Formed in 1976 by guitar maestro Andy Gill, vocalist Jon King, drummer Hugo Burnham, and bassist Dave Allen, Gang of Four produced some of the most crucial music of the late 70s-early 80s. Acerbic, satirical lyrics that were extremely socially aware were the group’s calling card, as was Gill’s formidable guitar work. The rhythm section generally laid down hard funk grooves, yet the music was spare, angular, jagged. A critical assemblage.
Gifted with one of the most magnificent voices ever to be heard, Linda Ronstadt knew how to use it, as well. A vibrant performer with great presence, as is well-documented in the above vids. Can’t fault her material, either; she covered the likes of Emitt Rhodes, Warren Zevon, and Buddy Holly, to name just a few. A remarkable vocalist.
The great Jackie Wilson gives two electric performances of Higher and Higher, circa 1974. His mindboggling gifts are on full display throughout; it’s as if time/space were suspended.
We have here a modest collection of three of the most brilliant, gifted vocalists ever: Peggy Lee, Chris Connor, and Dusty Springfield. All videos are live performances.
A sampling of some of the titanic moments created by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
One of the greatest performers, ever. Period.
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.
Featuring the remarkable voice of Marilyn McCoo.
Universal Hall Pass, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, and Metric, featuring Melissa Kaplan, Mette Lindberg, and Emily Haines, respectively.
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.