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Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan, and is under the same ownership as The Detroit News.

145 articles

Petula Clark: A Lady In Show Business — Petula Clark

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 1965

The Girl Who Sings 'Downtown' ...

The Rolling Stones: The Girls Waited 8 Hours, Finally Met the Stones!

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 3 December 1965

NOBODY'S GOING to get Valerie Stewart, 14, or Patricia Curtis, 13, off their clouds. The guys who put them up on cloud 9 are the ...

The Byrds: Those Byrds Flew In For a Gig — You Dig?

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 10 December 1965

THE BYRDS was here. Between an appearance in Saginaw Monday and one in Cleveland Wednesday, the California-based singers dashed into Detroit to tape numbers for ...

Joan Baez: A Lady in Show Business — Joan Baez

Interview by Maureen Cleave, Detroit Free Press, 12 December 1965

THERE WERE many things about Joan Baez, the folk singer, to give the impression that she was — if not slightly holier than most people ...

The Dave Clark Five: Let's Be 'Glad All Over' With the Dave Clark Five

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 17 December 1965

AT LEAST 150 high school journalists were "glad all over" last Friday night. WKNR invited them to question the Dave Clark Five at a press ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Both the Hair and Names Are Real

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 4 February 1966

WHEN I FIRST heard the names Simon and Garfunkel, I laughed. Those names sounded too funny to be real. But they are. ...

Our Nancy's Life Abroad — with Those British Pop Stars

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 13 February 1966

The telegram came from Interpop. It read "ARRIVING IN DETROIT FROM LONDON ON PANAM FLIGHT 57 TUESDAY 3:20 PM IS YOUNG LADY OF POSSIBLE INTEREST ...

Sonny & Cher: A Local Boy Makes Good: Sonny (of Sonny and Cher)

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 18 February 1966

WHEN SONNY and Cher come to Detroit for their performance at the Masonic Auditorium Sunday, Sonny will be returning to his hometown. ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Closest Thing to Blues This Side of Chicago

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 29 April 1966

THE PAUL Butterfield Blues Band is tearing audiences apart at The Living End with some of the grooviest sounds I've ever heard. The club is ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Lovin' Spoonful: Simply Wild

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 1966

WHAT ARE John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone? A barbershop quartet? Not with their long hair. They're The Lovin' Spoonful, who are ...

Edwin Starr: A Record Is Made — with Sweat and Soul

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 1966

EMOTION FILLED the control room at Golden World Records out on West Davison. Driving, big beat sounds were coming through the four speakers hanging on ...

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs: Sam Is Just a Sham With Earring and Beard

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 1966

YOU SEE a guy with a thick beard, long curly hair, a gold earring on his right ear, and a poet-sleeved bandanna print shirt and ...

Johnny Rivers, Singin' Man

Profile by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 28 June 1966

THOSE BLUES sounds spilling off the stage at the Club Gay Haven currently come from that 'Secret Agent Man' himself, Johnny Rivers. ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Really Nice Guys

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 1966

They Just Hate Stupidity ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: The Mothers of Invention: If You Get A Headache…

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 1966

MOTHERS AND fathers, you thought the Beatles were bad. You got up in arms about the Rolling Stones. Sonny and Cher made you cringe. Well, ...

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels: A Rocket on the Road to Fame: Mitch and His Four Wheels

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 7 August 1966

THE MONSTER eight-door white Pontiac, looking more like an ambulance than a limousine for stars, stopped in places like Arnold's Park, Iowa; Freemont, Neb.; Sioux ...

The Beatles: Four Smiling, Tired Guys Talk About Their Music

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 19 August 1966

THEY'RE REAL. The Beatles, that is. I had never seen them in the flesh before, so I expected some kind of supermen to step out ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Are Alive; They Click; They Have Fun

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 22 August 1966

MENTION THE Yardbirds to a musician and he'll give them mountains of praise. Listen to a Yardbirds' album like the current one Over, Under, Sideways, ...

Dionne Warwick And How They Discovered Her

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 3 September 1966

GIRL SINGER AT THE TOP ...

The Rationals: 'Respect' Makes a Hit for Ann Arbor Quartet

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 9 September 1966

PUT TOGETHER an Otis Redding tune, 'Respect', and four talented guys from Ann Arbor called The Rationals and you've got a big hit record. So ...

Bob Seger & the Last Heard: Coming Up — 'Persecution Smith'

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 30 September 1966

WHAT'S 'EAST Side Story' about? Ask Bob Seger, 21, from Ann Arbor — he's the guy who wrote it and sings it. ...

Lou Christie: The Sound Is Lou's — It's a Hit

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 30 September 1966

DOES LUGEE Gino Sarco make hit records? You bet — that's the real name of Lou Christie, who popped into Detroit recently. ...

The Four Seasons: Celebrities In Detroit: The Four Seasons

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 9 October 1966

THE FOUR Seasons — Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tom DeVito, Joe Long — don't have long hair. (Frankie: "We won't grow our hair over our ...

Lorraine Ellison: Big Sound With Soul

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 14 October 1966

NO ONE IS happier that Frank Sinatra married Mia Farrow than Lorraine Ellison. Lorraine's current single, 'Stay With Me', has its big, big sound because ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Other Smokey Robinson — Songwriter

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 14 October 1966

BACK IN 1957 Bill "Smokey" Robinson, then 17, bumped into Berry Gordy Jr. Smokey had a stack of about 100 songs he had written, and ...

That Queen of "Soul" Martha Jean

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 23 October 1966

LORAINE ALTERMAN'S DJ OF THE WEEK ...

Joni Mitchell, Tom Rush: Tom Rush Tells Why He's Now Electrified!

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 11 November 1966

ONCE UPON a time folk singers looked at electric guitars and top 40 radio in horror. Then several years back the big hero of the ...

Terry Knight & the Pack: Flint's Terry Knight and His Pack: "There's More There Than Hair"

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 13 November 1966

PRESENTING Terry Knight — long hair worn Prince Valiant style, mod clothes, no tie, much less a tie-tack. Immediately, 99 per cent of the adult ...

The Youngbloods: Story of Grizzly Bear

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 18 November 1966

TOO OFTEN I'm turned off by new groups on promotion tours to get their first single played. Many times they let the fact that a ...

Bobby Hebb, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, The Yardbirds: Sam, Yardbirds, Cousins — Great Mixture

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 25 November 1966

WHERE COULD you see more long hair, pant suits, miniskirts, and Beatle caps per square foot than any place else in Detroit last weekend? Where ...

Jimmy Ruffin Talks on England

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 23 December 1966

TAKING TIME off from rehearsing for Friday's big Motown Revue at the Fox Theatre, Jimmy Ruffin stopped by to say hello the other day. Jimmy ...

The Association, Bobby Darin, The Kinks, The Lovin' Spoonful, Arthur Prysock, Paul Revere & The Raiders: Loraine Alterman on Records

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 1 January 1967

Face to Face With the Kinks' Pop Satire ...

James Cotton: Blues Is Big At Chess Mate

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 6 January 1967

Loraine Alterman looks forward to a Detroit appearance by bluesman James Cotton. ...

The Four Tops, The Who: Nancy and The Who Making It Big

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 6 January 1967

AT THE RIPE old age of 23, Nancy Lewis isn't exactly a teenager. But Detroiter Nancy is swimming right in the middle of all the ...

The Monkees: Olympia Stadium, Detroit MI

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 15 January 1967

Monkees Swing into City And Put Teens in Frenzy ...

The Monkees: Monkees a Target on Stage — 'Please Don't Throw Things'

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 20 January 1967

SCREAMING. Jumping up on seats. Flashbulbs popping and then whizzing by onto the stage. Sobbing and hysteria. Police dragging kicking, clawing insanely crying girls out. ...

The Monkees: Their Buddy Tells You About the Real Monkees

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 20 January 1967

FOG DELAYED the plane carrying Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davey Jones and Micky Dolenz to Detroit last Saturday. So the Monkees arrived only an hour ...

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: Mitch Ryder: University of Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 27 January 1967

It's All Mitch Ryder — Straight to the Top ...

Maxine Brown, The Buena Vistas, Chuck Jackson, Jefferson Airplane, The Kingsmen, Terry Knight & the Pack, Love, Peter and Gordon, Lou Rawls, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Bob Seger, Dionne Warwick: Loraine Alterman on Records: The Fascinating Sounds Of a Group Called Love

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 29 January 1967

THE TREMENDOUSLY talented West Coast group called Love still hasn't made it into the bright spotlight of fame like the Beach Boys or the Lovin' ...

The Beach Boys: How Beach Boys Took England

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 10 February 1967

I TALKED ON the phone with Mike Love of the Beach Boys last week. Mike was in Los Angeles getting ready for the group's upcoming ...

Donna Lynn, MC5, The Outsiders: The MC-5: 'More Like One Big Musician'

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 17 February 1967

SOME PEOPLE call it psychedelic. The MC-5 call it the "new music". They should know, for they are the leading exponents of the far-out sounds ...

The Beach Boys, Keith, the Electric Prunes, the Left Banke: Masonic Auditorium, Detroit MI

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 21 February 1967

Played to Packed House — The Beach Boys Concert: It Was a Crowd-Pleaser ...

Donovan, Eddie Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Jimmy Ruffin, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Spencer Davis Group, The Stone Poneys, Spyder Turner: New albums from Donovan, Jefferson Airplane, more

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 26 February 1967

MELLOW YELLOW The Provocative Donovan ...

The Four Tops: Drop the Tops in Britain — And the Crowds Go Wild

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 3 March 1967

WHAT DO you get when you mix the Motor City's Four Tops with the British public? A whole lot of love flowing both ways. ...

Sopwith Camel: Frisco's Sopwith Camel — Watch That 'Big Toe'

Profile by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 10 March 1967

OUT OF SAN Francisco — where weirdly named groups like Lothar and the Hand People and The Grateful Dead are happening — comes a delightfully ...

Stevie Wonder

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 17 March 1967

I CAUGHT UP with Stevie Wonder who's constantly on the run performing all over the country. A private tutor travels with him so Stevie keeps ...

Brenda Lee, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs: On the Pop Scene in Detroit: Brenda Lee

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 24 March 1967

BRENDA LEE, who at age 22 has been in show business for a dozen years, is in town at the Roostertail where there'll be a ...

Chet Atkins, Janis Ian, The Lovin' Spoonful, Sonny & Cher: Loraine Alterman on Records: Janis Ian, Sonny & Cher, Chet Atkins, Lovin' Spoonful

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 26 March 1967

Janis Ian: She's Hip at 15 ...

Cream, Aretha Franklin, Harpers Bizarre, The Marvelettes, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, The Who, The Yardbirds: Loraine Alterman On Records: England's Exciting New Flavor: Fresh Cream

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 23 April 1967

TO REACH Mecca in pop music means finding your own sound. Very few make it. Most groups fall down somewhere along the way. ...

Nancy Sinatra: The Girl Beneath the Brassy Image

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 25 April 1967

'WHAT IF DAD HAD BEEN A DOCTOR?' ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee Raps U.S. Censors

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 1967

I ALMOST WISH England's Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich hadn't changed their names a couple of years ago from Dave Dee and The ...

MC5: Our Hippies — What They Say and Do

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 1967

IN SAN Francisco a sight-seeing bus runs tours into the Haight-Ashbury district billing it as "the only foreign tour within the continental limits of the ...

Sam & Dave: We Started Bugaloo — Curtain Came Down

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 1967

SUPER EXCITEMENT on stage. That's what Sam and Dave generate. In fact the two work so hard that by the end of a set their ...

James Brown: Cobo Arena, Detroit MI

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 1967

Brown Had The Crowds In His Hand ...

Elvis Presley: Easy Come, Easy Go (Dir. John Rich, Paramount Pictures)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 1967

Nothing But Plenty Of Elvis ...

Hippy Ideas That Shock Parents

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 1967

LAST WEEK on this page I reported on the teen-age hippies in the Detroit area, on where they hung out, what they looked like, and ...

The Animals, Maxine Brown, Eric Burdon, Country Joe & The Fish, The Doors, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, Chuck Jackson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: New Albums from the Doors, Country Joe & the Fish et al

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 1967

The Doors: A Fascinating New West Coast Sound ...

Lou Rawls: Suddenly in the Big Time: Lou Rawls' Exciting Year

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 1967

ASK LOU Rawls, who performed to a full house at Masonic Auditorium Sunday night, to tell you the most exciting point in his career and ...

MC5: 'Aid, Comfort For Parents Of Hippies'

Readers' Letters by uncredited writer, Detroit Free Press, 2 June 1967

In response to the story on the parents of hippies which appeared in the Free Press Women's Section last Sunday, and the two stories about ...

The Who: Who? It's The Who, That's Who

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 1967

FIRST OUT the door of customs at Metro Airport Tuesday was a blond fellow in a paisley, mandarin-collared coat. A few moments later a shorter, ...

Sonny & Cher: Good Times (Dir. William Friedkin, Columbia Pictures)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 17 June 1967

Sonny and Cher's Film: Great Fun ...

Bob Seger: Detroit's Bob Seger and Heavy Music

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 1967

CALIFORNIA MAY be giving the world flower music, but Detroit's Bob Seger has created heavy music which promises to spark a lot of national excitement. ...

Jefferson Airplane, MC5, The Rationals: Jefferson Airplane, the Rationals, the MC5: Ford Auditorium, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 1967

The Jefferson Airplane, Soaring on Pop Power ...

Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, The Who: The Jefferson Airplane Here

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 7 July 1967

"WE JUST played and let the music take us instead of us taking the music," said Marty Balin, lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane, talking ...

The Bee Gees in Detroit: 'We're Planning a U.S. Tour'

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 1967

THEY'RE BUGGED BY THE DRUG SCENE ...

The Rationals: One of Detroit's Real 'In' Groups

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 1967

WHO DOES Mitch Ryder demand back him up when he does a special appearance in Detroit without his band? Who stole the show at the ...

The Supremes: Supremes' Flo Ballard: It's Said She's Leaving

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 1 August 1967

FLORENCE BALLARD of Diana Ross and The Supremes has temporarily asked to be withdrawn from the group, according to a spokesman for Motown Records. ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Miracle They Call Smokey And How He Climbed from the Ghetto To the Top of His Musical World

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 6 August 1967

IN 1946 AT Dwyer Elementary School in Detroit, a six-year-old first-grader, wearing a pasted-on beard and white high-top shoes, played Uncle Remus in a school ...

Trini Lopez: "Made Up My Mind To Be a Success"

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 6 August 1967

THE SUN BEAT down on the poolside terrace at the Ponchartrain. Across the street on the marquee of Cobo Hall you could see the announcement ...

The Monkees: Olympia Stadium, Detroit MI

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 14 August 1967

12,000 SHRIEKERS Monkees' Show is a Happening ...

Van Morrison: Singer Van Morrison's Mind-Blowing Music Style

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 25 August 1967

VAN MORRISON, whose 'Brown-Eyed Girl' is a top ten record in town, isn't the easiest person to talk to. He prefers communicating through his music ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: "Frantic — Yet Somehow Casual"

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 28 August 1967

NO EXAGGERATION: The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the most exciting act I have yet seen in pop music. ...

The Supremes: Roostertail, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 30 August 1967

Cindy Birdsong, the New Supreme: A Detroit Debut ...

The Bee Gees, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Four Tops, Bobbie Gentry, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, Vanilla Fudge, Dionne Warwick: Loraine Alterman on Records: New Albums from Vanilla Fudge, Big Brother et al

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 3 September 1967

Vanilla Fudge: Exciting Album ...

Carla Thomas: A Lady in Show Business: Carla Thomas, the New Blues Queen

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 10 September 1967

SHE'S AN authority on 18th Century drama, a favorite among the GIs in Vietnam and has one of the most caressing voices on records. She's ...

The Merry-Go-Round: Merry-Go-Round: The "Older" Group

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 29 September 1967

THEY'VE NEVER played 'Louie Louie' or 'Twist 'n' Shout' in public and are proud of it. Instead they play their own material — which is ...

Cream, Donovan: Cream/Donovan: The Cream Set Records in Detroit

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, October 1967

LAST WEEKEND about 4,500 kids proved that Detroit knows good contemporary music. ...

Donovan, Hearts & Flowers, Jefferson Airplane, Mother Earth: The West Coast And Hippieland

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 6 October 1967

BACK FROM two weeks in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Back to Detroit where the man on the street still gets uptight seeing long-haired, bearded ...

Tim Buckley, Chad & Jeremy, John Mayall, The Righteous Brothers, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sopwith Camel, Thorinshield: Loraine Alterman on Pop Records: A Powerful New Kind of 'Suite'

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 8 October 1967

TWO EXCELLENT new albums show how far the best contemporary song-writing and record making has come from the June-moon-spoon days. One is Of Cabbages and ...

Cream, Donovan, Janis Ian: Cream: Grande Ballroom; Donovan, Janis Ian: Masonic Auditorium, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 17 October 1967

Reviews of Detroit's Big Pop Weekend ...

Carla Thomas: Touring Germany With Carla Thomas

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 3 November 1967

HAMBURG, W. Germany — Hot bright lights. Cameras dollying around. Makeup ladies running to dab powder on the performer's shiny nose. Directors, assistant directors, light ...

Chuck Berry, The Doors, Arlo Guthrie, Rod McKuen, Phil Ochs, Pink Floyd, Sam & Dave: Loraine Alterman on Pop Records: The Shattering Impact of the Doors

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 5 November 1967

THE DOORS, with Jim Morrison singing lead in his urgent, compelling voice, lead you into the strange world of their music after the freaky album ...

Bobby Darin: Hate to Ruin His Image, but He's Nice

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 13 November 1967

I REALLY hate to ruin anyone's reputation, but Bobby Darin just doesn't live up to his: During his years in show business, Bobby has often ...

Charles Aznavour: 'Life Is A Very Great Gamble'

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 14 November 1967

THE KNOWLEDGE THAT LOVE DIES ...

Strawberry Alarm Clock: 'Kids Think Funny Things

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 17 November 1967

'INCENSE AND Peppermints' conjures up pleasant visions to us all, but for the Strawberry Alarm Clock the visions spell success. ...

Cream: A Split in the Offing

Report by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 16 August 1968

THINGS JUST WONT BE THE SAME ...

Vanilla Fudge: Taking Apart the 'Fudge': Can They Survive Now?

Profile by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 4 October 1968

THEIR PRESS release says, "The Vanilla Fudge is a group unlike any other." They proved this with their rendition of 'You Keep Me Hanging On'. ...

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap: Thoughts of the Union Gap

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 13 December 1968

WILL THEIR FANS LEAVE THEM? ...

Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young: Neil Young: On His Own In His Own Special Way

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 28 February 1969

NEIL YOUNG is into doing things his own way. ...

Mack Rice Hopes For a Comeback

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 14 March 1969

"'MUSTANG SALLY' has definitely been good to me, but you can't live off one big record. You need a string of 'Sally's' to be able ...

Country Joe & The Fish, Janis Joplin: The Janis Joplin Revue, Country Joe & the Fish: Cobo Hall, Detroit

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 1969

Joplin Revue: Music, Yes; Excitement, No ...

Joe Cocker: On Stage Joe's Strong Otherwise He's Groggy

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 1969

JOE COCKER isn't the best known name in the land. In fact when it was announced he was coming to town everybody asked, "Who's Joe ...

Crazy Horse, Neil Young: Neil Young with Crazy Horse: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 1969

NEIL YOUNG has allowed his full creative ability loose and hasn't ignored any type of music he's acquainted with in putting this album together. ...

Arif Mardin, The Mar-Keys: Arif Mardin: Glass Onion (Atlantic); The Mar-Keys: Damifiknow (Stax)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 4 July 1969

GLASS ONION — Arif Mardin. You may not be acquainted with Arif Mardin. For a quick run down, he's from Turkey, got deep into jazz ...

Johnny Winter: He Waited, Worked and Worried; Then Overnight, Winter Was Here

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 1969

HE'S A TALL, white Texan who not only plays the blues, he lives them. ...

Grand Funk Railroad Arrive in Detroit for First Visit

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 25 July 1969

THE STIGMA "local group" has been slapped on many bands and as a result several great groups have found themselves confined to their home territory. ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Savage Grace: Olympia Stadium, Detroit MI

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 29 July 1969

A RATHER eventful weekend just passed as Jeff Berk's group played their last performance together Saturday night at the Grande. It's reported Beck and the ...

Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, The Frost, Taste: Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, the Frost, Taste: Olympia Stadium, Detroit

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 5 August 1969

In Detroit Debut at Olympia, Pop Pantheon's Blind Faith is 'Nothing Really Special' ...

Delaney & Bonnie: Delaney and Bonnie Sing a Simple Song

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 15 August 1969

THEY'RE POLITE but friendly, quiet but demonstrative, artistic but businesslike, talented — but talented. ...

B.B. King, The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: B.B. King, New York Rock 'n' Roll Ensemble: Meadowbrook Theater, Oakland University, Rochester MI

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 29 August 1969

B.B. IS the Blues King At Meadow Brook ...

Little Richard: "He's Forgotten Me" — Little Richard Raps James Brown

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 2 September 1969

LITTLE RICHARD is coming to Detroit along with Jerry Lee Lewis. They'll be at Cobo Hall Sept. 6. ...

The Stooges: The Very New 'Iggy' Approach To Rock Music

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 21 September 1969

"On Saturday, Iggy appeared onstage wearing only sneakers and dungarees cut down to shorts. Iggy, who was a high school valedictorian back home, seeks to ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 30 September 1969

THE FIRST Beatle album since just before Christmas, 1968, is being played all over the place. The album, Abbey Road, evidently will precede another LP around ...

Kim Fowley

Profile by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 14 October 1969

EVER HEAR OF a guy named Kim Fowley? Fowley was the MC at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival, which was a good job for ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Are We Burying McCartney Before He Is Dead?

Report by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 17 October 1969

What's the Meaning of Beatle Death Symbolism? ...

The Up

Report by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 21 October 1969

THE UP, A group we'll all be hearing a lot about in the near future, will get in the recording studios Oct. 24, 25, 26 ...

Lonnie Mack: Mack the 'Memphis' Man Returns: 'I'm Glad I'm in the Band'

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 24 October 1969

THE SONG 'Memphis', made Johnny Rivers a big star. Remember? He recorded it live at the Whiskey A Go Go, making the club famous throughout ...

The Beatles, The Chambers Brothers: The Chambers Brothers: 'They Put Us Up for Sale; People Bought'

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 31 October 1969

THE CHAMBERS Brothers, who are Willie, George, Joe and Lester Chambers plus Brian Keenan, were dressed in the usual cool clothes they've been noted for ...

Dennis Coffey: Guitarist Dennis Coffey: "No Room for Temperament in Music"

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 7 November 1969

WHEN YOU talk to him he impresses you as a confident man. He knows what's going on but chooses to do things his way rather ...

The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (London)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 14 November 1969

Stones Make a Softer Sound With a Strong Hint of Dylan ...

The Band: "It's Great Growing Up": The Hard Hawks Became The Relaxed Band

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 28 November 1969

THE BAND. Free-flowing, graceful, country-spiced music from an ex-hard, hard rock band. ...

Brownsville Station: Station Offers a Rock 'n Roll Holiday

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 26 December 1969

AS WE SEE it now, about 12 years ago a lot of people had good foresight. They knew what was going to happen in the ...

New-Old Grande Something to See

Report and Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 26 December 1969

THE LATEST word, in the merry-go-round that ballroom promoters have been sending Detroit people on, is good, but still a little confusing. It's confusing In ...

Hamilton Bohannon: Bohannon: "The Band Doesn't Get the Proper Respect"

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 2 January 1970

MOST MOTOWN groups don't perform on stage while playing their own instruments. It would be rather difficult for The Temptations to go through their dance ...

Chairmen Of The Board, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John and Yoko Envisage Super Jam

Report by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 2 January 1970

IT'S A WELL known fact that John and Yoko Lennon were in Toronto and Ottawa recently to talk about their Peace Festival to be held ...

The Band, Ronnie Hawkins: Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins Is Suddenly a Star

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 23 January 1970

SUDDENLY THE world is hearing about Ronnie Hawkins. And all because John Lennon made him an international figure by staying at Ronnie's Canadian home for ...

Chairmen Of The Board, Freda Payne: Eddie Holland: A Musical Magician, Once of Motown, Bidding for His Own 'Detroit Sound'

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 8 February 1970

Yes, Holland-Dozier-Holland DID Split with the Giant; Yes, Eddie Holland DID form Invictus Records; Yes, Invictus IS Climbing the Charts ...

Grand Funk Railroad, Sly & The Family Stone: Sly & the Family Stone, Grand Funk Railroad: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 17 February 1970

Sly and Family Survive Rush Down the Garden Paths ...

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: Stone Too Sick to Rock

Report by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 24 February 1970

Refunds Available ...

John Fred and his Playboy Band, Van Morrison, Peter Sarstedt: Albums from Van Morrison, John Fred & His Playboy Band and Peter Sarstedt

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 8 March 1970

VAN MORRISON — MOONDANCE — WARNER BROS. A tremendous album. The production is tight, the songs are good and Morrison's voice, weird as it is, fits perfectly. ...

Chairmen Of The Board: Chairmen of the Board: 'We Turned Each Other On to Our Talents'

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 13 March 1970

TIME CAN be dangerous and it can be helpful. The old think of the past and enter depression. The young think of the future and ...

Freda Payne: In Pursuit of Superstardom

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 5 April 1970

From the Art Institute to Joe Louis To Duke Ellington to the Carson Show ...

Grand Funk Railroad: The Bigtime Rock Band That's Ignored Back Home in Detroit

Report and Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 1970

THERE'S NOTHING small-time about Detroit in the music business. More and more, record company executives come here first to tap talent. They know it's here. ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Olympia Stadium, Detroit; Hair: Vest Pocket Theater, Detroit

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 1970

2 Happenings Make Exciting Weekend ...

Mariposa Folk Festival To Be One of the Best

Report by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 23 June 1970

TORONTO IS going to have a music festival. It will be properly run, have good talent and a place to operate. It's the same one ...

The Up: New Political Rock Group: The Up Begins Where the MC5 Left Off

Profile by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 1970

ABOVE AND beyond his highly publicized political life, John Sinclair had a great interest in the rock 'n roll world. His band, the MC5, attained ...

Merry Clayton, Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, The Last Poets, Randy Newman, Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie: Various Artists: Performance (Warner Bros.)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 9 August 1970

PERFORMANCE IS the movie starring Mick Jagger. Don't get it mixed up with Ned Kelly, the other Jagger starrer. Performance unlike Ned Kelly is supposed ...

Joe Cocker, Curtis Mayfield, Leon Russell: Curtis Mayfield: Curtis (Curtom); Joe Cocker: Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen (A&M)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 1 September 1970

Mayfield, Solo, Comes on Strong ...

Bill Cosby, Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Cosby Was Never the Boss

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 4 September 1970

THE WATTS 103rd Street Rhythm Rand is probably best remembered for its million seller 'Loveland'. The group's had several records that have done just as ...

Tim Buckley: Lorca (Elektra)

Review by Mike Jahn, Detroit Free Press, 11 September 1970

Tim Buckley — Folk's Own Jazz Singer ...

Elvis Presley: Olympia Stadium, Detroit MI

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 15 September 1970

CAPTURED 17,000 MINDS Legendary Elvis Frenzy Lives On ...

Bob Seger: The Bob Seger System: Mongrel (Capitol)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 29 September 1970

Underrated Bob Seger LP Deserves Attention ...

Janis Joplin: Joplin's Last Visit: She Told Them Who Was Boss

Memoir by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 6 October 1970

LUSTY HEROINE OF ROCK IS DEAD ...

The Jones Girls, Little Richard: Little Richard: Music Hall Theater, Detroit MI

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 9 November 1970

150 See Little Richard: Music Hall No 'Apollo' Yet ...

Emitt Rhodes: Emitt Rhodes (Dunhill)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 15 November 1970

EMITT RHODES' new LP is a one-man job that sounds like Paul McCartney's first solo effort. That crossed my mind to the point of mentioning ...

Little Richard: The Far-Out Little Richard

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 21 November 1970

'Bronze Liberace' Has Some Unusual Ideas About the State of Music — and the World ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Hot Group Gets the Cold Shoulder at Home

Report by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 24 November 1970

REST OF U.S. RIOTS OVER GRAND FUNK ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly & the Family Stone: Cobo Hall, Detroit

Live Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 24 November 1970

YOU HATE to admit that a man who put you off three times and thus openly displayed his lack of interest in you, turned out ...

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (Apple)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 6 December 1970

Old Un-Fancy George Returns ...

Mike Curb Congregation, John Sebastian: Mike Curb: Record Boss Keeps Mum

Report and Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 6 December 1970

The 'Curb 18' Still Unidentified ...

Fleetwood Mac: Kiln House (Reprise)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 13 December 1970

AN ECHO-chambered 'This Is The Rock' starts off Kiln House, Fleetwood Mac's latest album, setting the stage for one of the strangest albums this group ...

Creem Reflects Detroit Rock 'n' Roll And Tries to Direct 'the Monster'

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 19 December 1970

ROCK 'N' ROLL has always had its own journalistic field. The teen magazines used to tell us about Paul Anka's nose job and Elvis Presley's ...

Elton John: Elton Sings 'Your Song' and Finds Himself New Star of the 70s

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 19 December 1970

ELTON JOHN is a pianist, singer, songwriter and newfound hero of musicians and music lovers alike. Bob Dylan came to see him one night and ...

Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock: Follow Pianist Herbie Hancock On a Trip into the World of Jazz

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 19 December 1970

Meet Miles Davis, Ramsey Lewis And Oscar Peterson To Learn About the Kinds of Music That Are Sneaking into Rock ...

John Lennon: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 19 December 1970

Tender and Bitter — Lennon Says It All ...

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