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"Diamond"
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Paul Beaver Played Clavinet, Too (plus Emil Richards Tribute)

Remember last month when I was hot on the trail of identifying the first recording of a clavinet, thanks to a tip from Jim Kimsey:  “Six O’Clock” by John Sebastian & The Lovin’ Spoonful?  Was John Sebastian‘s “electric harpsichord” (as he referred to the instrument), in fact, a clavinet?  Sebastian

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"1983"
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Not Your Father’s “Purple Haze”

I just stumbled upon another freaky coincidence that is not unlike Germany’s 1966 one-off single by The Dead-Heads — In the year 1968, two artists – The Jimi Hendrix Experience and singer, Robert Ray Whitley – both released original compositions entitled “1983“! “1983” By “beach music composer” Ray Whitley How bizarre

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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Lulu Impersonates Sly Stone

Jon Landau, in his thoughtful analysis of the contemporary pop scene – “Rock 1970” – for the December 10, 1970 edition of Rolling Stone, made the following statement about Billy Preston‘s former writing partner: While it may be sacrilegious to say it, the most influential black artist of recent years,

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"Clean Up Your Own Back Yard"
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“Clean Up Your Own Back Yard”: Elvis, Like Dion, Gardens From Within

The synchronicity is startling:  Elvis and Dion would release single-only tracks that share the title “Your Own Back Yard” within 12 months of each other.  Spooky, isn’t it? “Clean Up Your Own Back Yard“ Elvis Presley (1969) Elvis’s “Clean Up Your Own Back Yard” was, as the 45 picture sleeve

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"Your Own Back Yard"
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“Your Own Back Yard”: 12-Step Rock

How brave of Dion (“Runaround Sue”) DiMucci to lay his life bare as he does on “Your Own Back Yard” about his own personal demons – and then issue the song as a single aimed at the radio market: Said The Rolling Stone Record Review around the time of its

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