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  • Buddy Holly's Widow Embraces Wave of Tributes

    Buddy Holly's Widow Embraces Wave of Tributes | ARTICLE

    When he began assembling a lineup of singers to pay tribute to Buddy Holly for what would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 75th birthday, producer Peter Asher hadn't heard that a similar...

    September 2, 2011 1:55 PM ET
  • Exclusive Stream: Chris Isaak's Barn-Burner 'Miss Pearl'

    Exclusive Stream: Chris Isaak's Barn-Burner 'Miss Pearl' | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to Chris Isaak's 'Miss Pearl' Before he became a throwback rock star, Chris Isaak fought as an amateur boxer while attending college...

    September 1, 2011 3:00 PM ET
  • James Brown, 1933 - 2006

    James Brown, 1933 - 2006 | ARTICLE

    Fifty years after recording his first hit song, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business has played his final encore. James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died of congestive heart failure early Christmas morning, after a brief...

    December 25, 2006 3:15 PM ET
  • Rock & Roll Founding Father Ahmet Ertegun Dies at 83

    Rock & Roll Founding Father Ahmet Ertegun Dies at 83 | ARTICLE

    Ahmet Ertegun, a music industry titan who was a founder of both Atlantic Records and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died on December 14, 2006. Ertegun had been in a coma since October 29th, after...

    December 14, 2006 6:05 PM ET
  • Arthur Lee (1945-2006)

    Arthur Lee (1945-2006) | ARTICLE

    Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix were avowed fans of Love's Arthur Lee, one of the key figures in West Coast psychedelia during the 1960s. The legendarily wayward Lee, who improbably outlasted many of his peers, died...

    August 4, 2006 9:58 AM ET
  • Arif Mardin, 1932-2006

    Arif Mardin, 1932-2006 | ARTICLE

    Arif Mardin, the longtime Atlantic Records producer whose remarkable resume includes major hits with Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Norah Jones and many others, died on June 25th of pancreatic cancer. He was seventy-four. Born March 15, 1932,...

    June 27, 2006 2:54 PM ET
  • The Go-Betweens' McLennan Dies at 48

    The Go-Betweens' McLennan Dies at 48 | ARTICLE

    Grant W. McLennan of Australia's the Go-Betweens, one of the defining indie bands of the 1980s, died in his sleep on Saturday at his home in Brisbane. He was 48. Anchored by McLennan and his songwriting...

    May 8, 2006 4:07 PM ET
  • Southern Rock Pioneer Walden Dies

    Southern Rock Pioneer Walden Dies | ARTICLE

    Music impresario Phil Walden, who managed Otis Redding and helped define Southern rock through his work with the Allman Brothers, the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band and many other acts, died Sunday after a long...

    April 24, 2006 5:26 PM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006: Miles Davis

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006: Miles Davis | ARTICLE

    The late jazz giant Miles Davis famously embraced the rock music of the psychedelic era during his "electric" period, beginning with the groundbreaking double album Bitches Brew (1969). We spoke with keyboardist Herbie Hancock, fresh off the...

    March 6, 2006 2:49 PM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006: Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006: Lynyrd Skynyrd | ARTICLE

    On the wings of the epic showstopper "Free Bird" alone, Jacksonville's Lynyrd Skynyrd is overdue for its induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Jokingly named after an adversarial gym teacher named Leonard Skinner, the...

    March 6, 2006 2:46 PM ET
  • U2 Dismantle the Grammys

    U2 Dismantle the Grammys | ARTICLE

    Check out Grammy photos U2 upstaged major nominees Mariah Carey and Kanye West last night at the forty-eighth annual Grammy Awards, winning five awards, including Song and Album of the Year. "If you think this is gonna...

    February 9, 2006 3:54 PM ET
  • System of a Down's Malakian to Open Scars

    System of a Down's Malakian to Open Scars | ARTICLE

    System of a Down released two chart-topping albums in 2005, Mezmerize and Hypnotize, and the band's prolific songwriter Daron Malakian is already back at work. However, that does not however mean there's another System record on the way —...

    January 20, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Wanda Jackson Remembers Elvis

    Wanda Jackson Remembers Elvis | ARTICLE

    There were other girls in Elvis Presley's life when Wanda Jackson dated him in the mid-1950s. She didn't see him with them; she didn't have to. "I think a woman's intuition would tell you," she recalls with...

    December 9, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Chris Whitley Dies

    Chris Whitley Dies | ARTICLE

    Chris Whitley, who skirted the edges of alternative rock in the 1990s while creating his own spectral brand of American music, died November 20th of complications from lung cancer. He was forty-five. Whitley's career spanned...

    November 22, 2005 1:03 PM ET
  • Guitarist Link Wray Dies

    Guitarist Link Wray Dies | ARTICLE

    Link Wray, the electric guitar innovator who is often credited as the father of the power chord, died earlier this month at his home in Copenhagen, apparently of natural causes. He was seventy-six. He may have...

    November 21, 2005 1:32 PM ET
  • New Orleans' Hottest Musical Exports

    New Orleans' Hottest Musical Exports | ARTICLE

    A powerful case could be made for New Orleans as the true birthplace of rock & roll. As insular and self-sufficient as its music scene has always been, its reach is incredible. Not just Elvis, the Beatles...

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Gatemouth Brown Dies

    Gatemouth Brown Dies | ARTICLE

    Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, perhaps the most versatile of all blues-based musicians, died Saturday at age eighty-one of complications from lung cancer and heart disease. A longtime resident of Slidell, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans, the Blues Foundation...

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Red Sox's Arroyo Pitches for Grunge

    Red Sox's Arroyo Pitches for Grunge | ARTICLE

    Bronson Arroyo is making almost $2 million this year pitching for the World Champion Boston Red Sox. With his team in first place, poised for another run at the playoffs, Arroyo's debut CD Covering the Bases, a...

    August 8, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Little Milton Dies at 70

    Little Milton Dies at 70 | ARTICLE

    Blues Hall of Famer Little Milton, who combined the tough electric blues sound of the early 1950s with the punchy, showtime arrangements of R&B, soul and funk, died in Memphis yesterday (August 4) of complications from two...

    August 5, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2005: Percy Sledge

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2005: Percy Sledge | ARTICLE

    Percy Sledge's very first recording was far and away his biggest, but what a recording it was. The yearning, churchy ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman" was a Number One smash in 1966, and the...

    March 8, 2005 12:00 AM ET
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