MASSIVE

The Allman Brothers Band are celebrating their 50th anniversary with the release today of a massive boxed set. Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection contains 61 tracks spread over five-CDs or 10-vinyl discs. Presented in chronological order,...

An old riff and a napkin

On February 27th, 1980, The Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes” won both Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors at the Grammy Awards. It was also a Number 1 hit. It took a writing session with Kenny Loggins...

Right after the Corn Flakes

Hey Jude, a compilation made up of cuts The Beatles had previously failed to release on an album in the U.S., including “Paperback Writer,” came out on February 26th, 1970. Paul came up with the idea on a...

Too Old?

Today (February 25th) is the 40th anniversary of the release of Bob Seger’s Against the Wind album. To date, it’s his only number-one album on the Billboard 200. When he wrote it, he thought he was too old...

On the Road to Tan-Tan

Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti album was released 45 years ago today (February 24th). The song “Kashmir” was inspired by a trip to Southern Morocco about a place in the Northern Himalayas that no one in the band...

The Bitch is...

Finally the question can be answered.  It was always suspected but now there is proof. In the Elton John song “The Bitch Is Back” Who is the “bitch” Well, Bernie Taupin reluctantly thanks an ex-wife for coming...

Stupidest Lyric Ever

The late Walter Becker of Steely Dan was born on February 20th, 1950. The song “Kid Charlemagne” on the Royal Scam contains the stupidest line ever written in a song — at least according to one New...

One Day

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi celebrates his birthday on February 19th. He recalls that they recorded their first couple of albums so fast that it’s actually hard to recall specifics about the making of a classic cut...

It did pretty good

Original Styx singer and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung celebrates his 73rd birthday today (February 18th) The song “Lady” was on Styx’s second album, but they’d already released their fourth when it broke nationally. It peaked at number-six on...

And it Did

On February 17th, 1975, John Lennon released the follow-up to his chart-topping Walls and Bridges, an album of early rock and roll covers simply titled Rock ‘n’ Roll. The John Lennon song “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”...