The Helen Reddy Saga

Helen Reddy was born in October of 1941 in Australia and is an Australian singer, actress and an activist. Her songs gained international acclaim and was a spokesperson for feminine equality.

Reddy was born into a family who was already well established in show business, and at the age of 4 years old she was in the Australian Vaudeville circuit with her family. Claiming that she would never be a professional entertainer, she got married as a teenager, which did not work out, even though she had a daughter, Traci, so she went back to performing.

She won a talent contest in Australia, in which the prize was a trip to New York to audition with Mercury Records. She thought it was to cut a record, but the audition failed and she was left in New York with only $200 and Traci.

She remarried Jeff Wald, an erstwhile record producer and sometimes agent. Things went up and down, with Reddy supporting the both of them for awhile, but finally Wald moved them to Los Angeles and in 1971 she recorded a Mac Davis song, “I Believe In Music,” and the flip side of “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, as DJ’s began to play the B side of the record, and Helen was on her way to stardom.

When her next hit,”I Am Woman” hit the charts, that really solidified her position as not only a talented and determined singer, but as a spokesperson for the up and coming feminist movement. Over the next five years, Reddy had over a dozen hits that made a real impact, and she was in her own realm when writing them.

The total sales figures for ready are tallied at over 10 million single records and 15 million albums for US sales and over 25 million in sales for albums worldwide.

Paul Simon’s Legacy

Paul Simon was born in October of 1941 in Newark, NJ, and is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter. When the family moved to Queens in New York City, Simon was interested in baseball and music.

His career began when he met Art Garfunkel when they were both age 11, as they were both in a sixth grade play. They began singing together when 13, performing at various school activities. They patterned themselves after the Everly Brothers and you can hear the close two-part harmony in their music. Simon also became very engrossed in the blues, jazz and folk songs. Their first song was one where Simon’s dad wrote the words and the chords down on a piece of paper, and that paper is now in the Library of Congress as the first Simon and Garfunkel song.

Both boys went on to college and earned degrees, but Simon was more interested in Rock’N Roll. From 1957 to 1964, Simon wrote, performed and recorded whenever he got the chance and formed a couple of groups with friends. A few of his records reached 99 and 100 on the charts, but nothing of note really came from that effort except a lot of experience.

Clive Davis was impressed enough with the now together Simon and Garfunkel to sign them with Columbia records, and they did an album called Wednesday Morning, 3AM, but it flopped.

Meanwhile, back in the US, American radio stations began getting requests for “The Sound of Silence,” and it eventually went Number 1 on the charts, and Simon and Garfunkle were on their way.

More songs and more exposure brought most of their more famous songs concerning parsley, bridges, and “Mrs Robinson”after the movie. Simon and Garfunkel eventually broke up, but Simon had a very successful solo career after that and has won numerous awards including 12 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame.

A Little About Music Icon And Actor David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth is much more than just a music icon and an actor. He is an author, and he is also a singer/songwriter. Most famously, he is known as being Van Halen’s lead singer, although there was a period of years where he was absent from the rock band.

Upon Roth’s return to Van Halen, the group recorded a comeback album, which has been a huge success. David Lee Roth joined the band again in 2006, after being away from them for three decades! Of course, he was the lead singer originally, from the band’s inception in 1974 until his departure in 1985.

Roth had left Van Halen after dipping his toes in a new solo career, and of course due to having creative differences with the band’s leader, Eddie Van Halen. While Roth didn’t return full-time until 2006, he did actually get with Van Halen in 1996 as well to perform.

It should also be noted that Roth and Van Halen once again had a big disagreement in 1996 during their brief reuniting. They also were brought back together in 2001, but nothing ever really came out of that reunion, musically speaking.

It wasn’t until 2006 that his return to Van Halen was indeed solidified, and he has been with them ever since. Roth’s solo career had never truly panned out much, although he had seen some success throughout the years. With an arrest, grunge rock taking over the charts and all other kinds of things going on in the 90’s Roth was happy to return to Van Halen.

Van Halen needed him, too. The band has done much better since his return, although there have still been conflicts. However, Roth as a headline for the band has prospered Van Halen, and Roth also currently broadcasts ‘The Roth Show’ on YouTube.

A Look Into The Life Of Singer/Songwriter Carole King

Carole King was born in February of 1942 and is currently 73 years old. She is an extremely prolific and successful composer and songwriter, and she is also a well-known singer. Recognized as one of the best songwriters in history, King has slowed down a little in the last decade. Still, she continues to do what she does best, even while in her 70’s.

Naturally, she already has a hall of fame career, and she also has four Grammy Awards to her name. She has not just had a hall of fame career, but she has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for songwriters and for Rock n’ Roll, so that’s twice!

Her career has spanned decades, as she got started in the 1960’s. It was in the 1970’s when she also focused on a career as a singer and left her mark there, too. Many of the hits she wrote were co-written with her husband and other people throughout the years as well.

Her four Grammy Awards all came from the album ‘Tapestry,’ which was a huge success. Carole King continued to release albums throughout the 1970’s, most of them certifying gold and some reaching up into the top 10. She was a star by then for sure.

Carole King has done some very interesting things outside the normal release of albums and writing songs. As a composer, she has written theme songs for movies, like Care Bears, which was released in 1985. She branched out considerably in the 1980’s as a matter of fact.

Her daughter is also a songwriter, and she has collaborated with her, like with the Christmas album they both put out in 2011. She has also acted in television shows and movies as well throughout her career.

Detailed Mike Bloomfield Bio

Mike Bloomfield is a musician that is best known for being one of the pioneering artists of modern blues and rock and roll. He is best known for his revolutionary guitar playing. Many individuals compare Mike Bloomfield to legends such as Jimi Hendrix in regards to his extraordinary skills in guitar playing. A lot of people who are interested in the history of music often wonder about the great story behind Mike Bloomfield. Thus, it’s for this reason that this article will serve as a comprehensive Mike Bloomfield bio.

Bloomfield was born in Chicago during the early 1940s. From an early age, Bloomfield was known to be very good with music, such as playing instruments. Thus, it goes to no surprise that he decided to pursue at as a career very early on in his life. During the beginning of his career, Bloomfield was met with quite a lot of criticism due to the fact that he had quite an unorthodox sound at the time. Of course, his sound would actually be considered quite modern from a modern perspective, however, this was not the case at that time.

With that being said, Bloomfield was still able to see an immense amount of success during the late 1960s and 1970s. Many coin this age as the golden age of rock and roll as well as blues. Thus, during this entire period Bloomfield was known for performing great concerts and wowing concert goers with his extraordinary entertaining skills and guitar skills. Bloomfield ended up dying at a very young age, in his thirties, due to what many people theorize to be a drug overdose. With that being said, there never has been an official cause of death for Mike Bloomfield.

This concludes this short, yet comprehensive Mike Bloomfield bio.

The Life and Career of Eric Carmen

For most of the 70s and 80s, there were few singers that maintained the popularity that Eric Carmen did. His work is still enjoyed by fans old and new even now in the 200s, but few people are familiar with the story behind the man.

What follows is the most pertinent information about the legend Eric Carmen:

The Early Years

Eric Carmen was born into music. He was singing and entertaining family and friends by the age of three, and began an official instrumental education as early as age six. His rock and roll influence began in his early teens (like many others at the time). His musical prowess allowed him to self teach himself on the guitar, kick starting what would become a long, productive career in rock.

Pre-Solo Career

Carmen joined his first band during college. Like most college bands, Carmen and his cohorts did not see very much success. When he joined his second band, The Choir, they saw some local success in the Cleveland local scene.

It wasn’t until joining The Raspberries that Eric Carmen got to enjoy mainstream success. The band did a great job remaining in the public eye (and out of trouble) throughout the 70s, a time where bands came and went at rates never seen before.

Solo Career

Since leaving his band, Carmen has settled into a soft rock genre that has kept him afloat for decades. Everyone knows his biggest hit: All By Myself, and know many others by sound if nothing else.

Although his work in the 2000s has been scattered, Eric Carmen still garners widespread sales and critical success. He spends most of his time with his family these days, proving that even a rock star can bow out of the game in a productive way.

The Rise Of Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman in 1941 and is a singer and a songwriter who has been very influential in the pop music culture for over five decades. Dylan’s youth was spent in Duluth and Hibbing Minnesota where he listened ardently to the radio as a youth, to blues and country stations.

He and some friends formed several bands in high school and sang covers of Elvis Presley and Little Richard. In one talent show, the music was so loud that the principal cut the microphone.

While attending the University of Minnesota he performed at the Ten O’Clock Scholar, a coffeehouse near the campus, and got heavily involved in the Folk Music scene. It was here that he changed his name to Bob Dylan, being influenced by the poetry of Dylan Thomas, according to Dylan.

In 1960, Dylan quit college after the first year, and in 1961 went to New York where he met his idol Woodie Guthrie, who was in the hospital with Huntington’s Disease.

Dylan began playing in clubs in Greenwich Village and met people who influenced his style such as Odetta, The New Lost City Ramblers, and Tommy Makem. He had a few starts at recording, but they either broke even, or just barely didn’t.

In 1962, Dylan made two important decisions that greatly influenced his career. He legally changed his name to Robert Dylan and he signed a management contract with Albert Grossman.

In 1962, Dylan made an appearance in the UK, and at the end of a performance he performed his new song, “Blowin’ In the Wind,” one of its first public performances. The song became a hit for Peter Paul and Mary and Dylan was off to the races as a songwriter and performer.

Dylan became known for topical songs, or as they were called “protest songs” against the Vietnam War and other political and social situations such as the later collaboration with Joan Baez during the Civil Rights Movement.