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60 items by Bill Crandall

  • Remembering the Forgotten Beatle

    Remembering the Forgotten Beatle | ARTICLE

    A decade after the Beatles split, kids in my grammar school still had a favorite Beatle -- and they still debated the merits of their choices. And, to this day, my nieces and nephews -- who were...

    December 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Concept Zero Carry on Mom's Spirit

    Concept Zero Carry on Mom's Spirit | ARTICLE

    Since September 11th, musicians have been lining up to play benefit concerts for "those most affected" by the terrorist attacks. Lucky for the performers -- and most of us watching at home -- they were not among...

    November 21, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Artists Rise Up for America

    Artists Rise Up for America | ARTICLE

    Friday night's America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon to raise money for victims and families of the September 11th terrorist attacks was among the most star-studded programs in TV history, yet none of the names were familiar....

    September 24, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Bruce, Alicia Do TV Special

    Bruce, Alicia Do TV Special | ARTICLE

    Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow and Paul Simon are among the artists participating in America: A Tribute to Heroes, a two-hour, commercial-free TV special to be broadcast live Friday night at 9 p.m. ET/8...

    September 19, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Sugar Ray (Not Chicken Lips)

    Sugar Ray (Not Chicken Lips) | ARTICLE

    Mark McGrath is smart and smart-lookin', qualities that have enabled him to win bundles on Rock & Roll Jeopardy and appear in a steamy Candie's commercial. He's also Sugar Ray's singer. The correct question to the "The...

    June 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Cash Sues Urban Outfitters

    Cash Sues Urban Outfitters | ARTICLE

    Johnny Cash and renowned rock photographer Jim Marshall filed a joint lawsuit against Urban Outfitters, Inc. in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, citing "wrongful, oppressive and malicious conduct." Marshall is charging the clothing retailer with copyright...

    April 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Good NY Vibrations for Brian Wilson at Tribute

    Good NY Vibrations for Brian Wilson at Tribute | ARTICLE

    Three signs that the Brian Wilson tribute you're attending is not in Southern California but New York: 1) Any glimpse of Billy Joel or Paul Simon causes immediate standing ovations; 2) the words "and, of course, the...

    March 30, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Beatles Move One Million "1"s in One Week

    Beatles Move One Million "1"s in One Week | ARTICLE

    This just in: The good people of the United States of America love the Beatles. Leading SoundScan's gaudy pre-Christmas-week album sales chart, the Fab Four moved a whopping 1.25 million copies of "1," the new collection of...

    December 27, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • U2 Hope to Reawaken America

    U2 Hope to Reawaken America | ARTICLE

    America is undergoing its second outbreak of U2 fatigue. Back in 1987, the Irish quartet could do no wrong on these shores. The blues/gospel/roots inspired album The Joshua Tree, U2's undisputed critical and commercial masterpiece (10 million...

    November 1, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Merle Haggard's Still Swinging

    Merle Haggard's Still Swinging | ARTICLE

    Merle Haggard was a punk rocker before the term was even coined. Not that he ever churned out feedback-drenched, three-chord anthems of angst, but he was, and is, the very embodiment of the spirit.While other country stars...

    October 13, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Elvis Costello a Loveable Hero in Nieve Melody

    Elvis Costello a Loveable Hero in Nieve Melody | ARTICLE

    Elvis Costello stumbled across the stage of New York's Town Hall Friday night gripping a newspaper in one hand and a paper-bag-wrapped bottle in the other. He wasn't drunk, but his character sure was -- inebriated from...

    June 12, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Wonder, Hill, Clapton Praise Mayfield

    Wonder, Hill, Clapton Praise Mayfield | ARTICLE

    "People must prove to the people a better day is coming for you and for me," the Impressions sang in 1967's "Choice of Colors," one of Curtis Mayfield's many civil rights anthems. Thirty-three years later, and two...

    February 23, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Santana Feels Grammy Magic

    Santana Feels Grammy Magic | ARTICLE

    Santana's legend was born at the original Woodstock, where skinny guitarist Carlos Santana and his Latin-rhythmed ensemble blew the already blown minds of Yasgur's farm-goers back in 1969. Three decades later, Carlos himself may not be as...

    January 4, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Box Set Keeps the Dead Alive

    Box Set Keeps the Dead Alive | ARTICLE

    "For a major-label product, this is an incredibly subversive collection of very outside-looking music," says Steve Silberman of the upcoming five-CD Grateful Dead box set, So Many Roads (1965-1995).| Silberman, author of Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads, co-produced the set...

    September 23, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • The Artist Unveils New Album

    The Artist Unveils New Album | ARTICLE

    While Hurricane Floyd pounded New York City on Thursday, the Artist was whipping up a little storm of his own. Backed by New Power Generation, the Artist gave up the funk and soul to a select audience of label execs...

    September 17, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Bad Vibrations: Brian Wilson Sues Collaborator

    Bad Vibrations: Brian Wilson Sues Collaborator | ARTICLE

    After canning his iron-fisted father Murry Wilson as the Beach Boys manager in 1964 and getting a separation order from his psychiatrist/manager Eugene Landy in 1991, Brian Wilson again wants out of a business/personal relationship. Yesterday, in California Superior Court in...

    August 24, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • College Student Busted for Internet Piracy

    College Student Busted for Internet Piracy | ARTICLE

    A twenty-two-year-old college student is the latest casualty in the escalating war over MP3s. On Friday, Aug. 20, Jeffrey Gerard Levy pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., to violating the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act. He...

    August 23, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Spin Doctors Singer Loses Voice

    Spin Doctors Singer Loses Voice | ARTICLE

    The voice of the Spin Doctors is without his voice. Chris Barron, lead singer of the New York-based neo-hippie pop troupe, has been diagnosed with a rare vocal cord paralysis that leaves him unable to speak above a whisper. According to...

    August 18, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Gin Blossoms Singer a Giant Again

    Gin Blossoms Singer a Giant Again | ARTICLE

    Former Gin Blossoms singer Robin Wilson has been through rock & roll heaven, rock & roll hell and rock & roll purgatory. Now, with his band the Gas Giants, he hopes to get back to loftier realms. Today, the Phoenix-based...

    August 12, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Record Industry Stops Blaming Rio

    Record Industry Stops Blaming Rio | ARTICLE

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) formally dropped their lawsuit against Diamond Multimedia, the manufacturer of the controversial Rio portable MP3 player. Last month, a federal appeals court ruled that the...

    August 5, 1999 12:00 AM ET
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