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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 3:35pm
Gig of the Week

On Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK, you could see The Marvelettes, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, and then The Drifters starring Bobby Hendricks performing their hits live. The Drifters played 6 tracks that night - listen to them in our updated playlist.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:36pm
Rhino Factoids
Last year, we did a post about the anniversary of Frank Sinatra founding his own label, Reprise Records, and thereby being able to legitimately describe himself as the Chairman of the Board. This year, we decided we'd focus in on when the Chairman realized that running a label wasn't the easiest thing in the world and decided to sell 2/3 of Reprise to Warner Brothers, which - big surprise - happened 52 years ago today.
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:29pm
Steve Jones

It had to happen eventually: one of the Sex Pistols has hit the big 6-0.

Yes, Steve Jones, the axe man whose guitar work graces the classic album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - and, lest we forget, the gentleman who brought us Jonesy's Jukebox - turns 60 years old today. Why, it's enough to make an old punk cry, it is...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 6:00pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Ok, it’s the year 2000...rolling blackouts, mad cow disease, Dubya, Survivor. I know, ‘awesome’ right? Well, here’s something listen to whilst you ponder the greener pastures of our collective memory. Viva la musica!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 2:38pm
Rod Stewart You Wear It Well

43 years ago today, a song went to #1 on the UK Singles chart that went on to be performed on an episode of The Facts of Life with Blair, Jo, Natalie, and Tootie contributing back-up vocals, and…hang on, what?!?

We're very sorry: someone in the research department didn't check their facts (and very, very clearly didn't actually listen to the song in question) because they've mistaken the 1985 Debarge single “You Wear It Well” for Rod Stewart's “You Wear It Well.” As far as we know, Stewart's single was not featured in an episode of The Facts of Life, although it can be heard playing in the camp-tastic 1978 Joan Collins film The Stud, an achievement which in some circles is viewed as a status symbol of inestimable value.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 2:24pm

15 years ago today, Madonna turned her list of #1 UK hits into a double-digit affair when “Music” became her 10th single to cross the pond and hit the top of the charts, an accomplishment which it would soon duplicate in the US.

“Music” was viewed as a comeback single of sorts in the States, due to Madonna's cover of Don McLean's “American Pie” only hitting #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, but in Great Britain she drove the Chevy to the levy and took her cover to #1, which - in case you're not enough of a fan to know when Madonna released what - means that “Music” was actually her second chart-topper of the year in the UK.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:52am
Soul Coughing
Only a few weeks back, we added Soul Coughing's three Warner Brothers albums to our digital catalog as part of a package called The Studio Album Collection 1994-1998. This was particularly great if you wanted to secure the band's WB trifecta in one fell swoop, but what of those youngsters - or oldsters - who prefer the crisp, clean sound of 180-gram vinyl? Well, if that's the crowd you run with, then this is a good week for you, because we've just released all three of those albums - 1994's Ruby Vroom, 1996's Irresistible Bliss, and 1998's El Oso - in that exact format.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:32am
Happy Birthday

He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, and according to The Guinness Book of World Records, he's second only to Sir Paul McCartney as the most successful songwriter in history, but the most important thing about Barry Gibb today is that it's his birthday.

Yes, Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, eldest of the Gibb brothers and - more than a little bit sadly - the only surviving member of that particular brotherhood, turns 69 years old today.