Nick DeRiso is UCR's assistant managing editor. He was named columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association during a lengthy career in the newspaper industry, and previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
July 2021 New Music Releases
Record Store Day's second RSD Drops event of the year highlights the list.
Lou Ottens, Inventor of the Audio Cassette, Dies at 94
"I got annoyed with the clunky, user-unfriendly reel-to-reel system," the Dutch engineer once admitted.
How R.E.M. Hurtled to Superstardom With ‘Losing My Religion’
Anyone looking for the match-light moment when they exploded onto the national scene need to search no further.
All 84 Eagles Songs Ranked Worst to Best
They made their legend in a veritable blink of an eye.
35 Years Ago: Space Shuttle Challenger Breaks Apart on Live TV
We've been told that a nation watched in horror as the space shuttle exploded. But that's not exactly what happened.
Neil Young Sells Half of His Catalog for a Reported $150 Million
It's unclear how the company will leverage this huge new acquisition, since 1988's "This Note's for You" made clear his anti-commercial stance.
Tanya Roberts Confirmed Dead at 65 After False Initial Report
Roberts' death was confirmed following an earlier incorrect report.
40 Years Ago: Eagles’ ‘Seven Bridges Road’ Ends a Winding Path in Top 40
Song actually began life along a lonesome country highway outside Montgomery, Ala.
50 Years Ago: The Rise and Fall of George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’
The first No. 1 hit by a former member of the Beatles quickly became the subject of a high-profile lawsuit.
30 Years Ago: Don Henley’s ‘New York Minute’ Offers a Candid Look at Fate
At first, it seemed destined to remain the tucked-away last song on Side One of 'The End of the Innocence.'
Spencer Davis Dies of Pneumonia at 81
His eponymous group provided a springboard for Steve Winwood's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career.
Rod Stewart Covered Tom Petty, but He Wasn’t Really a Fan
His update of a 'Wildflowers'-era leftover reached the Top 10 on the adult-contemporary chart in 1995.