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Nat King Cole

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Atlas Genius: Brothers Lead Next Wave of Badass Aussie Rock

    The thing about Australian accents is that they're way awesome. They're even better on the phone chatting with Keith Jeffery, who just happens to be the front man for the indie-rock band known as Atlas Genius. Does that name sound familiar? If it does, you might be onto something, because it's damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    The Rocks Off 100: Jacqui Sutton, Houston's "Jazzgrass Lady"

    Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Jacqui Sutton is the lead singer for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    10 Reasons to Be Pissed Christmas Is Over

    Is there anything more depressing than hearing a Christmas song the day AFTER Christmas? It makes me want to punch Nat King Cole in the face. When we reach the moment that is literally the furthest away from Christmas we will get every year, there's a sort of resigned melancholy that resonates with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    The Secret History of "You Are So Beautiful"

    Six years ago today, on June 6, 2006, the world lost Houston-born musician Billy Preston. The session man, kind soul and all-around secret weapon was in the mix for some of the best and brightest moments of rock's heyday. The man backed up Little Richard and Sam Cooke, and as a child prodigy he play ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012
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    December 23, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Let me just get this out of the way right off the bat: I don't care for Mannheim Steamroller. I think their music is odd and a little creepy. But, that doesn't mean 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Ella Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​There is an admission that I have to make having written all these Classic Christmas posts this year. When I think of Christmas, I don't think of carols or choirs or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Sex and Spacemen: The Weirdest Christmas Songs We Could Find

    Photo illustration by John Seaborn GrayI want to believe.​Just the other day, Rocks Off sat at the computer, blank-faced and still, the cursor blinking uninterrupted. See, normally at this time of year, we come up with a list of depressing Christmas songs. This year, though, there was a proble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Johnny Mathis' Merry Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​On the popular '70s and '80s sitcom The Jeffersons whenever George wanted to get Weezie in the mood, all he had to do was mimic the voice of Johnny Mathis while singi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Classic Christmas: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

    ​There are many arguments to be made about music, but one that I doubt anyone could actually win is the one that goes, "There was someone in music at some point cooler than Frank Sinatra." Trying to make that argument is like trying to say Kobe was better than Michael. Sure, you can say it, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    A Modern Throwback: Mel Torme's Christmas Songs

    ​Mel Torme holds a special place in the hearts of Gen Xers because of his re-occurring appearance on Night Court and his classic guest stint on Seinfeld. In fact, Torme put in quite a bit of time on TV and in films despite the fact that his main gig was as a singer and composer. Torme was old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    We Want to Dine with These Five Dead Famous People

    Consummate hostess: Dolley Madison.​5. Dolley Madison. Forget about Martha Stewart. As First Lady, Madison took the role of hostess to a whole new level, earning accolades for her brilliant dress, witty conversation, and terrific dinner menus. And she had moxie as well domestic graces: She off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Idol Beat: Movies Is Magic

    ​It's time for American Idol, the show that dares ask the question, "What the f*ck is will.i.am still doing here?" Seriously, when do they make him a judge? In case you hadn't heard, Jennifer Lopez was selected World's Most Beautiful Woman by...Cat Fancy or something. This provided a brief re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Rock & Roll: Invented In Houston?

    Project Row Houses/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom around the time Ted Williams would have been covering it for the Houston Informer​Rocks Off is pulling double shifts this week - are we ever - so on our "break" that ended a few minutes ago, we repaired to a nearby watering hole for a co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    What Is Classic Rock Today?

    ​What is classic rock in 2010? 15 years ago, it was was the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, anything Eric Clapton touched and every band your dad played in his car while he was making out with the girls he met before your mom. That's how we know classic rock: Big riffs, big voices, in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 7, 2010

    Omara Portuondo

    Cuba's first lady of song celebrates her 80th birthday with the world

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    FAIL: Morrissey, Scott Weiland, Whitesnake, Conspiracy Theorists

    ​Morrissey Loves Animals So Much It Makes Him Racist: Morrissey has been one of the biggest ambiguously snarky pussies in all of rock music for some years now, popular among 15-year-old bisexuals of all races and creeds. Sometimes, however, the former Smiths frontman likes to make a straightf ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 12, 2010

    Lemonade Stand

    Hope Stone's Jane Weiner says, "When life gives you lemons, make art"

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    R&B Legend Ivory Joe Hunter To Get State Historical Marker

    ​Rocks Off's predecessor John Nova Lomax, who normally reports on much more sordid goings-on in East Texas, tipped us off to a story in today's Beaumont Enterprise that reports late Texas R&B legend Ivory Joe Hunter will have an official Texas State Historical Marker erected at his gravesite n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    The Musical Minds That Made Booker T The Soul Man He Is Today

    ​How good a musician is Booker T? Along with the rest of the MGs, the house band of seminal soul imprint Stax who had several instrumental hits of their own besides backing Stax's powerhouse roster (Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding...) throughout the '60s, the Memphis-born m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    How Texas and Alabama Match Up... Musically

    ​ For once, Rocks Off is grateful for this sinus-splitting headache (thanks, Mike Stinson!), because it gives us something to focus on besides the fact that we are crawling out of our skin waiting for kickoff tonight. At this point, sports pundits have analyzed the Longhorns and Crimson Tide to wi ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009

    Midwinter Graces

    The sounds of Christmas 2009 from Bob Dylan, Sting, Tori Amos, Rob Halford and more.

  • Music

    December 10, 2009

    Tender Mercies

    Bombing survivor Sam Baker comes to grips with forgiveness on Cotton.

  • Music

    April 23, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Sonidos y Mas: Carnaval with Brasil Brazil

    www.brasilbrazilshow.comFormed by veteran Brazilian singers Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos, Los Angeles-based band Brasil Brazil celebrates the music of their native country with an elaborate show that includes several standards and original songs - a formula they devised when they first starte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Cool Out on Your Commute

    2009 is only a few days old, and Houston's radio climate is already improving. Not on the FM dial, which remains a wasteland north of 91.7 (same as it ever was), but starting at 4 p.m. today, commuters can immerse themselves in the swinging sounds of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, B.B. Kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Blues/Soul/R&B In Memoriam 2008

    Ah, that nasty Grim Reaper took a lot of great musicians this year, and his scythe cut a wide swath across all genres, including many heavyweights in the blues and R&B world. The greatest loss comes in the form of someone who was a man, a song, and a beat all in one... Bo Diddley, singer-songw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Digitalia: iTunes' Top Holiday Songs

    The holiday season is a time to enjoy favorite pastimes like expanding your credit-card debt, eating way too much food, and arguing with your relatives. And of course, there's the best staple of them all: butchering holiday jingles. Never finding a song they didn't want to shill, iTunes offers an e ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2008

    Americans Recording Mexican Songs

    The Bueno, the Bad and the Muy Ugly

  • Music

    November 29, 2007

    Pro Athlete Musicians

    Athletes step off the field and into the studio

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2007
  • Music

    April 12, 2007

    Classic Cuban CDs

    Reissues of six classic Cuban CDs

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Chico Hamilton

    Juniflip, Believe, 6th Ave. Romp, Heritage

  • Culture

    July 7, 2005

    Unforgettable

    Four singing actors make magic in Nat King Cole & Me

  • Calendar

    June 30, 2005

    Cole Hearted

    The Ensemble Theatre offers some musical Healing

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Blizzard of Oz

    Dubya, Ashlee and Bill O'Reilly have spun Racket's mind into the twilight zone; also, two local retro-cool institutions bite the dust

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    I'm Not Dreaming of a White Christmas

    No snow and no Bing for Racket

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Xmas Marks the Spot

    A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs

  • Music

    May 23, 2002
  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    The Gift Of Music

    2001s top ten picks

  • Music

    April 19, 2001

    Finding Her Voice

    Onetime Texan Heather Bennett roams freely in the Big Apple

  • Music

    November 23, 2000

    On the Off-Road Again

    Country legend Ray Price continues to take the path less traveled

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Houston Rocket

    Cuttino Mobley

  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Ska Fathers

    When searching for the source of the Jamaican sound, look no further than the Skatalites

  • Music

    March 23, 2000

    Key Ingredient

    Pianist Ahmad Jamal may have had a bigger impact on jazz than you think

  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    The Real Diva

    Nancy Wilson returns from jazz-pop limbo

  • Music

    December 24, 1998
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    July 2, 1998
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    October 16, 1997

    Charles in Charge

    A new collection confirms Ray Charles's position as the architect of soul

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