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Stax Legends 2: Steve Cropper

After the instalment starring Booker T, our audio series on the great names who helped write the story of Stax Records now moves to the guitar giant …

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The Statler Brothers Make Their Bed

After <b>the Statler Brothers</b> burst onto the country scene in 1965, when they spent a month at No. 2 with 'Flowers On The Wall,' it took a little while …

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The Deep Purple Storm Of ‘74

The UK album chart of 42 years ago today was quite a momentous one for rock fans. As <b>Elton John</b>’s <i>Greatest Hits</i> debuted at No. 1 there were new entries …

Deep Purple

‘Twas The Season For Miracles

Two of the hard and fast rules of the music business holiday season are that you know you've made it is when you're asked to record a Christmas …

Christmas

New ABBA London Exhibition To Feature Narration From Jarvis Cocker

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has been announced as the narrator of the new ABBA exhibition, <i>ABBA: Super Troupers</i> which will open in London during …

Jarvis Cocker

Marvin Gaye Gets On The Grapevine

Even in the unsurpassed Motown songbook, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ stands like a mighty redwood. So it’s strange to think what an uncertain …

Marvin Gaye

20 Of The Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

Every now and then, natural selection throws out someone who is destined for greatness. Who is gifted with a particular talent that resonates around …

Nine Inch Nails

Perfect Christmas Gifts For Beatlemaniacs

Though <b>The Beatles</b>’ <i>Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band</i> turned 50 this year, it still sounds box fresh. As, indeed, does all their music. There’s a …

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Perfect Christmas Gifts For Carefree Country Fans

You’ve got a new pair of cowboy boots, a fine bottle of whiskey and maybe two tickets to see their favourite act, still stumped on what to get the …

Shania Twain

Guitars Signed By Slash, Def Leppard’s Viv Campbell To Be Auctioned For Charity

Guitars signed by stars including Guns N’Roses guitarist Slash, Def Leppard’s Viv Campbell and The Rolling Stones’ former bassist Bill Wyman are to …

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Passing The Baton: A History Of Film Composers

If you’ve got a favourite film, it’s a given that you have a fancy for the soundtrack, but the composers responsible are often the unsung heroes of …

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reDiscover Liz Phair’s ‘Whip-Smart’

Ever since her audacious debut, <i>Exile In Guyville</i>, landed in 1993, singer-songwriter Liz Phair has been cipher for a certain kind of aesthetic. She’s …

Liz Phair

Stars Pay Tribute To 1970s Teen Idol David Cassidy, Dead At 67

David Cassidy, the musician, actor and <i>Partridge Family</i> teen idol, died on Tuesday, 21 November, according to reports in <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>. He was …

Entertainment

The Delicate Artistry Of Sandy Denny

Any story about <b>Sandy Denny</b> has an element of sadness, for a life cut short at 31. But it seems much more fitting to celebrate what she achieved, and …

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Michael Hutchence Remembered

Few rock frontmen commanded a stage or a recording studio in the way that Michael Hutchence did with <b>INXS</b>, and few have left a bigger gap since his …

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Unearthing The Best Of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings

Looking back over <b>Johnny Cash</b>’s career, especially the fruitful American Recordings era, there’s one thing that’s worth remembering: yes, he was an …

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Death Of Miracles Singer and Songwriter Warren ‘Pete’ Moore

Warren ‘Pete’ Moore, vocalist and songwriter with the seminal Smokey Robinson-fronted Motown outfit the Miracles, died in Las Vegas on 19 November. …

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The Stars Of ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Premiere ‘Freedom! ‘90’ and ‘Cups’ Mash-up Single On ‘The Voice’

The Bellas are back and they’re taking on George Michael’s classic 90s anthem, ‘Freedom! ‘90’ in their music video premiere on NBC’s singing talent …

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Ex-Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Cancels Shows Due To Ill Health

Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been forced to cancel a string of scheduled December shows with his new band Day of Errors due to heart …

Universal Music

The Eagles Announce 2018 US Dates With James Taylor, Chris Stapleton

The Eagles have announced they will embark on a North American tour next year, though the itinerary is relatively leisurely with dates scheduled …

Universal Music

Langer & Winstanley, Producers Of Madness, Elvis Costello & Many More, To Win Outstanding Contribution Award

Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, the revered British production team who have overseen some of the most memorable albums of the past four decades, …

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Second Volume of ‘A Capitol Christmas’ Set For Festive Release

Capitol Records’ celebration of its 75th anniversary continues with the 1 December release of <b>A Capitol Christmas Volume 2</b>, a collection of 24 …

Christmas

The Chris Cornell Film Recording That Gave Soundgarden Their Breakthrough Hit

When director Cameron Crowe was looking to cast his Seattle-based 1992 romcom, <i>Singles</i>, he’d earmarked <b>Soundgarden</b> frontman <b>Chris Cornell</b> to play the …

Chris Cornell

Perfect Christmas Gifts For Old Souls

From the deep cuts of Northern soul to Stax legends, Motown classics and the hot buttered soul of <b>Isaac Hayes</b>, these gifts for soul music fans will …

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Queen & David Bowie Feel No Pressure

It was a once-in-a-lifetime pairing and a unique superstar collaboration. <b>‘Under Pressure,’</b> the single by <b>Queen</b> and David Bowie, completed its rapid …

David Bowie

Perfect Gifts For Pop Culture Obsessives

Stuck on what to get as gifts for pop culture fans in your life? You know the type: from film buffs who have seen everything, to the TV fanatics with …

Frank Zappa

A Star Was Born: The Enduring Power Of Barbra Streisand

For some, Barbra Streisand is the silken-voiced star of concert specials who graced the small screen over the decades. For others she is the plucky …

Barbra Streisand

UME Launches New Hip-Hop, R&B Catalog Imprint, Urban Legends

Universal Music Enterprises, the global catalog division of Universal Music Group (UMG) have announced the launch of <b>Urban Legends</b> - a new imprint and …

Urban Legends

Getting Up Close And Personal: Booker T & The MGs’ ‘Hip Hug-Her’

Booker T & The MGs functioned as the musical engine room of Stax Records and were the driving force behind much of the music that emanated out of the …

Keyboards

Def Leppard Working On Songs For Potential New Album

Def Leppard have begun working on new songs for a potential follow-up to 2015's self-titled album, according to guitarist Phil Collen.<p>During a brand …

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