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Among a few of the other many deaths of 2018; a dozen or so lives who touched us one way or another during their time among us. Robin Leach Bouncy, slightly doughy, and often cartoon-like Brit who came along at the right place at exactly the right time; a guy who both exploited and made […]

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Footprints Large and Small: Actor Deaths of 2018

by M.C. Antil on January 6, 2019

Among the many fine actors whose passing in 2018 we mark with the passing of the year: Philip Bosco In the early days of Hollywood, if not radio, one might argue the most bankable asset of any actor was his voice. At some point, however, especially during the method-driven 50’s, signature voices began to take […]

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Among the many men and women who left us in 2018 from the world of business included a few heavyweights whose impact can still be felt, some more than others.  They include: Russ Solomon He took his little music store on Watts Street in Sacramento – opened in 1960 and named after his father’s drug […]

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Footprints Large and Small: Sports Deaths of 2018

by M.C. Antil on December 31, 2018

Even though the world of sports didn’t experience any passings on a level of music’s loss of, say, Aretha Franklin, it did lose a number of greats who left their mark, however faint, upon our collective psyche. Among them: Tommy McDonald A throwback to the days when many football stars were built like the rest […]

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Footprints Large and Small: Musical Deaths in 2018

by M.C. Antil on December 28, 2018

Besides Aretha Franklin, a giant for the ages and a singer for all time, the music world also lost a number of lesser lights this year who, nevertheless, left their mark on our collective soul.  Among them: Danny Kirwan He may have spent much of his life a homeless and helpless substance abuser, but prior to […]

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Tom Friedman is right. The world is flat. We have slowly but surely homogenized just about everything consumable to the point that there is, sadly, little left in the way of local or regional flavor. Corporate radio, food chains and the interstate highway system have pretty much seen to that. Yet, even as I was […]

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Desert Island Jukebox: The Near Misses

by M.C. Antil on February 11, 2015

After posting my 300 favorite pop 45s of the 1960s, as you might expect, I received many emails and comments from those questioning my choices and suggesting replacements. As I said any number of times, the list was not a definitive accounting of the greatest singles of the decade. It was only one man’s list of […]

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As this year and this list come to a close – the former a period of recovery from cancer and its treatment, and the latter an exercise in personal reflection – things boil down to a final few hours and five final songs. Again, for those new to this, what you’ll find below are the final handful […]

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It all comes down to the final two.  For almost an entire year, I have been working on this list of my 300 favorite 45s of the 1960s, writing about each in a way that, hopefully reflected why it was important to me and/or why it remains musically or culturally significant.  But more than that, these were to […]

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On this, a special day for me personally — and during this, a most special time of year — we move one step closer to the top five songs on this list and the final installment on my Desert Island Jukebox of ’60s singles. Enjoy. Desert Island Jukebox: Part 1 Desert Island Jukebox: Part 2 […]

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