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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:49am
This Day In

29 years ago today, Sonny Bono officially began his political career when he was sworn in as the mayor of Palm Springs, California.

After a impressive career in music and an interesting career as an actor – hey, if you look at his filmography, you’ll see that this is absolutely an apt adjective – Bono found himself entering the political arena as a result of his frustration over the bureaucracy he had to deal with whilst trying to open a restaurant in Palms Springs.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 4:42pm
J. Geils Band

It is impossible to play a J. Geils Band record and be sad. Each is a party on a platter, full of the band’s signature amped-up takes on R&B classics and originals that sound like amped-up takes on different R&B classics. In the ‘70s, the band was one of the premier live acts in the U.S., and in 1974, they had a bona-fide hit with “Must of Got Lost,” which skirted just under the Top Ten. One might have asked at the time whether the band would follow it up with more hits.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 1:06pm
Bonnie Raitt

40 years ago this month, Bonnie Raitt released the album which would remain her highest-charting studio LP until her 1989 comeback album, NICK OF TIME. But can you really call it a comeback? In truth, it’s better described as her highly belated full-fledged breakthrough album.

Ah, but that’s a topic of discussion better several for another label’s website, whereas we’re here today to talk about a sweet little album called SWEET FORGIVENESS.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 11:07am

In today’s installment of Deep Dive, we’re taking a look – and a listen – to Bread’s fifth studio album, an effort which earned the band three top-20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Unlike the band’s previous album, however, it didn’t include any top-10 singles, which has caused it to slip slightly into obscurity over the years. We’re here to try and change that.

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:39pm
Rhino Factoids

48 years ago today, The Band played their first live show on their own, as opposed to being someone else’s back-up group, but given the way Robbie Robertson was feeling, it was nothing short of miraculous that they played that night at all.

After making a name for themselves and their musicianship by playing with Bob Dylan, the members of The Band – Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and the aforementioned Mr. Robertson – decided to make a go for it on their own. Given their past credits, it was big news when they made this decision, which is why Ralph J. Gleason, rock critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, made such a buzz about it his column.

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 11:12am
Single Stories: Gary Wright, “Love Is Alive”

41 years ago this month, Gary Wright released the second single from his 1976 album THE DREAM WEAVER, a song which hasn’t gotten nearly as much love from radio as the album’s title track. Maybe that’s because of all the exposure that “Dream Weaver” got from its usage in Wayne’s World, maybe it’s not, but it seems pretty uncool either way, especially when you consider that both songs actually hit the same spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:24pm
Happy 35th: Van Halen, DIVER DOWN

35 years ago today, Van Halen released their fifth studio album, an LP which provided them with the highest chart placement of their career up to that point and required the least amount of songwriting on their part.

When DIVER DOWN hit record store shelves in 1982, one thing was very obvious about its contents just from looking at the track listing: it was filled with cover songs, including The Kinks’ “Where Have All The Good Times Gone,” Roy Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman,” and Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street,” along with a take on “Bad Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” and, to close things out, a Van Halen version of “Happy Trails,” best known as the farewell tune for Roy Rogers and Dave Evans.

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:21pm
You know Michael Nesmith, of course, from his work as one of the members of The Monkees, but there’s so much more to this man than a wool hat, a flair for comedy, and a gift for songwriting, and you’ll be able to find out about the other sides of his life when you pick up a copy of his new book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff. And after you’ve picked up a copy – or possibly even before then, in case you just want to be prepared for whenever you do add it to your bookshelf – we’ve got the perfect soundtrack for your reading: INFINITE TUESDAY: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RIFFS.