Nick DeRiso is associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock. 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, he previously oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP.
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, Has Died
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10 Best Stevie Wonder Albums
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New Beastie Boys Book Uncovers Lost Song From ‘Paul’s Boutique’ Sessions
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30 Years Ago: Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger Unhappily Team Up for ‘State of Shock’
Two of the music world's biggest stars recorded a big hit together -- but didn't really leave the sessions impressed with the other.