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Sterling Whitaker

Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books: 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
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43 Years Ago – The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ Played in Court During Charles Manson Trial

In 1969, terror and paranoia swept through the film and music communities of Los Angeles after actress Sharon Tate, Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski and 18-year-old Steven Parent were brutally murdered in a house on Cielo Drive. In a bizarre twist to an already sensational story, the Beatles' 'White Album' wound up being played in court during the subsequent murder trial of Charles Manson, who claimed to have planned the killing spree because of messages he believed were buried in the music.

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35 Years Ago: The Who Announce Kenney Jones as Keith Moon’s Replacement

Drummer Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime: being tapped to replace the late Keith Moon in the Who. The group announced its new drummer in January 1979, but Jones' tenure with the band would prove to be difficult and relatively brief, punctuated by internal strife and changing musical trends.

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36 Years Ago: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Plane Crashes, Killing Three Band Members

Lynyrd Skynyrd had established themselves as one of the most successful rock bands of the '70s by the time they released 'Street Survivors' in October of 1977. The group's career would come to a tragic halt just three days later, on Oct. 20, 1977, when their twin engine plane went down in a swamp in Gillsburg, Miss., killing three of the band members, a tour manager and both pilots on impact.

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41 Years Ago: Creedence Clearwater Revival Break Up

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival were one of the most important and influential rock groups of their generation, despite the fact that their recording career together lasted a scant four years. Their breakup was announced on Oct. 16, 1972 -- 41 years ago today.

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41 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Vol. 4′

Metal pioneers Black Sabbath were reaching beyond their heavy musical roots by the time they recorded their fourth album in 1972, coming up with an amalgam of classic heavy riffing, a growing sense of melody, and even some touches of progressive rock. The album endures as a classic today - even though it was almost derailed by the band's growing substance abuse.

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Sammy Hagar’s New Album Will Feature An Unusual Cover Song

If you've ever thought to yourself, 'Wow, I'd sure like to hear Sammy Hagar cover Depeche Mode,' then you're in luck. In a new interview, Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith says he recently helped the Red Rocker lay down a new recording of 'Personal Jesus,' along with several other tracks.

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Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee Retires Roller Coaster Drum Kit

It's the end of an era for Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. The band wrapped their most recent tour with a gig at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Saturday night (May 25), and the show also marked the final appearance of Lee's unique roller coaster drum set.

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John Fogerty Clarifies His Views on Creedence Clearwater Revival Reunion

Legendary rocker John Fogerty has teamed up with an all-star cast for his new album 'Wrote a Song for Everyone,' on which he re-visits a number of the hits he wrote for Creedence Clearwater Revival in new recordings with guest appearances from Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Bob Seger, as well as country stars like Miranda Lambert and Alan Jackson. In an interview to promote the new album, Fogerty clarified his position on the longstanding tensions between he and his former CCR band mates, and why he feels he can never reunite with them.

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