Donovan

Donovan

Plenty of artists have explored strange frontiers in their music, but Donovan was the ultimate psychedelic troubadour. In the late 60s, he produced an unforgettable string of songs that combined pop melodies, traditional folk elements and psychedelic sounds to create a style that was often imitated and seldom duplicated. Continue reading...

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

A rock and roll pioneer, Roy Orbison left us with a catalog of songs that touched the hearts of generations. With his characteristic dark sunglasses, deep vibrato (with the occasional punctuating falsetto), “The Big O,” as he was nicknamed, produced hits that regularly broke the Top Ten, hits that were a touchstone for generations of the lovelorn and heartbroken. Continue reading...

Simon and Garfunkle

Simon and Garfunkle

There was a simplistic beauty to Simon and Garfunkle, two voices intertwined in pristine harmony to the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar. Add haunting, cerebral lyrics written by a masterful storyteller and you have one of the most successful musical duos of all time. But underneath the magic was a volatile tension that, despite their many appearances together, the pair has never quite been able to mend. Continue reading...

Boston

Boston

If one wanted to hear the rebellious, in-your-face spirit of Bostonians, one needed to look no further than the gritty guitar sounds on the debut album by the 70s supergroup aptly named Boston. A technological marvel filled with plenty of ear candy, this hybrid of hard rocking and heartwarming ballads catapulted Boston to the top of the charts. Continue reading...

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

If you are under the impression that you've never heard Glen Campbell, you are probably mistaken. A gifted musician, vocalist and performer, the guitarist who fittingly came from Delight, Arkansas has delighted millions with his hit songs, movie and television appearances, and as one of the busiest session musicians in Hollywood during the 60s and 70s. Continue reading...

John Cougar Mellencamp

John Cougar Mellencamp

Despite countless obstacles along the way, John Cougar Mellencamp persevered all the way to the top, managing to carve out a personalized fusion of folk, rock and country music that landed him numerous hits - and made him the voice of millions of ordinary folks struggling to make their own way. Continue reading...

J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band

In the late 60's, there was a whole lot of that crazy hippie music wafting through the East Coast air. But if you found yourself in the decidedly un-wimpy Boston, in front of the decidedly un-wimpy J. Geils Band, you might just forget about that hippie music. These guys were known for their tough, sweaty rock and roll, and their pumping-fist fans ate it up. Continue reading...

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

With a knack for setting trends and scoring hits, Billy Idol made his mark in the 80s by blurring the boundaries between punk, hard rock and pop. Coupled with his bad boy image and trademark sneer, his music videos quickly became part of the regular rotation of an emerging presence called MTV and, in the process, made him one of the decade's biggest stars. Continue reading...