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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 11:01am
Deep Dive: Rose Royce – Take a Ride Beyond the Car Wash
The story of the group Rose Royce is an interesting one. They formed from the memberships of various backing bands in Los Angeles, first calling themselves Total Concept Unlimited and touring with Edwin Starr. Then Starr introduced them to Norman Whitfield, who formed a new label and signed them under a new name: Magic Wand. While they were working with Yvonne Fair and The Undisputed Truth, Whitfield hired a new female singer for the group, changing her name from Gwen Dickey to Rose Norwalt and putting her front and center. Finally, when Whitfield was hired to score the film Car Wash, he changed the name of the group to Rose Royce.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 1:13pm
Let’s All Remember Bill Paxton by Listening to Martini Ranch

Bill Paxton, who died on Saturday at age 61 due to complications from surgery, was generally known first and foremost for his work as an actor, secondarily for his work as a director, and once in a blue moon, he might come up in conversation for his work as a musician. Not often, though. And that’s a shame, because his band Martini Ranch delivered 10 tracks of fun with their 1988 album HOLY COW.

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 1:06pm
Rhino Factoids
15 years ago today, Rhino Records took home the Grammy Award for Best Album Notes for the Richard Pryor box set, …AND IT’S DEEP, TOO! THE COMPLETE WARNER BROS. RECORDINGS (1968-1992).
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 6:08pm
Gig of the Week
Tina Turner had certainly paid her dues when she hit the road in support of her sixth solo album in 1987; going back to her chitlin' circuit days with the Ike Turner Revue, she had been thrilling audiences for more than a generation. The year-long BREAK EVERY RULE world tour would become one of the most successful ever for a female artist, breaking box-office records in 13 countries. One of them was Brazil, where she treated 180,000 people at Rio de Janiero's Maracana Stadium to a hit-packed set spanning decades.
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:05pm

It’s a little staggering to realize that The Nitty Gritty Dirty Band celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, but just because it’s hard to believe doesn’t mean it isn’t true: they’ve been around since 1966, and although the lineup might have changed a bit over the years, they’ve never stopped making music.

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 9:17am
Rhino Factoids
29 years ago today, Alice Cooper decided to stick it to “the man” and throw his hat into the ring or the governorship of Arizona, but instead of declaring himself to be a representative of either the Democratic or Republican parties, he instead went way independent by citing himself as representing a different party altogether.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:31pm
Deep Dive: The Impressions, CHECK OUT YOUR MIND!

47 years ago this month, The Impressions released their 12th studio album, but it’s an LP that’s remembered predominantly because it’s the last one that featured Curtis Mayfield fronting the group.

Recorded at the Record Plant in New York City, CHECK OUT YOUR MIND! kicked off with the album’s seriously funky title track, which went on to hit #3 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart and had such an undeniable groove that it gave the group another top-40 hit as well, hitting #28 on the Hot 100. The album’s second single, “Turn On to Me,” also proved to be a substantial hit, climbing to #56 on the Hot 100 and to #6 on the R&B Singles chart.