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Billy Joel- 52nd Street 40th Anniversary

 William Martin Billy Joel has sold more albums in the U.S. than any pop/rock singer except for Elvis Presley. Superstar musicians in that rarified league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) always surround themselves with gaggles of managers,…

Lynyrd Skynyrd feat. Ed King- Sweet Home Alabama- Dallas 1993

L-R Ed King, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing "Sweet Home Alabama" acoustically in front of a small invited audience- Q102 Dallas , Spring 1993 -Redbeard
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Bon Jovi- New Jersey 30th Anniversary- Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora

In September 1988 it took a musical effort the size of New Jersey   to successfully follow up the phenomenon of Bon Jovi's spectacular Slippery When Wet   two years earlier, and the Garden State greats were more than up to the challenge, conjuring…

In the Studio#8 8-15-88: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- Damn the Torpedoes

Thirty years ago this week for In the Studio  episode #8 focusing on the soap opera behind Damn the Torpedoes , the breakthrough third album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers,  the Gainseville Gator revealed the personal battles he and…

Al Stewart- Time Passages 40th Anniversary

Following the international hit "Year of the Cat" in 1976 with “Time Passages” and “Song on the Radio” two years later, Al Stewart became an unlikely mainstream hitmaker...

Matthew Sweet- Girlfriend- Altered Beast- 100% Fun

The news that Intervention Records was staging one to rehab  past Matthew Sweet releases was cause for considerable buzz of a healthy kind this summer. After all we are talking about Girlfriend,  his 1991 third album which The Village Voice …

In the Studio #3: Lynyrd Skynyrd- Pronounced- Gary Rossington, Ed King 7-11-88

Standing outside the Dallas hotel in September 1987 beside the giant gleaming Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour   bus, even the drone of the idling diesel engine could not drown out the echoes in my mind of the final notes of the final show which…

In the Studio 6-27-88: Crosby, Stills, and Nash

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The Police- Synchronicity 35th Anniversary- Sting, Stewart Copeland

You could debate whether the first four  albums by the Anglo-American band The Police, starting with 1978's Outlandos d'Amour,  the UK breakthrough Regatta de Blanc,  their 1980 worldwide hit Zenyatta Mondatta,  and Ghost in the Machine …