Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 11:52 am
Neil Sedaka is synonymous with popular music. For more than 50 years, he's written, performed and produced the soundtrack for America's collective psyche. Sedaka had a string of early-1960s pop hits, and his songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Elvis Presley and The Monkees, among others.
Like Jimmie Vaughan, Austin's Will Sexton will likely experience few press mentions that don't reference his more famous brother, in this case Charlie (who happens to play with Bob Dylan). Also like Vaughan, Will Sexton has earned plenty of respect for his own guitar work, along with his singing, songwriting and production.
At first blush, you might not think operas and nightclubs would be a natural pairing. But an evening at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge with Danielle de Niese — the 33-year-old star soprano who calls herself a "diva for the digital age" — proved a blend of uptown music and downtown grit could be just right.
Detail of cover art from the 1974 album Marvin Gaye Live!
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Left to right: Youth Radio participants Evan Childress, 21; Brandon McFarland, 26; Rayana Godfrey, 18; and Skylar Tye Bryant, 18, pose in front of a portrait of Marvin Gaye at the Washington, D.C., restaurant Marvin.