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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has also explored jazz, blues, rock and roots music for Gannett News Service and USA Today, All About Jazz and Blues Revue, among others. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006.
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40 Years Ago: Bachman-Turner Overdrive Release ‘BTO II’

Nineteen-seventy-three's 'BTO II' really only boasted two stand-out tracks, and neither cracked the Top 10. Still, the songs were enough to free Randy Bachman of his early association with the Guess Who and to establish Bachman-Turner Overdrive as a new presence in rock 'n' roll.

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Category: Music News
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45 Years Ago: Blood Sweat & Tears Release Their Self-Titled Second Album

The departure of founder Al Kooper and trumpet player Randy Brecker following the release of Blood Sweat & Tears' debut album in early 1968 didn't bode well for the band. But somehow the self-titled follow-up, released in December 1968, became their breakthrough moment.

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Category: Music News, News
Ringo Starr
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40 Years Ago: Ringo Starr’s ‘Ringo’ Features (Sort-Of) Beatles Reunion

This was the closest the Beatles ever got to reuniting in the studio during John Lennon's lifetime, and the buzz catapulted Ringo Starr's third solo album to the top of the charts. 'Ringo,' released in the U.K. on Nov 23, 1973, would become Starr's lone platinum release.

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Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ Roars Back Up the Charts Thanks to Viral Video

One fan's endlessly entertaining lip sync to Bon Jovi's 'Livin' on a Prayer' wasn't just a hit on the Jumbotron during a recent Boston Celtics game. It has become a web sensation that has now sent the song back to the Billboard Hot 100 more than 25 years after its release.

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Marshall Tucker Band’s Doug Gray Wins Veterans Day Bet – Pic of the Week

Mariah Gray bet her father Doug, lead singer of the Marshall Tucker Band, that he couldn't fit into his Army uniform from 40 years ago for this Veterans Day. Turns out, he could. So, Mariah had to pay up with a vegetable soup lunch.

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