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When Steve Martin cashed in on King Tut

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:59:38 -0500

40 years ago this week, comedian Steve Martin performed a song on Saturday Night Live that was released a week later as a single which sold over a million copies.(image)

Cornbread Harris turns 91

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:46:47 -0500

What many consider Minnesota's first rock and roll record, the Augie Garcia Quintet's "Hi Yo Silver," featured James "Cornbread" Harris on piano when it was recorded in 1955. Harris turns 91 today. He still performs regularly and tonight he'll be playing at a birthday party in his honor at the Grand Cafe in Minneapolis. Last year, Harris stopped by our studios and spoke with Tom Weber and Andrea Swensson. While he was here he played a song called "Cool Rider." Harris says he wrote it about the aspirations he had for his son who would become the highly successful record producer Jimmy Jam Harris.(image)

Bill Murray goes classical

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:44:54 -0500

Bill Murray and a classical trio featuring world-renowned cellist Jan Vogler will be performing Friday, April 20 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.(image)

Doctor who treated Prince agrees to $30K penalty for illegal prescription

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:04:11 -0500

The settlement involves a Minnesota doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid painkiller for Prince a week before the musician died from a fentanyl overdose. The Carver County Attorney's Office is expected to speak at 11:30 a.m. about any possible criminal charges tied to the inquiry.(image)

Lots of events celebrating Prince this week

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:57:34 -0500

There are lots of Prince-related events as we approach the second anniversary of his death on Saturday.(image)

Remembering Linda McCartney

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:43:26 -0500

Linda McCartney died 20 years ago Tuesday after a three-year battle with breast cancer.(image)

PaviElle French presents this weekend at the Minnesota Music Summit

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:34:43 -0500

St. Paul native PaviElle French will give a talk this weekend at the Minnesota Music Summit hosted this weekend at St. Catherine's University and venues around the Twin Cities.(image)

Bettye LaVette interprets Bob Dylan

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:47:17 -0500

Bettye LaVette will be performing Thursday at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Her latest album is composed entirely of songs written by Bob Dylan.(image)

The first solo album by a member of Spinal Tap

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:07:38 -0500

Derek Smalls, bass player for Spinal tap, has released a solo album called "Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)." Smalls is the character played by Harry Shearer in the now legendary 1984 mockumentary "This is "Spinal Tap."(image)

Turning Johnny Cash's poems into music

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:58:15 -0500

"Johnny Cash: Forever Words," which was produced by Johnny Cash's son features an interesting assortment of artists including the Jayhawks, Elvis Costello, Allsion Kraus, Brad Paisley and Roseanne Cash.(image)

Prince's first manager writes about his music career

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:55:52 -0500

Owen Husney, who is best known as Prince's first manager, has published a book about his life in the music business called "Famous People Who've Met Me."(image)

The Current launches Prince-oriented stream

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:01:17 -0500

Purple Current is a mixture of Prince music, music that inspired him, his contemporaries and music that he influenced.(image)

Man in the Mirror dedicated to kidnapped boy

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:21:22 -0500

"Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson was number one on the Billboard pop chart 30 years ago today. Jackson dedicated the song to Yoshiaki Ogiwara, a five-year-old Japanese boy who was kidnapped, held for ransom and eventually murdered.(image)

Dylan, Kesha change pronouns in songs to honor LGBTQ couples

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:10:56 -0500

Bob Dylan reworked "She's Funny That Way" into "He's Funny That Way," singing lines like "I got a man crazy for me."(image)

Copyright concerns delay Messersmith's album release

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:36:38 -0500

The Star Tribune reports that after the album was finished someone noticed that parts of Jeremy Messersmith's song "Purple Hearts" sound enough like "Sweet Caroline" that it could get them sued for copyright infringement.(image)

Memorial Chapel at Lakewood to host concert series

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:25:04 -0500

In an effort to encourage more visitors, Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis is hosting a concert series.(image)

Judas Priest to rock the Armory

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:19:31 -0500

Judas Priest will perform Monday night at a fitting venue for a heavy metal band, the Minneapolis Armory.(image)

How Amos and Andy inspired 'Summertime Blues'

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 08:57:35 -0500

Sixty years ago, Albert Lea, Minn., native and Rock And Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Cochran recorded the original version of "Summertime Blues."(image)

Rising country star comes to the Twin Cities

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:13:45 -0500

Colter Wall will be performing Tuesday night at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis.(image)

Jack White's 'messy, sprawling, daffy' album

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:33:54 -0500

Rolling Stone calls "Boarding House Reach" his strangest record and describes the music as "a messy, sprawling, daffy, howling set that sounds spiritually hungry, collectively driven and, instructively, a little bit lost."(image)

Why Buckethead wears a KFC bucket

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:49:39 -0500

Brian Carroll will be performing Thursday night at the Cabooze in Minneapolis.(image)

A number one song with quite a legacy

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:30:52 -0500

"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley was number one on the Billboard pop chart 30 years ago. Over the years, the song has been subjected to a fair amount of ridicule. Nick Lowe made a pointed attack on the song's lyrics in his composition "All Men Are Liars."(image)

The story of Robbinsdale's Someplace Else

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:54:46 -0500

Fifty years ago Tuesday, the Twin Cities-based band The South 40 recorded a live album at a club in Robbinsdale called Someplace Else.(image)

'Music is a prayer': Minnesota woman finds her voice in hospice

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:48:21 -0500

An intractable rule of life is that you will die some day. For most of us, the time and place and manner of death are yet to be decided. Mandy Blume of Faribault has a pretty good idea of what may eventually kill her: cancer.(image)

Andy Gibb helps his brother Barry make history

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:45:33 -0500

"(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" by Andy Gibb with Joe Walsh of the Eagles on guitar was number Billboard pop chart 40 years ago this week. It broke the record of three straight held by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.(image)

Lakeville South marching band travels to Dublin

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:53:12 -0500

The Lakeville South High School Marching Cougars will be marching in the Saint Patrick's Day parade Saturday in Dublin, Ireland. The band from the Twin Cities suburbs is one of nine American high school bands selected to participate in the parade.(image)

Caitlyn Smith creates an ode to St. Paul

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:49:22 -0500

Smith recently decided she wanted to perform the songs she wrote. One of those songs is about her teenage years. It's called "St. Paul."(image)

'American Idol' contestant: Katy Perry kiss not harassment

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:51:13 -0500

Benjamin Glaze, 19, from Oklahoma says he was uncomfortable when Perry kissed him on the lips as he auditioned during the show's two-night season opener on ABC. Glaze says he had never been kissed before.(image)

Hear jazz compositions written by Prince's father

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:42:59 -0500

His daughter recently rediscovered the sheet music that her father had given her years ago. She assembled a band to record her father's compositions.(image)

Love is Blue was a Eurovision contest entry

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:50:34 -0500

"Love is Blue" by Paul Mauriat was number one on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today. Mauriat was a French conductor and orchestra leader.(image)

Pussy Riot comes to St. Paul

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:01:00 -0600

Pussy Riot is touring North America for the first time ever. They will play at the Turf Club in St. Paul on Saturday night.(image)

24 hours of all women on The Current

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:12:42 -0600

The Current is celebrating International Women's Day by playing only music fronted by musicians who identify as women.(image)

New music from Jimi Hendrix 47 years after his death

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:29:15 -0600

"$20 Fine," a song written and performed by Jimi Hendrix with a guest vocal by Stephen Stills, is part of a new collection of Jimi Hendrix music called "Both Sides of the Sky."(image)

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:59:55 -0600

Twenty years ago today the Coen brothers cult classic "The Big Lebowski" was released. To mark the occasion, the Turf Club in St. Paul is holding a watch party tonight. There will be a costume contest, food specials and, of course, White Russians will be the drink of choice. I expect that a lot of people in bathrobes will be dancing to "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" Kenny Rogers.(image)

A busy weekend for Miguel

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:07:00 -0600

Miguel will performing at the Palace Theater in St. Paul tonight. Then he heads back to his hometown of Los Angeles.(image)

Staged DJ firing was a successful publicity stunt

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:11:29 -0600

60 years ago today, Minneapolis radio station WDGY announced that DJ Stanley Mack had been fired for playing "Dinner With Drac" by John Zacherle eight times in a row on the air. But folks at the history website "Twin Cities Music Highlights" talked to another former WDGY disc jockey who revealed that the whole thing was a publicity stunt.(image)

Dessa separates head from heart, with a little help from science

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:03:14 -0600

The Minnesota rapper and singer explains why she enlisted a team of neuroscientists on the path to creating her latest album, "Chime."(image)

Joan Baez embraces empathy on her new album

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:41:41 -0600

On her new album "Whistle Down the Wind" Joan Baez embraces the philosophy she laid out during her speech last year when she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.(image)

How to stay alive with help from the Bee Gees

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:06:46 -0600

40 years ago today "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees was number one on the Billboard pop chart. The American Heart Asssociation suggests that if you need to perform CPR chest compressions, sing this song to yourself as you do it. That advice doesn't surprise Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.(image)

Robert Plant returns to the Twin Cities

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:09:00 -0600

Robert Plant comes to the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis Thursday night. He told the Current's Jill Riley, that while Led Zeppelin was a legendary band, he really enjoys playing with his latest group, the Sensational Space Shifters.(image)

Polica and Stargaze team up for a new album

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:46:36 -0600

"Music for the Long Emergency" is the title of a new album, a collaboration between the Minneapolis-based electronic quintet Polica and the European orchestral collective Stargaze.(image)

Rosanne Cash covered her dad's song without knowing it

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:26:32 -0600

Johnny said that Roseanne's success with the song was "one of his greatest fulfillments." Johnny's version only made it to number 11 on the country chart.(image)

Red Wing gears up for the Big Turn Music Festival

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:29:00 -0600

This weekend, 100 bands will play on 18 stages around Red Wing.(image)

Peter Tork of the Monkees pays tribute to Lead Belly

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:44:32 -0600

Peter Tork of the Monkees celebrated his 76th birthday this week.(image)

If you want to own a song with Prince, you better be wealthy

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:48:49 -0600

Chris Moon is hoping to cash in his association with Prince by selling his co-ownership of the song "Soft and Wet."(image)

Celebrating Mister Rogers, with puppets

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:33:40 -0600

The life and teachings of Fred Rogers, the longtime host of the PBS children's program "Mister Rogers Neighborhood," are the subject of a new production by the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater in Minneapolis.(image)

Best Buy to pull CDs from its stores, according to report

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:55:02 -0600

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry estimates that 112 million people worldwide now pay for access to streaming services.(image)

How "At the Hop" got its name

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:31:11 -0600

"At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 60 years ago Tuesday.(image)

A musical tribute to Hall of Famer Randy Moss

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:58:52 -0600

He's the first receiver to be elected to the Hall in his initial year of eligibility since the Jerry Rice.(image)

Haven't made plans for Sunday? Here's a short list

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0600

Want to head down and soak up some Super Bowl fever, but don't know what's going on. Here's our best bets(image)

Jackson: I'm not performing at Super Bowl with Timberlake

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0600

Janet Jackson wants to put rumors and speculation to rest about a halftime reunion at Sunday's game.(image)

Prince crushes Frosty in battle of Super Bowl halftimes with Minnesotans

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 10:52:10 -0600

Minnesota has taken center stage in two halftime shows, when Prince headlined in 2007 and when Minneapolis hosted the whole thing in 1992. You can guess which one tops many "best of" lists.(image)

Lots of big music acts in town for the Super Bowl

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 10:28:13 -0600

The party leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl has definitely started. Pink will be performing Friday night at the newest concert venue in town: the Minneapolis Armory.(image)

A night out at Paisley Park with Justin Timberlake and the Revolution

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:56:22 -0600

Justin Timberlake is in town to rehearse for the Super Bowl halftime show, but he took a break on Thursday night to host a party at Prince's fabled Paisley Park compound.(image)

Prince is gone, but his spirit lives at Minnesota Super Bowl

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:25:01 -0600

"People joke, 'Can we just have a Prince hologram?'" said Mike Howard, spokesperson for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee.(image)

It's the best week to spot celebs in the Twin Cities

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:45:00 -0600

Yes, it's probably shallow to actively stargaze. But it's also kind of fun because Minnesota doesn't normally play host to this many celebrities all at once.(image)

How the Beatles inspired 'Judy in Disguise'

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:38:32 -0600

"Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)" by John Fred and his Playboy Band was number one on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago Wednesday.(image)

Fans flock to outdoor Prince tribute on a chilly night

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:40:06 -0600

A big crowd turned out Monday night on the Nicollet Mall for a Super Bowl Live tribute to Prince.(image)

Sheila E. on Prince tribute concert and his death: 'It's really hard'

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

Before Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time rocked out in a Prince tribute concert, they sat down with MPR News. From tears to circumspection, here's our takeaways.(image)

Ra Ra Riot released Beta Love 5 years ago this week

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:46:29 -0600

The song is about new and developing love with robots. The band says it is directly influenced by science fiction writer William Gibson, who was fascinated by artificial intelligence.(image)

50 Cent forgot he took 700 bitcoins for a 2014 album. Now, they're worth $7.5 million

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:17:24 -0600

The rapper 50 Cent agreed to accept bitcoin from people buying his Animal Ambition album. The value of those sales has now skyrocketed: The rapper's holding is worth more than $7.5 million.(image)

Neil Diamond turns 77 years old

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:57:25 -0600

The singer announced earlier this week that he's suffering from Parkinson's disease. The diagnosis means that he'll no longer tour the world playing shows.(image)

Celebrating the guitar that made Hot Chocolate

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:07:42 -0600

Hot Chocolate's longtime guitar player Harvey Hinsley turns 70 years old today.(image)

Single's A-side reveals rift in the Beatles

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:19:24 -0600

"Hello Goodbye" by the Beatles was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today.(image)

Women's March star MILCK releases an EP

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:45:45 -0600

The debut EP by MILCK "This is Not the End" comes out Friday.(image)

'Candle in the Wind' topped charts 20 years ago

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:58:06 -0600

The original version of the song, which came out in the 1970s, was about Marilyn Monroe. Bernie Taupin rewrote the lyrics as a tribute to Princess Diana shortly after her death.(image)

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:57:01 -0600

O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording, publicist Lindsey Holmes said. The cause of death wasn't immediately available.(image)

Lisa Lisa turns 51 years old

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:25:24 -0600

Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam turn 51 years old Monday. In 1987, they came out with their Billboard-topping hit "Lost in Emotion."(image)

Tune-Yards to debut new album at MicroShow

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:36:20 -0600

Tune-Yards has a new album called "I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life," which will be released next week.(image)

The first single from a blockbuster soundtrack

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:23:18 -0600

"How Deep is Your Love" by the Bee Gees was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 40 years ago.(image)

A cautionary tale about funeral planning

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:58:09 -0600

A song on Christine Lavin's latest album is about what happens when you don't let loved ones know what kind of funeral you want.(image)

Justin Timberlake releases single ahead of Super Bowl

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:45:12 -0600

Justin Timberlake has released a single called "Filthy" from his forthcoming album "Man of the Woods."(image)

Is 'The Star-Spangled Banner' racist?

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 08:57:32 -0600

In his inaugural address this week, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter suggested that one of the unfamiliar verses reveals that our national anthem is racist.(image)

When the Monkees became artists

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:49:55 -0600

"Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones" by the Monkees was No. 1 on the Billboard album chart 50 years ago.(image)

Singing about 'Minneap'lis, Minnesota'

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:27:01 -0600

In honor of Jacob Frey being sworn in as the new mayor of Minneapolis today, listen to an obscure song called "Minneap'lis, Minnesota" by Rufus Lumley.(image)

The Monkees' last No. 1 hit

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 08:27:53 -0600

"Daydream Believer" by the Monkees was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago. It was the group's third and final chart topper.(image)

Mortimer's introduces live music

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:46:40 -0600

Mortimer's, which has a bit of a reputation as a dive bar, is looking to reinvent itself.(image)

Singer files sex assault complaint against former Trump aide

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:25:13 -0600

A singer and potential congressional candidate says she has filed a sexual assault complaint against Corey Lewandowski, President Trump's former campaign manager, for hitting her twice on her buttocks during a Washington gathering in November.(image)

Magical Mystery Tour film was a rare Beatles dud

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 10:40:46 -0600

"The Magical Mystery Tour" debuted on BBC television 50 years ago Tuesday.(image)

Swiss maestro accused of sexual misconduct at MN Orchestra, elsewhere

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:05:35 -0600

Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted them.(image)

When a Chinese conservatory turned to McNally Smith to teach hip-hop

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:40:35 -0600

McNally Smith had a unique partnership with a Chinese music conservatory that wanted to educate its students about hip-hop.(image)

When Sam Cooke went from gospel to secular music

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:56:03 -0600

Cooke's family name did not have an "e" on the end, but he added the extra letter in 1957 to signify a new start to his life. That's when he made the switch from gospel to secular music.(image)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe's Hall of Fame legacy

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:16:18 -0600

Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year with the Award for Early Influence. Elvis Presley was a big fan of the way she played the guitar.(image)

A Hanukkah favorite, the latke

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:05:43 -0600

At 7 p.m. on Classical MPR you can hear a program celebrating the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, which began Tuesday night.(image)

The marriage that derailed a career

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:23:27 -0600

Sixty years ago, Jerry Lee Lewis married Myra Gayle Brown in a private ceremony in rural Mississippi. He was 22 and it was his third marriage. She was 13 and it was her first.(image)

Celebrating the first night of Hanukkah

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Tuesday marks the first night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish "festival of lights." For the occasion, MPR News Presents hosts two specials.(image)

Jim James celebrates crooner Al Bowlly

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:06:04 -0600

Al Bowlly has been called Britain's first pop star and is credited with inventing the singing style known as crooning.(image)

Otis Redding's last recording topped the charts

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:12:12 -0600

Otis Redding began writing "(Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay" while he was living in a rented houseboat near the Golden Gate Bridge. While relaxing after a grueling tour, he was inspired by seeing the ships going in and out of San Francisco Bay.(image)

Smokey Robinson's new album celebrates the season

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:26:25 -0600

Smokey Robinson's first-ever solo holiday album "Christmas Everyday" came out last month. It features a fresh take on "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."(image)

The year's most popular tweets: Obama, Harvey donations -- and chicken nuggets

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:03:18 -0600

2017 was a busy year for Twitter, with records broken for most retweets and likes. Former President Barack Obama had several of the year's most popular tweets.(image)

Little Richard's hometown celebrates his birthday

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:08:03 -0600

The singer turns 85 Tuesday.(image)

Met suspends famed conductor accused of molesting teenager for years in the '80s

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:01:08 -0600

A man alleges that when he was 15, legendary conductor James Levine, then 41, began sexually abusing him. The Metropolitan Opera was reportedly aware of the allegations last year.(image)

Remembering Jim Nabors and his beautiful voice

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:55:09 -0600

Jim Nabors died Thursday at the age of 87. His beautiful baritone singing voice made him a popular attraction in Las Vegas, but he's best known for a character he played on television.(image)

Post-Weinstein, Lauer, Keillor: A reckoning for fans of fallen heroes

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:23:51 -0600

Accusers of politicians, actors, comedians, singers, producers, directors, other media powerhouses and assorted business moguls have taken the power and fans of the disgraced have largely stood with the wronged. But for some, giving up heroes isn't easy.(image)

Who is singing 'Incense and Peppermints'?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:41:55 -0600

While recording "Incense and Peppermints," the Strawberry Alarm Clock band members didn't like their sound, so they asked 16-year-old Greg Munford to sing it, and that's the version they released.(image)

Jay-Z leads Grammy noms with 8 as rap, R&B take center stage

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:03:34 -0600

Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big.(image)

When Tommy James covers dominated the charts

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:57:22 -0600

"Mony Mony" by Billy Idol was number one on the Billboard pop chart 30 years ago today. It was the second straight cover of a song first recorded by Tommy James and Shondells to top the charts. The previous week Tiffany had a number one hit with the Tommy James song "I Think We're Alone Now." Ritchie Cordell had a hand in writing both of them. He says the title for this one was inspired while he was in Manhattan and saw the Mutual of New York building. It was adorned with the company's initials: M-O-N-Y.(image)

Remembering David Cassidy

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:45:59 -0600

David Cassidy died Tuesday at the age of 67.(image)

A classics professor explains 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:40:44 -0600

Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas teaches a popular class on the importance of Bob Dylan, and now he's turned it into a book, full of stories, personal history and the occasional comparison to Ovid.(image)

Wisconsin couple debuts album inspired by daughter's recovery from coma

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0600

Brittany Shermach's parents were inspired to compose an album about their experience based off the journal her mother kept in the hospital.(image)