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Joe Cocker- Mad Dogs and Englishmen 50th- w/ Leon Russell 8-24

In the Studio  on the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the double live album recording of the remarkable tour "Mad Dogs and Englishmen". The late Joe Cocker and the dearly departed Leon Russell tell the true story here the week of August 24.
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The Band- Stage Fright 50th Anniversary- Robbie Robertson

The Band's sublime third effort,  "Stage Fright" , released in August 1970, went Top 5 and sold over a million copies. Widely viewed along with Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Gram Parsons as  fathers of  the Americana musical movement, The Band also may have  been one of rock's first alternative groups. In part one of this classic rock interview, main songwriter Robbie Robertson ("The Weight","The Night They Drove Ol'Dixie Down","Up on Cripple Creek","The Shape I'm In") helps me make that case.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival- Cosmo’s Factory- John Fogerty

How then do we explain Creedence Clearwater Revival and their five hit albums in three years, leaving the best for July 1970's "Cosmo's Factory" , all written, arranged, produced, and sung solely by John Fogerty fifty years ago? Enjoy my very rare classic rock interview.

Moody Blues- A Question of Balance 50th- Justin Hayward, John Lodge 8-10

The Moody Blues' sixth album, A Question of Balance  , released fifty summers ago contained the dynamic hit "Question" plus "Dawning is the Day","How is It We Are Here","It's Up to You", and the classic "Melancholy Man". Justin Hayward and John Lodge co-host here In the Studio the week of August 11.
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Win Grateful Dead “Workingman’s Dead” 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

"Workingman's Dead" containing timeless songs "Uncle John's Band","Dire Wolf","Cumberland Blues", and "Casey Jones", the fiftieth anniversary deluxe download contains the original album newly remastered, plus the complete Grateful Dead live concert at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY on February 21, 1971. North American Deadheads register below before midnight ET August 9 for the drawing to win the digital download

Traffic- John Barleycorn…50th- Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

Traffic albums "Mr Fantasy",  "Traffic",   and "John Barleycorn Must Die", the latter marking its 50th anniversary,  included former Spencer Davis Group teen prodigy singer/organist/guitarist Steve Winwood, reed man Chris Wood, and drummer Jim Capaldi. Guitarist/singer Dave Mason, a former Spencer Davis roadie, shared a talent for  melody with the other three on the first two Traffic albums, but little else personality-wise, and was cut loose for the second and final time before the second album hit store shelves.

Jimi Hendrix- Hear My Train a Comin’- Memorial Day 1970- Berkeley CA

Fifty years ago Jimi Hendrix performed two Memorial Day concerts in Berkeley CA at which he unveiled unreleased songs, including the portentious "Hear My Train a Comin' ".
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Who- Live at Leeds 50th- Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey here In the Studio   hosting the fiftieth anniversary of The Who "Live at Leeds" , with archival classic rock interview from the late John Entwistle .

Who- Live at Leeds 50th Anniversary- Pete Townshend 5-11

The Who Live at Leeds  may have been the first live album I ever bought, but it's safe to say that it has  since remained a benchmark with which to compare a half century of live performance pretenders to the throne of anything demonstrably better.

Jethro Tull- Benefit 50th Anniversary- Ian Anderson

They were the changes  in musical direction and key personnel made on Jethro Tull's critical preceding third album, "Benefit",   in April 1970, that provided the oxygen in "Aqualung" 's tank a year later.