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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »