Don Felder may not be the first member of the Eagles you think of as you're humming along to "Hotel California," but his influence is as much a part of the history of the iconic band as it is in numerous other collaborations with iconic pop and rock stars, including Kenny Loggins, Stevie Nicks, Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson.
For ardent fans of the classical prog-rock outfit Renaissance, there's a sense of ownership -- a feeling like they've discovered a personal treasure chest they can go to and open when suffering through a momentary musical recession. And perhaps to the band's first and second generation fans who became hopelessly hooked on their refreshingly hook-free and blissfully executed arrangements, the return of Renaissance to American concert stages in 2009 was nothing short of a miracle.
Nobody can deny after a 10-second sample of Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding's soul-lifting musical output that she has earned every plaudit her global devotees have dealt - and all the critical acclaim she has received - because of the beauty, talent and gifts that come from deep inside this former childhood musical prodigy.
Before Dave Mason enjoyed success as a solo artist in the 1970s and '80s, he made his mark on musical history while securing a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as co-founder of Traffic along with Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood in 1967.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Jefferson Airplane made an indelible mark in the musical history books for their uniquely energized take on the blues and psychedelic rock. And while Airplane co-founders Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have long since departed the band, but they continue to work and tour together as Hot Tuna, which formed in 1969.
Richie Havens, the iconic folk artist whose powerful voice and improvised mantra of "Freedom" immortalized him as the opening act of 1969's Woodstock Festival, was figuratively laid to rest Sunday (8/18) as his ashes were scattered across the original concert fields in Bethel, NY.