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Friday, January 6, 2017 - 12:40pm
Single Stories: David Bowie, “Beauty and the Beast”

39 years ago today, David Bowie released a single which – despite being a fantastic track – seemed designed not to charm listeners but to sonically assault them.

Taken from the 1977 album HEROES, “Beauty and the Beast” was composed by Bowie, who also co-produced the track with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. Robert Fripp of King Crimson serves as the song’s lead guitarist, and he’s joined by Brian Eno on synthesizer, along with Bowie’s regular rhythm section: George Murray (bass), Dennis Davis (drums), and Carlos Alomar (rhythm guitar).

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 12:27pm
Once Upon a Time in the Top Spot: Phil Collins, …BUT SERIOUSLY

28 years ago today, Phil Collins landed atop the Billboard 200 with his fourth solo album.

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 12:47pm
This Day in 1983: Everything But The Girl’s Live Debut

33 years ago today, Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt – the duo known collectively as Everything But the Girl – made their live debut.

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:56am
Remembering Charles Mingus

38 years ago today, the music world lost one of the coolest cats ever to hold a double bass.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 1:09pm
This Day in 1936: Billboard’s First Pop Music Chart

81 years ago today – yeah, let that sink in for a second – Billboard Magazine published its first ever pop music chart.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 12:00pm
Happy Birthday: Bernard Sumner

Birthday boy Bernard Sumner has fronted a few different bands in his time, most notably Joy Division and New Order, but also Electronic and Bad Lieutenant. Beyond those outfits, though, Sumner’s distinctive voice has also been heard in several other songs over the years, and we’ve pulled together a six-pack of tracks that spotlights some of the higher-profile gigs he’s taken on.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:51pm
Happy Birthday: Stephen Stills

You know today’s birthday boy from his work with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills, Nash and sometimes Young, and his solo efforts, but what you may not know are how many high-profile individuals Stephen Stills has performed with as a sideman. Fortunately, we can fix that for you, so read on and prepared to get educated.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:07pm
Happy Birthday: John Paul Jones

You know today’s birthday boy best for his work as the bassist for Led Zeppelin, but John Paul Jones had been around the block more than a few times before he joined forces with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham, and after the band dissolved in the wake of Bonham’s death, Jones didn’t just rest on his laurels, he kept making music. To celebrate his birthday, we’ve compiled a six pack of tracks which Jones had a hand in, whether it was through playing or simply arranging.