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Rayman’s Song of the Day-The Stroke by Billy Squire [VIDEO]

This was Squier's first hit, and it came when he was 31 years old and already a 12-year veteran of the music industry, which helps explain the song's meaning.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Somebody’s Baby by Jackson Browne [VIDEO]

This song is about a guy who is infatuated with a girl, and convinces himself that she must have a boyfriend. As he tries to work up the courage to talk to her, he keeps losing confidence by reminding himself that she's too fine not to be taken.

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(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Heartbreaker by The Rolling Stones [VIDEO]

The song  tells two stories, a young man shot by police in a case of mistaken identity, and a 10-year girl who dies in an alley of a drug overdose. Neither is based on a true story, but is a commentary on urban America during that time.

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30 Years Ago: Styx Release ‘Caught in the Act’

Styx were on top of the world during the early '80s, with a string of multi-platinum albums and a growing collection of hit singles to their credit -- but it was all about to come to a screeching halt.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison [VIDEO]

This was originally called "Brown Skinned Girl," and was about an interracial relationship. Morrison changed it to "Brown Eyed Girl" to make it more palatable for radio stations. Some stations banned it anyway for the line, "Making love in the green grass."

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(Photo Steve Frost)
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Magic Bus by The Who [VIDEO]

The Who always had their own very unique sound, an this song is no exception. Magic Bus is a song about a man who wants to buy the bus that he takes to get to his girlfriend every day, but the driver does not want to sell it

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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Take this Short Quiz to See How Much You Know About Prince

Starting with his debut album For You in 1978, Prince made a career out of spinning daringly sexual lyrics with a unique blend of Funk, Rock, Pop, R&B and New Wave, dubbed the "Minneapolis sound" after his hometown. To date, he has released over 30 albums and four films, including his 1984 classic Purple Rain.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders [VIDEO]

The song's title came about after The Pretenders first ever UK gig, when they were in the communal dressing room with The Strangeways, who they were supporting. Chrissie Hynde wanted to know whose trousers were sprawled over the back of a chair. One of The Strangeways Ada Wilson said: "I'll have them if there's any brass in the pockets." When Chrissie inquired what he meant by brass, it was explained to her that brass is a northern slang term for money. Chrissie fell in love with the expression and was inspired to write the song.

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(Photo Andrew J. Bernstein)
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Want to Read a Really Great Rock Book? Check Out “California Slim” [REVIEW]

I recently completed a book by Andrew J. Bernstein titled California Slim The Music, the Magic, and the Madness. If you happen to be a baby boomer, this book will really hit home, or, if you are a student of rock, I guarantee you'll learn more from this book than you can imagine.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Two Princes by the Spin Doctors [VIDEO]

Their first single, Little Miss Can't Be Wrong, was a modest hit, climbing to #17 in the US. Two Princes did far better, becoming their biggest hit and best-known song. Both songs were composed by the entire band: Baron, Aaron Comess, Eric Schenkman and Mark White.

 

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50 Years Ago: The Who Fail Their Label Audition

It's hard to imagine the Who making it big without Keith Moon at the drum kit -- unless, that is, you happen to be Doug Sandom, the guy who sat there before him.

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45 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Releases ‘Nashville Skyline’

Bob Dylan's headfirst dive into country music was released on April 9, 1969.

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