Posts From Greg Brodsky

Tony Banks on Genesis’ Rise to Stadium Shows

The “average piano student” became the keyboardist and co-founder of one of the biggest bands in the world. He talks about their growth

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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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The #1 Albums of 1980: Brick by Brick

Just 10 albums – including two film soundtracks and releases by several classic rock favorites – topped the U.S. sales charts. We tell their stories

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Kenny Rogers, Country-Pop Superstar, Dies at 81

He was a steady presence on country radio in the ’70s + ’80s, and crossed over to Top 40 with such hits as “The Gambler.” He also sang on “We Are the World”

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The #1 Albums of 1971: 14 Stories

The year was marked by great releases by the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, and others. But the sales chart was dominated by a singer-songwriter

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Once Upon a Time: Mark Lindsay on the Raiders’ ‘Good Thing’

The group’s lead vocalist talks about writing the hit single with producer Terry Melcher, the wild story of the Los Angeles home they lived in and the Tarantino movie

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Bob Dylan 1965: Evolving to Electric

In the spring of that pivotal year, Columbia Records ran industry ads proclaiming “No One Sings Dylan Like Dylan!” We examine several items not seen since then

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Robbie Robertson Reunites With The Band Photographer Elliott Landy

At the U.S. premiere of the documentary, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, the musician offered his praise: “He was part of the family”

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When Tom Petty Presaged the #MeToo Movement

One of the great American rock songwriters of his generation wrote and recorded a song with lyrics that seem to have anticipated #MeToo by decades

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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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