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45 Years Ago: The Monkees’ ‘Head’ Premieres

Released in theaters nationwide on Nov. 6, 1968, 'Head' was the Monkees last real hurrah as a pop phenomenon of the '60s. If you want to talk about going out in a blaze of glory, look no further. What other film has its stars jumping off a bridge to their watery death in the first five minutes? The Monkees name was not used in the offbeat advertising for the film, the movie itself had no credits at all until the very end, and the soundtrack generated zero radio hits. Some might call this a recipe for failure, while others might simply see it as the lunatics taking over the asylum.

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Lou Reed Willed His Estate to His Wife and Sister

Lou Reed is gone, but his legacy lives on -- and the wealth his music generated during his lifetime will now be used to care for the loved ones he left behind.

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The Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, and Edgar Winter
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The Doobie Brothers, .38 Special and Edgar Winter to Set Sail on Rock Legends Cruise

The Rock Legends cruise series has announced the lineup for its third voyage, and it looks like they're going to need a bigger boat.

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Paul Simon and Sting Will Tour Together in 2014

Paul Simon and Sting will tour North America together next year. According to The New York Times, the pair will officially announce the shows tomorrow, with, presumably, details of cities and dates.

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Meet the Brilliant 8-Year-Old Girl Who Is Composing Equally Brilliant Operas

Unlike most little girls, Alma Deutscher's musical hero is definitely not Justin Bieber.

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Stevie Nicks and Prince
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Stevie Nicks Says Prince Once Tried to Drive Her Little Red Corvette

Stevie Nicks and Prince shared a few moments of musical collaboration during the '80s, but Nicks thinks His Purple Majesty may have had something more intimate on his mind.

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30 Years Ago: Paul Simon Releases ‘Hearts and Bones’

For a good long while, everything Paul Simon touched turned to gold or platinum, first during his years as one-half of Simon & Garfunkel, and continuing through a string of successful solo albums. But by the early '80s, he'd hit a bit of a rough spot.

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35 Years Ago: The Police Release Their Debut Album

When the Police's debut album came out on Nov. 2, 1978, it sounded like little else on the music landscape at the time. The band was lumped in with punk and burgeoning New Wave groups at the time, but it played a mix of reggae and rock-inspired pop with all the time-shifting complexities found in prog and jazz.

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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Releases the First Beatles Solo Album

With the release of 'Wonderwall Music' in November 1968, George Harrison was the first Beatle to step into the spotlight on his own. Recording sessions actually began a year earlier -- when the Beatles were recording their annual Christmas message -- with 'India' and 'Swordfencing,' both working titles that would be changed before release.

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Elton John Sympathizes With Reality TV Singing Stars

It's easy to complain about singing competition shows like 'American Idol,' 'X Factor' and 'The Voice.' They value karaoke-style singing over performing one's own material, they favor pop flash over personal grit and they've spawned dozens of similar-sounding artists. But when Elton John looks out over the would-be pop stars on TV, he just feels pity.

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