With the release of 'Wonderwall Music' in November 1968, George Harrison was the first Beatle to step into the spotlight on his own. Recording sessions actually began a year earlier -- when the Beatles were recording their annual Christmas message -- with 'India' and 'Swordfencing,' both working titles that would be changed before release.
It's easy to complain about singing competition shows like 'American Idol,' 'X Factor' and 'The Voice.' They value karaoke-style singing over performing one's own material, they favor pop flash over personal grit and they've spawned dozens of similar-sounding artists. But when Elton John looks out over the would-be pop stars on TV, he just feels pity.
The rock world got a pretty good taste of Pete Townshend's songwriting ambitions in 1969 with the Who's 'Tommy,' one of the more fully realized concept albums of the era. But as it turned out, Townshend was just getting warmed up.
As if the latest 'Walking Dead' latest twist in this past Sunday's "Isolation" hadn't assured us to watch next week, the recent announcement of a season 5 renewal puts shambling walkers in both our immediate and distant futures. More urgently, however, how will Rick handle Carol's confession in this Sunday's "Indifference"? We've got a clue in the latest photos and clip, plus what does zombie legend George Romero have to do with it?
Far be it from us to encourage one more rock star to try and lure fans into buying two copies of a new album, but David Bowie seems to have gone all out for 'The Next Day Extra,' the newly expanded reissue of his recent 'The Next Day' LP.
By the early '80s, with the Beatles and Wings completely in the past, Paul McCartney got down to the business of focusing on his solo career in earnest, resulting in an outpouring of material that included some of his most massive pop hits.
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