October 6: David Hidalgo is 60 Happy Birthday

One of our heroes has birthday today! David Hidalgo (born October 6, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Los Lobos. He is also a member of the supergroup Los Super Seven and of the Latin Playboys, a side project band made up of some of the members of Los …

September 8: Bone Machine by Tom Waits was released in 1992

“it ain’t no sin, to take off your skin and dance around in your bones” ~Tom Waits From Wikipedia: Released September 8, 1992 Recorded Prairie Sun Recording, Cotati, California Genre Rock, experimental rock, blues rock Length 53:30 Label Island Producer Tom Waits Bone Machine is a critically acclaimed and award-winning album by Tom Waits, released in 1992 on Island Records. It won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music …

May 7 in music history

The Rolling Stones: Paint It, Black (released 7 May 1966) (read more) The principal riff of “Paint It Black” (almost all classic Rolling Stones songs are highlighted by a killer riff) was played on a sitar by Brian Jones and qualifies as perhaps the most effective use of the Indian instrument in a rock song. The exotic twang was a …

Classic TV: Tom Waits VH1 Storytellers 1999

Baby, you got to get behind the mule! – Tom Waits The same year as Mule Variations was released, 1999, VH1 broadcast a Storyteller episode with Tom Waits. It aired in the middle of the night; I didn’t have any plans for the next day so I stayed up and watched. What a songwriter! What a storyteller! He teases the audience, plays with …

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