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Rock Blog: Gregg Allman – Goodnight Midnight Rider

Gregg Allman was born to sing the blues. That's an easy thing to say, and really cliche, but in this case, so very true. Gregg Allman was gifted from the start with a tremendous voice that he honed on a little known singer named Little Milton. David Bromberg wrote a song titled “You’ve Got to...
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Rock Blog: U2 Returns

By now, I think most rock fans have a love / hate thing with U2. On one hand, they truly were the biggest band of the 80s. Their music broke the mold, bringing together punk and rock. They came from Ireland, a country that has given the world very few great rock artists, namely Van Morrison, Thin...
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Rock Blog: Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child

This Wednesday May 3rd marks 49 years since one the greatest songs in rock history was recorded. On this day in 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience stepped into The Record Plant in New York City, and Jimi taught Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell the song while they recorded it. One studio, one day,...
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Rock Blog: J. Geils threw Nothing but a House Party!

Last year, after Prince died I binged on his music for a week. Last year when Bowie died I started a binge that I haven't quite kicked. We do that when we lose the musicians we loved in our youth. It gives us a perspective of time, because in most cases its “Holy crap. He was that old?”. In the...
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Rock Blog: It's Eric Clapton's Birthday

Each year around this time I think about Eric Clapton. Nothing weird or nostalgic, just that we share the same birthday, March 30th. I loved Clapton as a kid and when I found out we had the same birthday, I felt like we were brothers. I met him once and told him. He wasn’t impressed. Video of THE...
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Rock Blog: Happy Birthday Steven Tyler

Steven Victor Tallarico celebrates birthday number 69 this Sunday. You know him better as Steven Tyler, the voice and the face of Aerosmith, for 44 years running. Aerosmith were commonly referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston”, but they never really were all that bad. And Tyler, along with Joey...
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Rock Blog: Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and while rock has always been more or less a men's club, there have been legendary ladies who have made their own contributions. We celebrate the talents and the music from these Women Who Rock! A playlist, in no particular order. 1. Tina Turner Video of Tina Turner...
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Rock Blog: Ann Is Back In Town!

The 70s.The decade that ushered in the voice of women in rock. You had Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks. Oddly most of the lists I checked out didn’t include Ann Wilson. Why? Few could belt out a song like Ann. Probably because unlike other rock singers, Ann Wilson is a soprano! Bam! Ann...
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Rock Blog: Way Past His Teenage Wasteland

If you remember The Who in their prime - the 70s, when rock ruled the world - then you remember how much all the girls loved Roger Daltrey. He had the voice, he had the hair, and for his adoring female fans, he usually didn’t have a shirt. Like a professional bull rider, he used that mic cord as a...
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Rock Blog: Kurt At 50

It’s no easy job being the face of a generation, as was Kurt Cobain in the 90s. At the height of Nirvana’s too brief career, Kurt, not handling fame and fortune very well, took his own life. A very, very dark day was April 5th, 1994. The only way I consider myself lucky at this time was to be...
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