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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 11:07am

In today’s installment of Deep Dive, we’re taking a look – and a listen – to Bread’s fifth studio album, an effort which earned the band three top-20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Unlike the band’s previous album, however, it didn’t include any top-10 singles, which has caused it to slip slightly into obscurity over the years. We’re here to try and change that.

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:39pm
Rhino Factoids

48 years ago today, The Band played their first live show on their own, as opposed to being someone else’s back-up group, but given the way Robbie Robertson was feeling, it was nothing short of miraculous that they played that night at all.

After making a name for themselves and their musicianship by playing with Bob Dylan, the members of The Band – Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and the aforementioned Mr. Robertson – decided to make a go for it on their own. Given their past credits, it was big news when they made this decision, which is why Ralph J. Gleason, rock critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, made such a buzz about it his column.

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 11:12am
Single Stories: Gary Wright, “Love Is Alive”

41 years ago this month, Gary Wright released the second single from his 1976 album THE DREAM WEAVER, a song which hasn’t gotten nearly as much love from radio as the album’s title track. Maybe that’s because of all the exposure that “Dream Weaver” got from its usage in Wayne’s World, maybe it’s not, but it seems pretty uncool either way, especially when you consider that both songs actually hit the same spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:24pm
Happy 35th: Van Halen, DIVER DOWN

35 years ago today, Van Halen released their fifth studio album, an LP which provided them with the highest chart placement of their career up to that point and required the least amount of songwriting on their part.

When DIVER DOWN hit record store shelves in 1982, one thing was very obvious about its contents just from looking at the track listing: it was filled with cover songs, including The Kinks’ “Where Have All The Good Times Gone,” Roy Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman,” and Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street,” along with a take on “Bad Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” and, to close things out, a Van Halen version of “Happy Trails,” best known as the farewell tune for Roy Rogers and Dave Evans.

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:21pm
You know Michael Nesmith, of course, from his work as one of the members of The Monkees, but there’s so much more to this man than a wool hat, a flair for comedy, and a gift for songwriting, and you’ll be able to find out about the other sides of his life when you pick up a copy of his new book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff. And after you’ve picked up a copy – or possibly even before then, in case you just want to be prepared for whenever you do add it to your bookshelf – we’ve got the perfect soundtrack for your reading: INFINITE TUESDAY: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RIFFS.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:05pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Glorious, gifted, groovy…it’s the one & only letter ‘G’!

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 2:25pm
Happy Birthday: Lowell George
Today we celebrate the birth of the man who fronted Little Feat from the beginning of their existence until just before his untimely death in 1979; Lowell Thomas George. In celebration of his life, we’ve got George’s lone solo album for your listening pleasure, but we’ve also pulled together a six-pack of tracks to which George contributed vocals.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 4:32pm
Single Stories: Howard Jones, “No One Is To Blame”

Today marks the Billboard Hot 100 debut of the most successful US single of Howard Jones’s career.

Written by Jones and co-produced by Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham, “No One Is To Blame” was originally released on Jones’s second studio album, DREAM INTO ACTION, but it took the aforementioned pair of gentleman to turn it into a hit single. The original track to the song was re-recorded to make it more radio-friendly, with Collins adding backing vocals as well as drum work, and if you haven’t heard the original version in awhile, you might want to check it out, because the differences are definitely notable.