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This Day in Music Spotlight: The Bloody Murder of a Radio Mogul

Andrew Vaughan
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06.21.2015

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On this day in 1966, rock promoter and pop radio visionary Reg Calvert took his final steps when he entered Major Oliver Smedley’s home. Embroiled in a radio turf war with Smedley, Calvert was gunned down to death by his rival.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: Chet Atkins Saves Country Music

Sean Patrick Dooley
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06.20.2015

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Over the years the word “revolutionary” has been bandied about from time to time to describe some of the great musical pioneers who have helped shape the musical landscape. Rarely, however, has the word been more fitting than when describing Chet Atkins.
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This Day in Music Spotlight: Mick Jones, the Glam Years

Andrew Vaughan
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06.19.2015

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London band The Delinquents made their live debut on June 19, 1974 at the student union bar of Queen Elizabeth College, Kensington. The sound and image was pure glam, modeled heavily on Mott the Hoople. Novice guitarist Mick Jones [The Clash, not Foreigner] was so devoted to main man Ian Hunter that he carried a copy of Hunter’s Diary of a Rock'n'Roll Star book everywhere he went. It was young Jones’ rock and roll bible.
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ES-Les Paul Limited Run Models

Ted Drozdowski
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06.19.2015

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Gibson Memphis’ new limited run of ES-Les Pauls offers staggering playability and tone with custom finishes, pickups and wood options – and more.
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10 Great Music Books You Need to Read

Anne Erickson
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06.19.2015

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Rock ‘n’ roll has birthed music books and memoirs packed with more twists-and-turns than even the best fiction novel. From Slash to B.B. King, here are 10 great music books you need to read.
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Les Paul’s YouTube “Hits”

Ted Drozdowski
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06.19.2015

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Les Paul wasn’t just an inventor, producer and musical visionary — he was also, as these video performances prove, one of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century.
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Riff-Mania! The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Guitar Riffs

Russell Hall
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06.18.2015

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From Chuck Berry to The Beatles to the Stones and beyond, the guitar riff has served as the foundation for many of rock and roll’s most enduring classics.
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A Les Paul for Every Genre

Peter Hodgson
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06.18.2015

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The Les Paul has lent itself to many different genres over the years, and there are many different models suited to many different genres. Here are a few basic genre and model suggestions from the Gibson USA range to get you started.
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Paul McCartney & Turpentine? Top 10 Things You Might not Know about Paul McCartney

Russell Hall
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06.18.2015

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Gibson.com wishes Paul McCartney Happy Birthday today. Few lives have been as thoroughly documented as the life of Paul McCartney. Biographies – both of The Beatles and Sir Paul – number in the hundreds, many filled with minute details about the public and private life of the former Beatle. Still, we managed to unearth a few interesting tidbits that may have eluded all but the most avid fans. Feel free to chime in, in the comments section, with interesting McCartney facts we might have missed.
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Neil Young’s ‘Old Black’ Magic

Ted Drozdowski
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06.18.2015

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If there’s ever been a match made in Rock and Roll Heaven, it’s Neil Young and his trusty 1953 Les Paul “Old Black.” The battered six-string with more raunch than a Vegas stand-up comic has been his main electric axe since the late ’60s, burning its way into history on 1969’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere with the blaring rocker “Cinnamon Girl” and the freewheeling guitar epics “Down By the River” and “Cowgirl in the Sand.”


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