The laid-back groove of guitarist George Benson's 1976 his "This Masquerade" might have surprised some listeners who heard it on the radio, but it was, in fact, an extension of the kind of music he had been making for years as a jazz artist, most prominently on the CTI label. Over the course of his association with CTI (from 1971 to 1975), Benson had been edging toward a synthesis of jazz and funk, with a noticeable pop polish.
12 years ago today, John “Bonzo” Bonham was declared to be in the top spot of Classic Rock Magazine’s list of the top drummers of all time.
Given his well-documentary history of being a madman behind the drum kit, it can’t have been a terribly stressful decision to pick Bonham for the top spot, but it was still the sort of honor that’s undeniably cool. If only Bonham himself had been able to attend, it would’ve arguably been the best night ever, but he’d slipped away to the next room (as poet Henry Scott Holland once put it) some years earlier, so he was limited to being there in spirit only, alas.
45 years ago today, David Bowie released an album that found him adopting the persona of a human-looking, guitar-playing alien who played for time while jiving us that we were voodoo.
Recorded at London’s Trident Studios, THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS was a concept album which – per Bowie himself in an interview with William S. Burroughs – took place five years before Earth’s demise as a result of waning natural resources, with Ziggy serving as a prophet of sorts, delivering information given unto him by beings known as the Infinites.
40 years ago this month, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their second album, which was also their fifth album, except only sort of.
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29 years ago today, the Pet Shop Boys were talked into performing a pair of songs at the Piccadilly Theater, an occasion which is often described as the duo’s live debut.