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Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:55am
Rhino Factoids: Ahmet Ertegun at the Berklee College of Music
26 years ago today, the Berklee College of Music doled out a handful of honorary degrees, and if you’re a regular Rhino.com visitor, then you’ll recognize that most of the recipients were folks with a connection to this here label.
https://open.spotify.com/album/4VDH9uvmNqw6dzyyNNpxg6
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 3:04pm
The One after the Big One: Christopher Cross, ANOTHER PAGE

Radio in 1980 was a hangover from the ‘70s, with artists like Olivia Newton-John, Captain and Tennille and Neil Diamond continuing their chart-topping ways, and new acts like Air Supply scoring hit records with a familiar brand of soft rock. Into this fray stepped a pudgy Texan singer/songwriter with a penchant for laid-back songs and pink flamingoes. Christopher Cross’ self-titled debut sent four of its songs into the Top Forty (including the Number One hit “Sailing” and the iconic “Ride like the Wind”) and won five Grammys, establishing him as a potential hit-maker for the new decade.

https://open.spotify.com/album/0o9hrKTjZk0O3QAGYDSDD2
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 1:02pm
Hypno

20 years ago today, The Notorious B.I.G. was sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in his career, but it was a victory which will forever be tied to a tragedy.

https://open.spotify.com/album/7dRdaGSxgcBdJnrOviQRuB
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:40pm
Frankie Valli

Today’s the birthday of one of the all-time great Jersey boys: Frankie Valli, whose career as a member of The Four Seasons and as a solo artist is the stuff the music legends are made of. Alas, even legends fall off of radio’s radar once in awhile, which is why we’re celebrating Valli’s birthday by celebrating a six-pack of songs that failed to chart but which are still top-notch tracks that any fan will enjoy. You may already know some of them, but here’s hoping you find at least one or two gems here to experience for the first time…and, of course, here’s hoping that Frankie has a fantastic birthday!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 10:03am
Happy Birthday: Lou Gramm
Today’s the birthday of Lou Gramm, a man who started out in Black Sheep and later fronted a group called Shadow King, but he’s best known for the band he was in between those two musical entities: Foreigner. To celebrate the occasion of his birth, we’ve got a playlist featuring the singles from his work with Foreigner as well as his singles as a solo artist, but we’ve also pulled together a six-pack of videos from those two eras, and there’s some pretty great viewing there.
https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/6Fk4bnd1g7I01a7Yl6Yuqp
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 9:56am
This Day In

57 years ago today, Benjamin Earl Nelson signed on the dotted line at Atco Records, officially beginning his tenure on the label under his stage name: Ben E. King.

Not that Ben E. hadn’t been working prior to putting his John Hancock on the paperwork, mind you. In 1958, he’d joined the doo-wop group The Five Crowns, the members of which were, by the grace of George Treadwell, turned into the new members of The Drifters. As a result, Ben E. found himself fronting the group for such classic tunes as “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “This Magic Moment.”

https://open.spotify.com/album/2WcVleVG28RWzWLDLZnVgp
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 2:53pm
Single Stories: Eagles, “Take It Easy”

45 years ago today, The Eagles released their very first single, a track which was co-written by Glenn Frey and a gentleman outside of the band’s ranks. Don’t worry, though: you know the guy.

https://open.spotify.com/album/51B7LbLWgYLKBVSpkan8Z7
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 2:46pm
Snakes & Arrows 

10 years ago today, Rush celebrated May Day by releasing their 18th studio album, which would prove to be their sixth and final studio LP for Atlantic Records.

https://open.spotify.com/album/7hgcHQbB7xYr75qPPulfro