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John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-produced the song and album of the same name with Phil Spector. Recording began at Lennon’s home studio at Tittenhurst Park, England, in May 1971, with final overdubs taking place at the Record Plant, in New York City, during July. One month after the September release of the LP, Lennon released “Imagine” as a single in the United States; the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and the LP reached number one on the UK chart in November, later becoming the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album of Lennon’s solo career. Although not originally released as a single in the United Kingdom, it was released in 1975 to promote a compilation LP and it reached number six in the chart that year. The song has since sold more than 1.6 million copies in the UK; it reached number one following Lennon’s death in December 1980.

BMI named “Imagine” one of the 100 most-performed songs of the 20th century.

The single was produced by Smokey Robinson, and written by Robinson, and fellow Miracles members Ronald White, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin. One of the driving forces behind this awesome song was the innovative bass playing of James Jamerson. Here’s the isolated bass and drum tracks to the great Marvin Gaye’s hit “Ain’t That Peculiar,” which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.

Found on his 2002 album, The Eminem Show, “Till I Collapse” has never been released as a single, but it has recharted on a few occasions when other Eminem albums have been released. In 2012 it was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for digital sales of 2,000,000 copies in the United States.

In the second verse, Eminem makes references to several rappers who he believes are the best in the industry. The list, in descending order, is Reggie (Redman), Jay-Z, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., André 3000, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Nas and then himself.

The difference between Gruhn Guitars’ acoustic guitars comes in the materials, the collector value and the manufacturing. But Emily Siner of Nashville’s NPR wanted to know: Does a $100,000 guitar really sound better?

She asked owner George Gruhn to play a range of their stock: the cheapest acoustic they carried, an upper mid-range guitar and the most expensive acoustic on the shelf. Listen to their 90-second interview with George, or scroll down and guess which audio clip belongs to which guitar.

Guess The Guitar

Click on guitars A, B and C to hear George Gruhn play them. Then, try to guess which one is which: the $275 baby Taylor, the $5,000 custom Martin or the $100,000 Martin D-28 from 1938. To see the answers, scroll down.

Guitar A = custom Martin, $5,000
Guitar B = baby Taylor, $275
Guitar C = 1938 Martin D-28, $100,000

From WFMU:

Track three is interesting in that it contains the voices of some Canadian radio personalities, including Gordon Sinclair, who would become more well known in the US over a decade later, when he wrote and recorded the original version of the spoken word hit “The Americans”. I don’t know what “Big 8″ was (featured in track 5) – there is a soft drink company by that name in Canada, but it only seems to have existed for the last 30 years or so. Tracks 8 & 9 sound identical to me, but were separate on the list and the tape, so both are included. And although track 11 does not metnion the Dow company (at least, I don’t hear it) in the lyrics, this ad is referred to on the “take sheet” (reproduced below) as “Dow Square Dance”.

1.) Bob Hahn – Cameo (MP3)

2.) Bob Hahn – Two Labatt’s Weather Jingles (MP3)

3.) Bob Hahn – Labatt’s Canada Showcase Introduction (MP3)

4.) Bob Hahn – Shinola (MP3)

5.) Bob Hahn – Four Big Eight Ads (MP3)

6.) Bob Hahn – Three Sussex Ginger Ale Ads (MP3)

7.) Bob Hahn – Three Texaco Ads (MP3)

8.) Bob Hahn – Labatt’s Pilsner (MP3)

9.) Bob Hahn – Labatt’s Pilsner (MP3)

10.) Bob Hahn – Two Labatt’s Pilsner Ads (MP3)

11.) Bob Hahn – Dow Square Dance (MP3)

More proof that being a DJ is the best job in the world, Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn has announced a Rave of Thrones tour of Australia this August and September.

Before you think here comes another actor-turned-DJ for a night or two, Nairn, who plays the giant from Winterfell, has a second career as a successful DJ back in his native Northern Ireland and has performed with Scissor Sisters, among others. And he knows people that can kill you (and least on the show).

Elaine Stritch died at age 89 on July 17th. In 2013, Alec sat down with the stage and screen veteran who, among many famous roles, played his mother Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock.

Stritch tells Alec about her transition from the Sacret Heart Convent and finishing school to finding herself in the New York theater classes sitting between Walter Matthau and Marlon Brando. Stritch has been performing for nearly 70 years, but just a couple weeks ago, she moved home to Birmingham, Michigan. As Elaine tells Alec, she doesn’t “want to pretend anymore.”

Due to heavy rotation on commercials and trailers, Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” the song became known in the industry as a sleeper hit, peaking at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and has so far spent more than a year and a half on that chart. It became their first top 10 single, and also broke the record for slowest ascension to the Top 5 in chart history. The faster you go up on the charts, the faster you usually go back down again, and because this took so long to get into the Top 5, it currently holds the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100 at 87 weeks.

It was the third best selling song of 2013, and was also the No. 3 song on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, ending the year behind “Thrift Shop” and “Blurred Lines.”