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Video- Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74

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"All I Have To Do Is Dream" is the first song I ever remember singing (other than nursery type stuff). Even the "Gee Whiz" still gets me.

Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Patti Everly, told The Times. He was 74.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting that the disease was the result of a lifetime of cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”

During the height of their popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s, they charted nearly three dozen hits on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, among them “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye Love,” “When Will I Be Loved” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” The Everly Brothers were among the first 10 performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it got off the ground in 1986.

"They had that sibling sound," said Linda Ronstadt, who scored one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her recording of "When Will I Be Loved," which Phil Everly wrote. "The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound [with family] that you never get with someone who’s not blood related to you. And they were both such good singers--they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock 'n' roll sound."

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S. Dakota Macy's Parade Float Kicks Joan Jett Off For Being A Vegetarian

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This just struck me as plain old silly. Don't they grow vegetables there too? Asshats.

NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Joan Jett said she won't ride on the South Dakota float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade because ranchers in the state protested her vegetarian lifestyle.

A trade group for ranchers in South Dakota said they were concerned about Jett's involvement with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals when they learned she and her band, the Blackhearts, were going to be on the float, CNN reported Saturday.

"So, of course, when we learned that about Miss Jett, we were rightly concerned about her representing South Dakota and a state that is so heavily reliant on agriculture and livestock production to drive our economy," Jodie Anderson of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, said.

Upon learning about the concerns, Jett said she decided to switch to another, unspecified float.

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Video Overnight Thread- R.I.P Lou Reed

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We were lucky enough to catch Lou back in the early 80's, and it was an incredible experience. When we heard today all we could say was "Oh man" in tandem. A true fucking pioneer and someone who gave me days of enjoyment.

NYT obit here, Rolling Stone here and a great fan obit here.

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Video Overnight Thread- History Of The Guitar Solo

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Via Sullivan.

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Video Overnight Thread- Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, dies at 74

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Sigh. Don't get me started. RIP Ray.

Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complimented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone and helped set the mood for some of rock's most enduring songs, has died. He was 74.

The Doors' original lineup, which also included drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robbie Krieger, was only together for a few years. But the band has retained a large and obsessive following decades after Morrison's death, in 1971.

The Doors have sold more than 100 million records and songs such as "Light My Fire" and "Riders On the Storm" are still "classic" rock standards. For Doors admirers, the band symbolized the darker side of the Los Angeles lifestyle, what happened to the city after the sun went down and the Beach Boys fans headed home.

Next to Morrison, Manzarek was the most distinctive looking band member, his glasses and wavy blond hair making him resemble a young English professor more than a rock star, a contrast to Morrison's Dionysian glamour — his sensuous mouth and long, dark hair. Musically, Manzarek's spidery organ on "Light My Fire" is one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in rock history.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Cockatoo Loves Rock n Roll

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Via John.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- RIP Bobbie Smith of The Spinners

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I went thru a couple of copies of their greatest hits on vinyl, then a cassette, and now a cd. Good damn music.

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