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The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s Incendiary “Fire”

He took the title of his one hit seriously, even putting flaming items on his head while he performed. But he never made the charts again after his 1968 smash.

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Pat Benatar’s ‘Crimes of Passion’: Her Best Shot

She has remained the thing she set out to be, an artist who made her own seat at the table and turned it into a remarkable rock music legacy.

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Radio Hits in October 1978: Look Back

We’re not kidding! The Stones, The Who, Bob Seger, Billy Joel and Foreigner were all in the Top 10 this week but rock’s days were numbered in that radio format

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REO Speedwagon’s A&R Exec Talks About Gary Richrath

The Epic Records exec that signed the band shares his memories of the late guitarist and signing REO. “Gary was a shredder in the early days”

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Top Selling Albums of 1979: Look Back

Recordings made by some of the biggest classic rock artists of the era were side-by-side with popular disco releases on the year’s U.S. sales charts

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11 Great Southern Rock Albums

The genre is difficult to define. You just know it when you hear it. And these studio albums are, without a doubt, the real deal.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: 100 Crucial Omissions

Every year, when the new inductees are announced, there is lots of grumbling from rock fans about omissions. Here’s a start…

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Ramones’ ‘It’s Alive’ Deluxe Reviewed: Back to Basics

Nobody took rock back to basics more than the Ramones, whose concise, beat-driven tunes hit you over the head with elemental bursts of sound.

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Eric Clapton’s Lifesaving ‘Rainbow Concert’ Revisited

It’s widely believed that Pete Townshend’s successful efforts to bring the guitarist out of his self-imposed musical exile marked a turning point.

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Thank You, Peter Frampton

A few months before he turned 69, the popular musician announced his farewell tour, due to a rare and incurable muscular disease

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‘Shawshank Redemption’: Hope is a Dangerous Thing

The film finished ninth in its opening weekend in autumn 1994 and was declared a dud. Yet 6 months later, it was vying for 7 Oscars, including Best Picture

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Justin Hayward on Moodys’ ‘Days of Future Passed’

In an interview with radio air personality Dennis Elsas, the singer-songwriter-guitarist shares insight into the Moody Blues’ masterpiece

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Steppenwolf’s Debut Album: Heavy Metal Thunder

If the album had given us nothing more than “Born to Be Wild,” it would still be a classic. But there was a lot more to the mostly Canadian band’s first LP.

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The Who, With Roger Daltrey Healthy, Returns

Two weeks after they were forced to cut short a performance in Houston when the singer’s voice gave out, they sounded great as their Moving On! tour resumed

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1968—The Year in 50 Classic Rock Albums

Rock was still very intense in ’68 but it began giving way to quieter, more roots-oriented sounds. More than anything though, the music was diverse.

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Jackson Browne’s 2016 Tribute to Glenn Frey

In January 2016, for the 2nd night in a row, Browne paid tribute to his “Take It Easy” collaborator. “I love this song the way you love this song.”

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I Get a Check From John Lennon

Rob Patterson once got a check from the former Beatle for $15. Everyone insisted he never cash it. Yet what Lennon really gave him was priceless.

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Only 6 Albums Reached #1 in 1978: Here’s Why

On January 21, roughly one month after the film’s opening, its soundtrack reached #1. It remained at the top through July 8, another 24 consecutive weeks.

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