Why did John Lennon and Todd Rundgren have a feud?

Joseph Charles, Musician It wasn’t what I’d call a feud; they each took swipes at each other in 1974, and that was it. Rundgren criticized Lennon rather harshly in an interview with Melody Maker magazine. A few choice quotes: “John Lennon ain’t no revolutionary. He’s a fucking idiot, man. Shouting about revolution and acting like […]

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GRAND FUNK LOST IMMORTALS: Did this ’70s rock group disappear in the realm of mediocrity?

Bob Smith writes … The band began as a trio back in 1969 and took their name from a railroad company that had a line running through their home town of Flint, Michigan. The band saw tremendous popularity in the early 1970’s quickly becoming a well recognized band. By 1971 the band was selling out […]

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RANDY NEWMAN: Q&A: ‘I try to shut up, but I can’t’

Previously published: Martin Chilton writes: Randy Newman is touring the UK this month and has a new album out next year. In additional extracts from a recent interview with the 71-year-old Oscar-winning songwriter, Martin Chilton presents 10 answers to questions about music. Please click HERE to continue

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PREMATURE: Which people left a musical band/group before the band got famous?

Al I. Husain writes ….. This is an interesting question as my interpretation of the answer is people who intentionally left and/or voluntarily left rather being dismissed or succumbing to illness or death, which is also leaving I suppose, but not necessarily by someone’s own volition. I’m also trying to apply some measures around the […]

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LOST IMMORTALS: What rock bands and/or songs never get played anymore?

RJ Holland writes … I stopped listening to the radio many years ago for two reasons. First reason, they keep rehashing the same songs over and over. Why is that? I thought, wow, these guys must be making tremendous royalties because these same songs are played day in and day out all year long. What […]

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SCRATCHED CDs: Ideas for best way to repair them?

Hello all. Over the years, I’ve managed to scratch a few cd’s, due to transferring between players, cars, lying around as lots get played on drinking nights etc etc..There are quite a few that are going to be hard or impossible to replace, so I’d like to ask opinions on effective methods / widgets for […]

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A LOST IMMORTAL: Who is a celebrity/singer that was once really famous but is forgotten about now?

James O’Connor writes … There was this guy, Jim Croce, and some of you may be old enough to remember him. For only about two years in the 1970’s his name popped up all the time, even being discussed as a replacement for Johnny Carson, should that be necessary (it wasn’t, but that’s a different […]

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THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: What happened?

Henry Hrebien writes … The Strawberry Alarm Clock………think about it. The…… Strawberry…… Alarm…… Clock. Now, what a bizarre name for a band. It seems kind of pseudo psychedelic as if the person who dreamed up this name never took acid but came up with a title after surmising what a psychedelic experience must be like […]

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LENNON / GEORGE MARTIN: Did GM produce any solo work by John Lennon? If not, do we know why?

Michael Bachman No he did not. John was wrongly quite dismissive of George Martin’s contributions towards the end of the ‘60s, contrary to his original appreciation of him. John was always a one or two take musician, unlike Paul who strived for perfection, unfortunately on some really poor songs he should never have recorded, or […]

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BOWIE / MERCURY: Why was there friction between them when they recorded Under Pressure?

Robin Meadows · Michael Lee-Kapsalis, MM Music & Vocal Performance, Indiana University (2001) There was friction between everyone when they wrote and recorded Under Pressure together. The song was written not just by Freddie and David but by Queen and David. In fact, it was John Deacon who came up with the bass line. However, […]

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LOST IMMORTALS: What are some less well-known sixties and seventies classic rock albums?

Alex Johnston, BA Hons in music theory, technology of music and musicology. Fanny – Fanny (1970) I’m not making this up: it was the debut album by an all-female rock band, consisting of sisters June and Jean Millington (guitar and bass), Nickey Barclay (keyboards) and Alice de Buhr (drums). Fanny were a great band, the […]

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NEIL YOUNG: Why was he mentioned in Sweet Home Alabama? Who did he put down?

Amy Christa Erano wries … Southern white men in general (“Southern Man”) and white Alabamans in particular (“Alabama”). Those two songs painted a very negative picture of Southern white men, and while the South certainly has a history of racism as well as slavery, Ronnie Van Zant was a Southern white man (from Florida, not […]

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THREE DOG NIGHT: Whatever happened to this classic 60s and 70s rock group?

Bob Smith says … What a cool band name. Three Dog Night whose name hopefully needs no explanation to most of you, formed in 1967 with the primary lineup being Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. Jimmy Greenspoon, Joe Schermie, Michael Allsup and Floyd Sneed soon rounded out the group and they were set. […]

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