Biz Markie, known for classic rap song ‘Just a Friend,’ dies Saturday, Jul 17 2021 

Born Marcel Theo Hall, the rapper-DJ died peacefully Friday evening with his wife by his side, according to a representative.


Cardi B, Queen Latifah, Lil Nas X shine at BET Awards Sunday, Jun 27 2021 

The ceremony showed off rap's best female artists and celebrated gay pride.


Wednesday’s CMT Awards will honor more than just country stars Wednesday, Jun 9 2021 

Stars like Gladys Knight, Pink, John Legend, Halsey, H.E.R. and Noah Cyrus will join Wednesday's show.


Dolly Parton sings “My Tennessee Mountain Home” to celebrate the state’s 225th birthday Monday, May 31 2021 

Dolly originally released the song, "My Tennessee Mountain Home," in 1973. The video features the streets, landmarks and beautiful natural scenery of the state.


Jonas Brothers announce 2021 summer tour with stops in Cincinnati, Noblesville Wednesday, May 19 2021 

Country music star Kelsea Ballerini will join the tour, which has 44 dates on the schedule.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reveals 13 inductees in class of 2021: Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, JAY-Z make the cut Wednesday, May 12 2021 

There are 13 new inductees being cemented in music history this year.


Blake Shelton joins drive to help feed out-of-work musicians Tuesday, May 11 2021 

Blake Shelton said he is proud to be part of the initiative and drumming up more support to raise funds for the food banks.


Billboard Awards: 16 nods for Weeknd, 6 for Morgan Wallen Thursday, Apr 29 2021 

Others who scored multiple nominations include Bad Bunny, Chris Brown, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and Justin Bieber.


“As Tears Go By”: Rock & Roll Repast Monday, Apr 26 2021 

The image is iconic as any from the mid 60s, when mainstream media was taking notice.

The musical fad of teenagers, the one that rocked forth the previous decade, obviously had traction.

Rock & Roll. In all its many manifestations. Blasting from transistor radios, strapped to bicycle handlebars. Pouring from new stations on Friday night’s in the parents’ borrowed station wagon.

The vision, that moment from the boob tube, as it was still dismissively called, black and white. From “Hullabaloo,” which along with “Shindig” was one of two primetime network acknowledgments of the burgeoning culture.

Paul Anka introduced Brian Epstein. Brian Epstein introduced her.

And, there she was, in all her innocence — or so we thought — dressed on Carnaby Street. Straight hair. Bangs. Pale. Impassive.

Perched by some production designer, supported by one arm, her legs tucked under her, immobile on a cube, but for the slightest occasional tilt of the head or time keeping twist of the ankle. Her voice sweet, a whisper.

That indelible vision, a teenaged boy’s desire in toto.

Marianne Faithfull.

The song, a melancholy lament, proof that the Glimmer Twins who wrote it, weren’t totally evil bad boys, from which the world needed shelter.

Faithfull was Jagger’s GF at the time. She was hoping to use modeling money to attend Oxford.

Instead she became a rock & roll fave.

A one-hit wonder, more or less.

A junkie.

A survivor.

A woman of many lives, who overcame illnesses and addictions and career swings.

So, why am I thinking of Marianne Faithfull this day?

Well, I read an article this morning in the NY Times about her presence, her latest endeavor, a project reading poetry.

Byron. Keats. Shelley.

She is a woman of substance. Has been for a long while. Strong. obviously. Of diverse interests. Intelligent.

A woman in full.

But that song. That image from a half century gone. The tight camera close ups. He lack of emotion. It still resonates.

 * * * * *

So, curious to watch yet again, I youtubed the video, which I’ve viewed now and again through the decades, coming upon, as oft happens when chasing down that sort of rabbit hole, another version of the song.

This one by the Stones themselves. From ’13.

And there’s Jagger dueting with Taylor Swift, who frankly isn’t within a time zone of the right key, couldn’t find it with a new Apple Air Tag.

But her hair, Her look. It’s as if that 18 year old on “Hullabaloo” was still around.

But Mick and Taylor turn the melancholy tune into a little frolic, dancing about like they’re at cotillion. When the song, lovely really if simplistic, is about lost youth.

Oh well.

There’s still Ms. Faithfull, an ingenue, living on in ’64 in video.

The reality of lost youth it now evokes more resonant than ever.

— c d kaplan

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Prince album recorded in 2010 to be released this summer Thursday, Apr 8 2021 

Welcome 2 America, a previously unreleased studio album, will be released on July 30, 2021.


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