The shocking news came today that Davy Jones of The Monkees has died from a heart attack at 66. I just met him again at the recent Autograph Show in Burbank. These are the photos that I took on February 12, 2012, and will post them again here. If you asked me that day which celebrity I met would be dead by the end of the month, I would have not chosen Davy. I probably would have chosen Martin Landau or Piper Laurie, both in their 80s.
The Monkees were really the last music group from the 1960s where all of the members were still alive. Most other groups have either had numerous personnel changes or at least one member dead. Now that claim has to go to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young or something...
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Here are some random photos I took at the recent Hollywood Autograph Show. I really need to get a newer camera for better zoom and resolution, but here's what I took. See if you can name all the celebrities like Davy Jones, Martin Landau, Peter Lupus, Shannon Elizabeth, Piper Laurie, Valerie Harper, David Soul, Paul Michael-Glaser, David L. Lander, etc.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I interviewed John and Michelina Severin when I was working on my Cracked book. I was determined at the time that if Severin wouldn't do it, I wouldn't do the book as John Severin IS Cracked Mazagine in my mind. Fortunately, he did. Now he's gone after 90 years.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Paul McCartney's "Kisses On the Bottom" didn't grab me at first as I was upset at how old McCartney sounds. Yes, I know he's 70 years old, but we always expect old Paulie to sound the same. Ringo sounds the same. Roger Daltrey sounds the same. Mick Jagger sounds the same.
Oh well. After I got over this initial shock, this new album of standards is truly growing on me. It's not necessarily Paul's best album, but it is far, far from his worst and definitely worth buying. It's just a shame he didn't record it about 20 years ago.
Make sure to get the 16 track version from Target stores, rather than the 14 track version available everywhere else.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I love Ringo and I love it when he puts out a new album, but with "Ringo 2012", here was a time that he should have waited until he recorded some more material. I really like most of his recent albums, especially "Vertical Man" (1998), "Ringo Rama" (2003), and even his last studio album "Y Not" (2010)!
This time out, there are only nine tracks, one of which was previously released on a Buddy Holly compilation, two are remakes of older Ringo tunes and one is a cover version. The entire offering clocks in at under 30 minutes!
There's something strangely wrong when "Wings", one of the remakes originally done for "Ringo the 4th" (1977) is the best tune on the album!
Surely, Ringo could have delved into the archives and put those tunes from the "Vertical Man Best Buy Bonus CD" that have been really illusive all of these years on the album. Or, he could have done a few more cover versions or pulled out some unreleased rarities from the past to round out the album and make it a solid 12-14 tracks!
Here's hoping Ringo reconsiders his recording career and gives his fans a worthwhile album instead of a short pile of table scraps.