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Michael Gallucci is the editor in chief of Diffuser.fm. His previous gigs include associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
John Fogerty Blue Ridge Rangers
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40 Years Ago: John Fogerty Releases ‘The Blue Ridge Rangers’ Album

Freed from the confines of Creedence Clearwater Revival, which had become a stifling presence in the final years, John Fogerty took the opportunity of his debut solo album to revisit, pay tribute to and replicate the country music he occasionally played with his old band. But instead of going about it the traditional country-music way – with a bunch of musicians sitting together in a room and performing the music live as the tapes roll – Fogerty played every single instrument on ‘The Blue Ridge Rangers’ himself.

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Tom Petty, John Fogerty and Jackson Browne Join Randy Newman at Hall of Fame Induction

Tom Petty, John Fogerty and Jackson Browne joined Randy Newman onstage last night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The four veteran rockers, who all live in Los Angeles, opened the show at the city's Nokia Theater with a version of Newman's 1983 song 'I Love L.A.'

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40 Years Ago: The Eagles’ ‘Desperado’ Album Released

For a band that was never particularly narrative, linear or even all that ambitious with their songwriting, the Eagles’ decision to make their second album a concept record always seemed a bit odd. Their self-titled 1972 debut was filled with peaceful, easy and likable L.A.-style country-rock that rarely grabbed at more than it could handle. At this stage in their career, there was nothing cynical or pretentious about the Eagles.

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David Bowie
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30 Years Ago: David Bowie Releases ‘Let’s Dance’

Heading into 1983, David Bowie hadn’t placed an album in the Top 10 since 1976’s ‘Station to Station.’ His ‘Berlin Trilogy’ (made up of 1977’s ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’ and 1979’s ‘Lodger’) and 1980’s ‘Scary Monsters’ were critical hits, but they didn’t sell all that well. With his artsy experimental records behind him, Bowie once again got serious about his commercial career, tapping Nile Rodgers -- the mastermind behind the bestselling disco group Chic -- to co-produce 1983’s ‘Let’s Dance.’

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Neil Young & the Bluenotes
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25 Years Ago: Neil Young’s ‘This Note’s for You’ Album Released

Neil Young was already having a pretty lousy decade when ‘This Note’s for You’ was released on April 11, 1988. It didn’t start out that awful, with the folksy ‘Hawks & Doves’ and the Crazy Horse album ‘Re-ac-tor’ in 1980 and 1981, respectively.

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Talking Heads
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25 Years Ago: Talking Heads’ Final Album Released

In a way, Talking Heads’ eighth and final album, ‘Naked,’ was a reaction to Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland,’ which introduced world music to mainstream audiences in 1986. Then again, Talking Heads got there before Simon, incorporating African rhythms into their songs way back in 1980’s landmark ‘Remain in Light.’ But after 1983’s ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ which featured similar world-music junctures, and the massive world tour that followed, the group began scaling back.

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The Beatles
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40 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ Albums Released

The Beatles were broken up for a little more than three years when the ‘1962-1966’ and ‘1967-1970’ compilations were released in April 1973. The two-disc sets – known as the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ albums, respectively – were neither supplements to nor replacements for the band’s other records. They were merely what they appeared to be: collections of great songs by the greatest band that ever walked the earth.

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The Kinks Inducted Into Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the Kinks, who have narrowly defeated the Beatles to become the first band nominated into the 100% fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

It all started with a couple of power chords fed through a modified guitar amp. Actually, it all started with an underwhelming cover of Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ in February 1964. But no one really remembers that, and it doesn’t matter. So, it all started when Dave Davies struck the first distorted chord of ‘You Really Got Me’ and his brother Ray stepped up to the mic to deliver one of rock’s most defining songs.

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Paul McCartney
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35 Years Ago: Wings Release ‘London Town’

Paul McCartney was on a roll when he entered Abbey Road Studios in early 1977 to begin work on Wings’ sixth album. But he found it difficult to continue that winning streak with 'London Town,' which fell a little bit short despite a few good songs.

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Pink Floyd
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40 Years Ago: Pink Floyd Release ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’

The numbers attached to ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ are pretty impressive. More than 50 million copies sold worldwide. Fifteen straight years on Billboard’s album chart. Consistently ranked in the Top 10 of many best-albums-ever-made polls. But Pink Floyd’s achievements with their eighth LP go deeper than that. In a way, their 1973 epic changed the way people made and listened to albums. Forty years after its release, there’s still no better head trip -- legally at least -- available.

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