LAST YEAR THE QUESTION of “Why was Paul the most successful out of all the Beatles?” turned up on Quora. Of course, I chimed in with an answer. But before I post that here, I want my readers to understand a few things: For the period 1963-1969—you know, when he was a member of a band called the Beatles—I consider Paul McCartney to be the most creative bass player in pop music along with being one of the best songwriters and singers. READ MORE
WE LAUNCHED our new publication Tell It Like It Was on Medium on January 1, 2019. The articles within address popular music, primarily rock & roll from the ’60s. “We” are John Ross (my favorite music blogger), Lew Shiner (my favorite novelist), and myself. We love the music (and the books and the movies and the styles and the girls girls girls) of that era. READ MORE
ON JANUARY 29, 1966, one of the strangest hit records in popular music made its debut on the Cash Box Top 100. It wasn’t the strongest day for new singles debuting on that survey: the week’s highest-charting new entry was the Dave Clark 5’s At The Scene (#58). It was a solid, if unexceptional, side by the group that had been the Beatles’ strongest competition on the American charts during the British Invasion of 1964-1965. READ MORE
IN AN ATTEMPT to reach more potential readers for my blogs, I have taken to answering questions posed on Quora. While the questions posed run the gamut of the rationality spectrum, most of the answers provided by readers are intelligent and articulate. It’s a good site that claims to have more than 190,000,000 monthly unique visitors!