D.J. Fontana, Elvis’ Original Drummer, Dead at 87

  D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley’s drummer from 1954-1968, has died in his sleep in Nashville.  He was 87 years old, the last of the original members of Presley’s band. Fontana’s energy, power, and excitement were key contributors to Elvis’ unique sound—together, they...

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Dion Pays Tribute to RFK with “Abraham, Martin, & John”

Lots of attention paid this week to the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death (Thurs., June 6th), which came just two months after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, both events occurring as the war in Viet Nam was escalating---CNN dubbed it "the...

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Dear Stevie Nicks, We’re Sorry We Missed Your Birthday.

  In the midst of the Memorial Day BBQs, beaches, and hitting the road, we completely overlooked the legendary singer/songwriter AND Boomer Stevie Nicks' 70th birthday, which was last Sat. (May 26th). Men have had their fantasies about her, and many women have, too,...

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Memorial Day: Brew, BBQ, & Do The Right Thing

Ironic, isn’t it, that the same “Memorial Day Weekend!” that kicks off Summer Surf & Sun! is also a solemn, sad remembrance (not a "holiday") that’s personal to families and friends who lost loved ones in an American war—any war, and that’s also public, because the...

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Tequila!

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that  commemorates a minor Mexican military victory, and which is more popular here in the U.S. than it is in Mexico. Sometimes known as  “drinko de mayo,” tequila is the drink of choice. Flash back to “Tequila” the song.  It’s...

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Willie Nelson Turns 85; Boomers Seem Young By Comparison

If you are alive, “Ready To Roar” will get you smilin’ (at worst) and (at best) tappin’ or clappin …and it’s not even a great song, it's just an OK song that hits the right note, the right rhythm, the right tone, and that's because Willie Nelson, the song’s co-writer...

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