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There comes a point in every famous rock star’s career where security guards become a necessary part of the equation. Tom Petty first began living with tighter security in the early ’80s, and even though he was slightly reluctant to accept the new reality, he wound up befriending his security guard and writing a song about […]

On May 4, 1977, Farrah Fawcett made her final appearance as a series regular on Charlie’s Angels. Her departure from the cast was something few fans saw coming. In her role as Jill Munroe, Fawcett had become the series’ breakout star. Though the blonde bombshell had turned heads in previous parts, including brief appearances on […]

Stevie Wonder took full creative control on 1972’s Music of My Mind, after more broadly asserting himself on 1971’s Where I’m Coming From. The first stirrings of this independent streak, however, trace back several years before to Up-Tight. He’d been in the midst of a dry spell on the charts, after becoming the youngest ever […]

Nick Mason left The Wall behind before Pink Floyd even finished mixing the troubled project, determined to reengage with music again. He ended up in New York, working with the talented jazz pianist and bandleader Carla Bley. It wasn’t always as much of a left turn as it sounded, though Mason took pains back then […]

On the cover of her 2011 album, In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks appears in a flowing black gown, bathed in light, while standing beside a white horse. The image – romantic and whimsical, while still maintaining a foot in the real world – perfectly reflected the songs found on the LP. Ten years had passed since Nicks’ […]

In the late ‘70s, Eagles were on top of the world thanks to their massively successful album, Hotel California. The LP’s third single, “Life in the Fast Lane,” released on May 3, 1977, kept them on top. The song’s origins can be traced to three distinct places. Its title was the result of some wild antics, […]

In May 1986, Robert Palmer scored his first No. 1 song thanks to a song idea that came to him in a dream. At that point, Palmer had spent roughly 20 years as one of music’s underappreciated journeymen. Early stints singing in bands the Alan Brown Set and Vinegar Joe had yielded only a minor […]

On May 1, 1972, the Eagles released their first single, “Take It Easy”. Though the track would become one of the band’s signature tunes, it originally belonged to a different artist. In the late ‘60s, Jackson Browne emerged as a rising songwriter – first as a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band before branching […]

Alan Parsons was mulling over the idea of starting his own group. All he needed was the right collaborator. He’d find both, along with plenty of inspiration, while working as an assistant at Abbey Road Studios. Parsons had actually been dispatched to London’s Savile Row to assist with the final live performance by the Beatles […]

Kiss were living the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle by the time they teamed up with producer Bob Ezrin to record their fourth album, Destroyer. And sometimes, as on the single “Flaming Youth,” that meant they had to recruit some outside help when they got too carried away. Ezrin whipped the foursome into shape at the start […]