Tommy Allsup on Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Texas Playboys

Guitarist-producer Tommy Allsup, best-known as a member of The Crickets led by songwriter-singer-guitarist Buddy Holly, died in Springfield, Missouri on January 12, 2017, at the age of 85 – but not before leaving an influential musical legacy of his own. Born on his Cherokee mother’s allotment near Owasso, Oklahoma, the 12th of 13 children, Allsup and his Read More

Del Shannon on Tom Petty, ‘Drop Down and Get Me’

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Del Shannon of “Runaway,” “Hats Off to Larry” and “Little Town Flirt” renown in the early ’60s – and the first American artist to cover and chart with a Lennon-McCartney song when he recorded “From Me to You” in 1963 – had been off the charts for several Read More

Klaatu Interview with Stephen K. Peeples – May 1980

Editor’s note: This transcript of a May 1980 Klaatu interview with music journalist and Capitol Records Editorial Manager Stephen K. Peeples was first posted online at http://klaatu.org/. What follows is the transcript of an interview I conducted in May 1980 with the then-mysterious rock band Klaatu, named after the human-like alien visitor to Earth played Read More

Bob Dylan Nobel Speech 12-10-16

The Bob Dylan Nobel speech was given by the United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji, at the Nobel Banquet, 10 December 2016. Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Here are Dylan’s remarks: Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to Read More

Ron Howard Beatles Touring Years Doc Due Sept. 16

First 'The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years' trailer debuts; film premieres theatrically Sept. 16 and Read More

UPDATED – Beatles Hollywood Bowl CD Reissue Due in September

Long-Awaited Digital Remastering of Beatles Hollywood Bowl Performances from 1964 and 1965 Without Bogus Audience Track Read More

Trump-Pena Nieto Mexico Summit – First News Dispatch

Breaking News: Trump Earns Illegal Alien Status, Detained in Mexico By Stephen K. Peeples Businessman and U.S. Read More

Ken Sharp ‘New Mourning’ – Bright Power Pop with a Dark Side

New Album by Musician-Author Who Wrote the Book(s) on the Genre; Troubadour Debut September 2 By Stephen K. Read More

Beatles 2016 – 50-Year Flashback to Beatles 1966

Fans and Critics Celebrate 'Revolver,' Lennon's Jesus Flap, and More than 50 Years of Beatlemania By Stephen K. Read More

Blast from the Past!

Tommy Allsup on Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Texas Playboys

Guitarist-producer Tommy Allsup, best-known as a member of The Crickets led by songwriter-singer-guitarist Buddy Holly, died in Springfield, Missouri on January 12, 2017, at the age of 85 – but not before leaving an influential musical legacy of his own. Born on his Cherokee mother’s allotment near Owasso, Oklahoma, the 12th of 13 children, Allsup and his Read More

Klaatu Interview with Stephen K. Peeples – May 1980

Editor’s note: This transcript of a May 1980 Klaatu interview with music journalist and Capitol Records Editorial Manager Stephen K. Peeples was first posted online at http://klaatu.org/. What follows is the transcript of an interview I conducted in May 1980 with the then-mysterious rock band Klaatu, named after the human-like alien visitor to Earth played Read More

Bob Dylan Nobel Speech 12-10-16

The Bob Dylan Nobel speech was given by the United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji, at the Nobel Banquet, 10 December 2016. Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Here are Dylan’s remarks: Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to Read More

Buddy Guy & Quinn Sullivan Playboy Jazz Q&A, June 2011

By Stephen K. Peeples Chicago blues legend, Grammy-winner, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree Buddy Guy returns to the Hollywood Bowl August 10, 2016, five years after the Stratocaster blaster and then-12-year-old Strat-slinging protegé Quinn Sullivan blew away 18,000-plus fans at the Playboy Jazz Festival. Guy, who just turned 80 on July 29, is co-headlining a Read More

Tom Waits Interview with Stephen K. Peeples, 9-4-80

With the appointment made to conduct a Tom Waits interview on the Zoetrope Studios lot in Hollywood on Sept. 4, 1980, I listened to my advance pressing of Waits’ “Heartattack and Vine” a few times at my Elektra/Asylum office on La Cienega, and focused my questions. Ironically, I had left Capitol Records at Hollywood and Vine Read More

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