Dr. Rhino keeps dunking his spoon back into the alphabet soup. This time he came up with a bouncy “C”!
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43 years ago today, the Average White Band landed atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the first and only time of their career, but if they were always destined to only have the one hit, then at least they made it one that stands the test of time.
Credited somewhat uniquely to saxophonist Roger Ball and guitarist Hamish Stuart individually as well as to the band as a whole, “Pick Up the Pieces” is one of the easier #1 hits when it comes to memorizing the lyrics, as the effectively consist of the four-word title of the track, which the band members can be heard to holler at various points during the course of its run time.
Stepping into our Black History Month Spotlight this week: RHYTHM AND BLUES JUKEBOX, a compilation which emerged during our celebration of Atlantic Records’ 60th anniversary and spotlighted some of the classic R&B tracks from the label’s early days.
41 years ago today, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons found themselves atop the UK Singles chart for the one and only time in their career (to date), which makes this a perfect day to do a Singles Story about the track in question.
25 years ago this week, Tori Amos released her first album as a solo artist, but in case you thought that she simply appeared out of nowhere, rest assured that she hadn’t been silent all those years prior to the LP arriving in record stores.
Okay, you caught us out: we only used that choice of phrase in order to set up an opportunity to post the video for Y Kant Tori Read’s “The Big Picture.”
On November 18 of last year, Jethro Tull fans rejoiced when Rhino released STAND UP: THE ELEVATED EDITION, a highly expanded reissue of the band’s sophomore album. It was a massive piece of work – you can read all about it right here – and that was certainly a very good thing for those who purchased it, but for those who only wanted the new Steven Wilson remixes of the original album tracks, it was a little frustrating, because they weren’t available independently of the set.
The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.