Joe Cocker

I wanted to see Coldplay to see if Chris Martin is sexy in person. Indeed he is. For his August 6 performance in Philadelphia, my niece Audrey and I were given two fabulous seats at Lincoln Financial Center aka the Linc. On the fifty yard line. Up close and personal so I could inspect Mr. Martin without getting a nose bleed.
Until the very night I met him, Sammy Davis Jr. was someone that I irreverently made fun of because, to me, he represented that 'show business song-and-dance man' which I thought had a lack of sincerity when I would see him perform on TV.
Considered by many in the music industry to be the most frustrating place on the charts for a pop single to peak, I have always been fascinated with songs that made their home at #11.
What I remember about Joe was that he scared me at first glance. You've seen him in Woodstock, with that spastic stance that makes you wonder, "'What's up with this guy?"
And as people argue that so much mainstream music today has become all about superficialities (at least in my circle, they do), more about image and marketing than expression, we are forced to say goodbye to a man who epitomized the real and gritty.
Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?
Kevin Jenkins has titled his debut solo album Step Inside, but he has literally stepped away from the background as a sideman and onto the foreground as lead singer/bassist of his own band.
"I enjoy getting out in front of the crowds every single night, I enjoy seeing their faces light up and having a good time out there and seeing the smiles on their faces. That's what gives me a thrill now, just getting up there for the live action and just performing."
The 69-year-old Paul McCartney & Wings guitarist is critically ill after suffering from a heart attack on Monday, Nov. 5
"If you're prepared for what you'd like to do with the rest of your life and you're putting in the time and are passionate about what you're doing, you have to just stay with it. There's no magic formula for how to get through the maze."
Rob Giles' new album, When We Were Happy, dives into the heartbreak of loosing and healing from relationships, shows his raw emotional ability to transport listeners through song.
"I found out a couple years ago that I'm actually dyslexic in music ... it does explain why I can write for an orchestra but then I can't read it back the next day. It's like trying to write with my left hand. It can be done but it doesn't make any sense for me."
Thanksgiving is met with fear every year, especially for those of us who have to face the recurring nudges of a Jewish family like "move your hair away from your face" or "you're not eating enough in New York."
Moments before he accepted the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from his lovely friend and former hospital co-worker Julianna Margulies, George Clooney proved once and for all what a truly great humanitarian he is.
Listening Booth: 1970 is a concept album that compiles Marc Cohn's favorite -- and many would feel greatest -- songs from that year.
This modern legend is considered one of the greatest innovators and most influential musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries, and Herbie Hancock's music continues to transcend jazz's stereotype.