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Eddie Van Halen
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Eddie Van Halen Recalls ‘1984’ Battles With Producer

"Ted just didn't see eye to eye with the way I looked at things. That was my whole premise for building the studio."

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(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby & the Range [VIDEO]

This song deals with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The line in the lyrics that mentions "The law passed in '64" is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Def Leppard)
(Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Def Leppard)
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Hysteria by Def Leppard [VIDEO]

In an interview with Kaos2000 magazine, lead singer Joe Elliott explained: "The song 'Hysteria' has eleven guitar parts.

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(Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Small Town by John Mellencamp [VIDEO]

Mellencamp wrote this about his experiences growing up in the small town of Seymour, Indiana. The media portrayed Mellencamp as the champion of small town America when this was released.

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Carly Simon
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41 Years Ago: Carly Simon (and Mick Jagger) Top the Charts with ‘You’re So Vain’

Carly Simon cemented her pop-star status with her third album, 'No Secrets,' released in Nov. 1972. Ironically, Simon wrapped the record's biggest hit, 'You're So Vain,' around what ended up becoming one of rock's most enduring mysteries.

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Led Zeppelin
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39 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Fans Trash the Boston Garden

Early 1975 was an exciting time for Led Zeppelin fans, with an upcoming tour and the impending release of the band's sixth LP, 'Physical Graffiti.' Unfortunately, a particularly passionate contingent of Zep-heads in Boston got a little out of hand on Jan. 6, 1975, unwittingly botching the group's chances of ever performing in the city again.

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(photo Frank Micelotta Getty Images)
(photo Frank Micelotta Getty Images)
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Rayman Picks Ten Albums Every Baby Boomer Should Own

If you happen to be a baby boomer, many history making events events have taken place since you were born. And, among other things, music has been with you all of your life, whether you have experienced it to it's fullest or not, it has been waiting for you to enjoy and be used.

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(Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
(Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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Rayman Shares a Story on the Death of Phil Everly

I arrived home fairly late one evening last week and was anxious to relax and chill for awhile with my wife. A funny coincidence happened later on in the evening as I was settling down to finish a book I was reading

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(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Rok Vegas Nightclub)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Rok Vegas Nightclub)
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Can’t Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon [VIDEO]

Change can be a difficult thing. When the band had difficulty coming up with songs for their Wheels Are Turnin album, they took time off so each member could write alone. Kevin Cronin went to Molokai, Hawaii, during his time off.

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Why Is Eric Clapton Called Slowhand? How Did Eric Clapton Get His Nickname?

Was it his fast guitar playing chops?  Was it the fact that he took forever to change his broken guitar strings?  Was it drug-related?  How did Eric Clapton come to be known as Slowhand?  The answer isn't definitive, as the facts and story surrounding the nickname have changed or evolved over the years.

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Neal Schon, Angus Young
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40 Years Ago: AC/DC and Journey Both Play Their First Concerts on the Same Night

It's impossible to predict the future, but it seems safe to say that no matter what happens this New Year's Eve in the world of classic rock, it won't measure up to Dec. 31, 1973, when future rock titans Journey and AC/DC both played their very first concerts on the same night.

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Jimi Hendrix
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Jimi Hendrix’s Apartment to Become a Museum

Jimi Hendrix fans in the U.K. will soon be able to celebrate his music by venturing to a new museum, located on the site of the London apartment he called home for the last two years of his life.

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