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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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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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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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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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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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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Everybody Wants You by Billy Squire [VIDEO]

Billy Squire was making the pop metal charts years before Bon Jovi came on the scene, and became one of the biggest hard rock stars of the eighties with two multi platinum albums.

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Me’shell Ndegeocello’s New Album ‘Comet’ A Hit [REVIEW] [VIDEO]

If you happen to be a fan of John Mellencamp, you may remember Meshell Ndegeocello, the singer-bassist who first bent mainstream ears 20 years ago when she joined John Mellencamp for a hit cover of "Wild Night" by Van Morrison. I had occasion to see her, and was impressed not only by her vocals, but also the way she man handled that bass.

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Barry Gibb, The Last Brother [VIDEO]

I recently read Josh Eells article on Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees in this month's issue of Rolling Stone. Although I admit to not being a huge fan of the Bee Gees, I do have my favorites such as their first hit, New York Mining Disaster, and Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You, among them, I found the article  on Barry Gibb most interesting.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Don’t Bring Me Down by ELO [VIDEO]

This turned out to be a good theme song for astronauts enjoying their time in space. The song was played to astronauts on the Space Shuttle Columbia as their wake up call on July 6, 1996 - they were in flight longer than expected because of bad weather on the ground.

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Sugarman Faces Lawsuit Over Old Contract

If you read my original post on Searching For Sugarman, I encouraged you to view the movie. Since then, he has been doing quite well, and enjoying the success that eluded him for many years. Now, bad news for Sugarman as he will be facing a lawsuit according to an article in Diffuser.

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