Rock Flashback

Detail From the 45 Picture Sleeve of "Waiting for a Girl Like You"

Never Number One: “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner

A couple of weeks ago, our Never Number One feature about [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gerry Rafferty[/lastfm]’s “Baker Street” noted that the song spent six weeks at #2 without ever getting to #1. But that’s not the longest […]


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Rock Flashback: The Beatles Make the Hall of Fame, 1988

Last week in 1988, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Beatles[/lastfm] were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were part of the third class to be inducted into the Hall — which is probably the only […]


Detail From the Cover of "The Adventures of Panama Red"

Rock Flashback: New Riders of the Purple Sage

If the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Grateful Dead[/lastfm] were a tree, its offshoots would be many. One that’s occasionally overlooked is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Riders of the Purple Sage[/lastfm].


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Rock Flashback: Richie Havens

Although [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Richie Havens[/lastfm] has scored but one top-40 hit, and that was over 40 years ago, he has continued to perform and record, and he has a legion of devoted fans. After the jump, […]


From the Cover of Long John Baldry's "It Ain't Easy"

Rock Flashback: Long John Baldry

Seventy-one years ago, John William Baldry was born in East London. He would grow to be six feet, seven inches tall, which would lead to the nickname by which he’s known: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Long John Baldry[/lastfm]. […]


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Rock Flashback: Clarence Clemons, Everywhere

Today, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Clarence Clemons[/lastfm] would have turned 70. In his honor we present five fun facts about the Big Man.


Clash members Paul Simonon (L) and Joe Strummer (R) in 1984 (Getty Images/STR/AFP)

Rock Flashback: Remembering Joe Strummer

It’s one of the great stage names in rock — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joe Strummer[/lastfm]. The man to which it was attached led a fascinating life.


Detail From the Cover of "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Rock Flashback: Top Albums of 1971

At the end of the year, many radio stations run a countdown show featuring the top songs of the year. Let’s spend a few Rock Flashback posts at the end of this year looking at […]


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Rock Flashback: James Taylor in “Two-Lane Blacktop”

In the summer of 1970, film director Monte Hellman saw a Los Angeles billboard with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Taylor[/lastfm]’s face on it, and he believed he’d found a star. After the jump, read about Taylor’s road […]


The Cover Image From "The Concert for Bangla Desh"

Rock Flashback: The Concert for Bangla Desh on Vinyl

In the summer of 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangla Desh to benefit refugees in the newly-independent country of Bangla Desh (formerly East Pakistan), which was ravaged by war and […]