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The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper')

In 1963, the Fab Four recorded a series of sessions at the BBC, which author Colin Fleming argues are emblematic of the band they would become.

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The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent

Raised on the South Side, Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at age 74.

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Big Songs, Big Hype (Oh Yeah, They're Women)

Three heavily hyped new bands have little in common, except being led by women. How important is that?

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David Bowie, Rock's Shape Shifter, Returns

After 10 years out of the public eye, the new album from Bowie, The Next Day, proves he's still a compelling pop star in today's music world.

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Reg Presley, The Voice Of 'Wild Thing,' Dies

The lead singer of The Troggs, who had a string of hits in the 1960s, was 71.

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