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Ray Manzarek: 5 Facts About the Doors’ Keyboardist

Posted on 05/21/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyOne day in August 1965, UCLA film graduate Ray Manzarek was walking along Venice Beach in Los Angeles when he had a chance meeting with an old college acquaintance named Jim Morrison. In a moment that would later be enshrined in the mythology of rock music, Manzarek asked Morrison what he’d been up to since he’d dropped out of school. Morrison told him that he’d been writing songs. Manzarek was intrigued. “Let’s hear ‘em,” he said. Morrison responded by kneeling, …

Reg Presley: 10 Facts About the Rocker Who Gave Us ‘Wild Thing’

Posted on 02/5/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyYou may not know Reg Presley’s name, or that of his rock band, the Troggs. But if you grew up in the mid-1960s and had an AM radio, you instantly would recognize the distinctive growl of his peculiarly half-spoken, half-singing vocal: Wild thing You make my heart sing You make everything Groovy “Wild Thing” — an earthy, thumping three-chord guitar ode to youthful lust, punctuated by an oddly erotic ocarina solo — soared to the very top of the Billboard …

The Takeaway: Performing Helped Bruce Springsteen Cope With Severe Depression

Posted on 07/25/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBy now, you may have heard about the New Yorker profile of Bruce Springsteen in which the now 62-year-old rocker talks about — gasp! — suffering from depression. The admission has swiftly been making the media rounds, because I guess it’s not every day that a symbol of good old-fashioned American working-class masculinity admits to something as unmanly as mental illness. And depression at that! Oh my. Generally when our rock stars have psychiatric problems, we like it to be something sexy, like drug addiction.

The Takeaway: Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Bob Welch Commits Suicide

Posted on 06/8/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

LegacyFormer Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch died Thursday at his home in Nashville, in an apparent suicide. According to Reuters, Welch’s wife found his body with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and a suicide note. Police said Welch, 66, suffered from unspecified health problems.