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Josh Alan Friedman

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  • 4 years ago

    Atlantic Records co-founder Jerry Wexler and songwriter Jerry Leiber both relayed this anecdote: Leiber never went out to see live music — not even his own groups like the Coasters, Drifters or Elvis. But in June 1971, Wexler coaxed him to a...

  • 5 years ago

    Jimmie Vaughan is the blues guitarist who reinvented "less is more." On his website bio, younger brother Stevie is quoted as saying, "I play probably 80 [percent] of what I can play. Jimmie plays one percent of what he knows. He can play anything....

  • 6 years ago

    WARNING: Americans have a Fear of Music; they close their ears to unfamiliar sounds and avert their eyes from reading unpronounceable names. So be prepared as you read on, my fellow Americans. Musical provocateur Mark Rubin leads the most heroic l...

  • 7 years ago

    Jerry Wexler, one of the greatest record men of the 20th Century, passed away on August 15. But, before that, I flew to Sarasota, on June 12, for one last visit with him. And he got out of his deathbed for 30 minutes and came alive. I mentioned Ge...

  • 12 years ago

    Mac Rebennack, a.k.a. Dr. John, is America's answer to Vladimir Horowitz. He is the foremost master of boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano, as well as having invented a large piano vocabulary all his own, including elegant turnarounds on R&B numbe...

  • 14 years ago

    I've always believed that the humble Winedale Tavern, a shotgun railroad bar on Lower Greenville, attracts the most democratic mix of humanity of any club in Dallas. Both the homeless and the celebrated sit stool by stool, on even keel, protected ...