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48 items by Bill Crandall

  • English Beat Frontman Remembers Andy Williams

    English Beat Frontman Remembers Andy Williams | ARTICLE

    Singer Andy Williams, who died Tuesday at age 84, was best known for popularizing American classics like "Moon River," "Days of Wine and Roses" and the holiday favorite "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"...

    September 27, 2012 10:45 AM ET
  • When Robin Gibb Reigned

    When Robin Gibb Reigned | ARTICLE

    Before the Bee Gees spread disco fever across radio waves, dance floors and movie screens, they were somewhat less known for their exquisite pop ballads. And they had a different lead singer: Robin Gibb, who succumbed to...

    May 20, 2012 9:45 PM ET
  • Now 20, Santana Top Chart

    Now 20, Santana Top Chart | ARTICLE

    News flash: The people of America like the hits. And, according to the latest Nielsen SoundScan figures, they flocked to their local record stores this past week and bought up 378,000 copies of the twentieth installment of...

    November 9, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Jack Johnson Makes Waves

    Jack Johnson Makes Waves | ARTICLE

    Jack Johnson bugs critics. With little praise from us (RS has given his records an average of 2.25 stars) and little play on the airwaves, the Hawaiian singer-songwriter has sold more than a million copies of each...

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Cream Brew Up N.Y. Shows

    Cream Brew Up N.Y. Shows | ARTICLE

    On the heels of their triumphant four-night stand in London, Cream have scheduled an encore -- on U.S. shores. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame rock trio -- guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer...

    September 7, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Pete Townshend Lauds Michael Jackson

    Pete Townshend Lauds Michael Jackson | ARTICLE

    While gearing up to play his first Who concert in nearly a year at the London edition of Live 8, Pete Townshend weighed in on the verdict of Michael Jackson's child molestation trial. "I was pleased Michael...

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Michael Jackson Says Thank You

    Michael Jackson Says Thank You | ARTICLE

    In his first public statement since his acquittal, Michael Jackson used his Web site to express his gratitude to his supporters. "Thank you to my family, friends and fans for all of your love and support," reads...

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • GLC, Sek Loso Rule SXSW

    GLC, Sek Loso Rule SXSW | ARTICLE

    This year's South by Southwest Music Festival was bigger -- and colder -- than ever. But once you got past the lines and out of the wind, there was plenty to see. Just be glad you weren't...

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Blind Boys' Scott Dies

    Blind Boys' Scott Dies | ARTICLE

    George Scott, baritone singer and founding member of veteran gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama, died Wednesday at age seventy-five. He had been suffering from diabetes and a heart condition, which forced him to take...

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Love Is Hell Part 1

    Love Is Hell Part 1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    According to Ryan Adams' semi-coherent Web posts during the making of what was supposed to be his third studio album, his label balked as his new songs, telling him they were "too alternative rock," "incredibly depressing" and...

    December 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Clash

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Clash | ARTICLE

    When I spoke with Joe Strummer in November, his ears were ringing. He and his band the Mescaleros had just finished rehearsing for a U.K. tour, and he hadn't even spoken with his former Clash bandmates --...

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2003: AC/DC

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2003: AC/DC | ARTICLE

    During every Grammy season there is a squabble over the meaning of the term "hard rock." For the exact definition, see AC/DC. Australian rockers AC/DC formed in 1973 with the goal of combining the screaming of Little Richard...

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Righteous Brothers

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Righteous Brothers | ARTICLE

    Many bands with famous names suffer from the "yeah, but what do they sing?" problem. Not the Righteous Brothers. In the mid-Sixties, with producer Phil Spector, they recorded a couple numbers called "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "Unchained Melody," huge...

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Elvis Costello

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Elvis Costello | ARTICLE

    Elvis Costello debuted in 1977 as rock & roll's greatest amalgam. He sported the King's name, looked and dressed like Buddy Holly, and his music combined the Beatles' Mersey Beat with punk rock's indignation and Dylan's eloquence. Over...

    February 28, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Beck Breaks Hearts in Hoboken

    Beck Breaks Hearts in Hoboken | ARTICLE

    Beck knows Sea Change isn't exactly Valentine's Night music, but, during a surprise show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, he and his five-piece band played his breakup songs anyway. "This one's for all the Valentines that have gone awry,"...

    February 18, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Lost Beatles Tapes Found?

    Lost Beatles Tapes Found? | ARTICLE

    Police in England and the Netherlands say that raids they conducted Friday may have unearthed lost original Beatles recordings. Five men were arrested, two in London and three south of Amsterdam, where the more than 500 tapes...

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Grammy's Golden Age of Parity

    Grammy's Golden Age of Parity | ARTICLE

    The Grammys, like the National Football League, have achieved their own blissful state of parity. Eminem, far and away the year's most visible artist, received a once-hefty total of five nominations yesterday, and so did Bruce Springsteen, rock's largest living...

    January 8, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Joe Strummer Dead at Fifty

    Joe Strummer Dead at Fifty | ARTICLE

    Joe Strummer, former singer, guitarist and songwriter for legendary punk rockers the Clash, died Sunday at his home in Somerset, England of an apparent heart attack; he was fifty. An autopsy is pending. The son of a British...

    December 23, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Strummer Recording New Album

    Strummer Recording New Album | ARTICLE

    Fresh off their November Bringing It All Back Home Tour of the U.K., Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros are heading into the studio to record their third album. The follow-up to 2001's Global a Go-Go is due out in the...

    November 27, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • "Eminem Show" Gets an Encore

    "Eminem Show" Gets an Encore | ARTICLE

    As Eminem and the rest of the pop world learned this week, there's nothing like movie theaters to drive folks to record stores. Thanks to the barrage of trailers for the rapper's new film, 8 Mile, he...

    August 28, 2002 12:00 AM ET
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