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The Smithereens’ Lead Singer, Songwriter Pat DiNizio Dies Aged 62

Pat DiNizio, the lead singer and songwriter with the New Jersey rock group the Smithereens, died on Tuesday, 12 December at the age of 62.<p>The …

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Nina Simone, Dire Straits, Moody Blues To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame In 2018

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 inductees have been announced. Nina Simone, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues and The Cars will all …

Nina Simone

Johnnie Taylor’s Soulful Stax Sequence

Johnnie Taylor was on a roll at Stax Records in the late 1960s. In 1968, ‘Who’s Making Love’ had gone to the top of the US R&B chart, hit the pop top …

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Creedence Clearwater Revival End The ’60s In Style

Could you imagine a modern-day band releasing three studio albums in ten months and seeing each of them later be certified at least platinum? That …

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Wilson Pickett Takes On The Supremes

Late in 1969, Wilson Pickett was in Miami, laying down tracks for what would become his tenth studio album, <i>Right On.</i> His renowned powers of …

Soul Music

New Multi-Disc Box Set Delves Deep Into Iconic Memphis Imprint Stax’s Archives

An extensive new 6CD box set, <i>Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & The Best Of The Rest</i>, which delves deep into the archives of the iconic Memphis imprint …

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Herbie Hancock’s ‘River: The Joni Letters’ Celebrates Tenth Anniversary With Expanded Edition

To celebrate its first decade anniversary, Herbie Hancock’s genre-defying <i>River: The Joni Letters</i> will be will be released as a 2CD/digital expanded …

Jazz

Marvin Gaye Masters Soul And Pop With ‘How Sweet It Is’

For the first couple of years of the chart career of <b>Marvin Gaye</b>, he had two audiences that didn’t often meet. By late 1964, his soul fans had made …

Marvin Gaye

The Cure To Headline 2018 British Summer Time Festival In London’s Hyde Park

The Cure are to headline the Barclaycard Presents 2018 British Summer Time Festival. The event will take place in London's Hyde Park on Saturday, 7 …

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Win Seven Must-Have Music Books Covering The Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen & More!

<b>ENDS 10 JANUARY 2018</b><p>Win a selection of great music books from our friends over at <b>Red Planet Publishing</b>, including: <b></b><p>The Rolling Stones: I Was There (By …

Pink Floyd

Del Shannon Drops Down With Tom Petty

No one would deny that the career of Del Shannon was at its zenith in the early 1960s, when he recorded some of the best American pop music of the …

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We Wool Rock Yule: The Best Band Christmas Jumpers

The holiday season is a time for togetherness – and nothing unites people like the love of Christmas jumpers. Undoubtedly, there’s been an upsurge in …

Dave Grohl

Jackie Wilson’s Last R&B Top Tenner

The career of the immeasurably infuential Jackie Wilson approached a crossroads on 12 December 1970. The brilliant performer and distinguished vocal …

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Watch New Video For Frank Sinatra And Seal ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ Duet

British soul legend Seal sings a remarkable duet with one of the most iconic artists in history, Frank Sinatra, on a new version of the Christmas …

Jazz

Queen Extravaganza Set To Tour UK In Autumn 2018

Queen Extravaganza, the ‘official’ tribute band created by Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, return to the UK for a further series of shows during …

Royal Family

reDiscover William Bell’s Resounding Classic, ‘The Soul Of A Bell’

Released by Stax Records in 1967, <i>The Soul Of A Bell</i> was the debut LP from noted Memphis singer-songwriter William Bell, who began his recording …

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Van Morrison To Release New Live DVD, ‘In Concert’, In February 2018

Van Morrison releases a new live concert film on 16 February 2018 through Eagle Vision. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, <i>In Concert</i> captures Morrison’s …

Van Morrison

Tom Jones, Rodney Crowell, Billy Gibbons & More For Elmore James Centenary Album

Tom Jones, Rodney Crowell, Bettye LaVette and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top are among the artists contributing to an upcoming tribute to bluesmaster Elmore …

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Two Hit-Filled Ringo Starr Albums For Vinyl Reissue

Following the annnoucement of European tour dates in 2018 by Ringo Starr and the new line-up of his All-Starr Band, two of the key albums in his solo …

Ringo Starr

James Brown Turns Up The Body Heat

When <b>James Brown</b> entered the US R&B chart on 11 December 1976 with <b>'Bodyheat (Part 1),'</b> the infectious uptempo number became, almost mind-bogglingly, …

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Billy Idol Announces Extensive UK, European Tour For 2018

Rock icon Billy Idol is all set to bring his Live! 2018 Tour to the UK and Europe. The earliest date to be announced is a 20 June show in Manchester …

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reDiscover The Indestructible Brilliance Of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘The Fragile’

To put it mildly, a lot changed in the world of rock and metal in the half decade that separated the release of <b>Nine Inch Nails</b>’ two long-form albums …

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U2 Create Their Own Atomic Age

<b>How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb</b> was an album that not only led to three more Grammy Awards for <b>U2</b>, but heralded their momentous arrival in the Rock …

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The 20 Coolest Christmas Songs For An Alternative Yule

So this is Christmas? As we’re knee-deep in Yuletide adverts, Slade’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ and Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ …

Christmas

America Yields To Temptin’ Temptations, Again

<b>The Temptations</b> created some great records, in more ways than one. On 11 December 1965, the momentum behind the Motown vocal masters was building …

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reDiscover Carpenters’ Timeless Seasonal Classic, ‘Christmas Portrait’

While releasing a Christmas album is a time-honoured commercial tradition, not all artists are up to the task. Thanks to Richard Carpenter’s studio …

Christmas

Alice Cooper To Play King Herod In ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live!’

Alice Cooper is set to appear in <i>Jesus Christ Superstar Live!</i> in 2018. A new production of the musical will be broadcast on US TV’s NBC network on …

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Feliz Navidad: The Best Spanish Christmas Songs Of All Time

A truly musical time of year, it’s difficult for many Latinos to remember a Christmas where Raphael, Juan Gabriel or Juanes weren’t intertwined with</b> …

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Welcome To Glen Campbell Country

The great pop breakthrough year in the career of <b>Glen Campbell</b> was 1967, when ‘Gentle On My Mind’ and ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ established him …

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Country Joe & The Fish’s Legacy Celebrated With Deluxe Box Set

Ground-breaking psychedelic rockers Country Joe & The Fish’s rich legacy is to be celebrated with a limited-edition deluxe vinyl box set, <i>The Wave Of</i> …

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