The Rolling Stones Beggar's Banquet Album Launch Party 12-5-1968

"Time flies like an arrow, Fruit flies like a banana" (Groucho Marx)  Yesterday marked the 50th Anniversary of the release of the Rolling Stones' classic Beggar's Banquet album!  In 1968, the Rolling Stones were trying to salvage their careers as…

Long Island Sounds December 2018

DECEMBER 2018
  • 1st - Frank Latorre & The Kingbees  The Maples  Manorville, NY

Journey down to this cool American restaurant and get yer blues buzz on!  Frank Latorre, a Grammy winning Harmonica player, and his band…

Rock & Roll Geography: Whisky A Go Go (Los Angeles, CA)

Today, on this latest edition of Rock & Roll Geography, we take a stroll down to California to check out The Whisky A Go Go, one of LA's most historic landmarks.  Still in business today, this venerable club is…

Hot Platters: My All-Time Favorite Live Albums

Live albums were once a staple of most rock acts but could possibly be considered an endangered species nowadays.  Sure, over the years there have been many live albums that were released as a holding action because a band…

Long Island Sounds November 2018

NOVEMBER 2018
  • 1st - Time Out Blues Band  Giacomo Jacks  Amityville, NY

Ahwooooooooo!  If you think you got some hellhounds on your trail, head on down to this legendary venue and the Time Out Blues Band will…

Faces in the Crowd: Nudie Cohn, the Cosmic Tailor

"Nuta Kotlyarenko, known professionally as Nudie Cohn (December 15, 1902 – May 9, 1984), was a Ukrainian-born American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known popularly as Nudie Suits, and other elaborate outfits for some of the most famous…

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…