47 years ago this week, Bread entered the Billboard Hot 100 with the song that was not only their first top-20 hit but also their first #1 hit.
Written by David Gates, Bread’s primary songwriter, “Make It with You” wasn’t exactly what you’d call a group effort in the studio: the only two members of the band to appear on the track were Mike Botts, who – as ever – sat behind the drum kit, and Gates himself, who was responsible for both lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, and strings.
38 years ago today, The Cars released “Let’s Go,” the first single from their sophomore album, CANDY-O. That the two titles rhymed was probably coincidental, but it’s a nice little bonus, wouldn’t you say?
45 years ago this week, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with their cover of a Carole King classic, one which – you may be surprised to learn – they recorded before James Taylor’s version had even been released as a single.
June is African-American Music Appreciation Month, and as much as it sounds like a holiday that would’ve emerged from a record company board room, it’s actually something that’s been on the books since President Jimmy Carter decreed it back on June 7, 1979.
Rhino is celebrating the month by releasing several albums on vinyl – some recent releases, some classics – and here are the details on this week’s batch:
Fleetwood Mac fans who know their stuff are aware of a 1973 album called BUCKINGHAM NICKS, a duo consisting of – you guessed it – soon-to-be Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, but now a new duo is rising from the band’s membership. Mr. Buckingham is still in the mix, but this time he’s recorded an album’s worth of songs with Christine McVie, and if you weren’t otherwise occupied with reading about it, you could be picking up a copy right now!
For the sake of argument, though, let’s say that you want to read about it before picking up a copy.
When a band’s very first single climbs all the way to the top of Billboard’s Modern Rock chart, it might be a bit much to say that the band members are living a charmed life, but…would you believe semi-charmed?
Interview: Harold Bronson, author of My British Invasion
By Will Harris
Although it’s appropriate, given that it’s what he’s here to promote, it seems a bit silly to only identify Harold Bronson by the title of his latest book, especially when the identification is being done on the website of the label he helped to found. That’s right: Bronson and his cohort Richard Foos are the guys who started Rhino Records back in 1978, so please follow our lead and genuflect in their general direction.
If you know anything at all about jazz, then you surely must at least have heard the name “John Coltrane” in passing, what with him being one of the most legendary figures in the history of the genre. The iconic saxophonist has gotten a further profile boost this year with the release of John Scheinfeld’s acclaimed film Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, and to keep that momentum going, Rhino is reissuing Coltrane’s much-lauded work for Atlantic Records.