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It All Began With a Bank Commercial

The unlikely, common origin stories of two very different icons of American pop culture. “We’ve Only Just Begun” In 1970, California-based Crocker National Bank enlisted the help of San Francisco ad agency Hal Riney & Partners to increase the bank’s awareness with young adult customers. The agency hired the songwriting team of Roger Nichols and […]

What a Heartbreaker

A few stories about the late, legendary Tom Petty. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ breakthrough hit was the classic “American Girl.” While mixing the final cut in a studio late one night in 1976, Petty thought it was missing something and asked guitarist Dwight Twilley what he thought. Twilley said the song was good, but […]

The Broadway of the Desert

Las Vegas has everything: Fabulous hotels, casinos, world class restaurants, and shows by some of the biggest stars in music. Something that hasn’t worked in Sin City: Broadway-style shows. Here are some that came to Vegas and died in Vegas. Hairspray Hairspray has been successful in almost all of its incarnations. Cult filmmaker John Waters’ […]

Everything You Need to Know About “Despacito”

The “song of the summer”—the one that’s dominated radio and the pop charts—is “Despacito” by singer Luis Fonsi. More than a simple catchy song, it’s making history. Here’s a look at the song all the kids these days are into. “Despacito” is the first song in the musical genre called reggaeton to hit #1 in the […]