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Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 2:39pm

55 years ago this month, Bobby Darin released his full-length tribute to Ray Charles, one which featured his take on 11 tracks originally recorded by Brother Ray.

Darin, a well-known interpreter of other artists’ material, was a fan of Charles’s work from the moment he heard it, or certainly as soon as he was aware of it. “I’m proud to say that I was on the Ray Charles bandwagon when it was just a baby carriage,” Darin once said. “In fact, two singers – Fats Domino and Ray Charles – opened up my ears to a whole new world, different from anything I’d heard until then. They both became major influences when I realized these are the roots.”

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 2:26pm
Happy Birthday: Lou Reed
Today marks the day that Lou Reed first entered the world, which gives us a chance to revisit our favorite albums by the man they called “Laughin’ Lou” with a certain amount of irony, due to his tendency to deliver a straight face as often as not. (He actually had a pretty wicked sense of humor, though.) At some point today, though, take a gander at these five tracks which feature Mr. Reed’s vocals in some capacity or other. You might find some surprises…and the first one on the list is probably the biggest surprise of all.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:28pm
Remembering Davy Jones

Today doesn’t mark the day the world lost a Monkee, but that’s only because this isn’t a leap year.

This is our way of saying that since there’s no February 29, we must commemorate the passing of Davy Jones on March 1, but given how much the Monkees mean to us, it’s fair to say that there isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t still miss him. We’ve got the official Monkees playlist cued up and ready for you to give it a spin, but before that, please enjoy this six-pack of clips from past TV and film appearances by Davy, all of which are destined to make you smile, if not laugh out loud…and how better to remember Mr. Jones than with a smile and a laugh?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 2:26pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

There were some more C’s in that soup…so the Doctor is diving back in!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:39pm
This Day In

26 years ago today, Oliver Stone’s cinematic depiction of the formation, success, and dissolution of The Doors arrived on the big screen.

With a filmography that included the Academy Award-winning films Platoon, Wall Street, and Born on the Fourth of July, Stone seemed to be a solid choice to helm the story of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, and at the very least, there’s no argument that he managed to raise the profile of The Doors higher than it had been since their initial heyday. Unfortunately, the end result of Stone’s efforts was one which left many less than pleased, most notably among them the aforementioned Mr. Manzarek.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 11:37am

Rhino Serves Up The Audio Companion To Nesmith's Autobiography With 14 Of His Best Songs With The Monkees, The First National Band, And Solo

CD And Digital Versions Available On April 14

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:51am
Mardi Gras Listening: Dr. John, BEST OF THE NIGHT TRIPPER

If Mardi Gras isn’t officially the biggest ongoing party in America, then it’s got to be somewhere in the upper reaches of any such list: it’s such an amazing affair that people plan their vacations around it, making sure that they’re down in New Orleans for Fat Tuesday…and, yes, today is that Tuesday.

While there’s obviously no end to the wonderful music you could select as your soundtrack for Mardi Gras, we’ve got a suggestion that we don’t expect many people to argue with: Dr. John, BEST OF THE NIGHT TRIPPER.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:01am
Deep Dive: Rose Royce – Take a Ride Beyond the Car Wash
The story of the group Rose Royce is an interesting one. They formed from the memberships of various backing bands in Los Angeles, first calling themselves Total Concept Unlimited and touring with Edwin Starr. Then Starr introduced them to Norman Whitfield, who formed a new label and signed them under a new name: Magic Wand. While they were working with Yvonne Fair and The Undisputed Truth, Whitfield hired a new female singer for the group, changing her name from Gwen Dickey to Rose Norwalt and putting her front and center. Finally, when Whitfield was hired to score the film Car Wash, he changed the name of the group to Rose Royce.