The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but none continues to spark interest and provoke discussion quite like the band’s performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977. It is one of the most collected, traded, and debated concerts by any band ever, has topped numerous fan polls through the years, and was a favorite of the group’s longtime archivist Dick Latvala, who stated: “Enough can’t be said about this superb show.” Even Uncle Sam got into the act in 2011 when the recording was “deemed so important to the history and culture of the United States” that a copy was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
29 years ago today, the band Underworld released their debut album, an LP which bears virtually no sonic resemblance to the material that brought them their greatest success…not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Dr. Rhino prescribes a second dose of Vitamin B. Now go conquer the world, superstar!
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As we did last Wednesday, we come to you today in order to place another album under the Black History Month Spotlight, and while this one isn’t quite as iconic as that massive Stax-Volt singles collection, it’s certainly no less historic.
The Apollo Theater in Harlem is one of New York City’s most famous concert venues, and the title of the album APOLLO SATURDAY NIGHT is not a case of false advertising: it does indeed contain live performances which were recorded at the Apollo Theater on Saturday, November 13, 1963. The stars of the show: The Coasters, The Falcons, Ben E. King, Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, and Doris Troy. (If you aren’t familiar with The Falcons, you’ll be familiar with a couple of the gentlemen who were serving as members of the group at the time: Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd.)
50 years ago today, the story of the band Chicago began. Yes, for those of you who might’ve been wondering, that story does begin in Chicago. It does not, however, start with Chicago. It starts with…The Big Thing.
Here’s the way things break down. Walt Parazaider, Terry Kath, and Danny Seraphine were members of The Missing Links, a band which played around Chicago, sometimes featuring guest trumpet from Lee Loughnane, a friend of Kath’s.
When putting together a playlist to commemorate Valentine’s Day, it’s not exactly a struggle to come up with love songs for inclusion. Indeed, if anything, it’s more an issue as to what you’re going to leave out of the mix in order to keep it from getting too overwhelming.
Thankfully for you, we’ve spent a lot of time curating Rhino’s Love Songs playlist, and we think we’ve compiled a pretty great mix of classic tracks and new tunes which crosses a variety of genres while still maintaining a cohesion that makes for darned good listening.