Category Archives: Music

February 3, 1959: The Day the Music Died

Buddy Holly was #13 on Rolling Stones’ 100 Greatest Artists list, and John Mellencamp wrote a very touching couple of paragraphs about Buddy Holly as the ultimate hillbilly, and how important that was: I was just a little kid when … Continue reading

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Joan Jett Pays Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore

She posted this statement on her Twitter feed: This moves me so much. And a couple of people sent me this clip, from Joan Jett’s appearance on The David Letterman Show singing the theme to the Mary Tyler Moore Show. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Great Sam Cooke

I highly recommend Peter Guralnick’s thoughtful and informative biography of Sam Cooke, Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, which gives a good sense of the revolution of his career. Moving from gospel, where he made his name with the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton

“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.” – Dolly Parton An American original. A living legend. I have too many favorite Dolly Parton songs … Continue reading

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Powerful Claws Threaten Us: Elvis Presley, 1968 “Trying to Get to You”

One of my favorite Elvis performances. It’s one for the ages. Elvis Presley performing “Trying To Get To You” during the informal sit-down session section of his 1968 comeback special. There’s a rough raw-ness to these sessions that are not … Continue reading

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“Animals Don’t Hate, and We’re Supposed To Be Better Than Them.” – Elvis Presley, the Twin Who Lived

Elvis was born on this day in 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi From Elvis and Gladys by Elaine Dundy On the chill afternoon of Tuesday, January 8, 1935, Catherine Hall was walking briskly home. At the end of Lake Street she slowed … Continue reading

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A Glimpse. A Glimpse Of What It Was Like To Be Him.

Ultimately I think that those rare souls who not only capture the hearts/imaginations of audiences in their day but go on to basically take their place in the firmament as a permanent blazing star in our culture are those who … Continue reading

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What Elvis Teaches Us About Performance: It’s Got To Cost You Something

Elvis was born on this day in 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi. I don’t care who you are. If you think you are worth watching, it’s got to COST you something. The great performers understand this. People with great pipes are a … Continue reading

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“Let’s Have a Party”: The Great Wanda Jackson

My friend David is heavily involved in Rent Party, an ongoing charity event in Maplewood, New Jersey, to help the homeless/hungry in that community. Through Rent Party, he created Back Pack Pals, where volunteers gather food and pack nutritious lunches … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Little Richard: Preacher. Showman. Maestro.

Little Richard. Live performance of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On”, 1963. In the performance above, Little Richard moves from preacher to sexually-explosive showman to maestro, sometimes blending them all together, no difference between Personae. The performance is almost 6 minutes … Continue reading

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