bright Lights Are Glowing, There’s No Gettin’ Over Me, Keyed Up and One More Try For Love. Label: BGO Records. As Ronnie Milsap celebrated his thirty-eighth birthday on January the ’16th’ 1981, he was well on his way to becoming one of the most successful country singers of his generation. Life …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF THE YOUNGBLOODS.

The Rise and Demise Of The Youngbloods By 1965, bassist and vocalist Jesse Colin Young was twenty-four and had already enjoyed a degree of success as a folk singer. He had already released two albums The Soul Of A City Boy in 1964, and Young Blood in 1965. However, Jesse Colin Young’s solo career was …

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SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE-SMALL TALK, HIGH ON YOU AND HEARD YA MISSED ME, WELL I’M BACK.

Sly and the Family Stone-Small Talk, High On You and Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I’m Back. Label: BGO Records. As Sly and the Family Stone prepared to release their seventh studio album Small Talk in July 1974, they were enjoying the most successful period of their career.They had been enjoying commercial success and critical …

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IRELAND’S TOP TROUBADOUR PAUL BRADY.

Ireland’s Top Troubadour Paul Brady. When singer-songwriter Paul Brady celebrated his seventieth birthday on the ‘19th’ of May 2017, he was officially one of the elder statesmen of Irish music. He had spent fifty-two years as a professional musician, first with The Kull, then The Johnstons and Planxty. Then in 1976, Paul Brady and Andy …

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TRIGAL-BAILA MI RUMBA.

Trigal-Baila Mi Rumba.  Label: Pharaway Sounds. When Trigal signed to Belter Records in 1975, this was the start of a musical adventure that would last five years and see the band release two albums and four singles. They featured Trigal’s unique and inimitable fusion of gypsy rumba-funk and flamenco pop, which found favour with audiences …

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BROCKMANN//BARGMANN-LICHT.

Brockmann//Bargmann-Licht. Label: Bureau B: Right up until 2013, guitarist Franz Bargmann and keyboardist Timm Brockmann were two-thirds of Berlin based Camera, who were by then, one of the leading lights of the Neo Krautrock scene. They had already released two albums in 2012, Live At HBC and their criticality acclaimed studio album Radiate. Critics were …

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THOS. RAPP AND PEARLS BEFORE SWINE-ONE OF FOLK MUSIC’S BEST KEPT SECRETS.

Thos. Rapp and Pearls Before Swine-One Of Folk Music’s Best Kept Secrets. When Pearls Before Swine  released their fifth album City Of Gold in April 1969. it was the first  album credited to Tom Rapp and Pearls Before Swine. This seemed only fair, as Tom Rapp was the only original member of Pearls Before Swine left. The …

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SOUNDS OF THE UNEXPECTED.

Sounds Of The Unexpected. Label: Ace Records. Ever since she was teenager growing up in Southend-on-Sea, on the Thames Delta, Vicki Fox loved music and was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable  collector of vinyl. It was no surprise that when Vicki Fox moved to London, she would embark upon a career in the music industry. One …

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TAKE WHAT YOU NEED: UK COVERS OF BOB DYLAN SONGS 1964-1969.

Take What You Need: UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964-69. Label: Ace Records. As 1969 drew to a close, Bob Dylan was without doubt, one of the biggest names in popular music, and had come a long way since releasing his eponymous debut album on March ’19th’ 1962. This was the first of nine …

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THE MONKEES’ PSYCHEDELIC YEARS AND BEYOND.

The Monkees Psychedelic Years and Beyond. On September the ‘8th’ 1965, the Daily Variety contained an advert that said: “Folk & Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series.” This was a new sitcom that had been written by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider about a struggling rock band from Los Angeles. The new …

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NON GROUP AND BEYOND.

Non Band and Beyond. During the summer of 1978, a musical revolution took place in Japan, which changed music forevermore,..punk. The Japanese punk rockers were christened Tokyo Rockers, and initially were disregarded by the mainstream music industry. Record company executives made the mistake of thinking that the Japanese punk movement was just a passing fad, …

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SUBHI-SHAITAAN DIL (NAUGHTY HEART).

Subhi-Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart). On September the ‘15th’ 2017, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Subhi will release her much-anticipated, accidental debut album Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart). For Subhi, this is something she has dreamed about all her life. Even when she was working in finance on Wall Street. However, a career in finance wasn’t for Subhi, who remembers: …

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