John Lennon may have been the quintessential rock star -- but rock’s typical womanizing meant less to him than true love. “I’m not going to sacrifice love, real love,” he told Rolling Stone in 1971 in regard to groupies, swinging and free love. “I’ve been through it all, and nothing works better than to have somebody hold you.”
Andre Williams spent half a century deconstructing American music -- and to hear him tell it, fame was the last thing on his mind. “I have lived like a king, and I have lived like a bum, and I have lived like a tramp,” he told the Village Voice in 2010. “I just care about saying it like I saw it.”
Hal Blaine may have been one of the most prolific session drummers of all time -- but above all else, he considered himself an “accompanist.” When recording Simon and Garfunkel’s signature song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” he had a different plan: drop the sticks altogether.