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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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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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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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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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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LENNON / “Yesterday”

Q What was John Lennon’s role in “Yesterday”?: A reader writes: John said nothing – it was entirely Paul’s work; it made him cringe when a pianist would strike up Yesterday when he walked into a restaurant. There is a tiny story though; Paul recalled that he dreamt the tune and when he woke up, […]

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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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BRIAN MAY: Does he still play his original Red Special in concerts or is it now a museum piece and he plays a replica of the original he made with his dad at the beginning of his career?

Matt Rimmer Queen information sponge (1975 – present day) answers ….. “Does Brian May still play his original Red Special in concerts or is it now a museum piece and he plays a replica of the original he made with his dad at the beginning of his career?” Yes, he still prefers to play his […]

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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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COSTLY MISTAKES: What is a costly mistake made by an artist or band that affected their career?

Timm Davison, studied Media Communication at University of Washington (2017) replies: For a rock band, bringing it to the stage is supremely important, as much so now as ever before (there could be an entire post about how touring is really the only money-maker these days, as streaming has taken precedence over physical sales, there […]

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Music’s 30 Fiercest Feuds and Beefs

From classic-rock squabbles to hip-hop diss tracks and social media wars, here are the ridiculous, rancorous conflicts that have held us rapt. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/music-s-30-fiercest-feuds-and-beefs?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB Hi and thanks for taking a look. If you have a email you want to share with us the please contact us by clicking https://www.hifianswers.com/talk-to-our-editors/ Thank you

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

J C MORGAN 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, […]

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Is this the dissonance between the music makers and the audiophile?

There is another group of “audiophiles” in this world . They are the musicians ,artists , sound engineers, producers , ect … who do not spend a lifetime agonizing over which kinda of copper to use between amps and speakers .They are also looking for absolute “truth” to what they are hearing . no colorations. […]

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