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  • Playlist: The Songs That Made Them Stars

    Playlist: The Songs That Made Them Stars | ARTICLE

    Even "overnight" sensations were undoubtedly years in the making. For many – if not most – musicians, the road to success is marked by speed bumps, switchbacks and blinking yellow lights....

    July 2, 2012 8:00 AM ET
  • Third Annual VidCon Features Huge Growth, YouTube Upgrades

    Third Annual VidCon Features Huge Growth, YouTube Upgrades | BLOG ENTRY

    This week, YouTube announced that they will begin rewarding creators who reach a million subscribers with a big gold-plated "play" button, much like the music industry's gold record. That bit of news, delivered at the opening day...

    June 30, 2012 4:10 PM ET
  • Levon Helm's Band Rambles On

    Levon Helm's Band Rambles On | ARTICLE

    Larry Campbell performed with Levon Helm for the last eight years of the revered drummer's life. Though the multi-instrumentalist has had plenty of notable experiences in music, not least being the years he spent on tour with...

    June 15, 2012 9:50 AM ET
  • Born on the Bayou: Exploring Louisiana in 18 Songs

    Born on the Bayou: Exploring Louisiana in 18 Songs | ARTICLE

    The Lousiana Purchase of 1803 brought nearly a million acres of new land to the United States of America, spreading as far afield as Montana. Working out to about three cents an acre, the purchase continues to...

    June 11, 2012 3:00 PM ET
  • Leon Hendrix: Jimi 'Was Always Told to Shut Up When He Was a Kid'

    Leon Hendrix: Jimi 'Was Always Told to Shut Up When He Was a Kid' | ARTICLE

    In the song "Castles Made of Sand," Jimi Hendrix sang about a "little Indian brave" who dreamed of growing up to be a fearless warrior. "I was surprised to find myself the main character in the...

    May 16, 2012 5:00 PM ET
  • The Legacy of Dick Clark, 'The Fastest Follower in the Business'

    The Legacy of Dick Clark, 'The Fastest Follower in the Business' | ARTICLE

    When the Doors went on American Bandstand in the late Sixties, Dick Clark wanted Jim Morrison, the Lizard King in leather, to wear a tie. There was nothing casual about Dick Clark. Someone had to be the facilitator...

    April 18, 2012 5:15 PM ET
  • Lenny Bruce Legacy Reexamined

    Lenny Bruce Legacy Reexamined | ARTICLE

    Lenny Bruce, the man who made comedy the frontline for free speech, was famous for swearing and using racial and ethnic slurs on stage. Off stage, however, his act was much cleaner. Once, when he was being...

    March 10, 2012 3:50 PM ET
  • Can Rush, Peter Gabriel Legally Order Limbaugh to Cease Using Their Songs?

    Can Rush, Peter Gabriel Legally Order Limbaugh to Cease Using Their Songs? | ARTICLE

    In the clamor over Rush Limbaugh's personal attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who recently testified at a Congressional hearing on contraception, musicians including Peter Gabriel and the band Rush have demanded that the conservative...

    March 8, 2012 3:15 PM ET
  • Chuck Berry, Leonard Cohen Get First PEN Songwriting Awards

    Chuck Berry, Leonard Cohen Get First PEN Songwriting Awards | ARTICLE

    Midway through Paul Simon's praise of Chuck Berry, who was honored alongside Leonard Cohen as the first two recipients of PEN New England's Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award Sunday at the John F....

    February 27, 2012 1:00 PM ET
  • Billy Strange, Session Guitarist for Elvis, Dead at 81

    Billy Strange, Session Guitarist for Elvis, Dead at 81 | ARTICLE

    Billy Strange, who played guitar for Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra and on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, died Wednesday in Nashville at age 81.  Strange, a member of the great L.A. session group known...

    February 24, 2012 11:40 AM ET
  • Gary Oldman Dials It Down

    Gary Oldman Dials It Down | ARTICLE

    The cast of characters Gary Oldman has portrayed on film would make a pretty intimidating street gang. There's Sid Vicious, of course, as well as lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, the crucifier Pontius Pilate, a count by...

    February 23, 2012 12:35 PM ET
  • Jim Gaffigan Will Release Next Stand-Up Special Online

    Jim Gaffigan Will Release Next Stand-Up Special Online | ARTICLE

    Comedian Jim Gaffigan says he will release his next stand-up special through a $5 download on his website, borrowing the very successful model created by fellow comic Louis C.K. for his own most recent special....

    February 16, 2012 11:50 AM ET
  • Whitney Houston's Musical Divinity

    Whitney Houston's Musical Divinity | ARTICLE

    One word. Near the end of "The Greatest Love of All," the third straight Billboard Number One single for the 22-year-old Whitney Houston, the singer transformed the tone of the song from sweetly exalted...

    February 12, 2012 3:05 PM ET
  • Die Antwoord on Tour: Don't Look for Answers

    Die Antwoord on Tour: Don't Look for Answers | ARTICLE

    Few in the crowd seemed to hear the punchline, not that it mattered much. The opening of the joke – "Two penises rob a bank" – spoke volumes about the man who delivered it,...

    February 11, 2012 12:35 PM ET
  • AgesandAges: The President's New Favorite Band?

    AgesandAges: The President's New Favorite Band? | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to AgesandAges' 'No Nostalgia' Tim Perry, the founding member of Portland's AgesandAges, was just waking up when he learned that the lead...

    February 10, 2012 5:20 PM ET
  • William Shatner Is a One-Man Show

    William Shatner Is a One-Man Show | ARTICLE

    The great William Shatner opens his aptly named one-man show, Shatner's World: We Just Live in It, on Valentine's Day at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway. After a three-week run, he'll hit the road for...

    February 9, 2012 9:00 AM ET
  • Artist-Musician Mike Kelley Dead of Apparent Suicide

    Artist-Musician Mike Kelley Dead of Apparent Suicide | ARTICLE

    Renowned contemporary artist Mike Kelley, who had close and lifelong ties to the experimental rock world, was found dead of apparent suicide on Tuesday at his home in South Pasadena, California. He was 57. Kelley grew up...

    February 2, 2012 11:40 AM ET
  • 'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead of Apparent Suicide

    'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead of Apparent Suicide | ARTICLE

    Don Cornelius, who created the long-running R&B and dance-music showcase Soul Train, was found dead in his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., early this morning. He was 75. Law enforcement officials suspect suicide; the body was...

    February 1, 2012 10:15 AM ET
  • Bandleader Johnny Otis, 'Godfather of R&B,' Dead at 90

    Bandleader Johnny Otis, 'Godfather of R&B,' Dead at 90 | ARTICLE

    Johnny Otis, the bandleader, talent scout and songwriter who was often called the "Godfather of R&B," died on Tuesday at his suburban Los Angeles home. He was 90. Otis, whose best-known song is "Willie and the Hand...

    January 19, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • Merle Haggard Hospitalized

    Merle Haggard Hospitalized | ARTICLE

    Country music great Merle Haggard has been admitted to a hospital in Macon, Georgia, suffering from a reported respiratory illness. The 74-year-old singer – best known for songs including "Mama Tried," "Okie from Muskogee" and...

    January 18, 2012 1:45 PM ET
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