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Moody Blues' Co-Founder Ray Thomas Dies Before Hall of Fame Induction

So saddened to see that Rolling Stone magazine has reported the death at 76 of Moody Blues co-founder/ flautist Ray Thomas last week. This is yet another example of  why it is bad form for the Rock Hall to wait unmercifully long to recognize…

Free- Free at Last-Heartbreaker 45th Anniversaries- Paul Rodgers

Free "At Last" and "Heartbreaker" 45th anniversaries, with Paul Rodgers.
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Queen- News of the World 40th Anniversary- Brian May, Neal Preston

As I was preparing the accurate context of Queen's place in the rock constellation upon the release of November 1977's News of the World,  I stumbled upon another website's contention that "In the autumn of 1977, it looked as if Queen's reign…
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George Harrison- Cloud Nine 30th anniversary

To borrow from the Rob Reiner/Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan hit movie of the day When Harry Met Sally,  George Harrison's Cloud Nine   comeback album thirty years ago could alternately be titled "When Harri(son) Met Lynne". By 1987, Jeff Lynne had…

Steely Dan- Can't Buy a Thrill 45th Anniversary- Donald Fagen

When I casually run the list in my head of the most significant debut albums in rock history (The Doors, Are You Experienced, Please Please Me, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin 1, Boston, Chicago Transit Authority, Appetite for Destruction, My Generation,…

Eddie Money 40th Anniversary

As I prepared dual anniversaries for two of Eddie Money's best selling albums, Eddie Money  debut forty years ago this month and the big breakthrough No Control  five years later,  it occurred that one of the less recognized aspects of the…

Sting-...Blue Turtles/...Nothing Like the Sun 30th Anniversary

...Sting's sophomore solo release in October 1987,...Nothing Like the Sun, which followed up his first post-Police effort entitled The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd-Street Survivors 40th-Gary Rossington, Charlie Daniels

The tale of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Street Survivors  seems to have been hatched in the vivid imagination of Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee, or William Faulkner, but the characters are so colorful, the childhood bonds so strong, the struggles so personal, the victories so inspiring, and the heartbreak so deep that there is simply no need for hyperbole in telling it.

Lynyrd Skynyrd- Things Goin' On- acoustic 3-93 Dallas

Ronnie Van Zant was writing "back porch music", and Lynyrd Skynyrd was featuring it in their live set, a decade before MTV Unplugged made it trendy. Take a listen to "Things Goin' On", a song that appeared on the Pronounced  album over forty…

Tom Petty Gone Into the Great Wide Open

"It's very hard living your life as we have in tour buses and airplanes for all of this time. I think when I turned 40 I kinda did, as most people do, get a little reflective about 'Where have we been? And where are we going?' And you do kind of realize that ,' Gee, twenty more and I'm outta here !' "- Tom Petty, 1991