Marty Balin was a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and later, Jefferson Starship. Grace Slick get all the press, but Balin’s contributions to the San Francisco sound were major.
The late engineer’s input on many Beatle classics is legendary. But Geoff Emerick also lent his exceptional talents to the Zombies and prog-rock’s Robin Trower.
CBGBs, Central Park, opening for Blur… Jonathan Fire*Eater was an edgy NYC band that the Village Voice compared to the Stones. What happened?
If the Queen of Soul had stuck with either jazz or gospel, she could easily have become a sovereign of those music genres too.
When drummer Jabo Starks died in May 2018, we lost the last living link to that funky James Brown groove. But a wide array of artists, from Prince to Iggy Pop to Q Burns Abstract Message, furthered his contributions by incorporating his unique rhythmic vibe into some of their songs.