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Billy Lee Riley

Posted on Jan 17, 2020 in 50s, Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly

Billy Lee Riley was a rockabilly singer and multi-instrumentalist. An alumnus of Sun Records, he was one of the most crazed, unabashed rockers that label had to offer — in the company of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Sonny Burgess, that’s saying a lot. Proficient at harmonica, guitar, bass, and drums, Riley contributed as a sideman to many a classic Sun session…

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Trisha Yearwood

Posted on Jan 12, 2020 in 90s, Country, COUNTRY/FOLK

By many measures, Trisha Yearwood was the biggest new female country star of the early ’90s, recording a string of Top Ten hits that ran from 1991 to 2001. She landed a number one hit right out of the gate with “She’s in Love with the Boy,” a breezy, sweet single that established her sweet spot: tuneful, mellow country-pop…

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Mike Stern

Posted on Jan 7, 2020 in 80s, Fusion, Instrumental, JAZZ

Recognized as one of the finest electric guitarists among his peers, Mike Stern was only 22 when he joined Blood, Sweat & Tears, with whom he played for three years before signing on with Billy Cobham’s jazz fusion outfit, which led to Stern’s big breakthrough when Miles Davis enlisted him as guitarist in 1981…

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Sonny Burgess

Posted on Jan 2, 2020 in 50s, Rockabilly

Sonny Burgess was one of the wildest rockers to record for the legendary Sun label in Memphis. He and his band the Pacers came out of Newport, Arkansas with a hard-rocking style that, unlike that of most rockabillies, owed little to nothing in the way of a stylistic debt to country music…

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Wooden Shjips

Posted on Dec 28, 2019 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Indie, Psychedelic

The enigmatically named quartet Wooden Shjips play a minimal, droning brand of garage-styled psychedelia with a noticeable Krautrock influence. The band’s vocals slip beneath waves of throbbing minimal rhythms, while fuzztone guitar and shrieking organs jump to the foreground. The group started in San Francisco during the mid-2000s…

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The Wombles

Posted on Dec 23, 2019 in 70s, Humour, ROCK/POP

Hugely popular for awhile in the U.K., the Wombles are creatures whose whole mission is to help clean up the world, carrying their “tidy bags” with them wherever they go, picking up the trash left behind by humans, and reusing it. Created in the late ’60s by children’s book author Elisabeth Beresford, the Wombles books caught on and were translated into several languages…

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Barbara Lynn

Posted on Dec 17, 2019 in 60s, Atlantic/Stax, Northern Soul, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

Singer/guitarist Barbara Lynn was a rare commodity during her heyday. Not only was she a female instrumentalist (one of the very first to hit the charts), but she also played left-handed and even wrote some of her own material. Lynn’s music often straddled the line between blues and Southern R&B, and since much of her early work — including the number one R&B hit “You’ll Lose a Good Thing”…

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Freddie Mercury

Posted on Dec 12, 2019 in 80s, ROCK/POP

Combining theatrics and an outrageously flamboyant stage persona with his fine natural-born talent (he possessed one of the greatest voices in all of music and penned some of pop’s most enduring and instantly recognizable compositions), one of rock’s greatest all-time entertainers/showmen was unquestionably Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury…

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Dexys Midnight Runners

Posted on Dec 5, 2019 in 80s, New Wave, ROCK/POP

Dexys Midnight Runners are best known in America as one of new wave’s ultimate one-hit wonders, thanks to their 1982 number one smash “Come on Eileen”, a distinctive fusion of ’80s pop, Celtic folk, and blue-eyed soul. In the UK, however, they earned a fair amount of critical acclaim and made a greater impression on the public consciousness with their frequent changes in sound, wardrobe, and personnel…

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Joe Brown

Posted on Nov 29, 2019 in 60s, Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP

In a career that has crossed 50 years (and which was still going strong in the opening decade of the twenty-first century), Joe Brown has cut a unique swathe across British rock & roll. Born Joseph Roger Brown in Swarby, Lincolnshire in 1941, he was raised in London. Brown proved a natural guitarist from an early age…

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