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The Band HEART, has a special place in my heart going back to a meeting with the head of Vancouver's Mushroom Records, SHELLY SIEGEL. I was at an event in Pittsburgh, probably 1977-78, and met this young man with whom I had a couple of drinks, and he confided in me tha...

There's not much to say about ELTON JOHN (Reginald Dwight), It's like his music been around forever and won every award up to becoming SIR Elton John, when he received his CBE from the Queen of England. He and his writing partner, the extremely talented and somewhat re...

I don't know about you, but when I think about ROBERT PLANT, I remember the bare-chested, curly-haired, Lyricist and Singer in the legendary band, LED ZEPPELIN. But that was a long time ago, he joined the Zepp in 1968 at 20 years of age. But he's 68 now, and although h...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Leonard Cohen went to Rock and Roll Heaven on November 10, 2016. He was 82. The Don Rocks staff extends our deepest condolences to his family. This post originally appeared on Facebook a few weeks prior to Mr. Cohen's death. -jacqui

One of the most intere...

The Don Rocks salutes, BOB DYLAN, for being awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature. There are dissenting voices of course who would prefer an author of books; but Mr. Dylan has been the voice of a generation, and if you take away the music, a lot of his lyrics are poetr...

DAN HICKS was an eclectic musician who combined several kinds of music to get his distinctive sound: Jazz, pop, folk, country, etc... HICKS was very involved in the San Francisco psychedelic movement in the late 60's, and played all the popular venues, including the Fi...

March 18, 2016

Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson was found dead March 10, 2016, in his Santa Monica home. His bandmate Carl Palmer, took to social media to memorialize him:

 

"Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard pl...

January 12, 2016

Steely Dan was one of my favorite acts whose music I promoted. The Dan's  mix of Jazz, Pop and Rock was more sophisticated than most of the other music of the day and very hip. Because they were a Studio Band at the time, there aren't many videos of them perfoming, but...

December 23, 2015

When I was at Liberty Records we had a nice run with a group from Atlanta called "The Classics Four."  They made great soft-rock records like "Spooky," as performed here. Eventually they became the Atlanta Rhythm Section.  Our newest contributor, Doug Christian, has th...

December 16, 2015

John Hale has found this great song that Johnny Rivers recorded late in his career.  I worked with Johnny when he came to San Francisco in '69 and have always been a fan. There's been a movement to get him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years, but their select...

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