The Origins of Carl Perkins’ Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Anthem
A Classic Among Classics: “Blue Suede Shoes”
Classic Tracks: ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’
Whitney Houston’s First Platinum Single, Produced by Narada Michael Walden
Classic Tracks: The Smithereens’ “Behind the Wall of Sleep”
The Smithereens Get Bumped to Record Plant Studio C and Make a Classic
Classic Tracks: ‘Ships in the Night’ by Be-Bop Deluxe
By 1975, British rockers Be-Bop Deluxe had recorded and released two albums on EMI’s Harvest label without much notice in the States. The first,...
Classic Tracks: The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin”
In 1966, pop music was changing drastically, and so were The Moody Blues.
Classic Tracks: A Tribe Called Quest, “Can I Kick It?”
You know it the moment it starts: that unmistakable bassline, Lou Reed’s“Walk on the Wild Side” recast as the slinky pulse of a head-bobbing...
Classic Tracks: The Dead Milkmen, “Punk Rock Girl”
The story behind this month’s Classic Track, “Punk Rock Girl,” is a tale of two musical cities: Locales in the Dead Milkmen’s hometown of...
Classic Tracks: Katrina & The Waves, “Walking On Sunshine”
A song is in select company when listeners know it from the drum intro. Hits such as “Superstition,” “Get Off of My Cloud” and...
Classic Tracks: Dolly Parton, “Here You Come Again”
Armin Steiner can’t say enough good things about Dolly Parton.He had never worked with her before she came to L.A. to record this month’s...
Classic Tracks: Camper Van Beethoven “Pictures of Matchstick Men”
Camper Van Beethoven formed in the founding members’ hometown of Redlands, Calif., but it was in their college days, at the University of California...
Classic Tracks: Jennifer Warnes’ “Right Time Of The Night”
“Right Time of the Night,” released in 1976, was all about firsts. It was the first hit by songwriter Peter McCann. It was artist...
Classic Tracks: “How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)”
Recording JT's version of the Motown hit