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Cleveland area musician Colin Dussault has written a song for the children in our lives who may wonder if it will be a safe day at school. Gone are the days where we went to school and never gave a thought that an active shooter could storm the building. Unfortunately, in today’s world, it is something that must be considered regardless of city, school, or grade level. What began as a poem Colin has turned into a song expressing the emotions parents and their children face as the school day begins and ends. A collective effort came together when Colin asked other Cleveland musicians and students to lend a hand for this worthwhile project. In this Q and A, Colin shares his thoughts as to how this song transpired.

 

During the 1970s, television audiences saw several TV moms taking care of their families. Some recognizable character names that come to mind are Carol Brady, Edith Bunker, Louise Jefferson, Florida Evans and of course, Mrs. C. (aka Mrs. Cunningham). Marion Ross played the role of Mrs. C on the ABC sitcom HAPPY DAYS for the entire run of the show which was eleven years. In her memoir, My Days, Happy and Otherwise (Kensington Books, 2018), Marion shares heartfelt stories of her life and career. The book is hard to put down as she takes the reader on a journey where we feel we are taking part. During a telephone conversation, Marion discusses her passion for wanting to be an actress.

 

For over thirty years, Wayne Nelson has been part of the Little River Band. His lead vocals can be heard on many of the band’s signature hits such as Reminiscing, Cool Change, Lady, Lonesome Loser, Man on Your Mind and Night Owls. The Little River Band will be performing at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside on Saturday, June 23.

 

The British Invasion is a band from Columbus, Ohio who prides themselves on taking music fans back in time for a bit of nostalgic fun. They perform the hits and hidden gems from the original British Invasion bands of the 60s.

 

Fans will recall the signature and memorable hits from Three Dog Night such as One, Easy to be Hard and Joy to the World among many more. As one third of the lead singing trio with a career spanning nearly 50 years, Chuck has traveled a journey of being one of rock’s kings to nearly becoming one of its statistics of mourning. March 13 will be the fourth and final edition release of his autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare.

 

During the late 60s and early 70s, hippies were not only concentrated in California. They were sprinkled everywhere in the United States. One of Ohio’s main cities where they congregated was in Cleveland, more specifically, The Coventry neighborhood.

 

Cleveland radio and television personality, John Lanigan has been a media fixture in the Cleveland area for a total of 47 years. He retired from radio in 2014. Discussing his recent book, “Lanigan In The Morning, My Life In Radio” (Gray Publishers, Cleveland) John has a wealth of stories and Cleveland memories that readers will enjoy.

 

While some people may collect stamps, postcards or salt and peppershakers, John Markulin of Cleveland collects autographs of famous rock stars.

 

Erin Dickins is an original and founding member of 80s band, The Manhattan Transfer. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her latest jazz album titled, “Vignettes,” is due for release on October 20.

 

2017 marks the 50th anniversary for the Summer of Love. What does that mean? In 1967, the youth of the time, or the counterculture as it was called, chose to identify with their own generation, rejecting the traditional roles of their parents, rebelling, protesting, attending be-ins, love-ins, expressing freedom, making their mark on life and in the history books. Harvey Kubernik provides readers with a rock history lesson in his latest book that sheds light on a new understanding of ALL that the Summer of Love embodied.

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has recently unveiled a new exhibit dedicated to the career contributions of 60s group, The Zombies. The Zombies were part of the British Invasion influence that swept across America during the mid-60s. Their signature hits included, She’s Not There, Time of the Season and Tell Her No. The original band members were on hand to accept the dedication at a recent ceremony at the Rock Hall on July 12. Earlier in the month, I had the pleasure of speaking to bass player, Chris White. He spoke to me by phone from his home in London.

 

Peter Asher and Albert Lee to perform at Night Town in Cleveland on July 17 and 18.
Grammy Award winner, Peter Asher has a career spanning over fifty years. One of his most recognizable roles was being one-half of 60s music duo, Peter & Gordon. Their hits included, “I Go To Pieces” (written by Del Shannon) and “World Without Love” (written by Paul McCartney). He then went on to become A & R for The Beatles record company, Apple. Over the years, Peter has managed James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell and Carole King.

 

Local area musician Christian Kaser has been branching out further to hone his craft of songwriting. In addition to performing shows with his band, he is also taking time to work at his studio in Nashville.

 

Shirley Stary, Vice President of Programming oversees all of the shows and events that are booked at Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua area.

 

Al Jardine and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys will be performing the album, Pet Sounds at the Hard Rock Rocksino on April 22nd. Fans will be entertained by signature songs on the album, God Only Knows, Wouldn’t It Be Nice and Sloop John B. Al was kind enough to take some time out during his busy schedule recently to discuss the tour, current projects and the longevity of his career and friendship with Brian Wilson.

 

Many will recognize Donny as the lovable and laughable character, Ralph Malph from the hit TV series, “Happy Days”. Donny is enjoying his singing career as well as his acting.

 

Bass player, Gail Ann Dorsey has played with many stellar musicians in the industry including David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears) and many more. Gail’s outstanding talent, commitment and passion for music shows in her performances. She discusses her musical influences, inspirations and thoughts on working with some of the greatest musicians in music history.

 

Walt Sanders has been paying tribute to Elvis Presley for 23 years and counting!

 

It isn’t often you run across someone who portrays one of the most famous men in rock legend history. Dan Moyer often plays John Lennon at special events and venues throughout the year.

 

TOTO will be performing at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park on Wednesday, August 31. It promises to be an evening filled with great memories and familiar hits: Rosanna, Hold the Line, Africa, I Will Remember, Make Believe and many more. Keyboardist, Steve Porcaro recently took some time to discuss his musical influences, inspiration and longevity of the band.

 

Dann Simmons did not set out to marry one of the beautiful voices of Motown. While he had dreams about music and a career to serve others he had no idea that a chance meeting in 2002 would change his life.

 

Toni Tennille’s recent memoir about her life and career with former husband, Daryl Dragon is an eye opening account of what life was like once the stage lights went dark and the fans went home. Fans loved the hits by the Captain & Tennille, which included Love Will Keep Us Together, The Way I Want to Touch You, Muskrat Love and Do That to Me One More Time. Daryl was a talented musician but not capable of being fully present in a loving relationship that lasted 39 years. Toni opens up about why she decided to finally leave the relationship and write her memoirs.

 

Pat Simmons has been an anchor for this classic band since their early beginnings. It is sometimes difficult to imagine that The Doobie Brothers have been around for 50 years! Pat has played guitar for the band and has many fond memories. Songs that will immediately come to mind are Black Water, which was written by Pat, Listen to the Music, Jesus Is Just Alright, China Grove, Takin it to the Streets.

 

Ian Anderson’s career spans over 40 years with the rock band, Jethro Tull. He introduced the flute into his performances in the early days of the band. Ian’s talent and creativity has made his next project an ingenious piece that he will be performing on April 11th in Akron, OH.

 

A conversation with Brother Michael about Janis Joplin’s personality, his memories, and the upcoming show, A Night with Janis Joplin!

 

A conversation with the multi talented Ron Dante The singer of Sugar, Sugar for the fictitious cartoon group, The Archies shares his thoughts about music, producing, and a career that has spanned 50 years.

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