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Moody Blues Get The ‘Balance’ Right

After <b>the Moody Blues</b> restyled themselves from rhythm and blues-flavoured ‘Go Now’ hitmakers to pensive album music creators with <i>Days Of Future …

Moody Blues

Motown Funk Brother Eddie ‘Chank’ Willis Dies At 82

Eddie ‘Chank’ Willis, who as a member of the crack Motown session group known as the Funk Brothers played on some of the label’s most celebrated …

Music

Lucinda Williams Announces 20th Anniversary ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road’ US Tour

Lucinda Williams has revealed she will be embarking on a 20th anniversary North American tour of her Grammy-winning album <i>Car Wheels On A Gravel Road</i> …

Lucinda Williams

Special 3CD Edition Of Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul’s ‘Soulfire Live!’ Out Now

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul’s <i>Soulfire Live!</i> is now available as a special 3CD edition via Little Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool …

Music

Patsy Cline Creates The ‘Crazy’ Legend

When <b>Patsy Cline</b> heard the demo of a new song by a little-known songwriter called Hugh Nelson, she didn’t care for it much. But as she and producer …

Willie Nelson

Soft Cell To Release ‘The Singles – Keychains & Snowstorms’ CD Featuring Two Brand New Tracks

Electro-pop pioneers Soft Cell are set to release a new CD-only collection, <i>The Singles – Keychains & Snowstorms</i> via UMC on 28 September which will …

Etta James Makes The Album Chart, At Last

<b>Etta James</b> was a mere 17 when she had her first R&B chart success, in 1955, with ‘The Wallflower.’ Her chart record immediately thereafter was up and …

Albums Chart

One Of Those 15 Big Ones For The Beach Boys

Mike Love’s vocals jumped straight in. “Fun is in, it’s no sin, it’s that time again,” he sang, and it was — time for <b>the Beach Boys</b> to deliver …

Music

Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande Among The Winners At 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards <b>were broadcast live last night,</b> 20 August, from New York‘s prestigious Radio City Music Hall, with Nicki Minaj, Ariana …

Music

When The Rolling Stones’ ‘Out Of Our Heads’ Went No.1

On 29 July 1965 <b>The Rolling Stones</b> visited Decca’s offices in London to sign a new recording contract. They had been with the label now for two years …

Music

Motörhead’s Spirit Of Punk Invades Hard Rock

<b>Motörhead</b>’s spirit of punk invaded hard rock for the first time on record on 21 August 1977. It was the date that marked the release of their …

Bands

‘Ode To Billie Joe’: A Testament To The Brains And Brilliance Of Bobby Gentry

You may struggle to believe it, but at <b>the height of the Summer Of Love</b>, the haunting title track to Bobby Gentry’s debut album, <i>Ode To Billie Joe</i>, …

Music

Graffiti Artist Shepard Fairey Unveils Johnny Cash Mural

The artist behind the iconic Hope print used in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Shepard Fairey has unveiled his most ambitious work yet, a …

Streetwear

Carrie Underwood Shares Details On New Album ‘Cry Pretty’

With her sixth studio album coming out less than a month away, Carrie Underwood shared the track listing and collaborating songwriters today for <i>Cry</i> …

Country Music

Ronnie James Dio Memorabilia To Be Auctioned In New York

A wide selection of memorabilia belonging to late heavy-metal icon Ronnie James Dio are set to be auctioned at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe this fall. …

Rock Music

Christmas With Slowhand: Eric Clapton Prepares ‘Happy Xmas’

Eric Clapton will release his first full-length Christmas album on 12 October. <i>Happy Xmas</i> will include the guitar giant’s interpretations of many …

Cover Art

At Concert For The Americas, Sinatra Had The World On A String

On Friday, 20 August 1982, <b>Frank Sinatra</b> delivered the inaugural performance of Concert For The Americas, a weekend-long music festival in a unique …

Music

Shvpes Release New Album ‘Greater Than’, Announce UK And European Shows

Shvpes (pronounced ‘Shapes’) have announced the release of their new album <i>Greater Than</i> on 9 November via Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records. In …

The ‘Blue World’ Of The Moody Blues

<b>The Moody Blues</b> may have delivered a tally of three top ten hits and nine top 40 appearances in their native UK, but especially in their second …

Moody Blues

‘Maybellene’ Gives Chuck Berry A Debut Smash

<b>Chuck Berry</b> may have been a late starter in recording terms, but to say he made up for lost time would be one of the great rock ‘n’ roll …

Music

Watch The Video For Sting & Shaggy’s ‘Just One Lifetime’

Sting and Shaggy follow up the visual for ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ with a new animated music video for Just One Lifetime. Directed and animated by Judit …

9 Influential DIY Musicians Worth Rediscovering

From the rise of music discovery platforms such as SoundCloud and Bandcamp, to artists communicating directly with fans through social media, the …

Post Punk

The Ecstasy Of Barry White’s Last US Pop Top Ten Hit

The phenomenal 1970s success of <b>Barry White</b> brought him a run of huge singles and a presence that would continue on the R&B chart for many years to …

Top 10

Steve Winwood Rolls With A Double No. 1

British rhythm and blues heritage upstaged American rock on 20 August 1988, as <b>Steve Winwood</b> outsold <b>Guns N’ Roses</b>. <b>Roll With It</b> ended the five-week run …

Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach Confirmed For ShipRocked 2019

Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach, Suicidal Tendencies and more have been confirmed for ShipRocked 2019, celebrating a decade of rock ‘n’ roll on …

What Was Gene Vincent’s Other Hit?

Think of original rock ‘n’ roller <b>Gene Vincent</b> and you’re bound to think of ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula.’ You might call to mind his tragically early death at the …

Music

‘Born Under A Bad Sign’: More Talent Than Luck For Albert King

<i>I’ve been down since I began to crawl</i> <i><br>If it wasn’t for bad luck</i> <i><br>I wouldn’t have no luck at all</i> <br>– ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’<p>Simply one of the greatest …

Guitar

Blind Willie McTell’s Miraculous ‘Last Session’

According to Bob Dylan, “And I know no one can sing the blues, like Blind Willie McTell.” Which may be true, but what he should have added was that …

Universal Music

Why Lady Gaga’s ‘The Fame’ Became A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

When <b>Lady Gaga</b> unleashed <b>her debut album</b>, <i>The Fame</i>, on 19 August 2008, she had a startling motivation: “I very much want to inject gay culture into the …

Music

Ginger Baker In 20 Songs

<b>Ginger Baker</b>, who helped invent the rock trio and reluctantly became the genre’s first star drummer, during a multi-faceted and always eventful …

Universal Music