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Prince's Revolution: From R&B Controversy To Rock Star ...

October 27, 2020

American musician Prince (1958 - 2016) performs onstage at the Ritz during his 'Dirty Mind' tour, New York, New York, March 22, 1981. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Ge...

It's Eagles, Not 'The' Eagles: Facts And Trivia About T...

October 26, 2020

Photo of EAGLES; 1973 - L-R Bernie Leadon, Don Henley and Randy Meisner and Glenn Frey. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) The Eagles may not have invented count...

Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell: Story Of An Unlikely Rock ...

October 21, 2020

American singers Karla Devito and Meat Loaf performing on the Bat Out Of Hell Tour, USA, March 1978. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images) Meat Loaf's Bat O...

'Y.M.C.A.,' The Sports Anthem About A Gay Cruising Spot...

October 20, 2020

Photo of DISCO; The audience performs the 'YMCA' dance with The Village People at the "ABC Disco Ball" at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA (Photo by Ama...

Isaac Hayes' 'Hot Buttered Soul' And The Stax Crisis Th...

September 23, 2020

Portrait of American musician Isaac Hayes (1942 - 2008). New York, New York, 1972. The photo was taken during a shoot for Essence magazine. (Photo by Anthony Ba...

'After The Gold Rush,' Neil Young's Soundtrack Of A Los...

September 19, 2020

Neil Young on the cover of 'After The Gold Rush/' Source: Flickr.com Neil Young's After The Gold Rush is one of the great albums in classic rock, including "O...

Jimi Hendrix, Guitar Genius Who Died At 27: Facts And S...

September 18, 2020

Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix performs onstage with his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar at the Newport Pop Festival on June 20, 1969 in Devonshire Downs, Cali...

1967: The Who's Keith Moon Blows Up The Smothers Brothe...

September 17, 2020

If any band was going to blow up on TV in 1967 -- literally explode -- it would be The Who, and particularly their loose cannon drummer Keith Moon. And that'...

Rapper's Delight By Sugar Hill Gang, The First Top 40 H...

September 16, 2020

Sugar Hill Gang (L-R Michael "Wonder Mike" Wright, Guy "Master Gee' O'Brian and Henry "Big Bank" Jackson) perform on stage circa 1979 in New York. (Photo by Mic...

Fired From Metallica, So He Formed Megadeth: Dave Musta...

September 13, 2020

Megadeth 1987 David Ellefson, Chuck Behler, Jeff Young and Dave Mustaine (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage) Dave Mustaine, of thrash-metal gods Megadeth, was f...

With 'He Stopped Loving Her Today,' George Jones Return...

September 12, 2020

George Jones in 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) When George Jones recorded "He Stopped Loving Her Today," he didn't just need a hit -- he ...

'How Do You Sleep?:' John Lennon's Most Ungroovy Anti-M...

September 9, 2020

Musician John Lennon formerly of "The Beatles" performs onstage at the Chrysler Arena on December 10, 1971 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Oc...

Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman,' The First Psychedelic #1...

September 3, 2020

When the psychedelic revolution happened, Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" made history as the first trippy tune to top the Billboard pop chart. Hallucinogenic...

Was George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' Really A 'He's So...

August 31, 2020

Left: George Harrison in Cannes on January 30, 1976, for the Midem music industry trade fair. Right: The Chiffons' single Harrison was said to have plagiarized....

Dylan, The Beatles, And Weed: The Night Bob Got The Fab...

August 28, 2020

Left: The Beatles pose for a portrait in front of an American Flag, New York City, 1964. Right: Milton Glaser's poster portrait of Bob Dylan. Sources: Michael O...

On A Hot August Night In 1972, Neil Diamond Was King

August 24, 2020

In an era of incredible live albums, Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night from 1972 was the "Cherry Cherry" and "Sweet Caroline" singer's bid to be an A-list showman. T...

How George Harrison Brought Bob Dylan Back With The Con...

August 1, 2020

Bob Dylan at the Concert for Bangladesh, August 1, 1971. Photo by Thomas Monaster/NY Daily News via Getty Images. On August 1, 1971, Bob Dylan made his first ...

Gilbert O'Sullivan's 'Alone Again (Naturally),' The Son...

July 31, 2020

Left: single sleeve art for Gilbert O'Sullivan's 'Alone Again (Naturally).' Right: Biz Markie. Sources: discogs.org; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Gilber...

The Boomtown Rats' 'I Don't Like Mondays:' The Strange ...

July 28, 2020

The Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays," a fun-sounding little song that went to #1 in the UK, isn't about mere start-of-week grumpiness -- it was inspired...

Bruce Springsteen, 'Born To Run,' And The Lawsuit That ...

July 27, 2020

Bruce Springsteen backstage at Hammersmith Odeon, London before his first UK show, 18th November 1975. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images) With t...

Cherokee People, Cherokee Tribe: Lyrics And Meaning of ...

July 24, 2020

The Raiders, formerly known as Paul Revere and the Raiders, had a single number one hit, with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Ind...

'My Aim Is True:' Facts And Trivia About Elvis Costello...

July 21, 2020

Elvis Costello with a Fender Jazzmaster guitar, March 1977. A photoshoot for the cover of his debut album 'My Aim Is True'. (Photo by Estate Of Keith Morris/Red...

1973: The Everly Brothers Break Up On Stage At Knott's ...

July 14, 2020

Phil Everly and Don Everly in 1972, on set of LWT TV show (Photo by Tony Russell/Redferns) As one of the most crucial American pop acts of the 20th century, t...

Surf Music History: The So-Cal Sound Of Dick Dale's Ins...

July 10, 2020

Left: Dick Dale. Right: The Ventures. Sources: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; merchbar.com The story of surf rock and surf guitar has one big hero: Dick ...

Billy Preston: Stories And Life Of The (Almost) Fifth B...

July 7, 2020

Billy Preston (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Billy Preston left his mark on the pop charts with the hits "Will It Go Round In Circles?," "Nothi...

Who's In The '27 Club'? List Of The Famous Who Died You...

July 3, 2020

Cool people like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison may be members, but the 27 Club is one of the few institutions of fame that no one in their righ...

Why Did Cher And Gregg Allman Get Married?

June 30, 2020

Cher with Gregg Allman circa 1978. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Cher married Gregg Allman in 1975, and they stayed together through 1979. People forget that,...

Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up:' Story And Facts Abou...

June 25, 2020

Marvin Gaye live at Royal Albert Hall, London. 1979 (Photo by David Corio/Redferns) When Marvin Gaye recorded "Got To Give It Up," he was joining the club -- ...

Why Didn't The Kinks Catch On In America? Their Self-De...

June 21, 2020

The Kinks in 1965: Ray Davies, Pete Quaife, Dave Davies and Mick Avory holding playing cards (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) The Kinks are responsible for man...

The Beach Boys' 'Smile:' Everything We Know About The '...

June 20, 2020

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys poses for a portrait in 1968 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) One of the great long lo...

Carole King's Tapestry: Story And Trivia Of A Songwrite...

June 19, 2020

Left: Carole King and her cat photographed in her Laurel Canyon home for the cover of 'Tapestry.' Right: King in record producer Lou Adler's office holding the ...

Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams:' Anthem For The TikTok Generat...

June 18, 2020

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs at The Omni Coliseum in Atlanta Georgia June 1, 1977. (Photo By Rick Diamond/Getty Images) With its chorus "Thunder onl...

Monterey Pop, 1967: The Summer Of Love Begins (Facts An...

June 16, 2020

Jimi Hendrix performs onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival on June 18, 1967 in Monterey, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Over three ...

Tom Jones, The Unusual Star With The Biggest Voice: Sto...

June 7, 2020

Tom Jones performing in Atlanta in 1977. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Roaring out of Wales with a show-stopping baritone, Tom Jones became fa...

'What Did You Think?' When Family Ties And Sad Michael ...

May 28, 2020

The first kiss between Alex P. Keaton and Ellen (played by Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan) was a big deal on Family Ties, and it made "At This Moment" a big...

Hank Williams Jr: The Outlaw Bocephus Who Made Nashvill...

May 26, 2020

Photo of Hank Williams Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images For the son of Hank Williams, one of the most important figures in country music, life shou...

"Burn Baby Burn" Original Version Lyrics/Meaning To 'Di...

May 25, 2020

With "Burn baby burn," The Trammps 1976 single "Disco Inferno," the group lit a fire in the kindling of the pre-disco era -- or perahps it's better to say th...

The Blues Brothers: Cast List Of This 1980 Comedy Class...

May 24, 2020

With young John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Carrie Fisher, The Blues Brothers (1980) was loaded for comedy in its major roles. But the cast list doesn't stop th...

'Set Me Free Why Don't You Babe' Song Meaning & Lyrics ...

May 22, 2020

The Supremes, 1968. From left, Diana Ross, Cindy Birdsong, and Mary Wilson. They wear dresses used during their European tour dates of that year. (Photo by Silv...

'If You Wanna Be Happy' By Jimmy Soul: The Offensive & ...

May 18, 2020

Jimmy Soul Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. Single sleeve source: discogs.com The lyrics of Jimmy Soul’s “If You Wanna Be Happy” make it one of th...

Millie Small: 'My Boy Lollipop' Singer And Jamaican Ska...

May 17, 2020

Jamaican singer Millie Small in May 1964 (Photo by Chapman/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images) "My Boy Lollipop" was an international hit for Millie Small i...

June Carter Cash's Death, Life, And Times: Biography Of...

May 15, 2020

American country singer Johnny Cash with his wife June Carter photographed in a London park during their visit to Britain, a few weeks after their wedding. 3rd ...

Frank Sinatra's Death: The Aftermath, And How Seinfeld ...

May 14, 2020

The night Frank Sinatra died, America was busy watching Seinfeld. It was May 14, 1998, and Ol' Blue Eyes was going to the great Vegas showroom in the sky, bu...

Stevie Wonder: Facts, Trivia, Things You Didn't Know Ab...

May 13, 2020

Stevie Wonder circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images With songs like "Superstition," "I Wish," and "Boogie On Reggae Woman," Stevie Wonder re...

Exile On Main Street: The Rolling Stones' Best Album Is...

May 12, 2020

Left: Cover art of 'Exile on Main Street.' Right: Mick Jagger on stage in 1972. Sources: Amazon.com; photo by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns A great Rolling S...

How The Guess Who Wrote 'American Woman' By Accident (L...

May 9, 2020

"American Woman" by The Guess Who might seem like an anthem praising the ladies of the 50 states... maybe an heir to the Beach Boys' "California Girls." But ...

'(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' Lyrics/Song Meaning And...

May 6, 2020

When Keith Richards sat down to write one of the most iconic riffs in music history, to the point where the song is in the National Recording Registry of the...

Art Garfunkel: Biography, Life, And Facts About The Eni...

May 5, 2020

Art Garfunkel, relaxes on a bench in the Embankment Gardens, London, in 1975. Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images Art Garfunke...

Rita Coolidge: Muse To Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell...

May 1, 2020

Left: Publicity photo of Rita Coolidge circa 1970. Right: Coolidge on the cover of her 1972 album 'The Lady's Not For Sale.' Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images;...

'Doodle O/Turtle Love/Dude Low' How 'Good Lovin' By The...

April 30, 2020

Photo of American group The Young Rascals (later known as the Rascals) posed circa 1965. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) Maybe you don’t remember where you we...

Willie Nelson: Stories Of Legendary Outlaw/Bio Of Count...

April 29, 2020

Willie Nelson performs on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England in June 1982. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns) Willie Nelson, also known as The A...

'Heart Of Glass,' Blondie's First #1 Hit: Song Meaning,...

April 28, 2020

Debbie Harry in 1979, shooting Blondie's 'Heart Of Glass' video. (Photo by Roberta Bayley/Redferns) 'Heart of Glass' became Blondie's first #1 hit on the stre...

1982: Rod Stewart Was Mugged, Gunman Steals His $50,000...

April 26, 2020

English Rock singer Rod Stewart performs onstage at the Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, January 12, 1982. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) Rock star ...

'Sticky Fingers' By The Rolling Stones: Album History, ...

April 23, 2020

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards performing live onstage on March 9, 1971 (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns) Sticky Fingers had to be a defining album for the Roll...

Grace Slick Tried Dosing Nixon With 600mg of LSD, But H...

April 20, 2020

Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane went to the White House in 1970 with a plan: slip President Richard Nixon a dose of LSD. Slick was a powerful woman in the ...

'Ring Of Fire' By Johnny Cash: Song Meaning, Stories, L...

April 19, 2020

THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Shoot Date: March 17, 1969. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) I...

The Beatles' 'Come Together:' Song Meaning, Lyrics, And...

April 17, 2020

"Here come old flat-top" it begins, then describes a man with "ju-ju eyeball," "toe-jam football" and "monkey finger" -- "Come Together" contains lyrics that...

1985: 'We Are The World' Hits #1 On The Charts As The W...

April 13, 2020

Just reading the title “We Are The World” puts the unforgettable chorus in your head. Sung by a bevy of stars at the height of their fame, the song came toge...

1962: Original Bassist For The Beatles, Stuart Sutcliff...

April 10, 2020

George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and John Lennon photographed in 1960 by Astrid Kirchherr. © Astrid Kirchherr / Getty Images Stuart Sutcliffe, bassist for T...

California Jam, 1974: Coachella-Like Festival Marked Th...

April 6, 2020

Earth, Wind and Fire on stage at California Jam in 1974. Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images...

Muddy Waters: The Father Of Chicago Blues Who Named The...

April 4, 2020

UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24, 1968: JAZZ AT THE MALTINGS Photo of Muddy WATERS, performing live on TV show (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns) With classics like...

Blackboard Jungle: The Film That Ushered Rock N Roll In...

March 28, 2020

In 1955, Blackboard Jungle put rock 'n roll (of Bill Haley and the Comets) on the screen -- a concept that was revolutionary at the time. When MGM released B...

Ringo Starr Releases His First Ever Solo Album in 1970:...

March 27, 2020

As The Beatles were breaking up in 1970, Ringo Starr recorded Sentimental Journey, a solo album, which is an odd thing for a drummer to do. Even more strange...

I Will Survive: Song Lyrics & Meaning To The Disco Anth...

March 10, 2020

Gloria Gaynor (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Gloria Gaynor's hit "I Will Survive," released in 1978 and a #1 hit in 1979, is dramatic from the ...

Charles Manson's Album 'Lie' Is On Spotify And You Can ...

March 6, 2020

American criminal Charles Manson at California Medical Facility, Vacaville, Solano County, California, US, August 1980. (Photo by Albert Foster/Mirrorpix/Getty ...

Nancy Sinatra Then And Now: Young Pop Icon Who Changed ...

February 26, 2020

Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns Nancy Sinatra in go-go boots singing "These Boots Are Made For Waking" is an era-defining image and sound. No time capsule of th...

Rupert Holmes: Biography Of A Man Who Was More Than Pin...

February 24, 2020

ritish-born American singer-songwriter, musician and writer, Rupert Holmes, by the Thames at Richmond, London, 30th December 1975. (Photo by Michael Putland/Get...

When Sonny And Cher Got Divorced: The Biggest Pop Split...

February 20, 2020

1974: Entertainers Sonny Bono and Cher attend the circus with their daughter Chastity Bono. Cher performed as ringmaster at the opening day of the Ringling Brot...

When David Gilmour Joined Pink Floyd, It Was Supposed T...

February 18, 2020

Pink Floyd, (L-R; Rick Wright, Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters) pose for a publicity still circa 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) ...

Barry White Survived Gang Life And Prison, Became Love ...

February 14, 2020

Barry White. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Barry White told us "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby," "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Ba...

'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green: Song Meaning, Lyrics...

February 12, 2020

Al Green performing on stage, holding a rose, circa 1974. (Photo by Echoes/Redferns) With the 1972 hit "Let's Stay Together," Al Green struck a perfect balanc...

Pink Floyd's 'The Wall:' Stories You Didn't Know About ...

February 7, 2020

Pink Floyd perform on stage at Earls Court Arena on 'The Wall' tour, on August 7th, 1980 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns) Pink Floyd's The W...

The Beatles' Final Performance Was The Culmination Of Y...

January 30, 2020

On January 30, 1969, about three months after the release of the White Album, the Beatles climbed onto the roof of Apple Records to play a set of nine songs ...

Tommy Ramone Set The Pace For The Ramones -- Then He Qu...

January 29, 2020

The Ramones in London on May 19, 1977. L-R. Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone (front), Joey Ramone (back), Dee Dee Ramone (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns) When punk ...

Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel:' History, Meaning, A...

January 27, 2020

Elvis Presley holding framed gold record of Heartbreak Hotel while in a recording studio to record a new song. (Photo by Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection ...

'Please Mr. Postman:' From Marvelettes To Carpenters Co...

January 25, 2020

"Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes and later The Carpenters is one of the most successful pop or R&B compositions ever. This ode to snail mail frustrati...

'Knock Three Times' By Dawn: Lyrics And Strange Story O...

January 23, 2020

Tony Orlando and Dawn circa 1975. L-R: Telma Hopkins, Tony Orlando, Joyce Vincent Wilson. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) "Knock Three Times" became a #1 hit ...

'I Wish' by Stevie Wonder: The Underdog Song That Took ...

January 22, 2020

Stevie Wonder circa 1970s. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images) Stevie Wonder's 1977 #1 hit "I Wish" captures the funky synthesizer groove that drove his b...

'Margaritaville:' History, Lyrics And Meaning Of The Mo...

January 20, 2020

Jimmy Buffet performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 30, 1989. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns) Ji...

Janis Joplin: Stories And Life Of The Woodstock Generat...

January 19, 2020

Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company perform onstage at the Fillmore East circa 1968 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Julie Snow/Michael Oc...