SPIRIT: What happened?

Bob Smith provides an answer The members of Spirit all had successful careers that began long before the incarnation of “Spirit”. Drummer Ed Cassidy had been a part of some very noteable acts prior to the formation of Spirit, performing with Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, in addition to several giants of jazz. Following years on […]

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Q&A / BADFINGER: What happened to them

HAROLD PHILLIP BENSON … Badfinger was a Welsh/Irish group that started out as the Iveys in 1961. They became the first group signed by Apple in 1968 and renamed themselves “Badfinger” after an earlier incident when John Lennon was in the studio, recording with his mates on piano the song “With a Little Help from […]

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NINA SIMONE: What happened ?

Oscar® nominated documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is the story of Nina Simone’s life and career. Through archive interview and extensive performance footage, alongside new interviews with family, friends and colleagues, it paints a fascinating portrait of this complex and challenging artist. Nina Simone was many things: pianist, singer, songwriter, performer, civil rights campaigner, wife […]

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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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THE BEACH BOYS: Is “Sloop John B” as innocent as it sounds?

JOSHUA ENGEL: It’s not really the Beach Boys’ song. It’s a Caribbean folk song dating to at least the 19th century, and maybe older. They weren’t even the first popular recording of it. It had already been done by the Kingston Trio, and by The Weavers before that. I wouldn’t say it sounds “innocent”. It’s […]

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HERMAN’S HERMITS: Why were they overshadowed by The Beatles in terms of popularity, despite having comparable levels of talent?

TOM RYUGO: Herman’s Hermits weren’t remotely close to the Beatles in terms of talent. Peter Noone himself said in an interview for “The History of Rock & Roll” miniseries “I couldn’t write songs like John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I’d look silly in the Gene Vincent look. So we just wrote good romantic music.” There […]

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BEETHOVEN: Was he constantly angry or merely intense?

Gustavo Guardiola, Composer, bass player and professor of music composition for more than 22 years. He was certainly angry. On October 6th of 1802 Beethoven wrote a letter to his brothers Carl and Johann. This letter has been known as the Heiligenstadt Testament -or you can call it the testament of Beethoven. In this letter […]

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BEETHOVEN: How does Beethoven’s music sound so good when he was supposedly deaf? Was it simply him figuring out what notes would sound good together?

PHILIP RICE answers: Not “supposedly deaf”. DEAF! Here’s the thing. When you know enough music theory and have been around the block, and are one of the most talented musicians in history…. You look, or write notes on a page and know EXACTLY what it “sounds like”. This is called hearing a score in silence […]

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FREDDIE MERCURY / MARY AUSTIN: Was she infected with HIV? Did he unknowingly infect her with the HIV virus?

JCK writes No. He once cut himself accidently and was bleeding and Barbara Valentin tried to help him and he screamed at her to get back because, once he suspected he had HIV, he didn’t want to infect her. Also, his dear friend Montserrat Caballé went to hug him but he stepped back to which […]

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NINA SIMONE: What Happened, Miss Simone? Episode #1 of 5

Inspired by the Oscar-nominated TV documentary, Alan Light’s biography draws on Nina Simone’s early diaries, rare interviews, childhood journals and input from her daughter Lisa Simone Kelly to paint a picture of the classically-trained pianist who became a soul legend, a leading civil rights activist and one of the most influential artists of our time. […]

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BEAT REVIEWS MAGAZINE: What happened?

Gentlemen, I write from Singapore. We had a magazine called ‘Beat Reviews’. Can you tell me what happened to them please? Thank you. Roy Tan Hello Roy and thank you. This what we found via audiotools.com. “Monthly English language print magazine published in Singapore by local high end retailer/importer/distributor Secondbeat PTE. Ltd., started in 2001 […]

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