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Neil Diamond.

One of the greatest performers, ever. Period.

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Paul Williams: Composer, Vocalist, and Whatnot.

The diminutive Williams constitutes one of the leading lights in the composer-ing of the last century.

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Peripheral Alt: Jane’s Addiction.

Perry Farrell and various iterations of the Addiction.

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The Hit Singles: 1973.

King Harvest: Dancing in the Moonlight.

Some high-water moments from Steely Dan, Albert Hammond, Sr., King Harvest, Hurricane Smith, Brownsville Station, Sly Stone, Billy Paul, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Stealers Wheel, The Sweet, Edgar Winter, The Isley Brothers, Dobie Gray, Stories, and Skylark.

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Twin Towering Talents: Phoenix and Eilish.

Joaquin Phoenix, who won the Oscar for best actor, and Billie Eilish, who performed a subdued, poignant, and haunting version of Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday”, were two of the vastly gifted artists amongst the assemblage at the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony.

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The Hit Singles: 1971.

Lee Michaels: Do You Know What I Mean.
Daddy Dewdrop: Chick-a-Boom.

Immortal music from The Carpenters, Lee Michaels, Daddy Dewdrop {Richard Monda}, Ocean, Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, Brewer and Shipley, Tommy James, Paul Revere and the Raiders {featuring Mark Lindsay}, and The Stampeders.

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Champagne Soul: The Fifth Dimension.

Last Night I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All.

Featuring the remarkable voice of Marilyn McCoo.

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The Hit Singles: 1972.

Memorable moments from Melanie Safka, Don McLean, Argent, Todd Rundgren, The Stylistics, The Main Ingredient, The Hollies, a youthful Michael Jackson, Looking Glass, and Climax, featuring Sonny Geraci.

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Paul Weller and The Jam.

The angry, but smartly suited, young men of The Jam, featuring vocalist and “Modfather Paul Weller, combined briskly tempoed rock with Motown R&B to exceptional effect. Weller went on to further fine doings with The Style Council before launching a solo career.

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Townes Van Zandt.

Composer/Vocalist Townes Van Zandt is responsible for many poignant masterpieces; this represents merely a small-ish sampling. Loretta would be a prime example; though the lyrics are warm, a sense of melancholy nonetheless pervades the song. His “hit” Pancho and Lefty was covered by Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard, and wistfulness clearly prevails. The powerful Waitin’ Around to Die speaks for itself.

Tremendously influential, Van Zandt led a life that was quite troubled, being tormented not only by his bipolar condition, but by numerous addictions which eventually cost the great man his life. He contributed in ways difficult to fathom, however, to the musical landscape, and will not soon be forgotten.