The Classic Rock Legacy

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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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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The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’

1966 was a watershed year for the group, with the release of Brian Wilson’s masterpiece album, Pet Sounds, and this song, recorded with the Wrecking Crew

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10 Memorable Rock Concert Riots

Sometimes concerts get far wilder than planned and riots break out. Here are 10 of the more significant rock shows that spiraled into chaos.

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December 8, 1980: A Day We Can Never Forget

We lost one of our heroes on this day. Instead of dwelling on his death, let’s remember his life. All he was saying was give peace a chance.

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The Classics IV: ‘Spooky,’ ‘Stormy’ & ‘Traces’ @50

They had three huge hits in less than a year and a half. Who were they and what became of them? We look back at the brief career of the Classics IV.

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Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’: Look Back

To this day, fans still debate the meaning of the song. But half a century after its release, it remains one of the most popular of all-time.

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First-Generation Rockers: Who’s Still With Us?

With the deaths of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, we began to wonder: Which of the earliest rock ‘n’ rollers are alive? Here are 9 who made the music what it was

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How Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ Came to Be

Every rock fan knows the classic riff but what exactly is Deep Purple’s best known song about? We take you behind the scenes in 1971.

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Shocking Blue Score With ‘Venus’

When the Dutch rock band replaced its male lead vocalist with a 21-year-old female, they enjoyed an out-of-this-world smash which sold a reported 7.5 million copies

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