Happy Birthday Brian Wilson

Happy 70th birthday to musical genius Brian Wilson!  He is without a doubt one of the greatest American composers of popular music in the rock era. Between 1963 and 1965, he wrote and produced nine Beach Boys albums and 16 singles, and in 1966 he unleashed the brilliant Pet Sounds, an album rightfully considered as one of the greatest…

Top 10 Covers Better Than the Original

My previous post, featuring a song penned by Bob Dylan, but popularized by George Harrison, got me thinking about cover songs. I’m usually an advocate for authenticity and will be the first to say there’s nothing like the original, but every now and then a fantastic cover comes along that almost surpasses the original. I’ve compiled a top…

If Not For You- George Harrison, Bob Dylan and the Concert for Bangladesh

Madison Square Garden, August 1971- The Concert for Bangladesh is the very first benefit concert in rock history. This historical show was organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from Bangladesh following a devastating cyclone.The event’s lineup was quite impressive: Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton,  Ringo Starr, Billy Preston,…

This “thing” once belonged to Stephen Stills

I recently saw Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, Prometheus and left the the movies humming Stephen Still’s Love the One You’re With on the way home. Now that’s no coincidence as the song and the artist are both referenced in the sic fi film …  set in 2093! In my favourite scene of the movie, the spaceship…