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Billy Joel-Only the Good Die Young reggae demo

Just for fun, check out this previously unreleased demo of Billy Joel leading his band through a reggae version of "Only the Good Die Young", no doubt in tribute to the popularity  of Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1977 when Billy Joel's The…

Steely Dan- Aja Anniversary Tribute to Walter Becker- Donald Fagen 10-2

It is a bittersweet anniversary the week of October 2 here In the Studio, as the anniversary of one of rock music's pillars of excellence, Aja   , is framed with the death of Steely Dan co-founding guitarist/ songwriter Walter Becker. Donald…

Billy Joel-The Stranger 40th Anniversary 9-18

In September 1977, Billy Joel's The Stranger  was a game changer, and not simply for the erstwhile "Piano Man" who had made a series of ever-improving albums while building a loyal cult following. The Stranger  changed all that for Billy,…

Billy Joel-Get It Right the First Time-Nassau LI 12-77

For some reason this song never became memorable to me when the original studio recording was released in Fall 1977 on Billy Joel's The Stranger  album. Yet when I remastered the live version from the oft-bootlegged December 1977 concert at…

Outlaws-Hurry Sundown 40th-Henry Paul, the late Hughie Thomasson

With the Allman Brothers Band forming in Daytona Beach and Lynyrd Skynyrd from the wrong side of Jacksonville, the state of Florida was Southern Rock Central in the mid-1970s, so any Stetson-wearing guitar-picking long-haired rock band in those…

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-American Girl 40th Anniversary

This is more or less where it all started for those of us who missed Tom Petty's formative years in Mudcrutch in the clubs around Gainesville FL . It is a miracle that "American Girl" on the 1976 debut Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   over…

Charlie Daniels' Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant

Every year following the October 20, 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash Charlie Daniels would visit or call Memphis rock radio station ROCK 103 on that date while I worked there...

Police- Outlandos d'Amour- Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland

"Outlandos d'Amour   has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it," Sting confesses in this rockumentary about the Police debut,"but Regatta de Blanc   was infinitely a much better record." He was absolutely correct, of course, but it was…