King’s Column

King’s Column

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

Photo: Bill King
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.

Photo submitted
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

Stock pic
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.

Orin Isaacs   Photo: Bill King
April 3, 2020
by Bill King

During this period of adjustment and homestay, I thought I'd survey the music landscape and peer into the lives of fellow musicians and industry stalwarts. The responses of these Toronto male  artists and biz players are compelling. Pictured: Orin Isaacs

Photo credit: Kris King
March 27, 2020
by Bill King

During this period of adjustment and homestay, I thought I'd survey the music landscape and peer into the lives of fellow musicians and industry stalwarts. The responses of these Toronto female artists and biz players are compelling.

Photo: Bill King photo in 2008  Taken when McCoy Tyner received the Miles Davis Award at Festival du Jazz De Montreal.
March 13, 2020
by Bill King

Legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, a longtime member of John Coltrane’s quartet, died on March 6, at 81. Here's an interview conducted by FYI's Bill King in 1992.

Warren with best friend and  partner, Elizabeth. Photo supplied
December 19, 2019
by Bill King

One of the glorious pleasures of writing for FYI is the people I get to speak to.