Nick DeRiso is UCR's assistant managing editor. He was named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, and previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
55 Years Ago: Sam and Dave Empower a Generation With ‘Soul Man’
Top 5 hit was later resurrected by the Blues Brothers, with a second assist from guitarist Steve Cropper.
40 Years Ago: Peter Gabriel Begins Unusual Path to Fame With ‘Shock the Monkey’
Eccentric take on new wave seemed like a lot of things that it actually wasn't.
40 Years Ago: ‘Back on the Chain Gang’ Gives Purpose to Grieving Pretenders
They'd just been forced to fire their bassist when the band's guitarist died.
Motown Songwriting Legend Lamont Dozier Dies at 81
He helped shape popular music in the '60s with Brian and Eddie Holland.
55 Years Ago: Yardbirds’ ‘Little Games’ Stumbles, Despite Jimmy Page
There was freedom in the air. Just not in throwback producer Mickie Most's sessions.
30 Years Ago: George Harrison’s ‘Live in Japan’ Celebrates a Brief Return
Concert recording seemed to herald a new era for the typically reclusive former Beatle.
50 Years Ago: Harry Nilsson Steers Toward the Ditch on ‘Son of Schmilsson’
He steadfastly refused to provide a proper sequel to the long-awaited breakthrough 'Nilsson Schmilsson.'
50 Years Ago: Paul McCartney’s Next Band Takes Flight on Wings Over Europe Tour
His main goal was to slip out from behind the Beatles' long shadow.
50 Years Ago: Emerson, Lake and Palmer Put It All Together on ‘Trilogy’
Album emerged from a period of recapitulation, like the classical music that informed so much of their work.
July 2022 New Music Releases
For some, July will mark the end of a long silence.