A Classic Animated Christmas

From the vaults, classics indeed: 1939's 'Peace on Earth,' the only cartoon ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize; from 1913, Ladislas Starevitch's pioneering and amazing stop-motion animated 'The Insects' Revenge' (plus a pr...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Gone Home

A tribute to Alvin Lee, who walked away from the mammoth success of Ten Years After to pursue his solo muse. A true '60s guitar legend, Lee passed away on March 6.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Remembering Jeff Golub, 1955-2015

Remembering Jeff Golub: Honoring the life and celebrating the music he made before leaving this mortal coil on New Year's Day.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Stranger On the Shore

In 1962 British jazz clarinetist ACKER BILK penned a haunting instrumental for his daughter Jenny, changed its title and saw it sell a million copies. Here's how YouTube commenters remember it.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Saluting Jonathan Winters

We lost a true original with the April 11 passing of JONATHAN WINTERS, an improvisational comedy genius (and author, actor, artist). In VIDEO FILE, we look back on a few of his many special moments.
by David McGee
 

 
 

When Robert Mitchum Was Like So…

In 1957, while filming in Trinidad with director John Huston, ROBERT MITCHUM became obsessed with Calypso music, so much so that he made an entire album of it, for Capitol, with Johnny Mercer's blessing. It's good stuff. Let's ...
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘He Brought a Certain Level of Class to the Blues’: Remembering Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, 1930-2013

American music lost a giant with the passing of BOBBY 'BLUE' BLAND. Our tribute offers an overview of his career and a guide to his essential recordings.
by David McGee
 

 
 

When Patti Page Left Her Mark On Me

WHEN PATTI PAGE LEFT HER MARK ON ME: A sweet childhood memory of a chance encounter with Patti Page--radiant, with a scent of roses--in front of her parents' home in Tulsa. By David McGee
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Thanksgiving Celebration in Song

Reflections on Thanksgiving in song. Music by Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Johnny Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, George Winston, Celtic Women and, by way of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Vince...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Always Sweethearts In Song

As The Canadian Sweethearts, Bob Regan and Lucille Starr never had big hits during their prime years of 1963-1967, but they made wonderful records in a folk-country vein, with some straight-ahead honky tonkers spicing up their ...
by David McGee
 

 

 

George Beverly Shea Turns 104, Honored with Graham Library Exhibit

An indispensable component of Billy Graham's Crusades with his ministry in song, GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA, a towering figure in 20th Century gospel music, turned 104 on Feb. 1. A look back at a life writ large.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Softly, As She Leaves Us

Style and Substance: Remembering EYDIE GORME + a potpourri of her essential recordings
by David McGee