Jill Riley Feature Archive

Koo Koo crashed the MPR booth to kick it with Jill Riley and Steve Seel and bring the boogie to the onlooking crowd. (09/01/2012)
Jeff Lynne of E.L.O. felt that some of his best songwriting, at that point in his career, was on this record. The hits on this album were "Livin' Thing," "Do Ya" and "Telephone Line." (08/31/2012)
Deep Purple recorded this album using The Rolling Stones' Mobile Studio. The big hit was "Woman From Tokyo." Or--as the album sleeve reads, "Woman From Tokayo." (08/30/2012)
With a name like The Buckinghams, you'd think they were British. Nope, they are from Chicago, but took on the name to fit in with the British Invasion craze in the mid-60s. (08/29/2012)
Who remembers Fat Boys? As much of a novelty act as the seemed to be, Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock-Ski and The Human Beat Box are considered early pioneers of hip hop. (08/29/2012)
The Monkees will be at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on November 15th. To celebrate the fact that Mike Nesmith will be touring with the band, we played the Nesmith tune "Papa Gene's Blues." (08/28/2012)
After Caroline Smith's performance at the MPR booth last year, there's little doubt that State Fair onlookers are in for a treat once again 2012. (08/25/2012)
Sandy Posey was a pop and country crossover artist, but never left a huge mark on pop culture. On this record she covers Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)." (08/24/2012)
This morning's Random Vinyl was a good opportunity to remind a certain generation of music fans that "Behind Blue Eyes" is NOT a Limp Bizkit original. (08/23/2012)
The Turtles wrote "Elenore" to stick it to their record company, it was supposed to be satire and full of pop cliches. The joke was on them because it turned out to be a pretty awesome song. (08/22/2012)
This band was led by Minnesota musician Dave Ray of blues-folk trio Koerner, Ray and Glover. (08/21/2012)
A live album by The Band, recorded in December 1971 at the Academy of Music in New York. (08/20/2012)
The Current's Morning Show co-host Jill Riley fills in for the vacationing Movie Maven this week. (08/17/2012)
The third release from Santana and the last album to feature the Woodstock-era lineup (Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie left in 1972 to form Journey). (08/17/2012)
While nearly forgotten in the United States, '70s singer-songwriter Rodriguez became one of the most famous and beloved American rock artists in South Africa on the strength of his song "Sugar Man." Rodriguez stopped by The Current's Morning Show for an interview about his unlikely legacy. (08/16/2012)