Category: Rock ‘n Roll News

Jimmy Webb on John Lennon’s Lost Weekend, Writing for Frank Sinatra

from Rolling Stone Magazine (online) During the late Sixties and early Seventies, Jimmy Webb was arguably the most successful mainstream songwriter alive, churning out sweeping, richly orchestrated hits for Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, among others. Yet while...

/ April 20, 2017

Paul McCartney Explains How the Beatles Wouldn’t Exist Without Chuck Berry

BY MATT MILLER MAR 21, 2017  In early 1958, Chuck Berry released “Sweet Little Sixteen,” a song that would change the course of music history. It ignited the urge to celebrate rock and roll in kids throughout America, but it also...

/ March 21, 2017

The 10 Most Uplifting Songs in the World, According to Science By Chris Matyszczyk

No, there are no Beatles songs. But Billy Joel is there. You want uplift? You want downlift? Billy is always there for you. CREDIT: Getty Images Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly...

/ January 4, 2017

Allan Williams, who set up Beatles’ early gigs, dies at 86

Allan Williams, a fixture on the Liverpool music scene who gave the Beatles a place to practice and helped them get early gigs, has died. He was 86. Graham Stanley, manager of the Jacaranda club that Williams used to own, said Saturday that Williams died...

/ January 2, 2017

The Bridge Between the Brill Building & The Beatles Passes Away

by Pat Matthews More sad news in the music world to report today. Bobby Vee, a teen idol of the 1960s, who The Beatles covered in their early days, has died. He was 73. The always smiling pop singer whose...

/ October 24, 2016

Brian Wilson on the Influence of the Beatles and Rolling Stones

Brian Wilson releases his long-awaited memoir, I Am Brian Wilson. In this excerpt, he discusses the influence of two of the Beach Boys’ only true rivals in the ’60s: the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. And also, how bandmate/rival Mike Love helped...

/ October 11, 2016