Posts From Greg Brodsky

The Making of the ‘Sweet Baby James’ Album Cover

By late 1969, Henry Diltz had been shooting many top recording artists in Southern California when he got a call to shoot a 21-year-old singer-songwriter

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‘It’s the Real Thing’: When a Coke Ad Inspired 2 Hit Singles

In 1971, the creative director for the beverage’s ad agency wrote down the words “I’d like to buy the world a Coke.” His vision for a new campaign took off

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Best Classic Bands: It’s Burton Cummings’ Fault

The idea for Best Classic Bands started with an innocent Facebook post that resulted in a missed concert and a vow to do something about it

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The #1 Singles of 1971: Maggie May, Shaft and Jeremiah

Fellow chart nerds unite! Best Classic Bands readers can’t seem to get enough of our frequent takes at the classic rock era’s “year’s biggest” lists. So we’re introducing (yet) another way of looking at them. The topic, as you know

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Steam: ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’

The band didn’t even exist. When one of its songwriters needed a B-side in 1969, they recorded it and the song became a surprise hit. Now, of course, it’s a sports staple

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Henry Diltz on the Early ‘70s Los Angeles Music Scene

The legendary photographer shares his recollections–and photos–of many of that vibrant music scene’s fixtures including Linda, Joni, Jackson and the Eagles

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11 Surprising 1970s Radio Hits (Part 5)

Another edition of our series includes a Stones classic plus one by a singing nun. (No, not that one.) And a dreadful single that stayed on top for 10 weeks

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Tom Petty’s ‘American Girl’: Take it Easy, Baby

Though the second single from the Heartbreakers’ 1976 self-titled debut failed to chart on Top 40, its story about the girl alone on the balcony overlooking US Route 441 resonates with his fans

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14 Best Studio Double Albums of All-Time

In the pre-digital era, many rock legends released a two-record set. Here are favorites from The Who, Derek and the Dominos, the Clash, Elton John, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin

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