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Alan Merrill, Veteran Musician Who Co-Wrote Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll,” Dies from COVID-19, First Cousin of Laura Nyro

Alan Merrill, the veteran rocker who wrote Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll," has died from the virus. He was 69 years old...

NYC Soul Music Weekend: Valerie Simpson, Garland Jeffreys, Laura Nyro

Not going to the Hamptons, Aspen or Gstaad? Well, tonight and tomorrow are major New York music nights. Tonight at 8pm at Lincoln Center's...

Laura Nyro: Rock Hall Reverses Itself, Invites Her Son to Accept Award

I’ve been telling you here and on Forbes.com that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wouldn’t invite or acknowledge the only child of...

Secret Emails Show How Rock Hall Shafted Inductee Laura Nyro’s Son

I told you a couple of weeks ago how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--with over $90 million in assets according to its...

Laura Nyro’s Son Not Invited to Rock Hall Induction

Exclusive: Laura Nyro was one of our great singer songwriters–a legend. “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Eli’s Coming,” and “And When I Die” were just three...

Barbra Streisand’s Next Duets Album Will Feature Superstars Paul McCartney, Sting, Other A Listers: Elton? Adele? Ariana?

EXCLUSIVE (REALLY) Barbra Streisand just released a new a beautiful new single called “Love Will Survive,” for the closing credits of the upcoming series...

Remember When Jann Wenner Manipulated the Rock Hall Vote? Flashback to His Now Ended Reign of Terror

I wrote the column below on October 1, 2007. It was just one of many I published about Jann Wenner's now ended reign of...

Joni Mitchell All Star Tribute on PBS Featuring James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Cyndi Lauper, Marcus Mumford, Stolen by…Joni Mitchell, Of Course!

The supernaturally gifted Joni Mitchell stole her own tribute show tonight, the PBS Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. There are plenty of stars on this...

David Geffen Gives $150 Million Donation to Yale School of Drama, Which Will Now Be Tuition-Free and Named for Him

Call it the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. The record and movie mogul, and current co-producer of "The Music Man" on Broadway,...

Up, Up, and Away: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr Hit Number 1 on iTunes R&B Album Chart with “Blackbird”

Congrats to Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Their "BLackbird" album tribute to Lennon and McCartney was finally released last night and hit number...

Flashback: How Barbra Streisand Recorded Her One and Only Rock Hit, “Stoney End” Even Though She Didn’t Want To

Barbra Streisand has plenty of hits and signature songs. But she's pretty much known for ballads and show tunes, not rock songs or anything...

Valentine’s Special: The 5th Dimension’s Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo Cover Paul McCartney’s “Silly Love Songs”

I have a deep affection for the 5th Dimension's Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo. They are highly underrated, and the whole group --...

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