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WELCOME TO BLITZ MAGAZINE'S WEB SITE!


ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY: Only a month after the tragic passing of group co-founder Dave White from cancer, beloved vocal group visionaries DANNY AND THE JUNIORS suffered an immeasurable loss on 15 April with the sudden death of front man Joe Terranova at age 78.  Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell recalls the group's extraordinary 62 year run in the Bits And Pieces column. Danny And The Juniors are pictured above in 1958. Left to right: Danny Rapp, Joseph "Joe Terry" Terranova, Dave White and Frank Maffei. (Click on the Bits And Pieces link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story). (Click on the above image to enlarge).

WELCOME TO THE INTERET HOME
FOR BLITZ MAGAZINE
SINCE 1975 -
THE ROCK AND ROLL MAGAZINE
FOR THINKING PEOPLE

Welcome to the official web site for Blitz, The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People. Since 1975, Blitz has been the leading voice for the discerning music enthusiast. Blitz Magazine was also one of the first magazines of its kind to embrace the internet, having also been online since January 1996.

Here you will find news and updates about all of the key artists essential to the growth and development of rock and roll music and related genres, including rhythm and blues, country and western, jazz and easy listening. For highlights from recent past editions of the Bits And Pieces and Shape Of Things To Come columns, click on the archival postings on the right hand side of this page. Be sure and check back frequently for regular updates.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at BlitzMcD@aol.com.


Michael McDowell
Editor/Publisher
Blitz Magazine
Since 1975 - The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People

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AUDREY'S MUSICAL JOURNEY:

Follow the fascinating and unfolding tale (through her favorite music) of the life and times of Blitz Magazine's late and beloved Photo Editor, Audrey McDowell, as told by her husband, Blitz Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell. A Facebook exclusive! "Like" us on Facebook at Blitz Magazine - The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People, and watch for further installments.

IN THE BITS AND PIECES COLUMN:

Blitz Magazine was tapped to assist with technical support, as big8radio.com expanded its massive six thousand record playlist with the addition of more than two dozen first generation garage rock rarities by the Unrelated Segments, Torquays, Four Of Us, Lykes Of Us, etc. into its regular rotation. Comments from station CEO Charlie O'Brien.

No sooner did the beloved vocal supergorup DANNY AND THE JUNIORS bounce back from the tragic passing of group co-founder David White in March, when on the 15th of April the group suffered the sudden and immeasruale loss of front man Joe Terranova. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes a look at the veteran Philadelphia trio's unprecedented 62 year legacy.

In a free standing article (link at right under Blitz Magazine / Debbie Gibson Video). Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell discusses his cameo appearance in Lost In Your Eyes 30, the new video celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the monster classic Atlantic Records single, Lost In Your Eyes by Debbie Gibson.

Also in a free sanding article (line at right under LifeWay Stores Closing), long time Christian retailer LifeWay has announced the imminent closing of  anumber of its key outlets across the United States. Editor.Publisher Michael McDowell discusses the potential fallout within the brick and mortar contingent of the Christin music industry.

In an extraordinary sixty-two year career that took him all over the musical map, he recorded as a solo artist under his real name, fronted a beloved trio for the Smash label and counfounded expectations with a series of groundbreaking solo albums well into the twenty-first century. We take a look at the phenomenal career of Walker Brothers front man Scott Engel.

Legendary Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine passed away suddenly on 11 March at age 90. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell recalls his extraordinary legacy,

The world of psych rock also suffered a tremendous loss on 28 January with the passing of BLUE CHEER drummer PAUL WHALEY at age 73.

We pay tribute to vocalist, philanthropist, evangelist and wife of veteran musician Pat Boone, SHIRLEY BOONE, who succumbed to a lingering illness on 11 January.

Legendary vocal virtuoso Mel Carter has taken a giant leap forward by weighing in on the topic of gun violence in his most recent single, Raise The World - Sing Louder Than The Gun. Exclusive commentary by Carter himself here. 

IN THE REISSUES / ANTHOLOGIES SECTION OF
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME COLUMN:

The classic London and Decca label 45s by veteran vocalist and composer Marianne Faithfull are celebrated in the comprehensive new ABKCO collection, Come And Stay With Me.

The notion that more than an album's worth of previously unreleased material from a top of the line artist who has been gone for more than a half century has at last been made available is nothing short of miraculous. But that is exactly the case with Both Directions At Once, the heretofore unissued March 1963 Impulse Records sessions by the legendary John Coltrane Quartet

The January 2019 passing of Germs bassist and founder Teresa "Lorna Doom" Ryan from cancer has put the veteran Southern California band back in the spotlight, making the recent Slash label vinyl reissue of their 1981 What We Do Is Secret LP all the more poignant. Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes a closer look at this landmark re-release.

Ash Wells' vaunted Teensville label puts a decisively fresh spin on the overly familiar with Wish You A Wish, a collection of rare cover versions of original material by the Hollies.

Fifty-three years in the making, the beloved Bayonne, New Jersey-based quintet the Ad Libs has finally seen their 1965 debut album (originally intended for release on the vaunted Blue Cat label) now available at last via the venerable Memphis, Tennessee Sun Records.

Among the many recipients of lavishly produced half century anniversary box sets is Electric Ladyland, the 1968 third album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Blitz Magazine takes a closer look at this landmark reissue from the musicologist / record collector perspective.

Roger Maglio's prolific Gear Fab label has made a significant contribution to the world of first generation garage rock with the release of the ambitious,two CD collection, Complete Recordings, which features the entire body of work to date of the Galveston, Texas-based Countdown Five.

The psych phase of the still very much active veteran rocker Marty Wilde's six decade career finally sees proper documentation with Abergavenny: The Philips Pop Years 1966 - 1971, an all new CD anthology, also on Ash Wells' Teensville label.

The late Lee Hazelwood knew no such thing as genre myopia in a career that spanned several decades. The Light In The Attic label has made available for the first time anywhere the 1964 sessions that produced the Cruisin' For Surf Bunnies album by the enigmatic instrumental outfit, Lee Hazelwood's Woodchucks.

Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes an in depth look at the eight volume WJBK Hits Various Artists anthology series, which chronicles a wealth of essential and obscure singles from the weekly charts published by that legendary Detroit radio station from 1956 to 1964. 

IN THE NEW RELEASES SECTION OF
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME COLUMN:

The Victoria-based first generation garage rock greats the Tol-Puddle Martyrs return with Another Earth, their latest for the Secret Deals label.

Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson join forces for Amour, a fresh take on romance (Stony Plain Records) via their unique interpretations of monster classics by Clyde McPhatter, Leadbelly, Ray Price, Charlie Feathers, Chuck Willis and others.

Keyboardsman and Pennsylvania native Jeff Goldblum joins forces with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra for Decca's The Capitol Studios Sessions, a live on Vine Street collection of spirited standards by the King Cole Trio, Solomon Burke, Herbie Hancock, Rosemary Clooney, Al Jolson and others.


Also on Verve is Combo 66, the latest album of original material by acclaimed guitarist John Scofield, augmented by the remarkable keyboard stylings of Gerald Clayton.