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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Rikki Don’t Loose That Number by Steely Dan [VIDEO]

Thee Rikki of the title is Rikki Ducornet, a New York writer and artist. Rikki was a fan of the band, an although another band member was very friendly with her, she liked Steely Dan co-front Donald Fagen

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By: Theo Wargo Getty Images Entertainment
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Don’t Do Me Like That by Tom Petty [VIDEO]

Petty wrote this after his first group Mudcrutch moved from Florida to Los Angeles in 1974. Not one of the group's more meaningful songs, Creem magazine called it a "throwaway romp.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-You’re in my Heart by Rod Stewart [VIDEO]

Stewart wrote this after breaking up with Swedish actress Britt Ekland. They were married 1975-1978. Stewart said, "It wasn't totally about Britt... it could of been anybody I met in that period-and there were a lot of them

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Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Crazy On You by Heart [VIDEO]

Ann and Nancy Wilson wrote this song about Mike Fisher, who was an original guitarist for Heart (he eventually stopped performing and became their sound man) - he and Ann were dating. According to Ann, she felt that the world was crazy and sometimes maddening, but her relationship with Mike kept her balanced

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Epic Records
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Ted Nugent’s Late-’70s Run – Rock’s Best Hot Streaks

Four Epic Records releases from 1975-78 secured Ted Nugent's early stardom.

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Why You’ll Want to Attend This Year’s Bayfront Blues Festival

We are extremely fortunate to have the Bayfront Blues Festival in our community, and there are many reasons why we should both support and attend. Over the past several years, I've had the privilege of interviewing many of the artists, and they all look forward to playing here. The first reason is because of the beautiful scenery, right by the lake. One artist mentions it to another, and word gets around fast in the blues community that Duluth is the place to play.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Fooled Around and Fell in Love by Elvin Bishop [VIDEO]

Although Bishop is known as a Blues musician, this song was a huge Pop hit and still gets considerable airplay on Adult Contemporary radio. The song does not represent the body of Bishop's work, but he does love playing it live.

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Living The Blues, Canned Heat’s Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival [REVIEW)

Over the years I've read hundreds of books on music, but in all honesty, this is by far the best, and most thorough I've ever read. Where many other band books may briefly touch on the dark side of music, my friend, Fito de la Parra holds nothing back. He tells it exactly as it was, with brutal honesty.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Back on the Chain Gang by Pretenders [VIDEO]

The "picture of you" Chrissie Hynde sings about is a picture she found in her wallet of Ray Davies, leader of the band The Kinks. Hynde and Davies were a couple and had a daughter together. This song started off about him, but the meaning changed when Honeyman-Scott died

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By: Larry Busacca
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By: Larry Busacca Getty Images Entertainment
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How Does Paul McCartney Come Up With All Those Great Songs

Paul McCartney is one of the most successful writers in the history of music. He has written classic Beatle songs, Wings, and solo work. He's written for movies, and he's written on dares written to say something.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield [VIDEO]

Who is Jessie's girl? We may never know, but in an interview with Rick, the real story unfolds. Said Rick: "I don't know her name. It was a brief relationship I had when I was making stained glass for a while. I was going to a stained glass class in Pasadena, and I met this guy and his girlfriend. I was completely turned on to his girlfriend, but she was just not interested. So I had a lot of sexual angst, and I went home and wrote a song about it.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane [VIDEO]

This song was inspired by Cochrane's trip to West Africa, where he was gaining exposure for the World Vision famine relief organization. Cochrane devotes a great deal of his time to activism and causes, blending them together with his music, similar to artists such as Neil Young

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