Why did Paul McCartney ever think “Wings” would ever be taken seriously with Linda McCartney in the band?

PLV NESS writes … Dude, where have you been for the past fifty years? You need to lay off that wacky weed and pay closer attention to life. ‘Wings’ was always seen as a serious endeavor. All 23 of ‘Wings’ U.S. singles registered Top 40 hits. Over the years, the band won six Grammy Awards, […]

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What albums were virtually ignored when first released but eventually became big sellers and are considered among the greatest of all time?

DIMITRI KEN: From a fringe musician to a superstar of Hip Hop: Let me tell you about this French guy, I mean, this genius: guy, I mean, this genius: This is Alain Mion, a Jazz Funk pianist. Back in the 70s, he formed a group named Cortex, and they released 3 albums between 1975 and […]

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IS IT TRUE that Miles Davis liked what Jimi Hendrix was doing and that Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis planned/discussed to record/play together?

ALEX JOHNSTON … Yes. Miles was supposedly introduced to Hendrix’s music by his then-wife, Betty, née Mabry, who was a figure on the counter-cultural scene at the time: a model, a singer, a DJ and a general scenemaker. Betty and Miles’ marriage didn’t last very long. Sources disagree as to why it ended: one version […]

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BOWIE: How did he write music?

NEIL A writes … Many writers use various means to create music, and Bowie seems to have been one of these. The early songs appear to have been written in a very traditional way, by sitting down at a guitar or piano and finding chord structures that worked, then putting a tune to that, and […]

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How could Paul McCartney criticize George Harrison’s songwriting abilities after George wrote Something? Something has got to be in the top 10 Beatle songs.

G ROWLAND writes … ‘Something’ is a lovely song, but if you were Paul McCartney you’d have some license to regard it as charming but ultimately somewhat naive, a bit of an easy win for a composer. Why? Because the harmonic structure relies on something which is known as ‘Line Cliche’ in music theory, which […]

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ELVIS: Did he really dislike the Beatles as claimed in Elvis Found Alive?

J. Spangler writes: Yes he did. Especially John Lennon. As related by author Chris Hutchins (who for some unknown reason confused the California Bel-Air mansion with Graceland when relating this anecdote {The Beatles and Elvis never met at Graceland}), who took the Fab Four to meet the King at his mansion at 525 Perugia Way, […]

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Q&A: What musical artists started off strong and then had a major drop off in terms of quality?

ROBERT G writes … Yes, Rod Stewart. Elton John, too. But I remind, the “major drop off in terms of quality” is subjective, of course. Therefore we answer in terms of our opinions. For me, maybe others, too, it is about the integrity that one builds within his/her fanbase, friends, etc. Like it or not, […]

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BRIAN MAY: Why do I find many of the lyrics in Queen songs that were written by Brian May very disturbing? “Tie Your Mother Down” and “Now I’m Here” are two examples.

ROBIN M writes … This is going to get me in a lot of trouble with Queen fans. I find them a little disturbing myself. I’m not into PC culture because it has gone too far and is now more harmful than helpful to society IMO—even for those it is supposed to protect— so I’m […]

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