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35 Years Ago: The Cars Release ‘Candy-O’

The Cars released 'Candy-O' on June 3, 1979.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Oye Como Va by Santana [VIDEO]

Salsa legend Tito Puente wrote this song and recorded it in the early '50s. While Puente was very popular in the Latin community, Santana's cover became a hit and helped introduce Puente to a wider audience. On Santana's version of the song, everything, including the guitar wails and keyboards, follow the original music.

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David Vigil
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Loco-Motion by Grand Funk Railroad [VIDEO]

This song was originally done by Little Eva back in 1962, and charted number 1 in the Top 40. Since then there have been several covers but none better in my opinion than the version by Grand Funk Railroad

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The History of ‘My Sharona’ – How One Song Doomed the Knack

This debut simultaneously became the Knack's biggest album, and their biggest albatross.

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10 Years Ago: Van Halen Mounts Disastrous Reunion With Sammy Hagar

This reunion of Van Halen's most commercially successful lineup was contentious from the start.

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50 Years Ago: Manfred Mann Records ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’

Frontman Paul Jones found an earlier version of this song in his record collection, and Manfred Mann transformed it into a charttopping breakthrough hit.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Rich Girl by Hall & Oates [VIDEO]

This is the first Hall & Oates to hit #1 on the Billboard Top 100, and it propelled them to super stardom. The character in this song is based on a real person, the spoiled heir to a fast food fortune who had dated Sara Allen, Daryl Hall's longtime girlfriend. He

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Barbara Helgason
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Lowdown by Boz Scaggs [VIDEO]

Boz explains about the song: "We took off for a weekend to this getaway outside of LA where there was a piano and stayed up all night banging around ideas. We hit on Lowdown and then we brought it back to the band and recorded it. We were

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Reg Burkett, Hulton Archive
Reg Burkett, Hulton Archive
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45 Years Ago: Mick Taylor Joins The Rolling Stones

Mick Taylor was officially named as Brian Jones' replacement in the Rolling Stones on June 9, 1969.

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Jose Antonio SA!nchez Reyes
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-It’s a Heartache by Bonnie Tyler [VIDEO]

When a singer has throat problems severe enough to require surgery, the procedure can often be career threatening. In the case of Bonnie Tyler, however, the nodules that she developed singing in nightclubs in her native Wales turned out to be career making

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Niyom Tangsiripaisarn
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-What’s Your Name-by Lynyrd Skynyrd

This song is based on a true story. One night while they were on tour, the band was drinking at their hotel bar when one of the roadies got in a fight. They all got kicked out, went to a room, ordered champagne and continued the party.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Sister Christian by Night Ranger [VIDEO]

Night Ranger's drummer, Kelly Keagy, wrote this song about his sister Christy, who is 10 years younger than him and was growing up fast. Essentially the song is about her coming of age. The original title was "Sister Christy," but the rest of the band thought Keagy was singing Sister Christian, so

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