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The Best Versions of Rolling Stone’s “Gimme Shelter” Music Videos

Gimme Shelter is one of those haunting songs that is the perfect song to paint a picture of the late 1960's.  The song was before music videos were standard practice, so I thought I'd share a couple of versions.

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Jason Stroja
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Sister Golden Hair by America [VIDEO]

America is a soft-rock group hailing from England. They met while they were in school, and all happened to be sons of military personnel. Eventually, they moved to the U.S.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Knock On Wood by Ami Stewart [VIDEO]

This song was written with Stax records guitarist Steve Cropper in the Lorraine Motel, which is where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Eddy Floyd did the original and a Disco version by Amii

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Barbara Helgason
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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Smoke From a Distant Fire by Sanford Townsend Band [VIDEO]

This song was recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. Jerry Masters talks about it: "I had the pleasure of recording this band and this song. It was without a doubt the best band I have ever worked with in my entire 50 year career as a recording engineer.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye [VIDEO]

Originally written by 1950s one-hit-wonder Ed Townsend, the song originally addressed the author's desire to get on with life after beating alcoholism. Marvin Gaye completely changed the lyrics (and meaning) to the song after meeting Janis Hunter, the woman who would become his second wife.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Cheap Sunglasses by ZZ Top [VIDEO]

In a 1985 interview with Spin magazine, ZZ Top bass player Dusty Hill explained: "We wrote that song when we used to tour in cars. And every gas station in the world had a cardboard display of the cheapest and ugliest sunglasses you could imagine. I have

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Beatles TV Series Being Developed By NBC

NBC are reportedly in talks to develop a TV series about the Beatles.

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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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