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43 Years Ago: Rod Stewart’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’ Hit the Number One Spot

By |2019-11-13T12:04:23-06:00November 13th, 2019|

Iconic British rock singer Rod Stewart began an 8 week run at the top spot on the charts on this day in 1976 with 'Tonight's the Night'. The soft, silky, and sultry song features Stewart's smooth singing and lustful and longing lyrics towards an unnamed lover. However, it does feature some spoken French words from Stewart's then-girlfriend and Swedish actress Britt Eklund during the coda. It has gone on to become one of Rod Stewart's best-known songs. Source -Intern Alex

Neil Young’s American Citizenship Application Considered “Questionable”

By |2019-11-11T16:17:02-06:00November 11th, 2019|

Neil Young was denied dual citizenship because of his marijuana use. Canadian citizen and songwriter, Young, has stated that he was supposed to be granted dual citizenship on Tuesday but that his application is now being looked into further. Young said he wanted to be granted dual citizenship by the upcoming presidential election so he could register to vote. This election is important to him because of climate change and the lack of attention it's received from government officials, however, because of a new clause added to the process of U.S. citizenship, Young's application is up for question. The part of [...]

‘Led Zeppelin IV’ Turns 48 Years Old Today

By |2019-11-08T10:54:13-06:00November 8th, 2019|

Led Zeppelin's iconic fourth studio album, which officially is untitled, was released November 8th, 1971. The album, commonly referred to as 'Led Zeppelin IV' or 'Zoso', went on to become one of the best selling albums of all time, with over 37 million copies sold. Of the eight tracks on the album, nearly all of them have become radio staples over the years, including 'Black Dog', 'Rock and Roll', 'When the Levee Breaks', and the legendary epic 'Stairway to Heaven'. 'IV' routinely makes lists of the greatest albums ever, placing 69th on the Rolling Stone list, 24th by Mojo, and even [...]

‘Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves’ Went To Number One 48 Years Ago

By |2019-11-06T12:52:18-06:00November 6th, 2019|

Cher's iconic single 'Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves', which tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who works in a traveling show, shot to the top of the charts today in 1971. The song describes the hard life that many Romani encountered in the South during the 19th and 20th centuries, and showcases an anxious and energetic mood that drives the song. The song is still a staple in Cher's live performances to this day. Source -Intern Alex

Kiss Has Planned Their Last Tour and Last Show… Again?

By |2019-11-04T16:55:33-06:00November 4th, 2019|

The legendary band Kiss has announced their last-ever tour date. The "End of the Road" tour includes 90 new tour dates, and will also include the band's last show ever. On July 17, 2021, Kiss will perform their last show at an undetermined venue in New York City. The iconic band made their last show's announcement while on stage performing. The back screen on stage showed a giant timer behind the band as the band made their bittersweet announcement. The countdown clock read 622 days, 23 hours, and 50 minutes. The "End of the Road" tour kicked off in Vancouver, Brittish [...]

47 Years Ago: ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ Hit Number One

By |2019-11-04T11:24:29-06:00November 4th, 2019|

Sometimes called the first reggae song to hit number one in the United States, Johnny Nash's 'I Can See Clearly Now' got the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 on this day in 1972. While not a full-on reggae song, the influence of Jamaican music is undeniable and was a mark of the popularity of the style to come later on in the decade. The blissfully beautiful song remained at #1 for four weeks in a row, and was produced and written by Nash. Source -Intern Alex

Ronald Bell, Co-Founder of Kool & the Gang, Turns 68 Today

By |2019-11-01T10:05:43-06:00November 1st, 2019|

Ronald Bell, saxophonist, vocalist, and songwriter for the funk band Kool & the Gang, was born on this day in 1951 in Youngstown, OH. His dad's boxing career led to him meeting and knowing many great jazz musicians, leading a young Ronald Bell into a world of music that he would turn into a career with his brother Robert. Along with their neighborhood friends, they would form Kool & the Gang. Bell is a large driving force behind the band's most iconic songs, contributing to hit songs such as 'Celebration', 'Jungle Boogie', and 'Summer Madness'. Bell still continues to perform and [...]

Grace Slick, Frontwoman of Jefferson Airplane, Turns 80 Today

By |2019-10-30T11:10:14-06:00October 30th, 2019|

Legendary rock vocalist Grace Slick was born on this day in Chicago in 1939. Born with the name Grace Barnett Wing, her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 3, and then to San Francisco a few years later. In 1961, she married filmmaker Jerry Slick, who was a childhood friend of hers. While contributing music to one of his films, she saw the band Jefferson Airplane perform and was inspired to create her own band called Great Society. The band did not last long, but during this time she befriended members of the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. After [...]

47 Years Ago, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’ Was Released

By |2019-10-28T10:18:38-06:00October 28th, 2019|

After a series of Motown hits as Little Stevie, Wonder branched out and began to break out into his own style with 1972's 'Talking Book'. The critically acclaimed album, which birthed such classic songs as 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life' and 'Superstition', was a major step forward for Stevie Wonder. He began to experiment with several different instruments and explore styles such as jazz and funk, while still building on his soul of the earlier works. 'Talking Book' peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200, while both singles from the album ('Sunshine' and 'Superstition') hit number one on [...]

Jon Anderson, Singer of Yes, Turns 75 Today

By |2019-10-25T10:21:30-06:00October 25th, 2019|

John Roy Anderson was born in Accrington, England on October 25, 1944. Known primarily as the lead vocalist for the progressive rock band Yes, who released songs such as 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' and 'I've Seen All Good People', he originally got his start with a band called The Warriors. In that band, he shared vocal duties with his brother until he left the band in 1967. In 1968, he met bassist Chris Squire and joined a group called Mabel Greer's Toyshop which turned into Yes. Yes released their debut eponymous album in 1969, but it wasn't until they released [...]

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