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The Crooked Path to Badfinger’s “Straight Up”

Geoff Emerick, George Harrison, and Todd Rundgren all had a hand in the extended production of this 1971 album.

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Pop Music 2016: In Memoriam

2016 was a tough year, not least of all because we lost so many amazing musicians. Classic Rock (Keith Emerson), Country (Merle Haggard), Folk (The Weavers‘ Fred Hellerman), Jazz (Bobby Hutcherson), Rap (Phife Dawg), R&B (Mack Rice) New Wave (Dead or Alive’s Pete Burns), even

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Leon Russell’s “Of Thee I Sing”: A ’70s-Era Song for Today

With the passing of Leon Russell, we lost a soulful, kick-ass virtuoso whose broadband versatility in gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues and country is unsurpassed. Aside from his astounding resume as a hit-making studio musician, hippie commune band leader and singer, the Russell songbook