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‘He mouths at me, Oh my God’: Inside Michael McDonald’s off-the-cuff audition for the Doobie Brothers

‘He mouths at me, Oh my God’: Inside Michael McDonald’s off-the-cuff audition for the Doobie Brothers

They were in the early stages of what became 1976′s ‘Takin’ It to the Streets.’

‘Definitely a momentum killer’: Mike Love laments the lost Beach Boys classic SMiLE

‘Definitely a momentum killer’: Mike Love laments the lost Beach Boys classic SMiLE

“What would have happened,” Love muses, “had there not been drugs involved?”

Here’s Chippy – Little Songs (2014)

Here’s Chippy – Little Songs (2014)

This album is driven by a victorious blend of raw energy and technical triumph.

‘I don’t know what the hell it’s about!’: Brian May goes inside Queen’s creative process

‘I don’t know what the hell it’s about!’: Brian May goes inside Queen’s creative process

A fizzy alchemy surrounded one of the band’s hardest-rocking tunes.

‘There was just them three, and me’: Jeff Lynne on the Beatles reunion’s tense initial moments

‘There was just them three, and me’: Jeff Lynne on the Beatles reunion’s tense initial moments

The surviving Beatles reconvened in the 1990s to complete two John Lennon cuts.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – The Classic Albums Box; Frankie Valli – Selected Solo Works (2014)

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – The Classic Albums Box; Frankie Valli – Selected Solo Works (2014)

Rhino capitalizes on the upcoming ‘Jersey Boys’ movie with timely box sets.

‘They don’t talk about it much’: John Stamos on the Beach Boys’ Charles Manson connection

‘They don’t talk about it much’: John Stamos on the Beach Boys’ Charles Manson connection

“Never Learn Not to Love,” from 1969′s ’20/20,’ grew out of an original song by Manson.

‘I’ve got a little something I want to show you’: Steve Cropper remembers a treasured jam with John Lennon

‘I’ve got a little something I want to show you’: Steve Cropper remembers a treasured jam with John Lennon

“It was just him and me,” the Stax legend remembers, “in the studio.”

Louise Goffin – Songs from the Mine (2014)

Louise Goffin – Songs from the Mine (2014)

The daughter of Carole King and the late Gerry Goffin shines on her own.

‘We should get some lyrics written for that’: One of the Monkees’ great improvisations … wasn’t

‘We should get some lyrics written for that’: One of the Monkees’ great improvisations … wasn’t

Micky Dolenz credits Mike Nesmith for recognizing this gem’s potential.