Key Players

Behind the creation of great music that lives forever are musicians whose contributions can make a critical difference in recordings and live performances. We feature those players and how their talents bring something special to the mix

Hugh Masekela, Jazz Trumpet Great: Unlikely Pop Star

The “Father of South African jazz” appeared at Monterey Pop, recorded with the Byrds, scored a #1 pop single and toured with Paul Simon

Read More

Remembering Toto Drummer Jeff Porcaro

Toto founding member Jeff Porcaro was one of the most-recorded drummers ever, adding magic to whatever he played on by many major pop and rock acts

Read More

Gerry Stickells, Tour Manager For Queen, Hendrix, Dies

“I was just unemployed, basically. That’s the truth. I hooked up with Jimi Hendrix when the Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed and it just went from there”

Read More

Jim Gordon: From A-List Drummer to Convicted Killer

He’s played on hundreds of hits but you won’t find any gold records on his wall: Since the ’80s he’s been locked away for murder.

Read More

Meet Session Superstar Nicky Hopkins

Do you know the music he made with a long Who’s Who list of classic rock superstars? Now get to know the session keyboard star

Read More

Loving ‘Cheers’ to My Late Mate, Ian McLagan

Rob Patterson praises Small Faces/Faces keyboard player for being the best rock star mate a fan might ever want and a friendly, unpretentious hail-fellow-well-met to any and all of his fans.

Read More