FAKE NEWS: In a recent PSA (Public Service Announcement), an up and coming Windsor/Detroit area AM radio station attempted to present its history as a pioneering outlet for musical diversity, at the expense of the well documented legacies of several legendary area broadcast giants who actually did make such inroads, including WKNR Keener 13, CKLW The Big 8 and WXYZ 1270. Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes that aspiring station to task in the Editorial, Fake News Rebuttal, with commentary by veterans of WKNR and CKLW (Click on the link entitled Editorial - Fake News Rebuttal under the Previous Posts column at right for the full story)  (Click on above image to enlarge).

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Welcome to the official web site for Blitz, The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People. Since 1975, Blitz has been the leading voice for the discerning music enthusiast. Blitz Magazine was also one of the first magazines of its kind to embrace the internet, having also been online since January 1996.

Here you will find news and updates about all of the key artists essential to the growth and development of rock and roll music and related genres, including rhythm and blues, country and western, jazz and easy listening. For highlights from recent past editions of the Bits And Pieces and Shape Of Things To Come columns, click on the archival postings on the right hand side of this page. Be sure and check back frequently for regular updates.

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Follow the fascinating and unfolding tale (through her favorite music) of the life and times of Blitz Magazine's late and beloved Photo Editor, Audrey McDowell, as told by her husband, Blitz Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell. A Facebook exclusive! "Like" us on Facebook at Blitz Magazine - The Rock And Roll Magazine For Thinking People, and watch for further installments.


Gospel music pioneer and visionary Edwin Hawkins lost his protracted battle with pancreatic cancer on Martin Luther King day.

The Pixies Three discuss their plans to persevere as a group in the wake of the December 2017 retirement of original lead vocalist and group co-founder, Midge Neel (a Blitz Magazine exclusive).

Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell joined more than a hundred other veterans of the Southern California music industry for the annual Christmas celebration at the suburban Los Angeles home of one time Rhino Records executive Gary Stewart.

Keely Smith is remembered as an extraordinarily gifted vocalist and comedic foil to first husband Louis Prima in their numerous collaborations with Sam Butera and the Witnesses for Capitol.

Veteran musicologists, record collectors, journalists, musicians and radio personalities gathered on 02 December in Livonia, Michigan for the quarterly Motor City Music Convention to pay tribute to the show's late founder, Bryan Caillouette

We pay tribute to beleaguered Partridge Family front man and acclaimed solo artist David Cassidy, who succumbed to complications from dementia and multiple organ failure on 21 November.

Blitz Magazine's Michael McDowell takes a closer look at ABKCO's 50th anniversary box set celebrating the release of the Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request album. Click on the link The Rolling Stones Majesties Box Set under the Previous Posts heading at right. 

Veteran vocalist, composer, producer and actress Debbie Gibson celebrates the release of the thirteen disc Edsel Records CD and DVD box set, We Could Be Together, which takes a comprehensive look at the beloved artist's thirty year recording career.

Herefordshire-based (and New York native) composer and vocalist Roxanne Fontana will be returning to the studio in London in November to record her interpretation of an as yet unnamed Rolling Stones classic. Inmates co-founder and guitarist Tony Oliver will produce.

We salute the extraordinary musical vision of producer and composer Jerry Ross (whose numerous accomplishments include the founding of the Heritage and Colossus labels), who lost his battle against prostate cancer on 04 October at age 84.

Blitz Magazine recalls our lone encounter in the 1980s with Tom Petty in our memorial tribute to the veteran vocalist and composer, who succumbed to cardiac arrest on 02 October at age 66.

Although primarily known for his enterprises in the world of publishing, journalist and entrepreneur Hugh Hefner made great strides in the world of music with the richly diverse artist roster found on his Playboy label, as well as his work with Collectors Choice Music. We celebrate the musical side of  the legacy of Hefner, who died on 27 September at age 91. 

Several veteran musicians weigh in on surviving Hurricane Irma, including rock and roll Pioneer Arch Hall Junior, Danny and the Juniors' Bob Maffei, the Blues Magoos' Peppy Castro and Dawn Breakers co-founder and country music veteran Jack Blanchard of Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan.

We pay tribute to The Music Man's first Marian Paroo, the legendary Barbara Cook (who succumbed to respiratory failure at age 89), as well as  beloved vocalist, composer, one time Beach Boys bassist and virtuoso guitarist, Glen Campbell, who lost his protracted battle with Alzheimer's Disease on 08 August.

Prayers go up on behalf of the legendary Bob Shane, sole surviving founder of the Kingston Trio. Shane is recovering from a series of mini-strokes suffered in July.

Farewell to pioneering New Zealand rocker Lyn Barnett, who was found dead in her home in July of unknown causes.

Veterans of the long defunct Windsor, Ontario AM radio powerhouse, CKLW The Big 8 were reunited for a charity event on 15 July, with Blitz Magazine as special guests. Full account in a separate article (see Previous Posts at right).

Blitz  mourns the passing of hero, radio pioneer and dear friend, Frank "Swingin'" Sweeney, a veteran of the groundbreaking WKNR Keener 13 air staff and most recently a cherished member of Blitz Magazine's advisory board.

The brick and mortar music and Christian music industries are getting a much needed boost, as the Ontario-based Sunrise Records chain assumes the operation of seventy vacated HMV outlets across Canada, while the long-standing Nashville-based LifeWay chain rises to the occasion to fill the gap caused by the collapse of the Family Christian Bookstore outlets across the United States in mid-May.


The highly prolific vocalist and composer Jeremy Morris has reached into his vast archives for a collection of twenty-three previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1975 and 1979, Invitation.

Ash Wells' Teensville label has once again maintained its front runner status with the release of the compilation CD, Marshmallow Skies, which features twenty-eight thinking outside of the box moments by such veteran greats as Rick Nelson, Bo Diddley, Johnny Tillotson, the Four Seasons, Freddy Cannon, Tommy Roe, Lesley Gore, Little Anthony And The Imperials, the Tokens, Jan And Dean, Gary Lewis, Brian Hyland, Roy Orbison, Jay and the Americans, Tommy Sands, the Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent, Chubby Checker and others.

Roger Maglio's Gear Fab label has upgraded their 1997 anthology CD by the Long Island-based Majic Ship with newly discovered photos, additional bonus tracks and an expanded essay.

Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell takes an in depth look at the eight volume WJBK Hits Various Artists anthology series, which chronicles a wealth of essential and obscure singles from the weekly charts published by that legendary Detroit radio station from 1956 to 1964. 


As Karma Frog Records president Adam Marsland continues his sabbatical overseas, the label's remaining artist roster perseveres with a vengeance, highlighted by Today My Mind------Tomorrow The World, the new collection of ten originals by vocalist and composer Rob Martinez.

First generation garage rock greats, the Tol-Puddle Martyrs (still led by group founder and principal visionary Peter Rechter) have returned with another all new album, Polyphony for the Secret Deals label.

The pioneering Greg Kihn Band has turned in one of their finest and most cohesive releases to date with their all new Rekihndled album for Riot Media.

The Hot Texas Swing Band more than lives up to their name with the release of their fourth album, Off The Beaten Trail for Indie Records.