Jamaica mourns one of her native sons in the passing of Lloyd Brevett, original bassist for The Skatalites, at the age of 80. Brevett was there at the beginning. It is not hyperbole to say that The Skatalites were one of the most influential bands ever, and not just in the narrow genre of Ska.Read More
Willie Nelson turns 79 today and he’s still going strong, dropping his new CD “Heroes” next month, featuring Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Sheryl Crow, among others. Who would have predicted that back in 1961, when Willie was just an itinerant song-plugger trying to sell “Crazy” to Patsy Cline, thatRead More
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared today Duke Ellington Day, on what would have been the 110th birthday of the musical legend. Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington died in 1974 at the age of 75, but his music will never die. According to UPI: To commemorate the musician’s life, The Islands of the BahamasRead More
This is such a great video. The SMiLE Sessions is hours and hours of tape from the never-released masterpiece SMiLE by The Beach Boys, who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. This is how Brian Wilson always wanted Heroes and Villains to play.
People, who know that Dub Reggae is my favourite musical genre, and that I was also a ‘60s psychedelic, hard-driving, product of Detroit, are often surprised to learn that my favourite singer of all is Mr. Bing Crosby. Here’s something totally stupid and incomprehensible to whet your appetite while I try and convince you thatRead More
Recently, through a chance Twitter encounter, I was interviewed about my experiences working for Island Records Canada for a series of documentary podcasts called “How Jamaica Conquered The World.” As a professional journalist for 4 decades, and having been interviewed myself, one often regrets opening up to a stranger. Not in this case. How JamaicaRead More