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 |  Steven Blier

When you have a one-week rehearsal period for a complicated program, you have to work quickly. Of course I want to be a gentle, enlightening guru-figure for the four singers I’ve invited. I also want to get every song up and running ASAP. I am happy to say that a lot of our work is […]




 |  Steven Blier

This is the third time I am doing Ports of Call, a program that circumnavigates the globe using songs from eleven countries in nine languages. In every port you meet a traveler—be it a merchant, an exile, a lover, an ex-pat, or an opium addict. Since I am comfortable with all the music, it’s easy […]




 |  Steven Blier

It always seems like a miracle when the cast arrives in Orient for our annual NYFOS@North Fork project. They zoom in by bus, by car, by ferry, and suddenly my quiet, sedentary life becomes a densely packed rehearsal period. This morning I am preparing to go from “Sleep” mode to “Full Blast.” I’ve done this […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1969Billboard’s Top Seller – “Sugar, Sugar” by Jeff Barry & Andy Kim and performed by The Archies Grammy for Record of the Year (1970) – “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” Bones Howe (producer) performed by The 5th Dimension Grammy for Song of the Year (1970) – “Games People Play” by Joe […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1968Billboard’s Top Seller – “Hey Jude” by the Beatles Grammy for Record of the Year (1969) – “Mrs. Robinson,” Paul Simon & Roy Halee (producers) performed by Simon & Garfunkel Grammy for Song of the Year (1969) – “Little Green Apples” by Bobby Russell (songwriter) performed by Roger Miller […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1967Billboard’s Top Seller – “To Sir, with Love” by Don Black and Mark London and performed by Lulu Grammy for Record & Song of the Year (1968) – “Up, Up and Away” by Jimmy Webb (songwriter) and Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon (producers) performed by The 5th Dimension. Grammy for […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1966Billboard’s Top Seller – “California Dreamin’” by John Phillips & Michelle Phillips and recorded by The Mamas & the Papas Grammy for Record of the Year (1967) – “Strangers in the Night,” Jimmy Bowen (producer) & Frank Sinatra Grammy for Song of the Year (1967) – “Michelle” by John […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1965Billboard’s Top Seller – “Wooly Bully” by novelty rock ‘n’ roll band Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs Grammy for Record of the Year (1966) – “A Taste of Honey” Jerry Moss (producer) & Herb Alpert (producer & artist) performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Grammy for […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1964Billboard’s Top Seller – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles. They also had the No. 2, “She Loves You,” No. 13, “A Hard Day’s Night,” No. 14, “Love Me Do,” and No. 16, “Please, Please Me” spots! Grammy for Record of the Year (1965) – “The […]




 |  Charles McKay

My journey through the 1960s continues. 1963Billboard’s Top Seller – “Surfin’ U.S.A.” by The Beach Boys Grammy for Record and Song of the Year (1964) – “Days of Wine and Roses” by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer (songwriters) performed by Henry Mancini This was also the year that Streisand won best album of the year. Again, what a […]