Rock's Picasso, Storm Thorgerson, Goes to the Great Gig in the Sky

We just received word that Storm Thorgerson, the most prolific, most influential rock graphic artist ever, has passed away at age 69. Most widely known for his work with the Hipgnosis team in England for the long series of Pink Floyd covers,…

Andy Johns, British Producer & Engineer,Passes Away at 61

It has been a week of great loss in the music world, with first the inestimable death of Phil Ramone last week & now the uber-engineer/producer Andy Johns. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, big brother producer Glyn Johns, and Andy's…
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Doobie Brothers-The Captain & Me 40th anniversary

Four of the millions of people who purchased this week's feature album include David, an environmental geologist father of two; his wife Carol, a petroleum engineer who runs her own oil/gas exploration company; Dan, a folk artist and state park…
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Def Leppard-Pyromania 30th anniversary-Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage

It has been a wonderful personal experience to watch the sweet, kind, grounded guys in the Sheffield England band Def Leppard grow up literally in public. I had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing several of the band members in Memphis…

The Late Joe Cocker Paid Tribute to Ray Charles

To continue celebrating American Black History Month here In The Studio, I'm reminded of the definition of rock and roll as told to me by Mr. "Blue Suede Shoes" himself , the late Carl Perkins , " The Blues and Country and Western had a baby , and they called it Rock'n'Roll ." Seeing as we were in Nashville at the time , Perkins could easily have laid it all at the toe-tapping feet of Hank Williams , a rebel Nashville outsider without whom rock simply would not exist ...(more)
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Van Halen 35th anniversary-Eddie & Alex Van Halen,David Lee Roth,Michael Anthony

The four original members of Van Halen, guitarist/songwriter Eddie Van Halen, big brother drummer Alex Van Halen, lead singer/lyricist David Lee Roth, and ex-bass player/backing vocalist Michael Anthony are all unanimous in this classic rock…
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Bryan Adams-Cuts Like a Knife 30th anniversary

Since we chose to play Bryan Adams' second album, You Want It, You Got It at ROCK 103 in Memphis in 1981 containing the impressive "Lonely Nights","Tonight", and "Fits Ya Good", and got the opportunity to spend a memorable weekend together,…
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Alice Cooper-Billion Dollar Babies

Detroit's blue-collar bars and cheap motels along Woodward Avenue may be less than 200 miles away from the steps of the modernistic I.M.Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but it turned out to be a forty year odyssey for Alice…
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Aerosmith Debut- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry

Seated next to Jennifer Lopez last season at the American Idol judges table, Aerosmith lead singer and co-writer Steven Tyler’s rockstar good looks were almost Dorian Gray deceptive: Tyler is old enough to be J-Lo’s father, as are all of…
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A&M Records 50th Anniversary pt1

No one would be surprised to find that A&M Records , the most successful independent American label, headquartered in Hollywood no less, had the majority of their pop and jazz music successes come from U.S. recording artists, starting with…