After inventing Americana with their sepia-toned first two albums, The Band captured a snapshot of themselves with the personal reflections of Stage Fright.
Whether it’s joyous escapism, political anger or a personal spiritual quest that provides fuel for a great album is not of importance. What matters, as Coltrane said, is wanting "to speak to...
The King Of Rock’n’Roll made many definitive recordings, but there are a number of surprising Elvis Presley covers of songs not often associated with him.
One of the world’s pre-eminent songwriters, Jimmy Webb can be said to have spearheaded an Americana equivalent of The Great American Songbook.
Though a groundbreaking songwriter, when the idiosyncratic Chuck Berry took on the blues, he did it his own way – as an intriguing 1983 compilation proves.
Decca Records gave jazz artists Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong a global platform, and continues to shape jazz music in the 21st Century.
The posthumous album ‘Wide Prairie’ was recorded over several decades and serves as a testament to Linda McCartney’s singing and songwriting abilities.
21st-century vocal successes are proof that, as musical revolutions have risen and fallen, the desire to sign as a group remains. And there's nothing that can move listeners more than the human...
The notion of DIY music stretches back to 19th-century flutes made from bird bone, through punk anarchy and the digital revolution.
Four Freshmen And 5 Trombones was the first album The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson bought, and remains an exquisite vocal jazz record.
One of the most-played tracks on American radio, ‘You’re My Best Friend’ was penned by John Deacon and remains one of Queen’s most emotional songs.
The histories of the most iconic recording studios – Sun, Motown, Abbey Road – have made them almost as famous as the musicians who have recorded there.
With ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Queen recorded a song that broke all the rules, went on to break records, and continues to astonish in its audacity.
Las Vegas residencies by Frank Sinatra helped turn “Sin City” into an entertainment mecca. It is now one of the hottest destinations for live music.
There has been no shortage of songs about the Moon, from romantic ballads to conspiracy theory-fuelled considerations and zeitgeist-capturing hits.