Put The Carpenters In The Hall Already

by Kevin Burton    Hope I’m not too early but I want to be the first to congratulate The Carpenters on their 2023 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.    It has to happen now, right?     I say this because some committee just voted Dolly Parton of all people, into the …

Rock Music Followed Where Fats Domino Led

by Kevin Burton    There is a case to be made for Fats Domino as the main creator of rock and roll, but he rarely gets that credit, or even gets into that conversation.    Yesterday we began to look at why that might be, what causes rock historians to not give him full credit …

Domino Overlooked, Ain’t That A Shame?

by Kevin Burton    The best song I didn’t fit into my Flying Colors series about songs with a color in the title is “Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino. This is not the first time he has been overlooked.    His “Blue Monday” did make number 6 on my list, so I didn’t ignore him …

Karen Carpenter, Born 72 Years Ago Today

by Kevin Burton    No rock and roll artist discussion can make me more happy, but at the same time more sad and more angry than that of Karen Carpenter.     None of my other favorites, from Steely Dan to Gerry Rafferty, Motown to the Beatles, to Supertramp, Billy Joel, Elton John, Flans from Mexico, …

Great Anticipation For New Rafferty Music

by Kevin Burton    Hot-buttered joy for breakfast baby, Gerry Rafferty is back!    His family is set to release a new CD of his music ten years after his death.       This is big, big news in my house.  Rest In Blue is set for release Sept. 3. That’s close enough to my …

The Rich Musical Tapestry Of Carole King

by Kevin Burton    I think this happened twice. I know it was at least once.    We have packed up our suitcases, equipment and high hopes and the Wichita Sonics are on the road, headed to a beep baseball World Series. I’m in charge of the team, right down to the music in the …

Hall Of Fame Arguments Always Fun

by Kevin Burton    Came across one of those Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub articles recently. You know, the kind that argues such and such a band should be in.    The various sports have these arguments too about their halls. These are always fun, lead to lively discussions.     This one was …