Forty Years In Forty Days


Terri Hemmert Meets Talking Heads In 1977 [Listen]

As part of our celebration of today's Friday Feature, we take look back on the year 1977. Resident Beatles expert Terri Hemmert...

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David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” Turns 41

Before the release of The Next Day, David Bowie had been something of a recluse in recent years, but his record label has mined his catalog with a number of deluxe reissues. The latest archival […]

Trey Anastasio (photo by Nate Azark)

Enjoy This “Simple” Download From Phish ’94 Chicago Box Set [Free Download]

Phish has been one of the top bands of the jam band scenes since the early to mid 90’s, this six disc box set is just one of the many albums that can display the […]

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The Story Behind Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’

Carly Simon’s biggest hit, “You’re So Vain,” was released in November of 1972 and became the number one record in the country this week in 1973.  Who the song is about, however, remains a mystery.  […]

Breakout album for the French artists featured the hit singles “Lisztomania” and “1901”. The album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.
(Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)

Rock And Roll Obituary 1991

As we conclude our celebration of the 40 years of XRT today, it is only appropriate to note in passing and with a bit of the macabre, those whose life stories also ended that year. […]


End Of The Replacements [Listen]

For 25 years, WXRT has staged free concerts during the Taste of Chicago, mostly at the Petrillo Music Shell (which was originally intended as a temporary structure). Many of these shows were broadcast live, usually on the […]


Lolla Look Back: 1991, The First Festival

Lollapalooza is a very well known music festival that people travel long distances to expose themselves to new and unique artists that is now held in Chicago. Lollapalooza wasn’t always held in Chicago, in fact […]


XRT Listener Poll Results: 1991

We wrap up 40 years in 40 Days today with one great year. 1991, noted for Nirvana’s Nevermind as well as Lin Brehmer’s introduction to Chicago listeners as XRT’s new morning host, The Debut Of […]


Lin’s Hit List: The Worst Songs Of 1997 [Listen]

40 Years in 40 Days. I have spent my career trying to avoid bad songs. Yet here we go again, descending into the pits of recorded hell to exhume some hit songs from the featured […]


40 Year In 40 Days: 1997. Honors Galore

In 1997 we were honoring some of our heroes. James Brown and David Bowie each got their star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. And that wasn’t it for Mr. Bowie.  On January 9th they […]