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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Smoke From a Distant Fire by Sanford Townsend Band [VIDEO]

This song was recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. Jerry Masters talks about the session: "I had the pleasure of recording this band and this song. It was without a doubt the best band I have ever worked with in my entire 50 year career as a recording engineer.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-I Need a Lover by John Mellancamp [VIDEO]

This song is about finding a low-maintenance lover who knows when to go away and won't require a commitment. The song is tinged with loneliness, however, as Mellencamp seems to going crazy sitting at home all alone, watching TV to see what's happening out in the world

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Jimi Hendrix (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Rockers You Hear on Kool 101.7 Who All Died at Age 27 [GALLERY]

A couple weeks ago, I was talking to Fito de la Parra of Canned Heat, and one of the things we discussed the number of musicians who died at age 27 (Alan Wilson of Canned Heat being one of them.) While neither Fito nor myself are believers in the occult, I must admit it is a strange coincidence isn't it?  I've put together a list of rockers you hear on Kool 101.7 who died at 27, and their cause of death.

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Ace Frehley Blasts Gene Simmons’ ‘Ignorant’ Comments on Depression

Ace Frehley says his former Kiss bandmate Gene Simmons needs to learn how to treat other people with respect.

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By: Alberto E. Rodriguez
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen [VIDEO]

Hungry Heart explores a man's wanderlust contrasted with his desire for a stable family life. Many of Springsteen's songs are about wanting to get away, and in this song the main character concludes that he does not want to be alone.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Some Like it Hot by Power Station [VIDEO]

The Power Station were a super-group formed by Robert Palmer (vocals), Tony Thompson (drummer with Chic), John Taylor (bass player with Duran Duran) and Andy Taylor (guitarist with Duran Duran).

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Turn the Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson [VIDEO]

This was Robinson's only hit. She performed on Broadway prior to recording the song and later mounted a successful off-Broadway one woman show. She also sang in commercials, including the "We're All Connected" spot for New York Telephone, and did background vocals on the hit Fame.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-I Love Rock and Roll by Joan Jett [VIDEO]

In the original version, the lyrics are about a guy picking up a young girl and taking her home, which was fairly typical Rock and Roll subject matter. When Jett covered this, however, it became a song about a girl who notices a guy next to a jukebox and brings him home to have sex.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac [VIDEO]

Mick Fleetwood has cited this as one of his favorite Fleetwood Mac songs saying "It really crystallizes that whole period of the early 1980s, when we were in our mid-30s and beginning to look back at our lost youth

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-I Can’t Stand It by Eric Clapton

Clapton added some new members to his band before recording this, including Albert Lee on guitar and Gary Brooker, formerly of Procol Harum, on keyboards. The band lasted only one album, but Clapton remained good friends with Brooker

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Surrender by Cheap Trick [VIDEO]

Though this was not a big chart hit, this teen anthem is one of Cheap Trick's best known songs. The singer thinks of his parents as a bit overprotective and kind of weird, but he gains a new respect for them at the end of the song when he wakes up and they are rolling around on the couch listening to his KISS records. Cheap

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac [VIDEO]

Stevie Nicks started writing this after reading the book Triadby Mary Leader. It is about a woman who believes she is being possessed by the spirit of a woman named Rhiannon. There are themes of mythology and the occult that Nicks used in her song along with the name.

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