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The Essential Carly Simon: Ranking Her Top 20 Songs

25 June 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Carly Simon won the best New Artist Grammy in 1971, and over the next couple of decades gave us some the greatest songs for the soundtrack of our lives.

Today is her 69th birthday, so let’s take a look back at her career and rank her greatest songs. These 20 slices of life are a good place to start your Essential Carly Collection.

20. Give Me All Night

Year: 1987

Album: Coming Around Again

Chart Peak: #61

Carly’s 1987 comeback Coming Around Again was one of the greatest albums of the 80′s, and revitalized her career. The second single “Give Me All Night” found her in great form, confident and strong.

19. The Right Thing To Do

Year: 1973

Album: No Secrets

Chart Peak: #17

The follow-up to “You’re So Vain,” she wrote it for new love James Taylor: “It was actually one of my absolutely undisputed songs about James, written three months into our relationship. »

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Songwriter Jesse Winchester dies at age 69

12 April 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto (AP) — Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. "Friends, our sweet Jesse died peacefully in his sleep this morning," the update reads. "Bless his loving heart." Winchester was born in Louisiana and raised around the U.S. South, but he didn't begin his music career in earnest until moving to Quebec in 1967. There, he began performing solo in coffee houses around Montreal and the Canadian East Coast. Winchester was a protege of the Band's Robbie Robertson, who produced and played guitar on Winchester's self-titled debut album and brought Band-mate Levon Helm along to play drums and mandolin. Winchester's second album, 1972's "Third Down, 110 to Go »

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Film Review: ‘Space Station 76’

17 March 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In space, everyone one can hear you kvetch. That appears to be standard operational procedure aboard “Space Station 76,” an intergalactic deadpan farce that suggests a daft mashup of “The Ice Storm” and “Space: 1999.” With the aid of ensemble players who maintain admirably straight faces amid the absurdity, director Jack Plotnick gets an impressive amount of mileage from a concept — characters in a futuristic sci-fi setting evince ‘70s angst and attitudes — that might seem at first blush barely adequate to sustain a “Saturday Night Live” sketch. This low-key indie comedy could live long and prosper on homescreen platforms.

Working from a script he and four fellow writers originally conceived for the stage, Plotnick establishes a tone of seriocomic soap-operatics in the early scenes while introducing the diversely dysfunctional crew of the Omega 76 Space Station.

Sexually repressed Capt. Glenn (Patrick Wilson, first among equals in a fine cast) is by »

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15 Insane Examples Of Rock N’ Roll Excess

3 February 2014 5:47 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Tales of sex, drugs and rock n roll are riveting stuff for us fans of music and rubberneckers in general. I probably should have put the little turd Justin Bieber in the article for his recent antics. He demonstrates perfectly not just the worst excesses of a rock n’ roll lifestyle, but also the arrogance and sense of entitlement that frequently comes through fame and fortune.

Great tales of excess – such as Aerosmith’s gargantuan intake of drugs that led to Joe Perry and Steven Tyler being labelled as ‘The Toxic Twins’ are the stuff of legend and often lead to apocryphal tales of extreme hedonism. Sometimes the truth is weirder than apocryphal tales. In 1976 Steven Tyler had an affair with model Bebe Buell which resulted in pregnancy. Tyler was so steeped in drugs, Buell left him for Todd Rundgren and bought »

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Ringo Starr Announces U.S. Tour

28 January 2014 11:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After hitting the Grammy stage on Sunday night, Ringo Starr has announced that he and his current All Starr Band will kick off another leg of their tour in North America, beginning in Rama, Ontario, on June 6. Photos: Grammys 2014: Best and Worst Moments The Beatles member will also perform two nights at New York’s Beacon Theater (June 17 and 18), and finish in Los Angeles at The Greek on July 19. "I love playing with this band," said Starr of Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette, with whom he's performed since 2012,

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