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20 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Cross Purposes’

"Good grief! What now?"

One can't help but presume that words to that effect probably passed the lips of several people within the Black Sabbath organization, as they considered the options available to them before getting to work on the heavy metal legends' seventeenth studio album, ‘Cross Purposes,’ which eventually saw the light of day 20 years ago today.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon-Jovi [VIDEO]

Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora wrote this in the basement of Sambora's mother's house in New Jersey. Child came up with the title, and Jon immediately thought up the first line ("Shot through the heart..."). From there, they put the rest of the song together, with "Shot Through The Heart" as the working title.

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Play Their Final Live Performance

As the Beatles gathered for what would be their final live set on Jan. 30, 1969, they hadn't performed in public since Aug. 29, 1966 -- a three-year period in which the group would reach new artistic heights, even as it began to fall apart.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Dance The Night Away by Van Halen

Van Halen gained a lot of fans after this was released and got some airplay. Many people not aware of the group also bought their first album after hearing this song. Van Halen's tour for this album was the first that they headlined

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Burnin For You by Ble Oyster Cult [VIDEO]

Burnin For You was the last Top 40 hit for Blue Oyster Cult, in fact it charted at #40 in October of 1981, and came off the album Fire of Unknown Origin, their last gold album.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Overkill by Men at Work [VIDEO]

This was the first single from Men at Work's second album. Their first album, Business As Usual, was a huge hit and helped earn them a Grammy for Best New Artist. The band quickly went from a local Australian group to a worldwide success.

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41 Years Ago: Stevie Wonder Steals a No. 1 Song From Jeff Beck

When Stevie Wonder scored a No. 1 hit with 'Superstition' on Jan. 27, 1973, it announced a new sound for the brilliantly talented full-service singer, songwriter and musician who'd go on to record a string of the decade's greatest LPs. But for Jeff Beck, the song's success was a missed opportunity.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Drive by the Cars

A very melancholy song by The Cars, this is written from the perspective of a guy who's watching a woman (who he presumably used to date) "going down the tubes," trying to get her to take a hard look at what's going on in her life

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35 Years Ago: UFO Release ‘Strangers in the Night’

When UFO released their first live album, the poetically named ‘Strangers in the Night,’ in January 1979, they surely couldn’t have guessed it would stand the test of time as one of history’s greatest concert documents — let alone mark the apex of their entire career.

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Jim Morrison’s Apartment Furnishings for Sale

Well, here's something interesting for Doors fans: According to a recent Craiglist posting, the owner of the Los Angeles building that's said to be Jim Morrison's last known U.S. residence is selling furnishings from his apartment.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Hazy Shade of Winter by The Bangles [VIDEO]

A Hazy Shade of Winter was written by Paul Simon,and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966.The song charted at #13 on the Top 40.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Feels Like the first Time by Foreigner [VIDEO]

Mick Jones wrote the song himself. He says the meaning behind the song: "'Feels Like The First Time' was written about a bit of a change in my life. I was coming out of a previous marriage with somebody I'd met in France. I'd gone back to England and then finally made the journey to America while I was in the band Spooky Tooth.

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