Roxy Music combined intelligent lyrics with quirky sounds and polished performances that set the standards as the pinnacle of adult-oriented rock.
In 'The Suburbs' their third album, Arcade Fire created their most sophisticated and ambitious work, replete with string arrangements.
Imitated but never equaled, influential beyond comparison, Cooke was the model for Otis Redding, Brook Benton, Marvin Gaye and countless others.
Of this album Gillian Welch said, "It's a little dark and a little vengeful." And more than a little brilliant, we must add.
With Aretha, popular music achieves the status of high art and "A Song For You" is one of her finest, yet overlooked performances.
It was January of 1967 when the Beatles conducted a 34-hour marathon that resulted in one of the most influential songs in rock history.