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Nick DeRiso has also explored jazz, blues, rock and roots music for Gannett News Service and USA Today, All About Jazz and Blues Revue, among others. Named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006.
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40 Years Ago: John Lennon, Harry Nilsson Tossed From Troubadour for Heckling

The evening that drinking buddy Harry Nilsson introduced John Lennon to the brandy Alexander cocktail wouldn't end well. On March 12, 1974, the rock stars would ultimately be escorted out of LA's iconic Troubadour nightclub, ejected for relentlessly heckling the Smothers Brothers and, according to a member of the staff, assaulting a waitress.

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Ted Nugent Pledges to ‘Stop Calling People Names’

Ted Nugent remains one of the most complicated, polarizing figures in rock. He apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," even while denying that the term was racist. Nugent now says that he will "stop calling people names," but he's still characterizing the president as a "liar."

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Hall & Oates’ ‘Rich Girl’ Wasn’t About A Girl

You're forgiven to have believed that 'Rich Girl' became the first of six No. 1 songs for Hall and Oates on the strength of its snarky put-downs toward a particularly haughty girlfriend. But John Oates says that's not even close, as Daryl Hall had another inspiration entirely.

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