A Birthday To Crow About

Bill Crow, red shirt

The Rifftides staff unaccountably overlooked a memo designed to alert us yesterday to an important birthday. Bill Crow, bassist, tubist, author and occasional correspondent to this blog, became 84 years old on December 27. He continues to gig on both of his instruments and to write, among other things, his Band Room column in Allegro, the newspaper of New York musicians union local 802. Now that he is 84 and one day, we wish Bill all the best now, in 2012 and for a long time thereafter. Here … [Read more...]

Correspondence: On Hoagy

Hoagy C (young)

Mark Stryker, the music critic of The Detroit Free Press writes about yesterday's Rifftides entry: Your Hoagy post reminded of this piece I wrote when “Star Dust” turned 75 in 2002. Feel free to post if the spirit so moves. It does. Thank you, Mark. 75 years of ‘Star Dust’ By Mark Stryker Detroit Free Press Music Writer Hoagy Carmichael and his pals headed east from Indianapolis after their gig, driving all night to Richmond, Ind., home of the Gennett studio, … [Read more...]