LIMITED CAREER: What are the best bands/singers with only 2 albums (that’s it)?

James O’Connor writes … So…there’s a tough one. I’m VERY familiar with bands and singers with only one album, that’s sort of a music trivia classic question, and here was my contribution to that list James O’Connor’s answer to Who is the best band of all time that only released 1 album? But two and […]

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BLUE OYSTER CULT: Why didn’t they become a mega band like Black Sabbath, Journey, Aerosmith, and other groups with similar talent? Were they just too science fictiony?

Ramakrishnan Parthasarathy answers here: No garage punk, proto-punk or punk rock band (or, to take it even further: no rock band) wrote better and more memorable riffs than Blue Oyster Cult. No one had a more intriguing sound that was dirty when required and deliciously evil at will. In fact, the best of Blue Oyster […]

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IRON BUTTERFLY: What happened?

Bob Smith writes … In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida . Anyone familiar with Iron Butterfly will recognize that as the bands most recognized song , clocking in at an astounding 17 minutes in it’s unedited form. But first things first. The early prog rock group Iron Butterfly formed in 1966 following the various band members stints in other groups […]

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BILL HALEY: Why didn’t any of the big 50s rock & rollers acknowledge him? They did covers of each others’ songs but never one of his.

John Howard Sr writes … Just off the top of my head, I can think of two reasons. First, Bill Haley was white. Many radio stations simply would not play songs by black artists, even if the songs were big hits. A large number of record producers and managers took advantage of this by having […]

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SHORT LIVED: Who are the best band members who left after only 1 or 2 albums?

Thom Harmand writes … Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, and Michael Giles from King Crimson – The lineup (except for Fripp and lyricist Pete Sinfield) was in flux for awhile.: From Wilipedia: After their first US tour, King Crimson was in a state of flux with various line-up changes, thwarted tour plans, and difficulties in finding […]

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THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL: Whatever happened to them?

Erich Ising: The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American rock band which was popular during the mid-to late-1960s. Founded in New York City in 1965 by lead-singer/songwriter John Sebastian and guitarist Zal Yanovsky, it is best known for a number of hits which include “Summer in the City”, “Do You Believe In Magic”, “Did You Ever […]

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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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BLACKBIRD: What is the story behind the song Blackbird by the Beatles?

Todd Lowry, Arranged “The Complete Beatles” for publication at Hal Leonard LLC (1986) “Blackbird” was written by and solely recorded by Paul McCartney. The acoustic guitar part is based on “Bourree in E Minor” by J.S. Bach. Other than his voice and his Martin D-28 acoustic guitar, the only other sounds on the recording are […]

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BRIAN MAY (from Queen) seems like a remarkable human in every way. What’s your best Brian May story?

Violet Zann There are many, but there’s one in particular that I recently discovered and I’d love to share. In 2012 Brian bought 121 acres of land that were about to be developed into building, and planted over 100,000 trees there with help from volunteers. It’s now a thriving woodland called “May’s Woods”. 15.4K viewsView […]

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What is music therapy?

As human beings, music plays a fundamental role in our identity, culture, heritage and spiritual beliefs. It is a powerful medium which can affect us all deeply.  Playing a musical instrument, being part of a choir or in a band, listening to music – these are all ways in which we can engage in music. […]

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NOTORIUS: What rock albums are notorious for the band members all recording their tracks in separate and isolated sessions before the final mix?

Rocci Disopa, former Recording Engineer Without a doubt…”Synchronicity” by The Police. 1983’s LP by the English band ‘The Police’ was its zenith. The totally organized chaos that became the biggest Rock band in the world, had humble beginnings. Yet they somehow managed to put aside those huge egos and big frustrations, and record one dominant […]

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How close is Bob Dylan to his children, and do they ever collaborate on music together?

Amy Christa Ernano, lifelong rock & roll fan, sometime singer Only one of Dylan’s 6 (known) children, Jakob, is a musician, and no, they have never collaborated on music. As far as I know, Jakob had a hard enough time distinguishing himself as a musician in his own right, as opposed to being “Bob Dylan’s […]

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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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OKAY, OKAY: Who is the best guitarist that you know of … that not many others have heard?

Larry Starstruck writes … I am going to name some that I don’t feel are as well known as they should be. I will cross genres on this one. Roy Buchanan: This was truly one of the most underrated blues guitarist. He will always be a personal favorite of mine. 2. Al DiMeola: This guy […]

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