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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:10am
Remembering Bobby Darin
When it comes to remembering the day we lost Bobby Darin, it’s simply impossible not to be depressed by just how young he was when he left us. That said, the fact that he did indeed live to the age of 37 is rather remarkable in and of itself, given that his health had always been subpar, and few can claim to have accomplished as much in the music business in as short an amount of time as Darin did. That’s why on this, the day of his death, we celebrate his life by offering up not only a playlist of his greatest hits from his tenure on Atlantic Records but also a six-pack of covers that you may not have realized that he tackled.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 9:24am
Once Upon a Time at the Top Spot: Peter, Paul and Mary, “Leaving on a Jet Plane”
47 years ago today, Peter, Paul and Mary flew to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first and only time, doing so with a song written by a gentleman who went on to score a few number-one hits himself.
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 1:36pm
Happy Birthday: Edith Piaf
She was born Edith Giovanna Gassion in Paris, France on this day in 1915, but she would find fame under a slightly different name: Edith Piaf. Although her name is one which continues to pop up, Piaf’s music isn’t as well known now as it once was. That said, you might be surprised at how many of her tunes you know, as quite a few of the songs that she made famous in France and sang in French were subsequently covered in English, while other songs she recorded were actually French translations of American hits.
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 1:21pm
Happy Birthday: Professor Longhair
On this day in 1918, the world was first graced with the presence of Henry Roeland Byrd, but fans of the boogie-woogie piano legend generally tend to know him by a more colorful sobriquet. Professor Longhair. Although his music was a little too quirky to result in any platinum-selling LPs, his work helped inspire such fellow piano-pounding legends as Dr. John, Fats Domino, Huey “Piano” Smith, and Allen Toussaint. To celebrate his birthday, we’ve put together a playlist which combines his two NEW ORLEANS PIANO albums, but we’ve also pulled together a six-pack of tracks to help expand your knowledge of the Professor’s work. Five of them are covers of his compositions, but we kick things off with something slightly outside the box.
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 12:25pm
Now Available: The Doors, LONDON FOG 1966

For those who only know the basics of The Doors story, the band’s career might as well have begun with the success of their immortal single “Light My Fire.” But it didn’t. Even before they became chart-topping superstars, it’s hard to say that the foursome of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger would ever have qualified as just another bar band, but they did do their time in the trenches, and one such trench was a Sunset Strip dive bar called the London Fog.

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 12:21pm

Director Mike Mills first made his mark on the silver screen with the Academy Award-winning film Beginners, but his back catalog is also filled with a number of music videos, including those for songs by Everything But The Girl (“Temperamental”), Moby (“Run On”), Air (“All I Need”), Mansun (“Legacy”), Pulp (“Party Hard”), and Air (“Sexy Boy”). His appreciation of music also extends to the soundtracks of his films, and with 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, his latest cinematic endeavor, he’s managed to put together one of the most musically diverse compilations in recent memory.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 12:06pm
Once Upon a Time in the Top Spot: Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
32 years ago today, a one-off conglomeration of pop stars sat atop the UK Singles chart with a song that’s been re-recorded three times to date, each of which has been a hit in its own right.