Today their acclaim is universal but in 1964 Simon & Garfunkel’s debut LP ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.’ flopped. Subtitled “Exciting new sounds in the folk tradition,” the acoustic album only sold about 2,000 copies. A mix of Paul Simon originals, folk covers and traditional tunes, its highlight was a Simon composition recorded on March 10, 1964, ‘The Sounds of Silence.’
Last year was certainly great for Heart. The band found themselves enjoying a well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the latest accolade in a series of awards and honors for the Seattle-based group in recent years (they also received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame). For as much recognition as they’ve gotten, they probably deserved double the amount in the decades that led up to their current resurgence of popularity. Nevertheless, they’re certainly getting their just due now.
To celebrate the 39th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's double-album masterpiece 'Physical Graffiti,' we are pleased to present an exclusive excerpt from 'Robert Plant: A Life,' a biography by author Paul Rees that reveals some fascinating insights about the group's singer while tracing his life from childhood to present day.
There’s just something about this picture.
It’s 8:00AM as we connect with Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine to chat about their new ‘MTV Unplugged’ release. But Meine is already way ahead of us at that point, because he’s at home in Germany where it is 2:00PM and he’s settled in for a full slate of interviews that day. He’s wide awake and it’s hard not to get sucked in by the audible enthusiasm in his voice that comes across the phone line.
When you think about the people that Benmont Tench knows, he could very easily make a solo record with one heck of a guest list. In fact, he’s had offers to do just that. But when the longtime keyboardist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers decided to lay down a set of songs for an album that would bear his name on the cover, he preferred to keep the focus on the music rather than filling out each song session with star power. He wanted to keep the integrity of the project and let the songs dictate who the players should be.
"Basically, it's a comedy record."
The early '80s were a rough time for Aerosmith, with Joe Perry leaving the group in 1979 and Brad Whitford following two years later -- and only one new album, the uneven 'Rock in a Hard Place,' released between 1980 and '85. But on Feb. 14, 1984, the seeds for the band's comeback were planted backstage at Boston's Orpheum Theatre.