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."