Rock Flashback

Detail From the 45 Picture Sleeve of "Waiting for a Girl Like You"

Never Number One: “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner

A couple of weeks ago, our Never Number One feature about [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gerry Rafferty[/lastfm]’s “Baker Street” noted that the song spent six weeks at #2 without ever getting to #1. But that’s not the longest […]

02/22/2012

To blow a pile of money on your sweetie this Valentine's Day, hire a skywriter. (Getty Images/Gabriel Bouys/AFP)

Rock Flashback: Heart Songs For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day sent us scurrying to the reference books in search of chart singles containing the word “heart.” Here’s our special report.

02/14/2012

The Carpenters had a logo before logos were cool.

Rock Flashback: Karen Carpenter

Talk about bad timing: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Karen Carpenter[/lastfm] came along about 20 years too late.

02/06/2012

The Man Himself, 2005 (Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown)

Rock Flashback: Don Cornelius Is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself

The year is 1974. I am 14 years old, growing up in a lily-white farm community in southern Wisconsin. Yet every Saturday, I can be found up in my room, tuned to Soul Train. I […]

02/02/2012

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Rock Flashback: George Michael And Elton John

In 1974,  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elton John[/lastfm] took “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. That summer, an 11-year-old fan heard the song and never forgot it. Eleven years later, […]

02/02/2012

Suzi Quatro (Getty Images/Brendon Thorne)

Rock Flashback: Suzi Quatro

Although [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Suzi Quatro[/lastfm] was from Detroit, she was never as big a star in the States as she was in the UK, where for a stretch of the 1970s, her records were guaranteed hits. Her […]

01/28/2012

Billy Vera, Onstage in 2011 (Getty Images/Larry Busacca)

Rock Flashback: Billy Vera and the Beaters’ “At This Moment”

Twenty-five years ago this week, rock journeyman [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Billy Vera[/lastfm] finally hit it big, thanks to a TV show that featured one of his old songs.

01/27/2012

Detail From the Cover of "The Adventures of Panama Red"

Rock Flashback: New Riders of the Purple Sage

If the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Grateful Dead[/lastfm] were a tree, its offshoots would be many. One that’s occasionally overlooked is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Riders of the Purple Sage[/lastfm].

01/25/2012

(Getty Images/Marc Serota)

Rock Flashback: Clarence Clemons, Everywhere

Today, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Clarence Clemons[/lastfm] would have turned 70. In his honor we present five fun facts about the Big Man.

01/11/2012

Suzanne Vega (Getty Images/Anoek De Groot/AFP)

Rock Flashback: “Tom’s Diner” By Suzanne Vega

The people at Mental Floss put out another great list last week, of the 25 Most Powerful Songs of the Past 25 Years. These are songs that changed the world in some way, and one […]

01/06/2012

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