Nick DeRiso is UCR's assistant managing editor. He was named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, and previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
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60 Years Ago: Black-Owned Vee-Jay Introduces the Beatles to America
First single played on U.S. radio wasn't released by EMI, Parlophone or Capitol Records.
Five Reasons Willie Nelson Should Be in the Rock Hall of Fame
Another candidate with Dolly Parton's canny blend of crossover fame and frisky rebelliousness.
March 2023 New Music Releases
March comes charging in with huge box-set remembrances, tons of live stuff and some new thoughts on old favorites.
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30 Years Ago: Sting Changes Gears With ‘If I Ever Lose My Faith in You’
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Neil Young Remembers Happier Times With David Crosby
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