Way Back 2019

Scorsese's Irishman Outdoes
All Others with More Than
a Score of Classic Tracks

The Band's main man Robbie Robertson got the nod from Martin Scorsese to compose original music for The Irishman, his new three-and-a-half-hour Netflix gangster epic starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and a cast of hundreds. It was no mean feat for Robertson, who deftly mixed his score with an extensive selection of classic and should-be-classic pop tunes. The choices cover several categories as various periods are... MORE ››

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The Chantels

Arlene Smith and The Chantels helped establish the female group sound while securing a high position on the Top 100 Girl Groups of the '50s and '60s! ... MORE ››

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The Mamas and the Papas

The talent was there, the group's arrival on the music scene was explosive, the uniqueness and appeal undeniable, but The Mamas and the Papas burned out very quickly. Built on shaky ground, this undisciplined aggregation always seemed headed for disaster. The unfortunate breakup came after the quirky quartet made an indelible impression during a couple of years filled with more twists and turns than your typical soap opera. One can only guess at the levels that might have been reached had they made a more serious effort. In the late 1950s, John Phillips (Johnny in those days) was part of a short-lived Alexandria, Virginia vocal harmony group called The Del Ray Locals. Then he joined folk outfit The Abstracts. With Phil Blondheim and ... MORE ››

Vinyl Attack Chris Kenner

I Like it Like That
Chris Kenner

I'd like to be able to say that Chris Kenner was one of the most prolific singer-songwriters to come from New Orleans, but that, unfortunately, is not the case. He had his share of personal problems that held him back, but along the way collaborated regardless of vices with some of the city's most talented sons and created at least two songs that have ... MORE ››