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    Plenty of major groups have made their name in New…

    The Many Facets of David Bowie

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    It was called progressive rock, but when Emerson, Lake &…

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    Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

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    Johnny Cash: American Icon

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    Everybody knows who Hank Williams is, but somehow Lefty Frizzell…

    Creedence Clearwater Revival: Kings of Swamp Rock

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    Garbage: Staying Fresh for Decades

    The number of successful bands that have lasted at least…

    The Animals: Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood

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    Tanya Tucker: Delta Dawn Never Sets

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    Pump It Up: Elvis Costello

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    The Police

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    Howard Jones

    Just a scrawny English kid with spiky hair, a bunch…

    Rush

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    Tori Amos

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    Cream

    While American audiences obsessed over four mop-topped Liverpudlians called the…

    Al Green

    Al Green loved Elvis Presley as much as he loved…

    Jefferson Airplane

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    Jackson Browne

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    Eurythmics

    Singer Annie Lennox and guitarist David A. Stewart began working…

    Steely Dan

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    Richie Havens

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    Joni Mitchell

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    Billy Joel

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    James Taylor

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    The Clash

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    Tracy Chapman

    Some pop stars wear the glamour of fame and fortune,…

    Fleetwood Mac

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    R.E.M.

    On October 19, 2018, Craft Recordings will release the box…

    Peter Gabriel

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    Imogen Heap

    In the 20 years since her first album appeared, British…

    The Who

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    Dan Fogelberg

    There was a time when Dan Fogelberg’s albums sold like…

    Marianne Faithfull

    In the 1960s, British storyteller-in-song Marianne Faithfull fascinated fans as…

    Queen, After the ’70s

    When they officially formed as Queen in 1973, the four…

    Led Zeppelin: Into the Rock and Roll Stratosphere

    When the British band The Yardbirds split up in 1968,…

    Diving Into Dire Straits

    It was the late 1970s in London. Two guitar-playing brothers…

    Tracy Chapman, Redux

    Some pop stars wear the glamour of fame and fortune,…

    Steely Dan, Redux

    Steely Dan has such a smooth sound, it’s easy to…

    Grand Funk Railroad: Chuggin’ Along

    All over America in the late 1960s, teens were forming…

    The Kinks: Well Respected Men

    In suburban North London circa 1960, two talented brothers, Ray…

    A Taste of Bread

    Although Bread was a Los Angeles band, its roots stretched…

    Alison Krauss: Reinventing Bluegrass, Reanimating Country

    For many people, the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers movie…

    Band of Brothers: Kings of Leon

    Hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago when…

    The Rise, Fall and Rise of Rod Stewart

    Born in 1945 in North London, Rod Stewart grew up…

    Patsy Cline: Country Music Groundbreaker

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    Tina Turner: Finding Her Own Voice

    Tina Turner is a textbook case of a talented woman…

    Talking Heads: This Ain’t No Fooling Around

    Recently I had the pleasure of seeing the live show…

    Queen in the ’70s

    Now that the first trailers have been released for Bohemian…

    The Pogues

    When a band’s original name – Pogue Mahone – is…

    Melissa Etheridge

    With her raw, unabashed voice and truthful lyrics, Melissa Etheridge…

    The Isley Brothers

    While the Isley Brothers may have started out singing gospel…

    Leon Russell

    One of his best-known songs was named after a science…

    Siouxsie and the Banshees

    There once was a time before “goth” was a meaningful…

    The Killers

    Until the Killers came on the scene, the phrase “Las…

    Journey

    Journey didn’t start out as a stadium band roaring out…

    Steve Winwood & the Spencer Davis Group

    It was 1963 in Birmingham, UK, when guitarist/songwriter Spencer Davis…

    Spandau Ballet

    The London punk scene was wearing some musicians out. People…

    Etta James

    Born to a single teen mom and passed around foster…

    Deep Purple

    Deep Purple was originally called Roundabout because its founder, drummer…
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