Monthly Archives: May 2010

On This Day In Music History: T-Bone Walker

One of the first concerts I went to was an evening show of the Boston Globe Jazz Festival in early February, 1969. The artist on the bill that I was most excited about seeing was B.B.King. Though I was months … Continue reading

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Re: What Is Your Favorite Bob Dylan Song?

Besides the songs mentioned in the comments after the On This Day In Music History: Bob Dylan post, I heard and received several other titles in answer to the question above. They were: “Tangled Up In Blue,” “A Hard Rain’s … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Bob Dylan

Today is Bob Dylan’s birthday. He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, the first born son of Abe and Beatty Zimmerman, on Saturday, May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. (The family moved to Hibbing in 1946.) He became Bob Dillon in … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: “Maybellene”

On May 21, 1955, Chuck Berry was in Chicago, Illinois. Having been introduced to Leonard Chess, owner of Chess Records, by Muddy Waters,¬†the St. Louis, MO based, singer, guitarist and songwriter¬†was recording his first single. 1954 had seen popular releases … Continue reading

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How do you calculate the influence of a song in your life?

Is there a song, a single song, that you can point to and say: “That song changed my life.”? My answer would be: yes. The song? “Spirit In The Night” by Bruce Springsteen. Like several songs, I can remember the … Continue reading

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The Big Bang of Country Music

The title of this post is taken from the title of a book put together by Charles K. Wolfe and Ted Olson called The Bristol Sessions: Writings About the Big Bang of Country Music, published in 2005. The information to … Continue reading

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Yesterday in Music History: Maybelle Carter

“She’d hook that right thumb under that big bass string and just like magic the other fingers moved fast like a threshing machine, always on the right strings, and out came the lead notes and the accompaniment at the same … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Robert Johnson

The first time I heard the words and music of Robert Johnson, I was listening to a Led Zeppelin album. It was October 1969. I was in high school and the previous August, I’d seen Led Zeppelin in concert in … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Pete Seeger

In the room where I teach, on the wall behind where I sit, hung so that my students can see it just over my left shoulder, is a framed quote: “Practice may not make perfect but it sure as hell … Continue reading

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