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Beatles Love Me Do

July 31, 2021

The Beatles, arguably the most popular and most influential band in history, started with two English schoolboys skipping class to write songs. In 1958 at ages 16 and 17 respectively, Paul McCartne...

Forgotten One-Hit Wonders

July 21, 2021

Creating a song that enraptures an entire country encapsulates the mission of artists the world over. Standing out in the music scene, perhaps the most crowded and competitive industry on ea...

Questions surrounding Jim Morrison’s death

July 5, 2021

Jim Morrison was a voracious reader and was inspired by philosophers and poets from a young age. He started college at Florida State University in 1962, but in 1964, he mo...

Will The Circle Be Unbroken -- When The Hippies Jammed ...

June 9, 2021

They Began In An Entirely Different GenreThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band started as a psychedelic string band, and after three albums, they had only had one minor...

Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' -- Story Behind The Most E...

June 3, 2021

Many people prefer a short and sweet approach to music. The band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and their all-time classic “Free Bird” definitely don’t agree with those peo...

What's Going On? When Marvin Gaye Went A Little Bit Cra...

May 22, 2021

Soul singer Marvin Gaye performs onstage at Royal Albert Hall in 1979 in London, England. (Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) At the end...

Oh No, It's Devo! (What Was Up With Those Weird Art Pun...

May 18, 2021

Devo performs at the Phoenix Theater in August 1980 in Petaluma, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images) Devo was never your typical rock ba...

When Bob Dylan Bailed On Ed Sullivan Over 'Talkin John ...

May 12, 2021

For a 21-year-old Bob Dylan, a shot at playing the Ed Sullivan Show in 1963 was a priceless. It was the biggest of big breaks. Most artists in such a situati...

April Stevens, 'Teach Me Tiger' & 'Deep Purple' Siren, ...

May 10, 2021

April Stevens is a pop star of the early '60s whose biggest hit, "Deep Purple," reached #1 on the Billboard chart in 1963. Stevens often worked with her youn...

'Stay' By Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs: The Shortest ...

April 30, 2021

Photo of MAURICE WILLIAMS & THE ZODIACS; Group portrait (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns) "Stay" made Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs a one-hit wonder when the s...

The Zombies: The British Invasion Group That Almost Was...

April 19, 2021

Portrait of British group The Zombies taken in the 1960's.; (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images) The Zombies gave us three hit singles that rank ...

Velvet Underground's Nico, A Chelsea Girl From Germany

April 17, 2021

CIRCA 1967: Singer and entertainer Nico poses for a portrait session in circa 1967. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) The model, singer and actress Ni...

'Come And Get Your Love' By Redbone: American Indians I...

April 13, 2021

Redbone circa 1972. Photo by Charlie Gillett/Redferns “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone made waves in 1974, reaching #5 on Billboard's Hot 100. The catchy e...

Klaatu: The Fake Beatles, History And Facts Of The Cana...

April 11, 2021

A sticker depicting Ringo Starr as the alien Klaatu that was released to promote his 1974 album 'Goodnight Vienna.' (Photo by Paul Chesne/Michael Ochs Archives/...

Minnie Riperton: The 'Lovin' You' Whistle Singer And Ma...

April 5, 2021

R&B singer Minnie Riperton poses for a portrait in August 1975 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Minnie Riperton, the ...

How Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Arose From The Byrds, ...

April 2, 2021

Neil Young, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young pose for a composite publicity photo circa 1970. The Neil Young imag...

Astrud Gilberto, The 'Girl From Ipanema' Bossa Nova Sin...

March 29, 2021

Jazz singer Astrud Gilberto poses for a portrait backstage at Birdland on the day they recorded the live album Getz Au Go Go on August 19, 1964 in New York, New...

Blondie's 'Rapture:' The New Wave Goes Hip Hop, Meaning...

March 28, 2021

The first rap song to go to #1 on the Billboard pop chart? That would be "Rapture" by Blondie, from 1981, featuring the fresh rhymes of Debbie Harry. The son...

Diana Ross: Young Supreme Hit Maker, Then And Now

March 26, 2021

Posed studio portrait of Diana Ross circa 1970. (Photo by RB/Redferns) Diana Ross, born and bred in Detroit, came to fame as the lead singer of Motown’s number one gro...

John Lennon And Yoko Ono's 'Bed-Ins:' What Was The Poin...

March 25, 2021

John Lennon and Yoko talking to Donald Zec about their seven day event at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. March 1969 Z03078-011 (Photo by WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpi...

The Night Marc Bolan (T. Rex) Made Glam Rock The Next B...

March 24, 2021

TOP OF THE POPS Photo of Marc BOLAN and T REX, Marc Bolan (Photo by Ron Howard/Redferns) For his first appearance on the British music show Top of the Pops Ma...

Who Was Fela Kuti And Why Is He Headed For The Rock Hal...

March 23, 2021

Fela Kuti live at The Academy, Brixton, London 1983 (Photo by David Corio/Redferns) The late Fela Kuti, inventor of the Afrobeat genre of music, emerged from ...

Tommy (The Movie), 1975: Cast List Of The Who's Rock Op...

March 22, 2021

The 1975 musical film Tommy, based on the Pete Townshend-penned rock opera of the same name, brought together a cast of Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton...

Joan Jett: 'I Love Rock 'N Roll's Original Riot Grrrl, ...

March 20, 2021

CIRCA 1980: Photo of Joan Jett (Photo by Anne Fishbein/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Joan Jett's 1982 hit "I Love Rock 'N Roll" topped the pop chart in ...

Randy Rhoads: Guitar God Who Saved Ozzy Osbourne's Care...

March 19, 2021

British musician Ozzy Osbourne and American musician Randy Rhodes (1956 - 1982) perform at the Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, Illinois, January 24, 1982. (Photo by...

Pattie Boyd: George Harrison's Wife And Clapton's 'Layl...

March 17, 2021

Left: Beatle George Harrison and Patti Boyd on their wedding day, January 20, 1966. Right: 'La Fille au Bouquet,' a painting by Frandsen de Schomberg that remin...

Otis Redding's 'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay:' A #1 H...

March 16, 2021

Soul singer Otis Redding poses for a portrait in May 1966 in London, England. (Photo by Cyrus Andrews/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) When Otis Redding's...

Lawrence Welk Played Champagne Music On TV For 31 Years

March 11, 2021

You could depend on the Lawrence Welk Show for 31 years -- like it or not. Lawrence Welk was a bandleader and host who delivered incredibly square entertainment...

Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues,' Lyrics And Meani...

March 8, 2021

"Johnny's in the basement / Mixin' up the medicine" -- so begins Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," a single from his album Bringing It All Back Home...

Beatles 'More Popular Than Jesus' -- Really? Meaning Of...

March 4, 2021

Teenagers gather at a "Beatles Burning," staged by WAYX-AM (Georgia), where records, books, and wigs are burned in a bonfire in response to John Lennon's commen...

How Ike Turner Invented Rock 'N Roll With 'Rocket 88'

March 3, 2021

Ike Turner (center) and some of his Kings of Rhythm in 1955. Source: Collection Gilles PTtard (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns) What was the first rock 'n roll son...

Why Did Sha Na Na Exist? '50s Nostalgia For Hippies, Bo...

February 28, 2021

Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman, of the group Sha Na Na, performs onstage at the Holiday Star Theater, Merilville, Indiana, February 2, 1982. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Im...

Led Zeppelin Groupies: Stories, Truth, Myths, & Proof A...

February 26, 2021

During the golden age of rock 'n roll groupies, Led Zeppelin epitomized rock-star recklessness and excess. While any band might have groupies, Zeppelin took...

When Iggy Pop Went Into Rehab, David Bowie And Dennis H...

February 23, 2021

Musicians Iggy Pop and David Bowie pose backstage after Pop's concert at the Ritz, New York, New York, 1986. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage) What kind of f...

Walk On The Wild Side: Lyrics And Meaning Of Lou Reed's...

February 21, 2021

American musician Lou Reed (1942-2013) performs live on stage in 1974. (Photo by Gai Terrell/Redferns) "Walk On The Wild Side" by Lou Reed captures characters...

Blinded By The Light: The Springsteen-Penned Manfred Ma...

February 19, 2021

Left: Bruce Springsteen on August 22, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia. Right: single sleeve for Manfred Mann's 'Blinded By The Light.' Sources: Photo by Tom Hill/WireI...

Juice Newton: The Angel Of The Morning And Queen Of Hea...

February 18, 2021

Juice Newton performing in Toronto on June 29, 1982. (Photo by Mike Slaughter/Toronto Star via Getty Images) No voice says early-'80s country-pop quite like J...

Video Killed The Radio Star: Lyrics And Meaning Of The ...

February 10, 2021

The Buggles, famous for "Video Killed The Radio Star," were a one-hit wonder -- but oh, what a hit, with prophetic lyrics and an overall meaning that would d...

I'm Your Venus: Lyrics And Meaning Of The Shocking Blue...

February 7, 2021

Left: Shocking Blue. Right: single sleeve for Bananarama's 'Venus.' Sources: GAB Archive/Redferns; Discogs "She's got it, yeah baby she's got it" -- the catch...

In 'Creeque Alley,' Mamas & Papas Told Their Story: Lyr...

February 4, 2021

Photo of The Mamas and the Papas circa 1970 by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images "...And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass" -- that's the chorus to "Cre...

'Love Rollercoaster' By Ohio Players: Did A Woman Die F...

January 31, 2021

The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" was an instant funk classic -- haunted by a morbid urban legend. The single was released on November 9, 1975, and driv...

Sam Cooke, Biography Of A Soul Singer With A Tragic End...

January 22, 2021

Sam Cooke circa 1960 (Photo by Jess Rand/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Sam Cooke helped to shape soul music, from the smooth love song "You Send Me" to ...

How Johnny Cash Went To (Folsom) Prison And Changed Eve...

January 13, 2021

Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison just about saved Johnny Cash. By the mid-'60s, the country music legend wasn't as popular as he'd once been. He was ready to tur...

Steve Miller's 'Joker:' Pompatus, Maurice And The Space...

January 12, 2021

From its first lines, Steve Miller's 1974 #1 hit "The Joker" is a jumble of enigmatic lyrics: Are we supposed to call him the Space Cowboy, Gangster Of Love,...

Who Was Syd Barrett? Biography Of Pink Floyd's Mad Geni...

January 6, 2021

Roger Waters and Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd pose for a portrait in 1967 in London, England (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Once upon a time, Pink...

Candle In The Wind: Elton John's Tribute To Marilyn Mon...

December 29, 2020

What did Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana have in common? Apart from Elton John's "Candle In The Wind," nothing -- Monroe was a celebrity sex symbol whose l...

1967: Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' Goes Nowhere Fast

December 26, 2020

After a long streak of perfectionism throughout the ‘60s, the whimsical 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour proved The Beatles were capable of mistakes after all. Th...

'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Band Aid Asked In 1984

December 25, 2020

Left: Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in Notting Hill, London, during the recording of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' on November 25, 1984. Right: Sleeve art for the single...

Pogo's 'Deck Us All With Boston Charlie:' A Walt Kelly ...

December 24, 2020

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,Walla Walla Wash., an' Kalamazoo!Nora's freezin' on the trolley, Swaller dollar cauliflower alleygaroo!Walt Kelly's Pogo comi...

Alvin And The 'Chipmunk Song' Christmas Hit: David Sevi...

December 22, 2020

In 1958, The Chipmunks, a nonexistent musical act, achieved a #1 hit with "The Chipmunk Song," also known as "Christmas Don't Be Late." The Chipmunks weren't...

1977: Elvis Costello Banned From Saturday Night Live Ov...

December 17, 2020

When Elvis Costello played "Radio, Radio" on Saturday Night Live in 1977, he cemented his status as an angry young man. Rather than playing "Less Than Zero,"...

Dionne Warwick, Twitter Phenom: The 'Say A Little Praye...

December 12, 2020

Dionne Warwick Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images With hit singles like "Walk On By" and "Say A Little Prayer," Dionne Warwick emerged as one of the ...

'I Am Woman' By Helen Reddy Brought Feminism To The Pop...

December 9, 2020

Helen Reddy in 'Midnight Special' in January 1973. Photo by: Paul W. Bailey/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank With six words -- "I am woman, hear me roar" -- Australian sin...

Kung Fu Fighting: Carl Douglas' Chop-Socky Disco Hit

December 7, 2020

Carl Douglas, studio portrait, doing Kung Fu poses, London, 1974 . (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images) Carl Douglas' 1974 #1 hit "Kung Fu Fighting" is one of th...

Lorne Greene's 'Ringo,' A Bonanza Star's Hokey Cowboy #...

December 5, 2020

Lorne Greene (1915-1987), Canadian actor and cowboy pop star, circa 1970. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images) Lorne Green's "Ringo," a cowboy son...

Million Dollar Quartet: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkin...

December 4, 2020

L-R Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley (sitting), Johnny Cash - The Million Dollar Quartet - group shot at Sun Studios (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)...

Linda Martell, The Black Grand Ole Opry Star Who Disapp...

November 18, 2020

R&B and Country singer Linda Martell poses for a portrait circa 1969 in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) In a genre dominate...

How Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'' Became The Greates...

November 13, 2020

Steve Perry of Journey performs at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, May 27, 1980. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images) There are some songs that jus...

'MacArthur Park' And A Cake Out In The Rain: Worst. Lyr...

November 11, 2020

Donna Summer performs on stage, circa 1975, as Richard Harris looks on. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns; IMDB) "MacArthur Park," a hit for Richard Harris, Wayl...

Patti Smith: 'Horses' And The Life Of A Garage-Rock Pun...

November 10, 2020

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 09: Patti Smith posed in Amsterdam, Netherlands on October 09 1976 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns) Patti Smith, punk p...

Gordon Lightfoot's 'Edmund Fitzgerald:' Lyrics And Stor...

November 9, 2020

Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 single "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" sounds like an ancient mariner's lament -- chalk that up to Lightfoot's somber vocals. Bu...

Led Zeppelin IV: Facts, Legends And Mysteries About Zep...

November 8, 2020

Led Zeppelin IV is famous not only for "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," and other Zeppelin classics, as well as its lore and trivia. No ot...

Jimmy Dean, the Sausage King of Country Music: Biograph...

November 6, 2020

Some may recognize the name Jimmy Dean from the hearty sausages they use to fuel their day. The name may also ring a bell for others as the country star mos...

Gram Parsons: Bio Of Country-Rock's Messiah And Grievou...

November 5, 2020

CHICAGO - MARCH 1969: Singer/Songwriter Gram Parsons plays acoustic guitar backstage in March 1969 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty I...

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...