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Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

Adam Yauch of seminal hip-hop band Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47. Yauch had fought cancer since 2009 and did not appear with the Beasties when they were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. His death was announced by Russell Simmons who signed the Beasties to their first label deal. “GlobalGrind is confirming this very sad news,” said Simmons. “One of our heroes, Adam Yauch aka … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, 2000s

One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

One-Hit Wonder Promoter Dick Clark Dead at 82

Dick Clark died today after suffering a heart attack following a routine outpatient treatment at a Los Angeles hospital. It’s hard to calculate and quantify the number of one-hit wonder bands and artists Dick Clark featured on American Bandstand during its 30-year run between 1957 and 1987. Virtually every American band (and many non-American bands) who found a place on the Billboard Top 40 appeared on American Bandstand. YouTube is filled with American Bandstand videos from one-hit artists … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, 1980s, Pop

No Excuses – Alice in Chains

No Excuses – Alice in Chains

Mike Starr died today from an apparent drug overdose. Don’t know Mike? Perhaps you know the band he helped found back in 1987. A little outfit from Seattle, Washington known as Alice in Chains. By far one of the most melodic and musical of all metal/grunge bands. Starr was there for the recording of the band’s first records and it’s biggest-selling record of all, the four-times Platinum release, Dirt that featured the songs “Them Bones,” … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

The Hustle – Van McCoy

The Hustle – Van McCoy

This is it…one of the greatest disco anthems ever. Someday in a far-distant future, aliens or some post-apocalyptic explorer will discover a cassette tape or vinyl copy of “The Hustle” by Van McCoy and will instantly deem it the World States National Anthem. At least the United States Disco Anthem. Think about it for a moment; besides “Staying Alive” by The Bee Gees, is any song more associated with disco than “The Hustle?” Can “The Hustle” be … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Modern Day Delilah – Van Stephenson

Modern Day Delilah – Van Stephenson

Many singer-songwriters end up as one-hit wonders. Why? Their success as songwriters for other artists often results in a record label “giving them a chance” with their own record. Van Stephenson is a perfect example of this phenomenon. After writing hits for country artists like Crystal Gayle and Kenny Rogers, HIVAU Records offered him the chance to do his own thing. A thing that sounds suspiciously like Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”) and Corey Hart (“Sunglasses at … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Lovergirl – Teena Marie

Lovergirl – Teena Marie

Soulful singer Teena Marie died today, December 26, 2010. This woman had great pipes and was often described as a “black voice trapped in a white woman’s body.” Technically, she is a two-hit wonder. Her first top 40 hit on the Billboard charts is “I Need Your Lovin'” from 1981. If you remember that song, you deserve extra credit on the one-hit-ometer. The song people remember from Teena Marie is “Lovergirl” from 1984. This was her … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s