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Movie Preview: Rickey Hill Is True Life Baseball Inspiration

By Randal C. Hill  It’s hard to dream of becoming a professional baseball player when you can barely walk, but that didn’t stop Rickey Hill.   The...
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Mansion in the Sky: The Tragic Tale of Delta Dawn

By Randal C. Hill  Songwriter Alex Harvey has explained that “Delta Dawn” was written about his mother, a Mississippi Delta-born hairdresser living in Brownsville, Tennessee....
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Movie: Michael Jai White Delights In “The Outlaw Johnny Black”

By Randal C. Hill  Blaxploitation movies – the term is a blending of the words “black” and “exploitation” – emerged in the early 1970s. They...
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Music Flashback: “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

By Randal C. Hill  In the summer of 1973, Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s original “Monster Mash” reached the American Top 10 for a second time. Pickett...

Movie Preview: “Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”

By Randal C. Hill  This summer, Tom Cruise is back on the big screen as international spy Ethan Hunt for the seventh “Mission: Impossible,” this...
Movie poster for June 30 opening of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Movie Preview: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

By Randal C. Hill  Attention Harrison Ford fans: Grab a red-ink pen and mark June 30 on your calendar right now! That’s the day Walt...

Music Flashback: “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealers Wheel

By Randal C. Hill  Even before he became a successful and respected musician, Gerry Rafferty had developed a loathing for the often-underhanded machinations of the...

1970s Music Flashback: “The Cisco Kid” by War

Writer: Randal C. Hill  Inspirations for a hit song can sometimes spring from a most unusual source.  Members of the California septet War hailed from different...

Movie Preview: “A Tourist’s Guide to Love”

By Randal C. Hill  Actress Rachael Lee Cook is candid about what drew her to her movie character in “A Tourist’s Guide to Love,” a...
Music Flashback: “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by Marvin Gaye

Music Flashback: “Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by Marvin Gaye

Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  Dave Marsh is a well-respected rock-music critic and historian. He’s normally quite sparing in his praise, but Marsh once could barely contain his enthusiasm when he reviewed a Marvin Gaye single and proclaimed it to be “the...
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