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Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 10:53am
Single Stories: Madonna, “La Isla Bonita”
30 years ago today, Madonna released the fifth and final single from her third studio album, TRUE BLUE, and it’s a good thing she did, because it went on to rise all the way into the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 10:05am
You Oughta Know… Jerry Leiber

Today we celebrate the birthday of famed songwriter Jerry Leiber, and if you don’t know several of the songs that this man penned with his longtime collaborator Mike Stoller, well, you oughta know, because they penned the soundtrack to Smokey Joe’s Café and, indeed, a good chunk of the rock and soul released in the 1950s.

Born in Baltimore, Jerome “Jerry” Leiber first met Mike Stoller, who originally hailed from Long Island, in 1950. Both young men – along with their respective families – had made their way to Los Angeles: Leiber was a senior at Fairfax High, while Stoller was a freshman at Los Angeles City College. When they met, they discovered a mutual appreciation for R&B as well as a knack for writing songs together, and before the year was out, they’d had their first co-written song recorded and released by Jimmy Witherspoon. The song in question, “Real Ugly Woman,” may not have made the charts, but it certainly proved to be the start of something big

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 1:20pm
Happy 40th: The Four Seasons, HELICON

40 years ago this month, The Four Seasons released an album which had originally been intended as their swan song but ultimately only proved to be their last album for a really long time.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 1:06pm
Rhino Historic Tours
40 years ago today, the Ramones kicked off a European tour with their fellow NYC band – and fellow Sire Records labelmates – Talking Heads. In terms of spreading the gospel of both bands, the tour was a success, but insofar as the two groups getting along… Well, let’s just say that they’re very different people.
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:41pm
Pay Very Close Attention: Record Store Day Is THIS WEEKEND!

Yes, it’s just about that time again: we’re a day away from this year’s Record Store Day, which takes place on April 22. As ever, we’ve got a plethora of special edition releases to offer up to you fine, upstanding individuals who frequent your friendly neighborhood record store.

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 12:36pm
Happy Birthday: Iggy Pop
Today is the day that we celebrate the birth of James Newell Osterberg, Jr., but because we only have limited writing space on our “Happy Birthday” banner, we’re just going to jot down his name as “Iggy Pop.” In celebration of Iggy’s birthday, we’d like to take a moment to remind you that it hasn’t been all that long since we released the soundtrack to the top-notch Stooges documentary, GIMME DANGER, which you can stream below. For now, though, we’ve also got a six-pack of Pop for you, one which features half a dozen occasions where the world was graced with Ig on the big screen.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:09pm
Happy 50th: Carmen McRae, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE

50 years ago this month, Carmen McRae released one of the strongest albums of her lengthy career, turning in a title track which would soon become a Stevie Wonder standard even though – and this may surprise some of you – he didn’t actually write it!

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:07pm
Single Stories: Metallica, “Nothing Else Matters”

25 years ago today, Metallica released their third single from their 1991 self-titled album, ultimately securing themselves a top-40 hit with the track.

Composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and produced by them as well, along with Bob Rock, “Nothing Else Matters” has a surprising origin story: it first came into existence when Hetfield was on the phone with his girlfriend.