Monthly Archives: July 2010

On This Day In Music History: Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian was born Charles Henry Christian on this day, July 29, in 1916 in Bonham, Texas. The family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by the time Charlie turned three. Charlie’s father, Clarence Henry Christian, played guitar and it is believed … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Dylan Goes Electric At Newport!!!

When Bob Dylan awoke on Sunday, July 25, 1965, he was on top of the world of Folk music. In the three years and four months since his first album was released, he had risen to living legend/voice of his … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)”

On July 23, 1962, Pete Seeger had a gig. He was performing at The Bitter End, a popular coffeehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village. This gig was a bit different than usual because John Hammond from Columbia Records was going to be … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Sara Carter

Sara Carter was born Sara Dougherty on this day, July 21, in 1898, just north of Copper Creek, Wise County, Virginia. She was one of five children born to Sevier and Elizabeth Dougherty. Sara sang. One day when Sara was … Continue reading

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John & Alan Lomax Meet Huddie Ledbetter, Part 2

In July of 1933, when John and Alan Lomax left Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, LA, Huddie Lebetter stayed behind. He would be continuing his 6 – 10 year prison sentence for “assault with intent to murder” that he had begun serving … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: John & Alan Lomax Meet Huddie Ledbetter

In early June, 1933, Texas-based Folk song collector John Lomax and his 18-year-old son, Alan, drove out of Dallas on a mission. They were going on “the first major trip in the United States to capture black folk music in … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born, Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, on this day, July 14, in 1912. He was the third of five children of Charley and Nora Guthrie of Okemah, OK. So: Woody Guthrie. Where do I start? The Penguin Encyclopedia of … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: ?

OK, readers, here’s a little quiz for you. What British, Muddy-Waters-inspired, Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues band had their first gig at the Marquee Club in London on this day, July 12, in 1962? Band members at the time included … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Suzanne Vega

Every year I make it a point to try to watch the Grammy Awards show on TV. As a music teacher, I feel the need to stay somewhat up to date on the popular music scene and at least be … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: John Met Paul

Here’s how it happened. John Lennon, 16-year-old singer/guitarist, had a band: the six-member Quarry Men Skiffle Group. The band had a gig. They were scheduled to play 2, 1/2 hour sets (the first at 4:15 pm and then again at 5:45 … Continue reading

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