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'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...

Barry Manilow's 'Mandy' Was Originally 'Brandy.' But Wa...

January 18, 2020

Barry Manilow performing on Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell, airdate: October 11, 1975. Photo by Ann Limongello/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images P...

The Muppets' 'Mah Na Mah Na (Doot Doo-Doo Doot Doo)' Ca...

January 17, 2020

"Mah Na Mah Na" is one of the best-known gibberish songs in entertainment -- and not because of its original appearance in a smutty Swedish movie. "Mah Na Ma...

Ronnie Van Zant Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Predicted His Own Dea...

January 15, 2020

Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd in a recording studio, August 12, 1977. Photo by Tom Hill/WireImage When Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant died in a plane cr...

Carly Simon: A Young And Sexy '70s Songbird, Then And N...

January 13, 2020

Left: Carly Simon poses for a portrait on March 15, 1971 in London, England. Right: Simon in a publicity photo, circa 1977. Sources: Ed Caraeff/Getty Images; Wi...

Crystal Gayle, The 'Brown Eyes Blue' Country Star, Then...

January 9, 2020

Crystal Gayle performs onstage at the Volunteer Jam , Nashville, Tennessee, January 30, 1982. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) Whether you know Crystal Gay...

The Truth About 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds:' Is It ...

January 4, 2020

Picture yourself in a boat on a river, using your kaleidoscope eyes to read about the writing and recording of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” the seminal B...

'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head:' Song Meaning, Hist...

January 3, 2020

Paul Newman (1925 - 2008), as Butch Cassidy, and Katharine Ross as Etta Place, in a promotional still for 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid', directed by Geor...

Did Sid Vicious Kill Nancy Spungen? Everything We Know....

January 2, 2020

In January 1978, the Sex Pistols called it quits. Bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen were nursing serious heroin habits, so what better...

Why Did The Beatles Break Up? A Long And Winding Story

December 30, 2019

Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Paul McCartney in the audience at the London Pavillion for premiere of 'Yellow Submarine,' July 17, 1968. (Photo by Cummings Archives/Redfern...

Soul Tragedy: Marvin Gaye Was Fatally Shot By His Fathe...

December 21, 2019

CIRCA 1974: Soul singer Marvin Gaye plays piano as he records in a studio in circa 1974. (Photo by Jim Britt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Marvin Gaye's...

1970: Jim Morrison's Final Concert With The Doors

December 12, 2019

Jim Morrison circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images On December 12, 1970, the Doors and Jim Morrison took the stage at the Warehouse, a drafty waterfr...

Where Is Nikki Sixx Now? Stories And Facts About Motley...

December 11, 2019

As the bassist and songwriter behind Mötley Crüe’s biggest hits Nikki Sixx been able to shout at the devil and run into a lot of girls, girls, girls. He also...

Harry Chapin's 'Cat's In The Cradle:' Song Lyrics & His...

December 7, 2019

In December 1974, Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle" was a Billboard #1 hit -- and it's fair to say, an unlikely one. This earnest folk-rock meditation on ...

Who Wrote 'Rudolph?' Meet Johnny Marks, A 'Holly Jolly'...

December 2, 2019

Left: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, from the hugely popular Rankin-Bass TV special. Right: Johnny Marks in 1977. Sources: IMDB; William N. Jacobellis / (c) NY...

Mr. Blue Sky Is The Happiest Song On Earth, According T...

November 29, 2019

1973: Electric Light Orchestra film US TV show in London's Trafalgar Square © Chris Walter (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage) "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light ...

Randy Newman: Stories, Facts & Trivia About The Movie M...

November 28, 2019

Randy Newman circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images It’s a jungle out there for Randy Newman, the movie-soundtrack songwriter famous for dram...

'Alice's Restaurant:' Arlo Guthrie's Arrest Spawned Ant...

November 26, 2019

Arlo Guthrie in October 1968. Source: Bettmann / Contributor, via Getty Images Riding the folk-music wave, singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie found his moment of ...

In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis Was Arrested Drunk, Waving Gun...

November 23, 2019

Jerry Lee Lewis relaxing in his hotel suite in London, 25th April 1972. (Photo by Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images) Outlaw, piano player, gun...

Cow Palace, 1973: The Who's Keith Moon Passes Out From ...

November 20, 2019

Drummer Keith Moon (1947 - 1978) of English rock group The Who, 24th April 1973. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images) November 20, 1973 was an unforgettabl...

Joni Mitchell's Unseen Art: Friends, Lovers, And A Rock...

November 9, 2019

Left: Joni Mitchell in Amsterdam, 1972. Right: A detail of Mitchell's portrait of of Neil Young in 'Morning Glory On The Vine.' Sources: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redf...

Ben E. King's 'Stand By Me:' A '60s Classic That Keeps ...

November 4, 2019

R&B singer Ben E. King poses for a portrait in circa 1975. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Ben E. King wrote “Stand by Me” in 1960, and over tim...

Marijuana Plants Sprouted In Anaheim Stadium After The ...

November 1, 2019

Roger Daltrey of The Who performing on tour in 1976. Photo by Richard Reed/Mirrorpix/Getty Images You know it was a good Who show when marijuana plants pop up...

'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' Song: Meaning And Triv...

October 28, 2019

Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" is one of the great story songs, with lyrics that tell of a fiddler's confrontation with Satan. The tune wa...

Behind The 'Monster Swim' and Other Halloween Tracks Yo...

October 16, 2019

When Bobby “Boris” Pickett and his group of Halloween-mad studio musicians laid down the “Monster Mash” in 1962 they were just trying to cash in on teen danc...

The Wrecking Crew: The Most Famous Band You Didn't Know...

October 1, 2019

You've heard, and probably love, the music of The Wrecking Crew. The studio musicians whose chops bolstered hits by The Beach Boys, The Mamas And The Papas, ...

Sandy Warner: Exotica King Martin Denny's Cover Girl

September 27, 2019

You’ve seen Sandra "Sandy" Warner on Martin Denny's album covers, even if you're not sure who Martin Denny is. The albums had titles like Exotica, Primitiva, Quiet...

Was Ted Nugent A Draft Dodger During The Vietnam War?

September 23, 2019

Left: Ted Nugent in 1975. Right: a document showing Ted Nugent's draft history obtained by The Snoking Gun. Sources: GAB Archive/Redferns; thesmokinggun.com It's a...

Simon & Garfunkel's Concert In Central Park Couldn't Ma...

September 21, 2019

Charles Ruppmann/NY Daily News via Getty Images On September 19, 1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for the Concert in Central Park after years of acrimony. H...

Was There Really A Feud Between Neil Young And Lynyrd S...

September 11, 2019

Left: Gary Rossington, Steve Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd,on the field before the 1977 Season Opening Atlanta Braves Game. Right: Neil Young on ...

Why Did Joe Strummer Of The Clash Disappear For 3 Weeks...

August 26, 2019

Joe Strummer of The Clash performs on stage at the Brixton Academy on March 8th, 1984 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns) Just as the band was ...

With 'The Harder They Come,' Jimmy Cliff Brought Reggae...

August 22, 2019

In 1973, reggae music came to America thanks to... Jimmy Cliff? Bob Marley fans might beg to differ, but The Harder They Come, a surprise hit movie starring ...

Is Elvis Alive? Sightings, Stories & King-Sized Conspir...

August 16, 2019

Left: Elvis Presley in concert circa 1977. Right: Detail of an image purported to be a high-resolution scan of the 'pool house photo' from 1977. Soures: R.D/Ima...

Remember Frank Sinatra's Weird Science Fiction Record?

August 10, 2019

In 1980, Frank Sinatra released Trilogy: Past Present Future, a triple album that got weird.  On the third LP, "The Future," Sinatra took us on a nutty trip arou...

Joni Mitchell: The Young Folk Icon, Then And Now

August 8, 2019

Portrait of Canadian musician Joni Mitchell, November 1968, from a shoot for the fashion magazine Vogue. Photo by Jack Robinson/Getty Images Canadian singer-songwriter ...