Hot Platters: Warner Reprise Songbook 1969

Looking at the troubles that the music industry finds itself in today, my thoughts return to a time when record companies energetically courted listeners by releasing bargain product samplers. Such is the case with today's Hot Platter --- the…

My First Gig

52 years ago I played my first gig on October 9, 1966.  I remember that gig as if it took place yesterday.  In October of 1966.  I was 14 years old and playing in a trio that went by…

Rock & Roll Library: Paperback Writer (Mark Shipper)

Paperback Writer: The Life and Times of the Beatles, the Spurious Chronicle of Their Rise to Stardom, Their Triumphs and Disasters, Plus the Amazing Story of Their Ultimate Reunion (Mark Shipper, 1978) 

 Today, I'd like to shine a…

Memory Lunchbox: Howard Johnson's

I've always found the end of summer to be a time for looking back on various parts of my life.  A person never knows when a memory from years past will suddenly capture their imagination.  This morning, out of…