The Classic Rock Legacy

Average White Band’s Surprise #1: ‘Pick Up the Pieces’

The Scottish band got their big break as the opening act on Clapton’s 1973 comeback tour. A year later, this instrumental single failed to chart in the U.K.

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Blood, Sweat & Tears’ Groundbreaking Debut: Rewind

The idea was simple but brand new: a rock band augmented by a jazz-influenced horn section. Soon, a classic album was born.

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ELO’s ‘Mr. Blue Sky’: Like You’ve Never Seen

Electric Light Orchestra fans will be surprised to discover how this favorite fared on U.S. radio. It was released in the midst of a string of hit singles for the group that combined electric instruments with orchestral ones

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15 Rockers’ Early Days: Before They Were Stars

The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel, Hendrix, Stephen Stills and other rockers made records before anyone knew who they were. You’ve got to hear these!

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Mike Bloomfield & the Electric Flag: Long Time Comin’

He was an American guitar hero before there was such a thing. In 1967 he put together a new but short-lived band that combined blues, soul and rock.

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Bon Jovi’s Game-Changing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’

Guess who didn’t much care for the song that made the band a major force of rock for decades to come? And who’s just fine with it now…

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Genesis’ Path to Success: The Inside Story

Before he became Atlantic Records’ President, Jerry Greenberg said: “I never heard one note of their music. But just from what I read in the English papers about them, I thought: ‘I’ve gotta have this group.’”

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When Queen and Rami Malek Reigned at the Oscars

The actor had swept all the awards shows earlier, so why not the Acadeny Awards? Earlier, Queen + Adam Lambert opened the show with a rocking performance

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10 Rocking ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Performances

He may have been a square but he knew what “the kiddies” wanted to hear. Check out these great clips from the all-time biggest variety show in America.

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Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’: An Out-of-This-World Hit

When the Dutch rock band replaced its male lead vocalist with a striking 21-year-old female, they scored with a shock heard ’round the world

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