When Paddy Moloney kicked off a Chieftains tune, it brightened the room.

Moloney, whose death at the age of 83 was just announced, spent his life playing traditional Irish music. Over 60-plus years, he spread it around the world, which isn’t a bad gig or a bad accomplishment.

Trying to…


Black Widow may have been written out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but she apparently has delivered one final real-life karate kick to Marvel’s owner, the Disney Company.

If she has, good. It’s the least Disney and Marvel deserve for the disrespectful way they treated Black Widow.

Here’s how it…


Sue Thompson, who had a couple of modest top-40 hits in the early 1960s, died last week at the admirable age of 96.

You won’t find Sue Thompson in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. …


When Willie Garson stepped on camera in a TV series, the line between the leads and the supporting cast had a way of getting blurred.

Matt Bomer and Willie Garson in “White Collar.”

Garson, who died Tuesday of undisclosed causes at the cruelly young age of 57, spent his career as a “character actor,” meaning he played important…


Rolling Stone magazine’s new list of the “500 Best Songs Of All Time,” which places Aretha Franklin’s version of “Respect” at Number One, proves again that lists like this transcend mere fun. They’re irresistible.

You’re compelled to leaf through it even knowing that if you take the premise literally, the…


Radio is one of those elusive, magical places where you can turn what you love into what you do for a living.

The young Phil in his early WKCR days. From the WKCR website.

Phil Schaap spent his life spreading the gospel of the music he loved, which was jazz, and while he didn’t make his living from radio, radio was one…


The 2001 New Britain Rock Cats were a really good baseball team.

As the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, the Rock Cats’ roster included, among others, Michael Cuddyer, Dustan Mohr, Justin Morneau, Juan Rincon and Grant Balfour, with a cameo by Papi Ortiz.

They finished 87–55. They were exciting…


The naked baby swimming toward a dollar bill on the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind album is now, 30 years later, trying to score a couple of million dollars by suing everyone involved with distributing that image.

Somewhere the late Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, is unable to suppress a…


I have vivid memories of my father raging against all the time he thought I wasted as a teenager by listening to rock ’n’ roll.

Not alone among parents of his generation, which had grown up with the strictures of the Depression and World War II, he couldn’t understand why…


By the dawn of the 1970s, as he turned 40, Ed Asner had built a career as one of the solidest character actors in Hollywood. That’s no small deal.

Then he met Lou Grant, and by the time he turned 50 Ed Asner had become one of the best-known and…

David Hinckley

David Hinckley wrote for the New York Daily News for 35 years. Now he drives his wife crazy by randomly quoting Bob Dylan and “Casablanca.”

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