Rock Flashback

Ian Anderson (R) and Martin Barre of Jethro Tull (Getty Images/Fred Tanneau/AFP)

Rock Flashback: Jethro Tull’s “Christmas Song”

In 2003, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jethro Tull[/lastfm] released a Christmas album. For some artists, this is a give-up move, a way to get attention and sell product when nothing else does it. For Tull, it made a good […]

12/08/2011

Two masters of the blues harmonica share the same name. (Getty Images/Uwe Meinhold/AFP)

Rock Flashback: Meet The (Sonny Boy) Williamsons

Readers of liner notes have probably come across the name [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sonny Boy Williamson[/lastfm], one of the early blues masters whose works were frequently covered — or plundered — by rock bands. It’s necessary to […]

12/07/2011

Leon Russell, who bears a resemblance to a certain elderly white-bearded man famous in this season, is seen here at his induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. (Getty Images/Jemal Countess)

Rock Flashback: Leon Russell’s “Slippin’ Into Christmas”

Although [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Leon Russell[/lastfm] has been a working musician for 50 years and lacks neither critical accolades nor impressive credits, his best year by the numbers was 1972. His album Carney spent a month at #2 […]

12/03/2011

Bassist Chris Squire, the only man to play on every Yes album, seen here in 2006 (Getty Images/Michael Buckner/Stringer)

Rock Flashback: Yes, It’s “Fragile”

In 1971, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Yes[/lastfm] added a new member, synthesizer wizard [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rick Wakeman[/lastfm], whose facility with electronic keyboards was more appropriate to the band’s aspirations than the piano and organ of founding keyboard player [lastfm […]

12/02/2011

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Rock Flashback: “Nilsson Schmilsson”

In 1968, both [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Lennon[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] were asked to name their favorite American artist. They responded with the same name: [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nilsson[/lastfm]. Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson had covered “She’s Leaving Home” on his […]

12/01/2011

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Rock Flashback: George Harrison in Winter

The late ’80s to the late ’90s had been a good decade for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]George Harrison[/lastfm], with a smash single “Got My Mind Set on You,” the success of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Traveling Wilburys[/lastfm] supergroup, and the […]

11/30/2011

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Rock Flashback: Remembering Freddie Mercury 20 Years After His Death

If you aren’t old enough to remember the 1980s, you probably don’t remember the days when AIDS was considered both a badge of shame and a plague with the potential to take down all of […]

11/28/2011

The ever-stylish David Bowie poses, 1983 (Getty Images/Ralph Gatti/AFP)

Rock Flashback: Queen and David Bowie and “Under Pressure”

Thirty years ago this week, “Under Pressure” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Queen[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Bowie[/lastfm] topped the British singles charts. Like many of rock’s most famous songs, its creation owed a great deal to accident and […]

11/23/2011

Sly Stone Onstage in 2007 (Getty Images/Francois Guillot/AFP)

Rock Flashback: “There’s a Riot Goin’ On”

By 1971, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sly and the Family Stone[/lastfm]  — multi-racial, multi-gender, and multi-format, blending rock, soul, and funk — appealed to both people on the dance floor and stoners in the throng at Woodstock. The […]

11/20/2011

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Music Flashback: The Eagles and “Long Road Out of Eden”

Four years ago this week, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eagles[/lastfm] album Long Road Out of Eden topped both the Billboard 200 album chart and the country album chart. It was the first Eagles album since Hell Freezes […]

11/18/2011

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