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Paul Simon, 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon'
Columbia Records
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40 Years Ago: Paul Simon’s ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’ Released

After spending several years dabbling in global rhythms and songforms -- and kicking off his solo career in the wake of Simon & Garfunkel's dissolution -- Paul Simon returned to his American roots for his second solo album, 1973's 'There Goes Rhymin' Simon,' resulting in one of the biggest hits of his career.

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Bob Seger Stranger In Town
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35 Years Ago: Bob Seger’s ‘Stranger in Town’ Album Released

After eight albums and almost as many years kicking around just outside of mainstream success, Bob Seger finally had a hit record with 1976’s ‘Night Moves,’ a moving, soulful and rocking look back on the people and places that shaped him. After so much hard work and sweat put into his music over the past decade, the Michigan native was starting to see it all pay off. So why turn back now? Why change what works? Why, for that matter, would Seger want to test any new ground on ‘Night Moves’’ follow-up? He wouldn’t.

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25 Years Ago: Poison’s ‘Open Up and Say … Ahh!’ Album Released

The four painted faces of  Poison's Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. DeVille and Rikki Rockett made their debut in 1986 on ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In,’ but it was the band's 1988 follow-up LP that sealed their fate. Twenty-five years ago today, ‘Open Up and Say … Ahh!’ was released, crowning Poison the kings of rock's glam revival.

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Living Colour, 'Vivid'
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25 Years Ago: Living Colour’s ‘Vivid’ Album Released

With its thunderous opening riff, followed by a crushing onslaught of drums and bass behind Corey Glover's volcanic vocals, Living Colour's 'Cult of Personality' kicked in the airwaves during the summer of 1988 with a fresh, aggressive sound. Even if the band was brand new to listeners, their success arrived after years of hard, patient work.

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LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 27: (TABLOIDS OUT)  Singer Tom Petty performs on stage at The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Casino Resort October 27, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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35 Years Ago: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Release ‘You’re Gonna Get It!’ Album

A year and a half after Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album fooled some music fans into thinking that the Los Angeles-based classic rockers were maybe a New Wave act, the quintet doubled down. ‘You’re Gonna Get It!,’ which was released on May 2, 1978, loaded up on Byrdsian jingle-jangle, classic-rock guitar crunch and a few meathead riff-based songs that made it clear that Petty and his band had little in common with the skinny-tie kids and their synthesizers.

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30 Years Ago: Michael Jackson + Eddie Van Halen Hit No. 1 with ‘Beat It’

Pop and R&B star Michael Jackson was looking to broaden his audience base when he invited Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen to play on a track from the album he was working on as a follow-up to his best-selling 1979 disc 'Off the Wall.'

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33 Years Ago: Black Sabbath’s First Tour With Ronnie James Dio Begins

Heavy metal overlords Black Sabbath began the second chapter of their storied career in April 1980, when they hit the road in Europe and U.K. for their first shows with Ozzy Osbourne’s replacement, Ronnie James Dio.

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20 Years Ago: Vince Neil’s ‘Exposed’ Released

Next to Van Halen’s spiteful parting with David Lee Roth, no other singer vs. band debacle in the pop-metal scene generated more press or tested allegiances harder than Motley Crue’s ugly divorce from singer Vince Neil in 1992.

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Doc McGhee
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25 Years Ago: Bon Jovi’s Manager Convicted of Smuggling 40,000 Lbs. of Marijuana

You think you've got problems? Just be glad you weren't in Doc McGhee's shoes on April 25, 1988, when the famous manager -- whose clients at the time included Motley Crue and Bon Jovi -- was convicted of smuggling 40,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States from South America.

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45 Years Ago: Joe Cocker’s ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ Album Released

Forty-five years ago, Joe Cocker laid the groundwork for his '70s stardom when he unveiled his debut album, ‘With a Little Help From My Friends.’ For almost a decade, the Sheffield-born Cocker had been toiling in the trenches -- first under the pseudonym Vance Arnold and later under his own name, fronting cult pub legends the Grease Band. In an era of self-contained bands and singer-songwriters, ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ bucked the trend in establishing Cocker as one of the most imaginative and distinctive interpretative singers of his generation.

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John Fogerty Blue Ridge Rangers
Fantasy Records
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40 Years Ago: John Fogerty Releases ‘The Blue Ridge Rangers’ Album

Freed from the confines of Creedence Clearwater Revival, which had become a stifling presence in the final years, John Fogerty took the opportunity of his debut solo album to revisit, pay tribute to and replicate the country music he occasionally played with his old band. But instead of going about it the traditional country-music way – with a bunch of musicians sitting together in a room and performing the music live as the tapes roll – Fogerty played every single instrument on ‘The Blue Ridge Rangers’ himself.

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20 Years Ago: Aerosmith Release ‘Get A Grip’

By the time 1993 rolled around, the members of Aerosmith were rock kingpins once more, buoyed by the multi-platinum success of 1987's 'Permanent Vacation' and 1989's 'Pump.' The band's seemingly unstoppable momentum continued unabated with 'Get A Grip,' which was released on April 20, 1993.

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