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Ian Dove

Ian Dove

English-born Ian Dove was a pop music critic and music columnist for The New York Times. He also worked as an editor in New York for such trade magazines as Billboard, Cash Box and Hit Parader. He then moved to the West Coast and joined the PR firm Solters, Roskin & Friedman, where his clients included Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme and Caesars Palace, then moved to the Recording Academy as its publications director and editor of the Grammy magazine.

After almost a decade with the Recording Academy, Dove returned to his former PR outfit, renamed Solters & Digney, as a full-time strategist and writer before his retirement. Dove also worked alongside famed music publicist Norman Winter, whose clients included Elton John. Ian died in California in August 2016.

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Duane Allman, Delaney & Bonnie: Delaney & Bonnie And Friends: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, October 1970

GUITARIST DUANE Allman, moving with agility, skill and taste from bottleneck to feedback, was probably the Friend who fitted best into the D&B format at ...

B.B. King, Blood Sweat & Tears, Dave Brubeck, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, The Mothers Of Invention, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Savage Rose, Sly & The Family Stone, Sun Ra, Ten Years After: Newport Jazz Festival 1969: New Records & Not All That Jazz

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, July 1969

NEWPORT, R.I. — On paper at least the experiment of adding rock music to the Newport Jazz Festival 1969 came from the purest of motives. ...

Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria: Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente et al: All-Latin Music Festival, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, November 1972

Militancy Replaces Old Frills At First Latin Music Festival ...

Barry Manilow, Bette Midler: Bette Midler, Barry Manilow: Palace Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, December 1973

Miss M. Divine: Bette Midler Begins Month at the Palace ...

The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Jet Harris & Tony Meehan, The Shadows, The Tornados: Top Acts Explain The Beat-Boom

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

IAN DOVE quizzes SHADOWS, TORNADOS, BEATLES, JET & TONY, and GERRY & PACEMAKERS ...

Thom Bell, The Spinners: Thom Bell & The Spinners: Looking For 'Hudson Bros.' Acceptance

Interview by Ian Dove, Phonograph Record, March 1976

WHEN THE SPINNERS recently celebrated 25 years together as a group, amid all the celebrations the soul quintet were quick to point out the part ...

Chuck Berry, Elvin Bishop, John Mayall: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, October 1969

Berry, Bishop — Musical Brothers ...

Acker Bilk Picks 'Desert Island Discs' — And Talks About Others He Wanted

Report and Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, November 1962

MR. ACKER BILK found himself on a desert island this week — recording his part as a castaway on the BBC's long-running Desert Island Discs ...

Acker Bilk, Beryl Bryden, The Temperance Seven: Acker Bilk, Beryl Bryden: Hammersmith Gaumont, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, November 1962

ROCK INSTRUMENTS INVADE TRAD ...

Billie Davis, Duffy Power, Jet Harris & Tony Meehan, John Leyton, Mike Berry, Mike Sarne: John Leyton, Mike Sarne, Jet Harris & Tony Meehan et al: Essoldo, Brighton

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

LEYTON PACKAGE FEATURES NEW MIKE SARNE ...

Brinsley Schwarz, Van Morrison, Quicksilver Messenger Service: Quicksilver, Van Morrison, Brinsley Schwarz: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, April 1970

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ is an unknown British group that aroused interest because over 100 U.K. journalists braved a 12-hour trouble beset trip from London to spend ...

Dave Brubeck, Ronnie Scott: Near-in Brubeck

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, November 1962

IT WAS a new Dave Brubeck on tour in Britain this time. ...

Donald Byrd, Billy Eckstine, Gladys Knight, Kool and the Gang, O'Jays: Gladys Knight & the Pips, the O'Jays, Kool & the Gang, Billy Eckstine, Donald Byrd: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, July 1974

On L.I., Jazz Takes a Back Seat to Soul ...

Glen Campbell: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, February 1973

Glen Campbell Adds To His Star Status In Carnegie Recital ...

Ray Charles: "I Don't Know What Is The Real Me," Admits Ray Charles

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

"CARY GRANT, the film star. You know, he's a friend of mine and he used to tell me to come to England. He told me ...

Ray Charles: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

Too hard a job for Ray Charles? ...

Ray Charles: Welcome to Ray Charles

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

THE GENIUS... Messiah... Prophet... High Priest. Big words, and strange words to apply to a singer! But all have been used with religious fervour describing ...

The Chiffons: New to the Charts: Tokens aid Chiffons

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, April 1963

'HE'S SO FINE', the disc by the Chiffons — a coloured, all-girl group with a Shirelles-type sound — looks set to confirm the prophecy of ...

The Contours, Earl Van Dyke, Kim Weston, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes: A Warning To The Tamla-Motown Visitors From Their Biggest Fan!

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, March 1965

BRITAIN'S Mr. Tamla-Motown — he's Dave Godin, organiser of the Tamla-Motown Appreciation Society — was walking around warning the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the ...

Crome Syrcus, The Staple Singers, Traffic: Traffic, Staple Singers, Crome Syrcus: Fillmore East, New York NYC

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, October 1968

Traffic Travel on Bumpy And Separate Musical Road ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, B.B. King, Big Mama Thornton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Muddy Waters: B.B. King and Guests: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, July 1973

B.B. King's Blues Barn Creates Echoes of Past ...

The Charlie Daniels Band: Charlie Daniels: Writer Rides High on 'Uneasy Rider'

Interview by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, September 1973

PICKING ITS way carefully across the playlists of the music radio stations is a song titled 'Uneasy Rider', performed by its composer Charlie Daniels. The ...

Miles Davis, Steve Miller, Neil Young: Neil Young, Steve Miller, Miles Davis: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, March 1970

THE INTEREST in Miles Davis' East Village debut lay in the fact that for the past year he has supposedly been moving towards contemporary rock ...

Manu Dibango, The Fania All Stars, Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, El , Mongo Santamaria, Jorge Santana: Fania All Stars, Mongo Santamaria, Manu Dibango et al: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, August 1973

'OUR LATIN THING' PLAYS AT STADIUM 30,000 See Fania All Stars and Others at Second Base ...

The Eagles: Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, May 1974

EAGLES SERVE ROCK WITH COUNTRY FLAIR ...

Ella Fitzgerald: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, March 1963

Ella Throws 'Loop De Loop' Away ...

Duke Ellington, Odetta: Ian Dove Gives a Big NME Welcome to Ellington and Odetta

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, January 1963

COME SLUMP or boom, war or peace, fad or fashion, Duke Ellington has gone on leading a big band. For 37 years, to be precise! ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Why They Won't Bach Around The Clock

Interview by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, December 1973

WITH EMERSON, Lake and Palmer,
apparently nothing succeeds
like excess. The successful British rock trio, which is known for its appearances with symphony orchestras, is due at ...

Gil Evans, Jimi Hendrix: Gil Evans: Jazzing Up Jimi

Interview by Ian Dove, Rolling Stone, July 1974

Evans gave Hendrix's music an orchestral workout. ...

Roberta Flack, War: Shea Stadium, Queens, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, July 1973

Harmonica Turns Concert Into 'Party' ...

Freddie & The Dreamers: The Hilarious Account Of How Freddie 'Floated' From Milk To Hit

Profile and Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, June 1963

MR. FREDERICK GARRATTY has it all worked out exactly when he became just plain Freddie, a full-time professional entertainer with a backing group called the ...

Robert Fripp: After King Crimson, The Apocalypse

Report and Interview by Ian Dove, Rolling Stone, December 1974

NEW YORK – After five short years, King Crimson is no more and the man who began and ended the group, Robert Fripp, is already ...

Gene Pitney, The Supremes: Gene Pitney's 72 Days With The Supremes

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, October 1964

GENE PITNEY recently took a bus journey with the Supremes. They shared front seat views — FOR 72 DAYS AND OVER 30,000 MILES. Gene, who ...

Al Green: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, March 1973

Green's Distinctive Soul Singing Avoids Reliance on Microphone ...

Tom T. Hall, Bill Monroe, Charlie Rich: Charlie Rich, Tom T. Hall, Bill Monroe: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, February 1974

Charlie Rich, Tom T. Hall Head Country Music Bill ...

Rolf Harris: Rolf-Of-Every-Trade

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, February 1962

ROLF HARRIS, the man who currently makes with 'Sun Arise' one of the most interesting noises in the hit parade, was tired. He had been ...

Hawkwind: Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, November 1973

Britain's Hawkwind Gives Earthy Rock The Cosmic Touch ...

The Isley Brothers: Beatles Make Isleys' Hit

Report by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, June 1963

THREE brothers, O'Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald — the surname is Isley — have to be very thankful to Liverpool's Beatles. For if the Beatles weren't ...

Jobriath: The Bottom Line, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, July 1974

Jobriath Displays A New Rock Voice But Familiar Face ...

Elton John: Madison Square Garden, New York

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, September 1973

Elton John Subdues "Side Issue" Tactics; Fans Provide Extras ...

Johnny and The Hurricanes: Gaumont State Ballroom, Kilburn, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, January 1963

HURRICANES IMPRESS ...

George Jones, Tammy Wynette: Tammy Wynette and George Jones: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, March 1973

Wynette and Jones Present, in Songs, Flavor of Nashville ...

La Lupe, Tito Puente: When La Lupe Sings, She Gets Involved

Profile and Interview by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, February 1973

THE HOUSEWIFE in Engelwood, N.J., who shops the local supermarket with her mother is also the official "Queen of Latin Song," with partisan audiences that ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Beaty Welcome for Jerry Lee Lewis

Report by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

JERRY LEE LEWIS looks like getting a wild welcome when he arrives to start his British tour at Birmingham Town Hall on May 6. At ...

Liberace: Waldorf Astoria, New York City

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, March 1970

ANYBODY WANDERING in midway through Liberace's performance would probably think they were into a remake of Hellzapoppin. Liberace (about three costume changes through his act, ...

Taj Mahal, Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Mayfield, Taj Mahal: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, April 1973

Curtis Mayfeld's Soul Singing Displays His Fluency in Argot ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, July 1973

Waiters Serve Up Genuine Reggay ...

The Moments, The Sylvers, The Whispers: The Sylvers, The Whispers, The Moments: Apollo Theater

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, August 1973

TV's Soul Train Moves to Apollo ...

Maria Muldaur, Stephen Stills: Stephen Stills, Maria Muldaur: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, February 1974

Stephen Stills Gets Himself Together ...

Gerry Mulligan: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, April 1963

Melodic Mulligan ...

Johnny Nash, Billy Paul: The Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, November 1972

JOHNNY NASH HEARD; BILLY PAUL ON BILL ...

Nat King Cole: Welcome Back to Nat 'King' Cole

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, July 1963

INCREDIBLE — but in December, 1940, in a Hollywood recording studio, Nat "King" Cole made the first of many hit discs, 'Sweet Lorraine'. It is ...

The Nice: Ungano's, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, November 1969

Nice in Mixed Bag at Ungano's ...

Buck Owens: The Pop Life: Buck Owens Bringing Nashville North by Way of West Coast

Interview by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, January 1974

"THERE'S SO much prejudice in New York — I think they're afraid of it." The speaker was the country music singer Buck Owens, and the ...

Paul & Paula: Paul and Paula Make a Frank Statement About Marriage

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

PAUL AND PAULA, the "Young Lovers" who sing simple songs of love and tenderness to each and project the same kind of image, received poor ...

Gene Pitney: Flashback for Gene Pitney to The Most Ridiculous Session Ever

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, March 1965

WORD WENT around very quickly about the "most ridiculous recording session ever." Accountants blanched as they put the cost in their account books. Heads of ...

The Pointer Sisters: Roseland Ballroom, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, September 1973

Upbeat Nostalgia Tones Scat-Singing Of Pointer Sisters ...

Elvis Presley: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, June 1973

Presley Mixes His Early Hits With More Recent 'Safe' Songs ...

Peter Yarrow, Professor Longhair: Peter Yarrow: Max's Kansas City/Professor Longhair: Kenny's Castaways, both New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, October 1973

Solo YarrowPETER YARROW would appear to have shed all semblance of times past when he fronted an all-electric group at Max's Kansas City on Park ...

Jim Reeves: Long-lasting Jim Reeves Takes Things Very Calmly

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, June 1963

JIM REEVES comes from Texas, has that celebrated lazy Texan drawl and a relaxed attitude towards singing and his audience. Everything appears to be taken ...

The Rolling Stones: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, December 1969

Stones Gather $286G Moss ...

Bobby Rydell's British Recording Hits The Bull's Eye!

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, May 1963

BOBBY RYDELL came from America in March to appear on Sunday Night At The London Palladium. While here he said: "Just lately I haven't been ...

Gil Scott-Heron, Donald Byrd & the Blackbyrds: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, February 1975

Gil Scott-Heron, Poet ...

Sly & The Family Stone, Leslie West's Wild West Show: Louis Armstrong Memorial Stadium, Flushing Meadows, Queens NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, July 1973

FANS SAY 'LONGER' TO SLY'S 'HIGHER' No Encore After the Glitter — Wild West Show on Bill ...

Soft Machine: Gaslight, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, July 1971

ORNETTE COLEMAN'S presence in the audience was no coincidence — there's mutual admiration between the CBS group and the avant jazzman. It's also apparent in ...

The Spinners, The Temptations: The Temptations, The Spinners: Apollo Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, April 1974

THE ATTRACTION at the Apollo Theater is actually a confrontation between two major soul singing groups, the Temptations, the headliners, and the Spinners. This is ...

Mel Tormé: Now Mel Gets With The Beat!

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, January 1963

HALF-WAY through 1961 Melvin Howard Tormé was moaning that "there were no songs being written that were worth singing. ...

Sophie Tucker: The Talk Of The Town, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, June 1963

Same Old Sophie ...

Muddy Waters: Reborn At 62

Interview by Ian Dove, Phonograph Record, April 1977

MUDDY WATERS, the blues singer, relaxed in the kitchen of his home in the Chicago suburbs. He likes Chicago although rarely goes into the city ...

The Who: Ken Russell: How Does He Feel About TOMMY

Interview by Ian Dove, Hit Parader, October 1975

BEAT THE drums. ...

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Davis Case Stirs Wide Probe on Federal Level

Report by Ian Dove, Billboard, June 1973

NEW YORK — Rumor, speculation, innuendo and fact — all rocked the music industry in the wake of Clive Davis' dismissal as president of CBS ...

Mini-Moog to Be Unveiled

Report and Interview by Ian Dove, Billboard, January 1970

NEW YORK — Synthesizer inventor Robert Moog plans to have Moog "performing instruments" on the market within three to six months, priced up to $2,000. ...

New York: Pop, Rock Thrive on Concert Format

Report by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, September 1973

SAME FACES, new places — that's the outlook for rock in the coming months in New York. The rock industry (and it is an industry) ...

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