Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist based in metro Detroit. In addition to Loudwire, he contributes regularly to Billboard, Ultimate Classic Rock, Media News Group, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer/Cleveland.com, Consequence, Music Connection, VenuesNow, United Stations Radio Networks and others. He reports every Friday on music news with Bob & Brian in the Morning on WHQG-FM in Milwaukee and periodically with the Drew & Mike podcast out of Detroit. He is the co-founder and co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning Detroit Music Awards. He was the founding editor of the MusicHound Essential Album Guide series and has co-written and edited books about Neil Young, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Rock & Roll Myths and, forthcoming, Alice Cooper.
How ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ Saved Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’
Costly LP was dead in the water — then the 11th-hour single exploded in the U.S.
40 Years Ago: Billy Joel Escapes Writer’s Block With ‘Pressure’
A secretary's comment helped spark his seventh Top 20 single.
How Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston Wound Up on ‘Dirty Dancing’ LP
"It was completely out of left field, to be honest with you," singer says of appearing on soundtrack to 1987 film.
‘Bad to the Bone': Beyond George Thorogood’s Hit Song
There's more to his 1982 album than the one everyone knows.
35 Years Ago: Billy Joel Makes History With Soviet Union Shows
"You never could have told me I'd be playing rock 'n' roll in Russia," the Piano Man marveled.
50 Years Ago: Styx Forms
"We were just a mixture that happened to come together in Chicago and ultimately find a sound that worked," says guitarist James "J.Y." Young.
Watch Billy Joel and Joe Elliott Perform ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’
A scheduling coincidence allowed the rock stars to team up for a third time.
When the Steve Miller Band Reached a New Peak With ‘Book of Dreams’
"I felt like it was really in a groove," frontman says of productive late-'70s period.
30 Years Ago: How Queen Were Reborn at Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
Tearjerking concert showed there might be more ahead for the band.
Five Reasons Lionel Richie Should Be in the Rock Hall
"All Night Long" singer is an eyebrow-raising nominee for purists, but he deserves induction.