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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Winter Wonderland by Brenda Lee [AUDIO]

This was written in 1934 by Richard B. Smith and Felix Bernard. The lyricist Richard Smith served as an editor of a newspaper before taking up a career in music. The composer Felix Bernard, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, played the piano with popular orchestras and was also a tap dancer and writer of musical comedies for Vaudeville.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Frosty the Snowman by the Ronettes [ AUDIO)

The Ronettes were one of the great "girl groups' of the sixties. the group was made up of sisters Veronica Bennett (Ronnie), Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley.

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25 Years Ago: Rush Close Out the ’80s With the Transitional ‘Presto’

Judging solely in superficial terms, 1989's 'Presto' is a minor offering in Rush's massive discography.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe by Barry White [VIDEO]

Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe was written, recorded, and produced by Barry White, as was the case with most of his songs.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Take On Me by A-Ha [VIDEO]

The song "Take On Me" was released as a single only in Europe, it went to #3 in their native Norway, but didn't chart anywhere else. They re-recorded the song and beefed it up with more instrumentation and energy. It became a #1 song in America in 1985.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Smooth by Santana [VIDEO]

Ital Shur writes: I wrote this track on guitar with all the arrangements called Room One Seven. It was about this couple that meet after a long time and have a little tryst in the hotel room.

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25 Years Ago: Whitesnake Slip Some Tongue

When ‘Slip of the Tongue’ arrived in stores on Nov. 18, 1989, Whitesnake’s career had never been so healthy, thanks to recent platinum sales, smash hits and sold-out tours.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan [VIDEO]

In this song, an older man is seducing a 19-year-old girl. He's a bit conflicted, as her inexperience frustrates him when she doesn't even remember Aretha Franklin.

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Motown’s Studio Band The Funk Brothers [VIDEO]

In this episode, I recommend the Standing in the Shadows of Motown DVD to add to your collection. The DVD takes you on a personal journey with the original Funk Brothers from the beginning Motown, to it's demise. Be sure

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Don’t Panic, Little River Band Rock The Clyde, See The Pictures

The Little River Band Rocked the Clyde on Thursday, I took some pictures while they were playing and before when I was able to take a few people backstage. I just want to say thanks to Twin Ports Night Life, they are always good to us and last night was no different. I also want to thank Little River Band, and Don't Panic. They were both true professionals, with a great sense of humor.

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Rayman Recommends Two Books on Minnesota & Wisconsin Bands [VIDEO]

I've talked on books to add to your rock and roll library in past segments, and I've saved the best for last. Each book goes through every artist or band that charted on the top 40, and top 100 that came from Minnesota and Wisconsin

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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix’s Album Cover Banned

In November 1968, a handful of British record stores banned the Jimi Hendrix Experience's new album from their shelves due to its cover art.

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