Many songs by the Beatles, Elton John, and the Moody Blues would’ve been much different without the deft hand of a skilled arranger. Even the Ramones utilized some strings. But exactly when did “strings” become a “thing” in rock?
Occasionally, the Stones brought in outside musicians to help. Who can forget Eric Clapton on “Little Red Rooster” or Sonny Rollins on “Waiting for a Friend”?
The roots-rocker returns with an album that (true to form) dips into everything from church music to New Orleans horns to social justice themes – all with his trademark twist. Plus, his son Joachim is the producer.
A massive three-disc compilation celebrates 50 years of John Kay and Steppenwolf’s classic rock. And you might be surprised at some of the deep-cut versions of favorites like “Magic Carpet Ride.”
The Fab Four’s habit of hit-making didn’t end when they disbanded. From McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs” to Ringo’s “Photograph” to Lennon’s “Woman” to George’s “Got My Mind Set on You,” each solo Beatle scaled the top of the charts.