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Randi’s Rock Report: Today We Celebrate The Music of Jimi Hendrix With Audio Clips of Jimi Discussing His Career…

Today — September 18th — marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix. Born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle on November 27th, 1942, he grew up to become one of the most original and influential guitarist of the 1960s. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted him in 1992, called him “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in ... Read More »

Randi’s Rock Report: Tom Petty’s “Woman In Love”…

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench can’t recall why their bassist, Ron Blair, wasn’t around for the session for “A Woman in Love (It’s Not Me).” But he says that it gave them an opportunity to work with the legendary player for Booker T. & the MG’s and Eric Clapton,Donald “Duck” Dunn. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench on the band’s guest bassist ... Read More »

Randi’s Rock Report: We Celebrate the Life, Music & Legacy of Ric Ocasek With Rare Audio…

“Good Times Roll” is the opening cut of The Cars’ first album. But the late Ric Ocasek, who wrote it, once told us you shouldn’t take it at face value. The late Ric Ocasek on The Cars’ “Good Times Roll” “That was my song about what the good times in rock ‘n’ roll really mean, instead of what they’re supposed to ... Read More »

Randi’s Rock Report: John Fogerty Discusses Relevance of “Fortunate Son”…

President Trump‘s unauthorized use of pop songs at his campaign rallies is, by now, old news. But when Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Fortunate Son” played as he walked off Air Force 1 last Thursday in Michigan, it raised eyebrows due to its lyrics, including those of its writer, John Fogerty. John Fogerty on “Fortunate Son” and it being used by the ... Read More »

Randi’s Rock Report: Southern Style~ Lynyrd Skynyrd “You Got That Right”….

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s fifth studio album, Street Survivors, would prove to be the last for Ronnie Van Zant, new guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie, who sang backing vocals. The three of them died in the tragic plane crash that took place just three days after the album was released. Former drummer Artimus Pyle recalls a song that strongly bears their stamp, “You Got ... Read More »

Randi’s Rock Report: Birthday Boy Tommy Shaw Shares What Inspired “Blue Collar Man”

Singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw wrote three hits on Styx’s Pieces of Eight album, including “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).” He tells us what inspired that one. Styx singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw on what inspired “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights).” “My father was a gas man. He was the guy who would put your gas light in or hook up your gas pipes. ... Read More »