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  • American music that went there and back again to be heard

    It was fifty years ago that young English musicians like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, and Eric Burdon began to make a name for themselves in the hardscrabble music clubs of London. Within a few years, their names would be known all over the world, and the British Invasion of America would change popular music forever.

  • Gone 500 miles when the day is done

    On a cold April Monday morning in 1970, Steve Goodman sat on a southbound Illinois Central train, gazing out the window. Beside him sat his young wife, Nancy. They were taking a day trip to visit Nancy’s grandmother, who was already in her 90’s, so that the old lady could meet the young man that her granddaughter had married.

  • Drifting into town

    Folks, when you talk about The Drifters at this point, you’re talking about 58 years of musical history and it’s a history that’s been marked by some of the great voices of American music including people like Clyde McPhatter, Bill Pinkney, Ben E. King and Johnny More. And I can’t tell you how cool it is for the Mojo Man to be here today with another one of those great voices of the Legendary Drifters, Chicago’s very own Jerry Hendrix. Jerry, thanks so much for joining me here today.

  • Some pull their weight, while others just wait

    The other night I wanted to watch a TV benefit concert for victims of the disastrous storms that ravaged the Midwest and South in late April. Musicians from all over the nation were going to donate their talents to inspire citizens to give freely to help their fellow Americans. It’s the kind of thing that serious musicians have done for generations, for music has the power to move others to courageous and unselfish action.

  • How much wood would a luthier chuck?

    Listen to the sweet sounds of a fine acoustic guitar or violin, and you know that you’re hearing the music of heaven. But–other than the artistry of a musician or the workmanship of a skilled luthier craftsman–what makes a stringed instrument “fine”?

  • All hail!

    Sun Day’s Moonlight Mojo Man sat down recently with The Buckinghams co-founder and lead singer Carl Giammarese for a little quick and casual Q&A, as the popular Chicago band readies to head to Sun City at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 in Drendel Ballroom.

  • The musical inventor who even re-invented himself

    Listen to a delicate, measured Mozart composition on piano, and then put on Beethoven’s brooding Fifth Symphony, with its dramatic, sustained “Da-da-da-daaaaaaa…”

  • The scorching tale of Lucille

    Sometimes a musical instrument can take on a personality that makes it as recognizable as the artist who plays it. This is certainly true of guitars. Eric Clapton has his well-worn Blackie. Willie Nelson has his rode-hard Trigger.

  • The little instrument that could

    Quick now: What did Abraham Lincoln, Billy the Kid, and John Lennon all have in common?

  • The ‘Ides’ march into Sun City for a smash-hit performance

    Sun Day music columnist Moonlight Mojo Man sits down with band members for a little Q&A.

  • An amazing tale of “Amazing Grace”

    You might think that being lashed to a ship’s mast during a raging hurricane wouldn’t be the most productive work environment, but it was just such a moment that provided the inspiration for “Amazing Grace,” one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

  • An amazing tale of “Amazing Grace”

    You might think that being lashed to a ship’s mast during a raging hurricane wouldn’t be the most productive work environment, but it was just such a moment that provided the inspiration for “Amazing Grace,” one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

  • Who is the best guitarist of all time?

    If you’re looking to start a fight, go to any gathering of guitar music fans and ask the question, “Who is the best guitar player of all time?”

  • Choosing which turn to take at the Crossroads

    On June 26, famed guitarist Eric Clapton hosted the third Crossroads Guitar Festival at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Joining him on the stage were an army of the best blues guitar players in the world—Albert Lee, BB King, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, Johnny Winter, Jonny Lang, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Cray, Susan Tedeschi, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, and ZZ Top, to name a few.

  • Just take a walk down Lonely Street

    When the well-dressed young man checked into the hotel in Miami, nobody knew who he was. That would not have been unusual. In a city as large as Miami in 1955, almost anybody you met on the street would be a stranger.

  • A star by any other name, from A to Z

    For whatever reason, many of our favorite artists once wore a different moniker. See if you can match these famous musicians with their original names.

  • Separating “mojo” fact from fiction

    But what exactly is a mojo? If your only knowledge of the word comes from an Austin Powers film, in which the nerdy international man of mystery tries to regain his confidence after his “mojo” was stolen from him, you might be a bit surprised.