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Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right” – 60th anniversary

Elvis Presley's That's All Right - 60th anniversary

We are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the day that Elvis Presley recorded "That's All Right" and kick-started one of the most remarkable careers in music history.

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“Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” 10-disc deluxe edition out in August

Elvis: That's The Way It Is 10-disc deluxe edition out in August

Read about the forthcoming 10-disc box set featuring material recorded during the filming of the 1970 documentary "Elvis: That's The Way It Is".

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Roy Orbison’s “Mystery Girl” out now in expanded and deluxe editions

Roy Orbison's Mystery Girl out now in expanded and deluxe editions

Legacy Recordings has commemorated the 25th anniversary of Roy Orbison's "Mystery Girl" with the release of expanded and deluxe editions of the album.

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Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes In South Africa

Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes In South Africa

The documentary film "Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes in South Africa" is available to view online for a limited time.

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New releases

New releases

Check the new and upcoming CD, Blu-ray and DVD music releases.

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“The Beatles: All These Years Volume  1: Tune In” – Review

The Beatles: All These Years Volume 1: Tune In - Review

George Smith reviews the first of Mark Lewisohn's three-volume biography of The Beatles.

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Conan O’Brien interviews music historian Peter Guralnick

Conan O'Brien interviews music historian Peter Guralnick

Watch Conan O'Brien's in-depth interview with music historian Peter Guralnick.

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Song of the week

Song of the week

Each week we showcase a classic track as Song of the Week. Check the current and past choices.

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Before they were famous – high school yearbook photos

Before they were famous - high school yearbook photos

See if you can identify these stars before they were famous.

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Happy Birthday Mick Jagger

Written by admin on July 26, 2014 – 1:11 pm -

Happy Birthday to Mick Jagger who is 71 today. The Rolling Stones front man was born Michael Phillip Jagger on July 26, 1943 in Dartford, Kent.

Mick Jagger on stage in Rome, 2014

Jagger has just finished the European leg of the Rolling Stones’ “14 On Fire” tour and will be in Australia to play re-scheduled gigs in October. Ahead of that, Jagger is keeping himself busy promoting the James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” which he co-produced. He’s also producing an HBO rock ‘n’ roll series, directed by Martin Scorsese, and an Elvis biopic titled “Last Train to Memphis”.

We celebrate Mick’s birthday with seven great tracks spanning 1964 to 2012.

“It’s All Over Now” (1964) – The Rolling Stones

“Gimme Shelter” (1969) – The Rolling Stones


“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969) – The Rolling Stones


“Angie” (1973) – The Rolling Stones


“Start Me Up” (1981) – The Rolling Stones


“Love is Strong” – The Rolling Stones


“Doom and Gloom” – The Rolling Stones



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Brian Wilson biopic, “Love & Mercy,” premieres in September

Written by admin on July 22, 2014 – 7:45 pm -

The Brian Wilson biopic, “Love & Mercy,” will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Brian Wilson

The movie, directed by Bill Pohlad and co-produced by Brian Wilson, follows Wilson’s life from the mid-1960s through to the early-1990s. Paul Dano and John Cusack play the young and older Brian Wilson, respectively, and Elizabeth Banks stars as Wilson’s second wife, Melinda. Paul Giamatti plays Wilson’s controversial therapist, Dr. Eugene Landy.

A Wilson biopic titled “Love & Mercy” was first proposed in the 1980s and finally formally announced in June 2011. It was filmed over six weeks last summer.

In October of 2013, Brian Wilson told Billboard:

It’s quite a thrill to have a movie made of my life. I’m very sentimental about it, and it’s very, very good. It was a trip to see. The actors and actresses portrayed everybody really well.



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Billy Joel to receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Written by admin on July 22, 2014 – 2:49 pm -

Billy Joel will become the sixth recipient of the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a ceremony in November.

The award, named after songwriting brothers George and Ira Gershwin, recognises “a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.”

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Song of the Week #166 – “No Particular Place to Go”

Written by admin on July 21, 2014 – 9:38 pm -

Chuck Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go” is Song of the Week on Classic Pop Icons.

“No Particular Place to Go” was released on single in May 1964, backed with “You Two,” and appeared on the album “St. Louis to Liverpool” (Chess LP-1488) in November 1964.

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “CSNY 1974″ reaches Billboard Top 20

Written by admin on July 19, 2014 – 1:09 pm -

“CSNY 1974,” the long awaited boxed set from the historic 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young arena tour, has topped the Billboard Folk Album Chart, and debuted at #17 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.

The set features 40 previously unreleased tracks from the 1974 tour, a 188-page booklet, and a bonus DVD of previously unreleased concert footage. It is available in 3 CD/DVD and Blu-ray audio/DVD editions. There is also a single-CD standard edition featuring highlights from the set.

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