King’s Column

King’s Column

Sounds of Blackness
January 12, 2021
by Bill King

The tumultuous times of today have yet to produce a new golden age of protest songs. It may be best that music shifts gears and works as an instrument of healing, as with the tracks on the playlist here.

Book cover art supplied
December 9, 2020
by Bill King

The musical renaissance man has just published a must-read memoir of his life in ‘60s America. He explains that “in writing the book I wanted to share with the reader the joy of discovery, how music plays a central role in conditioning the heart and soul and take you back when times were freer and police, rednecks and hardhats kicked us around like we were alien garbage.”

Photo: Bill King
December 2, 2020
by Bill King

For most of us, we first heard of the coronavirus through the quarantining of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama in February 202

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November 25, 2020
by Bill King

The past nine months have felt like graduate school except this time we’re not skipping classes! There is a path forward and a way out of this economic and human catastrophe. Patience, knowledge, science, and faith…. Be safe!

Shawne and Jay Jackson  Photo: Bill King
October 15, 2020
by Bill King

The Toronto soul singer passed away last month, age 78. Here Bill King offers a fond tribute to his basketball-playing comrade, with two other close friends offering their warm memories. Pictured: Jay and Shawne Jackson

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August 20, 2020
by Bill King

With major sports gradually getting back on track, fan Bill King corrals a team of Toronto authorities for their takes on sports in the covid age.

Photo: Bill King Taken at 2005 Women In Blues Revue at Massey Hall
August 13, 2020
by Bill King

Canada's First Lady of The Blues passed away last week at age 86. Joining our Bill King in paying tribute here are musical peers and associates from the Toronto music community that owes Bey so much.

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July 23, 2020
by Bill King

Our intrepid correspondent reflects upon the pandemic blues faced by musicians, life on the road, and gigs from long ago, and offers an excerpt from his upcoming book about the ‘60s.

(l-r) Lynn Anderson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Dottie West, Tammy Wynette
June 3, 2020
by Bill King

Canadian Barb Hall produced and directed a new public television documentary on legendary female country artists. Learn more about their remarkable lives and the show here.

Photo: Tommy Cosgrove, Wayne McGhie, BK, Everton Paul, down from Kenny Baldwin- far-right George Philip.
May 1, 2020
by Bill King

I got to thinking about how civil this break from live playing has been - just you, your home studio, a guitar, Garage Band, a few ideas, and no pl

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April 17, 2020
by Bill King

There's no doubt radio, and companion television, have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 virus.

Tom Jackson picture provided
April 10, 2020
by Bill King

It's not often I've engaged in philosophical exchanges during the era of Trump.