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Rayman’s Song of the Day-That Smell by Lynyrd Skynyrd [VIDEO]

This song is about Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, who bought a new car (a Ford Torino), got drunk, and crashed it into a tree, then a house ("whiskey bottles, brand new car, oak tree you're in my way"). The band was supposed to start a tour in a few days, but had to postpone it because of Rossington's injuries.

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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘All Along the Watchtower’

On Dec. 27, 1967, Bob Dylan released his first album in more than a year with the understated classic 'John Wesley Harding.' Among the great songs found on that LP was a tune called 'All Along the Watchtower.' Before the album's release, Jimi Hendrix obtained an acetate of the disc and fell in love with it. Less than two months after Dylan recorded it, Hendrix was in the studio recording his own take. On Jan. 21, 1968, Hendrix and the Experience settled in to record what would become the definitive reading of the song.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-September by Earth Wind & Fire [VIDEO]

Maurice White got the idea for this song in an unlikely place: a hotel room in Washington DC while there was some kind of protest going on below. Said White, "there's all these cats screaming and throwing things and going crazyand this tune just evolved

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50 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Meet the Beatles!’

It may have taken Capitol Records a year to decide to distribute the Beatles in America, but when it did, the label quickly flooded the market with music. The first entry, 'Meet the Beatles,' reached shelves on Jan. 20, 1964.

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36 Years Ago: Journey’s ‘Infinity’ Released

Ever wake up one morning wondering what your name was? Whether this was your beautiful house (David Byrne has, but that’s another story)? Whether you somehow missed something that was sitting right under your nose?

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31 Years Ago: Def Leppard’s ‘Pyromania’ Album Released

Up until Jan. 20, 1983, when Def Leppard released their third album, ‘Pyromania,’ the British band wanted to be Led Zeppelin. Just look at their name.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-Black Velvet by Alannah Myles [VIDEO]

In a CBC Newsworld interview Myles revealed she was robbed and cheated by her record company and amazingly she only received her first ever royalty check on April 1, 2008. She signed that record deal when she was young and naive and so far she has paid $7 million on expenditures for her first three albums, all deducted out of her take.

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50 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Release Debut EP

As the Beatles were getting set to conquer America, the group that would be considered their most serious competition was ust getting started. On Jan. 17. 1964, the Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut EP.

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Rayman’s Song of the day-While You See A Chance by Steve Winwood [VIDEO]

Steve Winwood did very well in the '60s and '70s with his bands The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic, but he was struggling to find success as a solo artist. He teamed up with lyricist Will Jennings,and the pair wrote most of the songs for Arc Of A Diver.

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Rayman’s Song of the Day-The Long Way Home by Supertramp [VIDEO]

Written shortly before Supertramp went in the studio to record the Breakfast In America album, Roger Hodgson said the song was "a last-minute surprise." He added that the song operates on two levels. Said Roger: "Talking about not wanting to go home to the wife, take the long way home to the wife because she treats you like part of the furniture,

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47 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Forced to ‘Spend Some Time’ With Ed Sullivan

As tough as they wanted to appear, the gritty punch of the Rolling Stones was no match for the power of Ed Sullivan. On Jan. 15, 1967, The Stones were all set to grace the Sullivan stage for their fourth appearance when they ran into a snag.

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Dire Straits Members Form The Straits And Announce World Tour

Dire Straits made music history, and great music while they were together. Since that time the band has not been performing. Mark Knopfler has moved on to other things. The rest of the band has been growing weary and wanting to do something. Maybe forge farther in into the future and add to their legacy.

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