Singer Mariah Carey celebrates her 42nd birthday today. She's the biggest female star of the last two decades and arguably of all time with 18 #1 singles, the most of any solo performer in history, and six #1 albums. After the jump, we present five… Read more »
The great Aretha Franklin turned 70 years old on March 25th. When she was only 18, she signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. The five-year period she spent at Columbia before moving on to Atlantic -- and the legendary sessions that… Read more »
In the summer of 1965, millions of Beatles fans went happily off to the theaters to see Help!, bought the soundtrack album, and were glad that their old favorites were up to their old tricks. But Help!, which spent nine weeks at #1 in America… Read more »
The middle of the 1970s saw a riot of rock styles -- hard rock and progressive rock were worldwide phenomena, while glam rock and pub rock were big mainly in the British Empire. But pub rock, with its loose and informal mix of folk, blues, country,… Read more »
In 1978, a British invasion happened, when the Beatles parody group the Rutles came to the United States. It was the brainchild of Monty Python member Eric Idle and Python collaborator Neil Innes. Thirty-two years ago this month,… Read more »
Singer Nat King Cole was born this week in 1919. He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an early influence. Cole died in 1965, and if he were here today, his inclusion in the Hall would puzzle him.
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In 1971, John Veleno built his first aluminum guitar for Marc Bolan of T. Rex. Other prominent players who owned one included Eric Clapton, Gregg Allman, and Johnny Winter. (Getty Images/Neilson Barnard)
During the 1970s, only ABBA and Rod Stewart had more #1 singles in the UK than T. Rex. Unlike ABBA and Rod Stewart, however, T. Rex was far more successful in the States as an album act.
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Although they managed a #1 single ("We're an American Band," 1973), the fact that Grand Funk Railroad never had a #1 album is surprising, given that they sold 'em by the boxcar load during the first half of the 1970s.
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Certain clothing manufacturers fell on hard times in the '60s. First John F. Kennedy came along, and men quit wearing hats. Then the necktie started falling out of fashion with young people. The culprits in the latter disaster, according to a British… Read more »
In 2004, Randy Rhoads, represented by his mother Dolores, was honored with a plaque on the Hollywood Rockwalk. L to R: Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sharon Osbourne, Rudy Sarzo. (Getty Images/Frazer Harrison)