Paul McCartney is often dismissed as the “cheerful” Beatle. But there are some darker depths to his songwriting.
Her hit, “Ode to Billie Joe,” put Bobbie Gentry on the map — and began her journey to get away from the pressures of fame.
During club gigs, Steve Forbert performed this song even though it wasn’t on his album. Soon, he realized he might have a hit on his hands.
Fifty years after Cat Stevens issued “Tea for the Tillerman,” an older, wiser Yusuf Islam does a fresh take on his younger self (and songs).