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All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

Editor’s note: Another post from Jim Barton, our resident rock and metal expert. Cue the “Twilight Zone” theme. What could be written about Jimi Hendrix that hasn’t already? Suffice to say that in his hands, the electric guitar became truly electric; his revolutionary playing style turned thousands of heads. Without Hendrix, the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Metallica, AC/DC and boatloads of other metal bands would never have existed. Decades after his death, “Purple … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Rock

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Here is another one-hit wonder by an artist you will swear had more chart hits. But “Me and Bobby” McGee” represents Janis Joplin’s only flirtation with the Billboard Top 40. Think about that for a moment; Janis Joplin, a woman who is widely regarded as one of the great all-time rocks singers and a cautionary tale about the perils of alcholism, is a one-hit wonder artist. Just like Lou Reed, The Grateful Dead, Rush, Kraftwerk and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Iko Iko – The Belle Stars

Iko Iko – The Belle Stars

New Orleans is an amazing city. Amazing food. Fantastic musical tradition in jazz, blues, cajun and rock ‘n’ roll. Visit sometime; it’s well worth your time. An interesting phenomenon occurred recently while spending a week in the big easy. Walking through the storied French Quarter, one song appeared more often than any other: Iko Iko. Why Iko Iko? Why New Orleans? And why does Iko Iko prompt memories of The Belle Stars vs. The Dixie Cups … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop