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It was 53 years ago today (July 20th, 1965) that Bob Dylan released "Like A Rolling Stone." The song not only revolutionized the way pop lyrics were written and sung, but ultimately pushed the boundaries as to how long a hit single could actually be. "Like A Rolling Stone," which clocked in at 6:06, had the time listed as 5:59 on the label of the vinyl 45, in an effort to fool Top 40 disc jockeys into playing it. In August 1965 "Like A Rolling Stone" -- which was the lead track on his Highway 61 Revisited album -- peaked at Number Two in the charts, Dylan's highest charting single to date.

In 1988, when Bruce Springsteen inducted Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he spoke about the impact "Like A Rolling Stone" had on him and his generation: "The first time I heard Bob Dylan, I was in the car with my mother listening to WMCA, and on came that snare shot that sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind. . . When I was 15 and I heard 'Like A Rolling Stone,' I heard a guy who had the guts to take on the whole world and who made me feel like I had to too. Maybe some people misunderstood that voice as saying that somehow Bob was going to do the job for them, but as we grow older, we learn that there isn't anybody out there who can do that job for anybody else."

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders says that there's no one she rates above Dylan: "Dylan, he's just the greatest songwriter of all time, I think. You could do album after album of his songs. I mean, there's so many of his songs that I'd like to do. I could just keep doing them."

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine voted "Like A Rolling Stone" Number One in its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs."

Throughout the years, the song has been covered by the Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, the Rascals, the Turtles, David Bowie, and Judy Collins, among others.

Dylan himself has performed the song at most of his shows since 1965, often saving it for one of his encores.

The song, which originally appeared as the lead-off track on his 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited, has appeared in various live versions on albums such as 1970's Self Portrait, 1974's Before The Flood, and 1978's Bob Dylan At Budokan.

AUDIO: BOB DYLAN ON HIS SONGS
AUDIO: CHRISSIE HYNDE ON BOB DYLAN

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Happy Birthday to Don Henley, who turns 71 on Sunday (July 22nd)!!! Henley and the late Glenn Frey co-founded the Eagles in 1971, and are responsible for the band's best loved songs, including "Hotel California," "One Of These Nights," "Desperado," "Best Of My Love," "Life In The Fast Lane," "Tequila Sunrise," "Take It To The Limit," "New Kid In Town," "The Long Run," and many more. The Eagles -- featuring Deacon Frey and Vince Gill -- perform tonight and tomorrow (July 20th and 21st) at Boston's TD Garden.

In 2016, the Eagles were saluted with the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor. In 2015, Don Henley released his latest solo album, Cass County, which marked his highest charting solo set to date -- debuting on the Billboard 200 album charts at Number Three -- a full four spots higher than his last album, 2000's Inside Job. In addition to that, Cass County debuted at Number One on Billboard's Top Album Sales and Top Country Albums charts marking the first chart-topping album of Henley's solo career, selling more than 87,000 units in its first week of release. Cass County features collaborations with Mick Jagger, Stevie Nicks, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, and Miranda Lambert, among others.

Since originally parting ways with the Eagles in 1980, Don Henley has scored eight Top 40 hits -- including the Top Tens: "Leather And Lace" - with Stevie Nicks (#6), "Dirty Laundry (#3), "The Boys Of Summer (#5), "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" (#9), and "The End Of The Innocence" (#8).

In April 2011, Henley was honored in Washington, D.C. at the 10th annual Grammys on The Hill for his advocacy on behalf of the music community. Henley was awarded the inaugural Recording Artists Coalition award.

Although the press has unsuccessfully tried to pigeonhole Cass County into being a "country" album, Henley maintains that it was conceived and recorded without any hangups as to where it would fit and who would be buying it: "There’s been a lot of discussion when they were trying to fit in what categories to put it in (laughs), y’know, for, like, iTunes. There’s been a lot of argument back and forth, ‘Well, is it a country album? Is it an Americana album? Is it a pop album -- what is it? And the fact is, it’s all those things. It’s just an American music album. I don’t like to put things in boxes."

AUDIO: DON HENLEY ON YOUNGER ARTISTS
AUDIO: DON HENLEY ON 'CASS COUNTY' GENRES

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The definitive and authorized Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary If I Leave Here Tomorrow -- which was shown earlier this year at South By Southwest -- will premiere on Showtime on August 18th. As we previously reported, sole surviving co-founder Gary Rossington told Yahoo Entertainment why director Stephen Kijak's doc works where so many others failed, explaining, "All the other documentaries were negative, and they really didn’t show how when we started, we were brothers. We’d die for each other. We grew up together, y'know? We were so happy, and it was a family. (The film) shows us, me and Ronnie (Van Zant) looking right at each other, and it was like, all my friends are dead and gone. I just went, 'Oh, my God.' It’s just real sentimental to me. I see all the memories and they’re alive; they’re like jumping beans in my brain."

Old friend and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons recalls the band giving Skynyrd an early break early on in its career: "We gave them their first paying job as Lynyrd Skynyrd back in '73. It was down in their home state of Florida. We had a Southern states run called The Outlaw Tour, and we had heard about this band from Florida. Well, we got down there, (and) we said, 'Hey, why don't you come out and have a night with us?'" in Mansfield, Massachusetts at Xfinity Centre.

AUDIO: REVEREND BILLY F. GIBBONS SAYS ZZ TOP GAVE LYNYRD SKYNYRD THEIR FIRST BIG BREAK

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It looks as though Paul McCartney will be playing yet another secret gig next week in London. "Macca" posted a message on his social media platforms stating: "Why do you think you should attend a secret event in #London with #PaulMcCartney next week? Post a short video using the hashtag #UnderTheStaircase." The usually reliable website, The Daily Beatle, reported: "An unconfirmed rumor points to Studio Two at Abbey Road as the most likely venue. So if you're planning to be in London next week, you know what to do!"

McCartney last took fans by surprise back on June 9th performed a mini-set at Liverpool's Philharmonic Pub and Dining Rooms -- affectionately referred to as "The Phil" -- which was filmed for the benefit of McCartney's appearance on The Late Show with James Corden.

Most fans have forgotten that all of McCartney's initial post-Beatles shows were secret, surprise gigs. In early-1972, he and his newly formed band Wings traveled up England's M1 motorway and stopped at local universities to play for the door at campus dining halls and student unions: "We decided to go back to square one and not form a, sort of, great big 'supergroup' and come out the level the Beatles were at. So, it was kinda funny looking back on it. We just stuck everything in a van -- dogs, children, potty -- and just went up the motorway without any bookings, without any hotels. Anyway, we found Nottingham University and went and did a gig there and (then) did a little, kind of, university tour. So from those small beginnings, we gradually formed Wings."

AUDIO: PAUL MCCARTNEY ON WINGS' HUMBLE_BEGINNINGS

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Coming on October 12th is the fourth in a series of David Bowie box sets, titled, Loving The Alien (1983-1988). The 11-CD box, 15-LP vinyl set, and standard digital download boxed set is named after the opening track from the Tonight album and includes newly remastered versions of 1983's Let's Dance, 1984's Tonight, 1987's Never Let Me Down (original and 2018 versions), the live album Glass Spider (Live Montreal '87), the previously unreleased Serious Moonlight live album, a collection of original remixes entitled Dance and the non-album / alternate version / B-sides and soundtrack music compilation Re:Call 4.

Of particular interest to '80s Bowie's fans is the 2018 remix of the Never Let Me Down album. According to the press release: "The seeds of this new reimagining of the albums were first sown in 2008 when Bowie asked producer / engineer Mario McNulty to remix the track 'Time Will Crawl' and record new drums by longtime Bowie drummer Sterling Campbell along with strings. The track was issued on the iSelect compilation to much acclaim and, in the notes for that record, David remarked 'Oh, to redo the rest of that album.'"

The new version features new instrumentation by Bowie collaborators Reeves Gabrels on guitar, David Torn guitar, Sterling Campbell on drums, Tim Lefebvre on bass as well as string quartet with arrangements by Nico Muhly and a guest cameo by Laurie Anderson on "Shining Star (Makin' My Love)."

It was typical of David Bowie to change the scenery just as his fans were starting to get used to it. Following the soul-infused Nile Rodgers-produced pop of 1983’s Let’s Dance album and it’s 1984 follow-up, Tonight, Bowie explained that by the mid-‘80s, he was feeling the need to shake things up again: "The 'Serious Moonlight' period, that Let's Dance album was. . . Nile did wonderful things for me on that album, and he created an extraordinary sound. But with the inclusion of the horns and the smoothness of the whole deal, I started to become uncomfortable in carrying on with that direction, because I felt a little lost in that. And it was approaching an area that I really didn't feel I belonged in. When you get lost, you go back to point one." SOUND

AUDIO: DAVID BOWIE ON 'SERIOUS MOONLIGHT' ERA

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Rod Stewart will release his 30th studio album, titled Blood Red Roses on September 28th. The set marks Rod's first new collection since 2015's Another Country. Rod has just released the album's lead single, "Didn't I," online which chronicles with a parent dealing with their child's battles with substance abuse. Singer Bridger Cady guests on the track. Rod posted on his Facebook page, "I always think I make albums for a few friends and this record has that intimacy. Sincerity and honesty go a long way in life and the same is true in song-writing."

With Rod Stewart once again taking charge in the studio over the recent years, we asked him if he was trying in some way to recapture the magic found on his classic early-'70s albums: "Well, you can't recreate those, y'know, the atmosphere that was around in the studio (and) the way I felt back in those days, y'know? In those days I was in my late-'20s. Y'know, you've done this music and you've done it once and I swear to God you can do it again if you put your mind to it. The themes of the songs are a little bit more adult now; there's no 'Hot Legs' or 'Do You Think I'm Sexy?' but there are songs I think people can relate to."

AUDIO: ROD STEWART ON HIS MUSIC MATURING

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Hootie & The Blowfish, fronted by Darius Rucker, will play a special show with Jason Aldean this weekend. They, along with Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs, were tapped by Jason to perform at SunTrust Park, otherwise known as Atlanta Braves Stadium, on Saturday (July 21st).

Hootie & The Blowfish do a handful of shows together each year, but Darius tells us exclusively that he was hesitant at first to agree to the band playing this ballpark. "They texted me, 'Hey, man, we want you guys to play Atlanta,' and I'm like, you know, 'I don't know if we're ready to go play a stadium (laughs), you know? We play but I don't know think we're ready to play a stadium,' and I thought about it and Jason's always been so cool to me and I thought, 'If you really want us we'll come do it.' It's gonna be a fun night. We can still play. We're old men but we can play." in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

AUDIO: DARIUS RUCKER ON HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH PLAYING ATLANTA STADIUM WITH JASON ALDEAN

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Quincy Jones is teaming up with former Academy chief, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to produce a documentary about the Black Hollywood experience. Jones spoke to The Hollywood Reporter at the Ischia Film and Music Festival and said, "We’re in the process of starting to do a documentary now called American Film: The Black Experience. Boone Isaacs invited me to be co-producer with her. I’m very excited about that."

Boone Isaacs also spoke on the documentary, saying that she wanted "to get the story out of the contributions that have been made by so many, not just the celebrities, which even that backstory has not been told enough; and the relationship among folks and growing and working together in order to improve."

She added, "I think what is important is the backstory of us in the entertainment business, whether it’s film, music or television."

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