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Remembering Lisa Marie Presley!

Story by Mitchell Smith Good Sunday Morning to everyone. Today we say goodbye to Lisa Marie Presley at the young age of 54. She is the only daughter of the late great Elvis Presley. Born into the spotlight she inherited her fathers estate in the eighties. She pursued a career in signing and songwriting and put out a few albums in the 2000’s. Presley was just at the 80th Golden Globe Awards in January 10th and it was a shock to everyone to learn of her passing. Presley’s marriage to…

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THE POP EXPOSE – Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’!

Hello everyone. Today I’m checking out one of my favorite albums Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. Sure many people know songs like “Another Brick in the Wall”, Mother, and “Comfortably Numb” , but if you never listened to the entire album you miss the whole story. The songs played on the radio fit into the rest of the album. Essential the album is one long song. If you have time to sit and listen from start to finish it takes you on a magic journey. Many people might not know there…

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THE POP EXPOSE – ‘The Doors’ Story by Mitchell Smith!

I decided to write this in a Jim Morrison state of mind. Although he is an accomplished artist he was everything with The Doors, and a poet without them. Ray Manzerek, John Densmore,and Rob Kreiger, likewise were just musicians with out Jim. In 1965 Morrison and Manzerek met and The Doors were born. It was an amazing ride to the top and Morrison gained most of the popularity of the band as lead singers often do. Most of there work was accomplished between 1967-1971 releasing 8 albums in that time.…

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THE POP EXPOSE –  Loretta Lynn an American Icon Turns 90!

Hello everyone. Today I’m checking out an American icon who just hit the 90 year old milestone, Loretta Lynn. Loretta Lynn was born April 14th 1932. Shortly after the Winter Olympics in my hometown area Lake Placid, NY. That’s a story for another day though. South of New York Loretta was born and raised in Butcher Hollow, KY. Loretta is 1 of 8 children and her youngest sister is Crystal Gayle. Along with many great songs her most famous is “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, which is the story of Loretta’s life…

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THE POP EXPOSE – Remembering Louie Anderson and Meat Loaf!

Hello everyone. This week I’m paying tribute to 2 greats we lost this past week. Louis Anderson and one of my favorite artists Meat Loaf. Anderson was a long time stand up comedian who often made fun of himself to get laughs. Anderson also had a hand in a number of movies including Maurice in the 1988 hit comedy Coming To America, and the 2021 Coming 2 America. Anderson starred in his own show, The Louis Show, as well as appearing in many other shows such as Alley McBeal, Scrubs,…

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THE POP EXPOSE – Remembering ‘Graeme Edge’!

Story by Mitchell Smith Well hello everyone. Today I’m remembering long time music great Graeme Edge, born in 1941 in England and passed away this past week at the age of 80. Edge is best known as co-founder and drummer for the Moody Blues. The Moody Blues have several hits over the years including “Nights in White Satin”, “I Know You’re out There Somewhere”, and “Your Wildest Dreams”. The band was a pioneer in Art Rock and Progressive Rock. The Electric Moog Synthesizer can be heard in many of there…

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THE POP EXPOSE – ‘The Beach Boys are Still Surfing’ Story by Mitchell Smith!

Hello everyone. Today I’m checking out a group that stormed the beaches in 1961 and never looked back. The Beach Boys are a unique band from California that hit it big with hits like Surfin’ USA, Wouldn’t it be Nice, and Good Vibrations. They took the world by Storm with their surfer, feel good music. I recently picked up a greatest hits CD with 30 hits for $7.99. Something many kids these days do not do, but the album comes with a sleeve of pics of The Beach Boys and…

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THE POP EXPOSE – ‘Bon Jovi’ Story By Mitchell Smith!

Hello everyone. The 1980s produced some of the greatest musicians of our time. Back when there was MTV, VH1, and even videos on regulars cable tv. We went to the record store and bought tapes. Blank tapes sometimes to try and catch one of the most popular bands of the late eighties. Bon Jovi the band from New Jersey started out in 1983 and hit it big with songs like “Living on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name. My favorite album is New Jersey which is packed…

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THE POP EXPOSE – Remembering ZZ Top’s ‘Dusty Hill’ Story by Mitchell Smith!

Happy Sunday Morning Everyone. Today I’m paying my respects to a legend, a pioneer, and all around class act, ZZ Top’s, ‘Dusty Hill‘. Dusty Hill was born in 1949 in Dallas and passed away last week in Houston. Hill and his band mates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard formed ZZ Top in 1969 and have played together right up to his recent passing. ZZ Top exploded in the eighties and Gibbons and Hill are one of the most recognizable people do to their long beards, but the band has a…

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THE POP EXPOSE – ‘Ariana Grande’ By Mitchell Smith!

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Today I’m getting into one of the top pop artists of this past era, Ariana Grande. Ariana Grande was born June 26th 1993. Grande started out doing local plays but her big break came when she landed the roll of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon hit show Victorious. She also had a spin off show called Sam and Cat where here and Icarly star Sam lived together. The show didn’t last long but Grande’s music career took off like…

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THE POP EXPOSE ‘THE POLICE ‘ by Mitchell Smith!

The Police are an English Rock band formed in London in 1977. The band consists of lead singer Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland. This was one of the most influential bands back in the late seventies and eighties. They had a number of hits including Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, and Every Breath You Take. One of my all-time favorite songs is one from their early days So Lonely. They had a very distinct sound from Sting’s vocals to the unique drum play from Copeland. Sting got his…

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THE POP EXPOSE – ‘Remembering Eddie Van Halen’ By Mitchell Smith!

Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam in 1955 and his family moved to Pasadena, CA in 1962. Eddie’s father was a Jazz performer who played piano, clarinet, and the sax. Eddie and his older brother Alex took piano lessons as kids and were both musically talented. Alex began playing guitar and Eddie took up drums. Soon after Eddie took up guitar himself and loved the sound of the electric guitar that he gave Alex his drum set. Eddie and Alex formed a band in 1972 and 2 years later renamed…

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THE POP EXPOSE ‘Tom Petty’ By Mitchell Smith!

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers was formed in 1976 and they performed right up to Tom’s death in 2017. Petty was a huge influence on the music world and this was the first and last band I saw in concert. I went to see him in 1992 right after his Into the Great Wide Open album was released. This was such a great album and it was right at the end of my childhood Joes. The Great Wide Open was one of the first albums I bought with my own money…

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THE POP EXPOSE ‘Boxcar Willie’ by Mitchell Smith!

Boxcar Willie. Lecil Travis Martin Was born September 1st, 1931. He is best know as his stage name Boxcar Willie. He also was famous for his train whistle sounds and Johnny Cash impressions. Willie was born in Texas and joined the United States Air Force in 1949. There he was a Flight engineer and part of the 136th Air Refueling Wing. He did this up till his retirement in 1976. Willie had wrote a song called Boxcar Willie in the 1950’s and years later he tried out for Chuck Barris’ The…

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THE POP EXPOSE ‘RIP Little Richard’ By Mitchell Smith!

Richard Wayne Penniman best known as Little Richard passed away on May 9th. Little Richard was born in 1932 in Georgia. He was the 3rd of 12 children. He got the name Lil’ Richard as a child because he was skinny and had a small frame. Richard struggled in school but got involved in music at a young age. He started performing and was given the name Little Richard while playing with Buster Brown’s Orchestra. In 1986 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Richard was a huge…

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