Fifty year ago, Chubby Checker topped the pop charts with "The Twist" and in doing so, gave rise to one of rock 'n' roll’s most iconic dance crazes. It inspired countless other dances, such as the Jerk and the Mashed Potato, and songs, including "Twistin' the Night Away," and "Twist and Shout." It also came to be emblematic of pop culture from the early 1960s. Here are several versions and spin-offs, from Checker's original cover to the employees of Sterling Cooper on "Mad Men."
Abbey Road studios, touted as the world's first custom-built recording studios, opened at number 3 Abbey Road on November 12 1931. The studios were made famous by the Beatles and granted landmarked status by the British government on February 23, 2010. Below are some highlights.
Continuing its trend of selecting old-school rock legends to play the Super Bowl halftime show, the NFL has tapped The Who to perform a greatest hits medley in the Super Bowl Halftime Show this Sunday in Miami. As Soundcheck debates the Halftime Show in our weekly Soundcheck Smackdown, tell us what you think.
Iggy Pop, who defined the role of the crazed rock frontman as far back as 1969, has now recorded an album that features French and Brazilian standards, some ballads, a tune lovingly ripped off from Louis Armstrong's early years, and only one real rocker. People are surprised
The idea that musicians might be somehow more attuned to the emotions of others really isn't all that surprising. Ever have that feeling where a piece of music strikes you in a way you can't articulate but can certainly feel? So you know that a musician can, at times at least, reach you on an emotional level.
I've been listening to the songs at the top of the charts, trying to see if I can figure out which one will be the song we can't escape this summer - assuming the rain stops and summer does in fact come at some point. Unlike prior years, where I thought there were standout tracks (Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl"), this summer's entries seem to be a middling bunch.