HE COMES HOME A HERO: With the release of his most recent album, Miles & An Ocean in the closing weeks of 2017, veteran vocalist and composer Kyle Vincent has drawn from such diverse inspirations as Ron Dante, Gilbert O'Sullivan, the Rubinoos and Barry Manilow to produce what is arguably the finest album of his three decade career. Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher recently spoke with Kyle Vincent about this new release and the artists who continue to inspire his work. Click on the Kyle Vincent Interview link under the Previous Posts heading at right for the full story  (Click on above image to enlarge).

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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.


His work as an arranger, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist had few peers. We remember the remarkable JIMMY "THE WIZ" WISNER (whose 1961 Asia Minor single as Kokomo became one of the decade's definitive instrumentals), who passed away on 14 March at age 86.

Despite battling spinal bifida for most of his life, the legendary Id front man, Jeff Saint John went on to become not only a front runner in the Blue Eyed Soul genre, but a tireless crusader for raising awareness for the disease. We pay tribute to Saint John, who passed away at his Perth, Western Australia home on 06 March.

In 1988, Blitz Magazine Editor/Publisher Michael McDowell composed the sleeve notes for the acclaimed Greatest Hits collection by the Vogues for Rhino Records, which featured the legendary Pennsylvania quartet's best known work for the Blue Star, Co&Ce and Reprise labels. In the Bits And Pieces column, we once again recall the Vogues' extraordinary half century run in light of the 01 March passing of group co-founder and lead vocalist, Bill Burkette. 

In a free standing interview, veteran composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dana Countryman joins fellow visionaries Kyle Vincent, Lisa Mychols, Jeremy Morris, Adam Marsland and Rob Martinez in championing a return to positivism and the basics in his original material with his latest Sterling Swan label release, The Joy Of Pop. Editor/Publisher talks with Countryman at length (click on the Dana Countryman Interview link under the Previous Posts heading at right for details).

Blitz Magazine pays tribute to renowned evangelist and one time RCA Victor recording artist Billy Graham (who passed away on 21 February at age 99), as well as legendary rockabilly vocalist (Pididdle, Baby Sittin' Boogie) and renowned composer (Keith Barbour's Echo Park) Reese "Buzz" Clifford, who succumbed to a lingering illness on 27 January.

Two days prior to his seventy-seventh birthday, Neil Diamond announced his retirement from live performance, following his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease.

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.


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. 


Veteran composer, vocalist, guitarist and Ottawa, Ontario native Sue Foley has once again set the bar higher for the beleaguered blues genre with her latest release for the Edmonton, Alberta-based Stony Plain label, The Ice Queen.

Guitar virtuoso and McKarrow, Ontario native Kevin Breit has once again confounded expectations with his all instrumental new release for Stony Plain Records, Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas

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.