The Scene:

The Scene features a variety of articles that explore a wide range of subjects, all of then delving into the many aspects of rock ‘n’ roll music, its artists and players, the music business and classic rock culture

Hugh Masekela, Jazz Trumpet Great: Unlikely Pop Star

The “Father of South African jazz” appeared at Monterey Pop, recorded with the Byrds, scored a #1 pop single and toured with Paul Simon

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17 #1 Hits Worse Than ‘We Built This City’

That mid-’80s Starship hit perennially tops lists of the worst chart-toppers ever. It’s bad, we agree, but we’ve found others that are even worse.

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Joe Vitale—Vitality: A Chat with the Master Musician

“There was so much recording going on. The music business was really alive back then,” said Vitale about the ’70s. His credits include Eagles, CSN&Y & more.

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When Motown Went to ‘War’—Edwin Starr’s #1 Hit

When Motown’s chief was reluctant to release an antiwar song by the Temptations as a single, another singer stepped in to re-record it. It went to #1.

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Musicians We’ve Lost in 2021

Many of our favorite artists have been taken from us in 2021, both due to the Covid-19 virus and other causes. We pay our respects.

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Page, Miller, Felder Humbled at Met Museum ‘Play it Loud’ Exhibit

The three guitar icons attended NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” exhibition and were deeply moved

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Before They Were Stars: More Rockers’ Early Days

In another installment of our series on pre-fame recordings by rock stars, we listen to early sides by Tom Petty, Creedence, Buckingham-Nicks, and more

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10 Great Eric Clapton Collaborations

‘Clapton Is God’ read the U.K. graffiti in his early years. With other gods like Lennon, Townshend, Beck, Santana + more his playing is at its most divine.

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The Zombies’ 2019 Rock Hall Induction is a ‘Dream’

Though the British Invasion band had been eligible for entry decades ago, they were grateful to be finally recognized by their peers

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Stevie Nicks’ Duet With Don Henley at 2019 Rock Hall Induction

She’s the first female to be inducted twice into the Hall of Fame, after 21 men had already been so honored. The pair sang their 1982 duet, “Leather and Lace”

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