Paul J. MacArthur

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  • 14 years ago

    It's hard to believe there was a time -- a long time, in fact -- when Tony Bennett was considered passé. Throughout most of the '70s and '80s he was thought of as a relic of a generation gone by, not the cultural icon who made records with ...

  • 14 years ago | Houston Music

    Don Wilkerson was a Texas Tenor in the tradition of Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb. Though he never quite gained their level of name recognition, Wilkerson was heard unwittingly by millions on great R&B records in the '50s. The Moreauville, Loui...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    To belabor beyond all recognition that old saw about what you should wear to your wedding, this year Houston went in for something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Representing the old were such hardy perennials as the Zy...

  • 14 years ago

    As a teenager living in Memphis during the '70s, saxophonist Kirk Whalum became enamored with the work of two other reedmen: Wilton Felder and Ronnie Laws. Two of Houston's favorite sons, Felder and Laws were trailblazing a new form of soulful R&B...

  • 14 years ago

    When the Yellowjackets grew out of Robben Ford's Charles Ford Blues Band in 1981, it looked like another short-lived fusion venture à la Mahavishnu Orchestra. Sure enough, two years later Ford left the band in '83 to return to his first lov...

  • 14 years ago

    In the mid-'80s, college guitar freaks who were above salivating over Eddie Van Halen sought out other heroes. These ranged from John McLaughlin to a young Kevin Eubanks to the Steves (Morse and Howe). One contender of that era was Steve Vai, who,...