This is a love story. It is, as love stories often are, filled with times of great happiness and many other moments filled with deep sadness. Some will say the ending is brutally painful while others will find joy in reading about the wisdom and inner peace of a man obsessed with two things – his music and the woman who adored him.
Anyone who knows me even slightly understands I may have been the biggest Beatles fan on the face of the earth, but anyone who knows me well is familiar with the fact that I believe Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five possessed the greatest voice of the sixties.
I was an admirer but that was not my reason for writing this article. As his fans look back on his death two years ago this week, the real purpose for this celebration of Mike’s journey was to delve into the background of his life, to discover the stories behind the story, from the rise to glory and fame to the sudden and literal crash that slowly ended his life.
From the very beginning, his trust and faith in his fellow man was terribly abused by a select few but when it mattered most, one very extraordinary woman and friends who understood the true meaning of love and respect stepped forward.
Posted by Ray on Saturday, February 27 @ 04:30:00 EST (928 reads)
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British Invasion: RISKY BUSINESS
Who Said Rock & Roll Ain't Pretty?
The Rolling Stones Risk Factor
The Rolling Stones are dusting off their guitars for a tour later this year. Mick and Keith, both 65, Ronnie, 61, and Charlie, 67, are set for a huge pay day by going on the road again. Ronnie Wood is especially keen on the idea so he can earn some cash to offset what looks to be a costly divorce from wife Jo.
The band has drawn up plans for the American tour, which can now go ahead after a proposed Faces reunion fell by the wayside. Ronnie was all set to perform with his old band, headed by Rod Stewart, later this year but those plans have been canned, perhaps for the same reason Wood’s position in the Stones is also in jeopardy.
One of the finest British Invasion bands – though underrated in the U.S. – the Hollies racked up twelve Top 40 singles between 1966 and 1983. We’ve added those and eight more under-appreciated songs to our Music Library.
Combine rich three-part harmonies, ringing guitars, infectious melodies and jazz oriented backbeats, and you’ll see why the Hollies were considered contemporaries of the Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones in England. The hits may have stopped 25 years ago, but this still-active band left us some amazing memories.
With the Police and Van Halen reuniting for tours, there is now news of a possible tour (and perhaps a new record) from one of the British Invasion's biggest bands.
The Kinks could be heading for an unlikely reunion - if an upcoming meeting produces results.
British Invasion: THIS BAND WAS ANYTHING BUT ''GLAD ALL OVER''
The Dave Clark Five had 17 Top Forty songs in a three-year span covering 1964-67, but they had the great misfortune early in their career to be labeled as challengers to The Beatles. The real challenge for most of the band, however, would be to overcome the dictatorial style of their leader. They failed.
Posted by Ray on Friday, July 22 @ 16:01:34 EDT (1869 reads)
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