WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Mr. Mister — Talk About Pop Music

So take, these broken wings, Kyrie, and tell me what happened to Mr. Mister… American pop/rock group Mr. Mister had big success in the mid-1980’s, but after a couple of albums they parted ways. Why? And what became of the members? To understand where and how the band came to be, we have to go […]

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Don Everly, Who Set the Standard for Pop Harmony as Half of the Everly Brothers, Dies at 84 — Variety

Don Everly, who with his late younger sibling Phil established the template for close harmony vocalizing in the chart-topping duo the Everly Brothers, died Saturday at age 84 in Nashville. No cause of death was immediately disclosed. The Los Angeles Times confirmed the death through a family spokesman, even as tributes were already accumulating on […]

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A Small Festival With A Big Heart KingsStock July 2021

2020 will be remembered for many things including the halt of music festivals and gigs. 2021 is still a challenge for the same reasons, and KingsStock has approached the year with an inventive solution, staging a one night mini festival with different acts at multiple points throughout the year named Firestarter Sessions. Friday 30th July saw the first of these held at Moggerhanger Park in Bedfordshire.

Two previous acts from previous festivals featured on the night with new songs and added “rawness” as like the audience, the live experience has not been felt for sometime!

Jamie and Sophie Gould hail from Devon and as Long For The Coast, deliver great harmonies exploring social and spiritual issues, as well as stories of Devon , Bristol and  San Francisco! Here they presented songs old and new, as a band rather than a duo with a chemistry that can be missing at live events. If I was to choose one song, “Hold On Brother” dedicated to a friend going through a difficult time was an outstanding moment!

http://www.longforthecoast.com

Like Long For The Coast, Firewoodisland have played the festival before and also like LFTC , they have Bristol connections.  Stian and Abi bring an engaging mix of both organic and digital instruments to your senses, which work extremely well. The atmospheric sound of this duo is a joy to listen at anytime but in the beautiful grounds of Moggerhanger, there is is an added atmosphere that is hard to beat.

http://www.firewoodisland.com

The event was a joy to attend and in these difficult times, a great way to hear live music again. A similar event is planned for 3rd September.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Siedah Garrett — Talk About Pop Music

In the 80’s, she recorded original versions of some later, big hits in the 90’s, but can you stop loving Siedah Garrett? Deborah “Siedah” Garrett (b.1960) has spent nearly forty years as a singer, backing vocalist and songwriter with multiple artists, but it is for her 1987 duet with Michael Jackson on the smash hit […]

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The Amazing Story of “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” Gladys Knight & the Pips — America On Coffee

Gladys Knight & the Pips joined the Motown Records roster in 1966 (while the band had no “sure hit”), and, although initially regarded as a second-string act by the label, scored several major hit singles, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967) (released later by Marvin Gaye), “Take Me in Your Arms and Love […]

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R.I.P. Johnny Solinger, Ex-Skid Row Singer Dies at 55 — Consequence

Johnny Solinger, the longest tenured singer of Skid Row, died Saturday (June 26th) at the age of 55. The rock vocalist had announced that he was suffering from liver failure in May.A statement from Skid Row read, “We are saddened to hear the news of our brother Johnny Solinger. Our…Please click the link below to…

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What You Didn’t Know About LOVE – ” Forever Changes ” Classic Albums — The Fat Angel Sings

From the release of Love’s March 1966 debut single, “My Little Red Book” b/w “A Message to Pretty,” it was clear the Los Angeles Group was a breed apart from its contemporaries. The group, led by Arthur Lee, built much of its music upon a snarling, sneering proto-punk aesthetic not completely removed from the style of […]

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