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Sterling Whitaker

Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books: 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.
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48 Years Ago: ‘The Beatles’ Animated Series Premieres

48 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play . . .

Actually, that's not true, but it was 48 years ago -- on Sept. 25, 1965 -- that ABC first broadcast 'The Beatles,' a 30-minute Saturday morning cartoon that became an instant ratings smash for the network. Several years before they all lived in a yellow submarine (or so the song claimed), the legendary British rockers were first immortalized in animated glory, lending their music -- but not their actual speaking voices -- to the show.

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41 Years Ago: Black Sabbath Release ‘Vol. 4′

Metal pioneers Black Sabbath were reaching beyond their heavy musical roots by the time they recorded their fourth album in 1972, coming up with an amalgam of classic heavy riffing, a growing sense of melody, and even some touches of progressive rock. The album endures as a classic today - even though it was almost derailed by the band's growing substance abuse.

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No. 8: ‘Misty Mountain Hop’ – Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs

Few '70s hard rock bands could come anywhere close to Led Zeppelin when it came to creating sophisticated studio recordings, as evidenced by 'Misty Mountain Hop,' No. 8 on our list of the Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs. A simple enough song in its construction, based around a straight funk rock riff, the group made it into a classic by recording a multi-layered track that holds up over repeat listening.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

No. 15: ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’ – Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs

Led Zeppelin's classic-beyond-classic first album was perhaps the heaviest debut in rock history to that point. But the album also hinted at Zeppelin's more prosaic side with today's entry on our countdown of the Top 50 Led Zeppelin Songs, 'Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You' -- an acoustic song the musicians recorded as an homage to folk queen Joan Baez.

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