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Southeast U.S. Travel Tips, 1983

By Bob Andelman April, 1983 SOUTHEAST Florida To find that good music the gray long hairs are always reminiscing about, consider the International Folk Festival (Miami, late May), New College Summer Music Festival (Sarasota, June weekends), Miami Beach Auditorium Pops… Continue Reading →

Where did our songs go, Diana Ross? 1986 CONCERT REVIEW

  By Bob Andelman October 4, 1986 Diana Ross hits are getting shorter as the years grow longer. Songs such as “I’m Coming Out,” “Rescue Me,” “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” “Swept Away” and a few others have been… Continue Reading →

Elton John pounds life into old faves! 1986 CONCERT REVIEW

By Bob Andelman September 23, 1986   With each encore, the audience waited. And waited. And waited. (There were three encores. That’s a lotta waiting.) When is he going to do it? they wondered. When is Elton John going to… Continue Reading →

Fast Eddie Yarb slows down! INTERVIEW

(I used to write a bi-weekly column, RadioRadio, for Players magazine in the Tampa Bay area. The following story appeared in 1990.) By Bob Andelman They bid him farewell with a medley of Neil Diamond/Air Supply/Johnny Mathis and then “Fast”… Continue Reading →

Jazz singer Fred Johnson making a name for himself! 1985 INTERVIEW

  By Bob Andelman Originally published October 16, 1985 Fred Johnson wears Klompen – Dutch shoes. “I know they’re weird,” he said, “but I don’t care.” The St. Petersburg-based jazz singer also has a distinctive tattoo on his left forearm…. Continue Reading →

Rock fans fill Jimmy Page vigil with some idol gossip! 1986 FEATURE STORY

By Bob Andelman Originally published March 14, 1986 The fans started waiting around the parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Most never got to see more than the back of Jimmy Page’s head, but it didn’t matter. They were there, and… Continue Reading →

Joan Baez mixes humor with strong spirit! 1985 CONCERT REVIEW

By Bob Andelman Originally published July 1, 1985 Three summertime faces of Joan Baez: Singing in a recent episode of the syndicated TV show Fame, helping the students of a performing arts school understand the importance of speaking up for… Continue Reading →

‘Ultimate dream’ comes true for faithful fan – she kissed a Loverboy

By Bob Andelman Originally published March 8, 1986 Mike Reno, the lead singer, gave her a big hug and a kiss. So did the other four members of the rock ‘n’ roll band. They also signed her handmade, blue Loverboy… Continue Reading →

Jermaine Jackson’s struggling under the shadow of his brother 1986 CONCERT REVIEW

By Bob Andelman   August 4, 1986 There were three times Saturday night when a person in the more than half-empty Ruth Eckerd Hall could have forgotten that Jermaine -Jackson was you-Know-Who-With-the-Gloves older brother. The first was during a handsome… Continue Reading →

My Drug Testing Results Revealed! BOOK EXCERPT

(The following story first appeared in Tampa Bay Life Magazine in 1990 and was reprinted in the book Navigating the Yellow Stream.) By Bob Andelman First things first: I don’t smoke, drink or do drugs. Never have. So, why did… Continue Reading →

Rock-It with Tampa’s Bobby Friss Band! TAMPA BAY LIFE

Profile By Bob Andelman (Originally published in Tampa Bay Life, 1990) “This is like the guy next door that you grew up with,” says Russ Albums. “If you wanted to have a best friend, this would be the guy. He’s… Continue Reading →

Before art took off, Lance Rodgers rocked at DEFCON-1! INTERVIEW

(This story originally appeared in Music magazine, May 17, 1984.) By Bob Andelman The name refers to a military state of readiness, the highest level of nuclear war anticipation. DEFCON-1, a term made familiar to millions in last summer’s film… Continue Reading →

Every Sunday, the same question: ‘Is Bruce Springsteen coming tonight?’

(Note: The following story originally appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, where I was a correspondent for many years. It was fun for my then-fiancee (now wife) and I to ask everybody we met, ‘Is Bruce Springsteen coming tonight?’) By… Continue Reading →

R.I.P., Jon Rock n Roll Anthony

(I used to write a bi-weekly column, “RadioRadio,” for Players magazine in the Tampa Bay area. The following story about the late Q105 DJ Jon ‘Rock & Roll’ Anthony, originally appeared there in 1990. Read more about Anthony at TeddWebb.com.)… Continue Reading →

All hail the Jingle King, Jeff Arthur! MADDUX BUSINESS REPORT

  By Bob Andelman (Originally published in Maddux Report, 1989) Some might say that jingle writing isn’t an art, it’s just advertising.Maybe. But there is a certain melodical, redundant appeal to a well-done jingle that is at once irrepressible and… Continue Reading →

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