Category: Music

ELTON JOHN – “THE DIVING BOARD”

Elton John was the biggest rock star of them all in the early to mid-1970s. As disco music started dominating the pop charts in the late 1970s, combined with the success of such bands as Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, Elton’s star dimmed. To his credit, he was able to rebound nicely in the mid 1980s and kept making hits through the 1990s.

PAUL McCARTNEY – “NEW”

Paul McCartney certainly has nothing to prove at this point but he still looks and sounds quite spry at age 71. He has certainly worked hard at promoting it as he gave impromptu concerts in Times Square and at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria.

STING – “THE LAST SHIP”

It has been a decade since Sting released an album of new material before he ended his drought with his recently released album “The Last Ship.”

2013 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

The Songwriters Hall of Fame does not get the buzz that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame does for a number of reasons. The most prominent is that it does not have its own building as it’s given some space in LA’s Grammy Museum thanks to National Recording Arts & Sciences CEO and Bayside native Neil Portnow.

PATSY CLINE – “ON THE AIR”

This past March marked the 50th anniversary of the death of one of country music’s greatest singers, Patsy Cline. The milestone did not get as much media attention as it should have but at least her old record company, Universal Music, took the trouble of dipping into their archives to compile tracks that she recorded live at both the Grand Ole Opry and on a Nashville music program, “The Greg Reeves Show.”

AARON NEVILLE – “MY TRUE STORY”

It has long been said that the great ones always make it look easy. That statement certainly applies to silky-voiced singer Aaron Neville whose hits include “Tell It Like It Is,” “Don’t Know Much,” “All My Life,” and “Don’t Take Away My Heaven.”

PAUL ANKA – “DUETS”

Given the fact that his recording career spans over 55 years and that he has always enjoyed collaborating with other artists, it’s somewhat surprising that it has taken Paul Anka all of this time to come up with his first album of duets with other artists. “Duets” consists of 14 tracks and most of which were recorded well in the past.

RITA WILSON – “AM/FM”

Rita Wilson is a talented film actress who is, fairly or not, best known for being married to actor Tom Hanks. Unbeknownst to most, Wilson is a singer, and judging by her debut album, “AM/FM,” a very good one. The title refers to the memorable hit songs that Wilson heard on various radio stations in her native Los Angeles when growing up in the 1960s and the early 1970s.

ELVIS PRESLEY – “ALOHA FROM HAWAII VIA SATELLITE”

By 1973 Elvis Presley had long established himself as one of the most famous entertainers in history. The irony is that a lot of baby boomers had never seen him perform an entire concert because they were too young to remember his golden hit-making years from 1956 to 1962. While he still put out records, Elvis spent most of the 1960s making mediocre movies for MGM.