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WATCH: Ozzy & Jack Osbourne Find Original Crazy Train Tapes

WATCH: Ozzy & Jack Osbourne Find Original Crazy Train Tapes

“Crazy Train” was the first single from Ozzy’s debut Blizzard of Ozz.  The song was written by Ozzy and Randy Rhoads.  The song is one of Osbourne’s best known and recognizable as a solo performer.  It was rated 9th greatest guitar solo ever by Guitar World.  When Ozzy and Jack Osbourne fin the original recording, they…Read more »

WOODSTOCK: By the Time We Get There It Will Be 50

WOODSTOCK: By the Time We Get There It Will Be 50

I Tried to go in 69 , but I was only 8 The wait is over as Woodstock producer and co-founder Michael Lang says there will be an official 50th celebration of the music’s most iconic festival. Woodstock founder and co-producer Michael Lang officially announces Woodstock 50 The Watkins Glen International Speedway was the site for Summer Jam, which once received the Guinness Book…Read more »

Black Sabbath have been named one of the latest Lifetime Achievement Award winners by the Recording Academy.

Black Sabbath have been named one of the latest Lifetime Achievement Award winners by the Recording Academy.

The group will receive the award during a ceremony and concert on May 11th in Los Angeles. Sabbath have won two Grammys in their career —Best Metal Performance in 1999 and 2013. Whether all four original members — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward — show up for the ceremony is another question. Osbourne has a break in his…Read more »

55 years ago (October 4th, 1963), Eric Clapton was asked to join The Yardbirds, replacing guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham.

55 years ago (October 4th, 1963), Eric Clapton was asked to join The Yardbirds, replacing guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham.

Album: For Your Love Year: 1965 Writer: Graham Gouldman Stats: Peaked at number-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-three in Britain. Background: “For Your Love” gave The Yardbirds a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic, but it also spelled the end of guitarist Eric Clapton’s stay with the band. For Clapton, it represented a move in a…Read more »

Magic Bus” was released as a single in the U.S. 50 years ago July 27th, 1968

Magic Bus” was released as a single in the U.S. 50 years ago July 27th, 1968

CLASSIC CUTS: Magic Bus  The Who: “Magic Bus” The Hook: Pete Townshend wrote the song because he had nothing better to do. Album: The studio version was included on The Who’s fourth American album, a studio record oddly titled Magic Bus: The Who on Tour. Ironically, the version most people know is the concert version from Live at Leeds. Years: Studio version…Read more »

50 years ago May 18th, 1968, the Northern California Rock Festival in Santa Clara featured such Bay Area luminaries as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane,Big Brother & the Holding Company and The Steve Miller Band plus, from L.A., The Doors.

50 years ago May 18th, 1968, the Northern California Rock Festival in Santa Clara featured such Bay Area luminaries as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane,Big Brother & the Holding Company and The Steve Miller Band plus, from L.A., The Doors.

CLASSIC CUTS: People Are Strange The Doors: “People Are Strange” The Hook: The idea came to Jim Morrison during a sunrise spent at the crest of Laurel Canyon following a deeply depressed evening. Album: Strange Days Year: 1967 Writers: Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: “People Are Strange” was the first single off The Doors’ second album,Strange…Read more »

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars turns 67 May 4th

Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars turns 67 May 4th

CLASSIC CUTS: Kickstart My Heart   Motley Crue: “Kickstart My Heart” The Hook: Heart-stopping talk box guitar “stuff” from Mick Mars takes the place of a traditional solo at the end of Nikki Sixx‘s song about about the time his heart actually stopped. Album: Dr. Feelgood Year: 1989 Writer: Nikki Sixx Stats: The second single off Dr. Feelgood, following its Top 10 title track, “Kickstart…”…Read more »

Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19th, 2001.

Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19th, 2001.

CLASSIC CUTS: Killer Queen    Queen: “Killer Queen” The Hook: Brian May says their breakthrough hit may not have rocked all that hard, but, boy, was it put together well. Album: Sheer Heart Attack Year: 1974 Writer: Freddie Mercury Stats: Peaked at number-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-two on the British charts. Background: When Queen released their third album, Sheer Heart Attack, in 1974,…Read more »

Johnny Van Zant Turning 59 How about a taste of Freebird

Johnny Van Zant Turning 59 How about a taste of Freebird

CLASSIC CUTS: Free Bird    Lynyrd Skynyrd: “Free Bird” The Hook: Easier to learn than you’d think. Album: (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) Year: 1973 Writers: Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant Stats: An edited version became Skynyrd’s second Top 20 hit, peaking at number-19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Background: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ricky Medlocke was the group’s drummer in 1970 and ’71, before they had a recording contract.…Read more »