It is November 1985. Steve Winwood's new album, Back In The High Life, is almost finished. Inside Unique recording studios in Manhattan, producer Russ Titelman is sitting behind the board, and John "J.R." Robinson is behind his drumset in the middle of the studio.
From the moment of their first independent release in 1982, Metallica had passion and potential to burn. With their third album, Master Of Puppets (Elektra), Metallica not only outdistanced the rest of the speed metal pack, but began to change heavy metal forever.
Ricky Lawson was grappling with career choices. The Yellowjackets were demanding his full attention and so was Lionel Richie.
Along with D.J. Fontana, Earl Palmer, and Jerry Allison, J.M. Van Eaton ranks as one of the paramount drummers in rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.