“The Immigrant” Didn’t Fit John Lennon

by Kevin Burton    For about three minutes and fifty seconds a tidy story unfolds from the pen of lyricist Phil Cody and the voice of the great Neil Sedaka.    Attempt to read between the lines though and you have a mess on your hands, especially with Sedaka dedicating the song to ex-Beatle John …

The Sounds They Were A-Changin’

by Kevin Burton    Musical eras, like chocolate bars or ice cubes, are fluid before they are solid, shaped by the temperature of the times.    We can’t always distinguish them day to day. Historians declare them later, according to their differing standards.   But for me there is something momentous about looking at the …

“Eleanor Rigby” Sprang From Genius

by Kevin Burton    Since there won’t be any more Lennon/McCartney songs, the next best thing is a Lennon/McCartney story.    That is what we got Oct. 18 in a New Yorker piece by Paul McCartney about the song “Eleanor Rigby.” It starts with this tidbit:    “My mum’s favorite cold cream was Nivea, and …

“Be My Baby” Has Had A Huge Influence

by Kevin Burton    The story of a stunned Brian Wilson pulling over to the side of the road makes me smile every time.    Wilson is the driving force behind the Beach Boys. He was stopped in his and his car’s tracks, by the sheer brilliance of something coming from the radio that he …

Fifty Years On, Wings Has Mixed Legacy

by Kevin Burton    Fifty years ago today Paul McCartney announced the formation of Paul McCartney and Wings.     The move was a guaranteed winner and a guaranteed loser.    A winner because any piece of music with McCartney’s name on it was going to get a listen. It was going to sell at least …

Could The Beatles Have Rocked The 70s?

by Kevin Burton    On my Amazon Echo device, Alexa Myers has made me a post-Beatles play list.  She calls it Beatles playlist because I couldn’t make her understand the name I wanted for it.  No matter.    The list has my favorite tunes from the Fab four after their 1970 breakup.    My first …

Salute To John Lennon, Beatles Leader

by Tracy Duffy    (Tracy Duffy is more than a keen observer of music, she plays guitar herself. She is a close friend and schoolmate of mine from the Ohio State School for the Blind.)    John Lennon is my number one Beatle because he is the one who put the group together from the …

McCartney Was The Most Fab Beatle

by Kevin Burton    As discussed last week, I have declared for Paul McCartney in the great “John or Paul” Beatles debate (John Or Paul? A Fun, Silly Beatles Question, April 6).      There are those who favor one or the other who are quite hostile about it and say derogatory things about the other. …

John Or Paul? A Fun, Silly Beatles Question

by Kevin Burton    If you’ve ever talked Beatles with me or even read some of my music posts, you know I’m a McCartney guy.     So to show you Lennon people my heart is in the right place, I’m going to tell you the great things about John that stand out to me before …