I Don’t Get Why Phil Collins Was So Big

by Kevin Burton     I only like one song by Phil Collins, That’s All.     Get it?    So that’s not quite true, but it’s a good line because I do like the song “That’s All” and I am not so much into Collins.    My two favorite radio stations to listen to in the …

A 1972 One-Hit, One-Rhyme Wonder

by Kevin Burton    Because mine is a songwriter’s household we have “what rhymes with’ as one of our buzzwords.   Buzzphrases I guess that should be.    Example: My granddaughter Willow is spoiled.  So it’s “Oh my goodness can’t believe how spoiled she is…what rhymes with spoiled?”    “Coiled, boiled, foiled..” and so on.  Got …

More Rafferty, More ABBA Coming

by Kevin Burton    Here’s great news about even more new Gerry Rafferty music.    Rafferty’s daughter Martha did an interview Aug. 31 on BBC Scotland. Twice she told host Roddy Hart that there was other unfinished music she hoped would come out “later.”    The Scottish singer/songwriter was working on several new songs just …

ABBA Songs More Than Pop Confections

By Kevin Burton    Have you heard, ABBA is releasing new music Friday!    It’s the first time in 39 years the Swedish quartet has released anything. I told that story yesterday (Something Old, Something New, ABBA!, Aug. 31).     Looking forward to the new tunes, here is a list of my favorite old ones, …

Something Old, Something New, ABBA!

by Kevin Burton    ABBA is back. Are you ready for this? Did you miss them?    The Swedish supergroup thrived in the 70s with hits such as “Dancing Queen,” “Fernando” and “Mamma Mia.” For the first time in 39 years they will release new music Friday, according to published sources.    Maybe you’re down …

“Songs In The Attic” Closes Another Show

by Kevin Burton    Do you have certain albums you play to set certain moods?    Like a baseball manager has a closer, there is one album I go to when one era of life is ending and another beginning.    I moved a lot in my 20s and I listened to Billy Joel a …

Norah Jones Two Needed Better Material

by Kevin Burton    Had a quick notion a few years ago to poke my musical head out of the seventies and try some 21st-century artists.    A friend recommended Maroon 5, John Mayer and Norah Jones. I loved the debut records from those three so much, I bought their follow-up records.    Then for …

Wish I Could Talk Baseball With Costas

by Kevin Burton    Surely you’ve read some anecdotes about a kid who was treated badly by one of his sports heroes.     Famous people are just people with a job in the public eye. They are not some publicity photo come to life. So they have foul moods and some of them are generally …

Maroon 5 Makes My Old-School Playlist

by Kevin Burton    Suppose you somehow learn that my copy of the “Billboard Book of Number One Hits,” only goes to June of 2003, “This Is The Night” by Clay Aiken.    You say, “When’s your birthday? I’ll get you an updated copy.”    Well thanks for that thought, but I’d rather have tube …

Why Lesley Gore Tunes Sound So Good

by Kevin Burton     Do you know the connection between “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson and “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore?    I mean, beyond the fact that they were both number one hits.     Believe it or not there is at least one. I just found out last week, and it explains some …