Monthly Archives: August 2010

Another Obsession On My List

I bought Shoot Out The Lights in 1983. I’d read rave reviews for the album in three different magazines and decided it was time to check out this Richard & Linda Thompson. When I got home, put the record on the turntable and started … Continue reading

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It Was The Last Week In August

It was the last week in August, 1941. Scholars and song collectors Alan Lomax, from the Library of Congress, and John Work, from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, were travelling through Mississippi on a project to trace the origins of the Blues in the … Continue reading

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Music Stores & T-Shirts

The guy sitting diagonally across the table from me at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom was wearing a t-shirt with a drawing of a guitar on it. When he sat back in his chair, I could see that the guitar … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: ??

OK, readers, here’s another quiz for you. What drummer played his first gig with his new, already-pretty-popular rock & roll band at Hulme Hall, in Port Sunlight, Birkenhead, England on this day, August 18, a Saturday, in 1962? Bonus question: can … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: The Audition

When John Hammond (Columbia Records producer and talent scout extraordinaire) called Benny Goodman (Jazz clarinetist, band leader, Top Ten recording artist and “King of Swing”) in California one day in early August, 1939, to tell him that he’d just found a great young electric guitar … Continue reading

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Many Thanks, Again

As of yesterday, August 13, 2010, the total number of visitors to this blog since I said “Hello, world!” on April 18, 2010, crossed the 2000 mark. I send my many thanks to all of you who have visited, read, listened and … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: “Crazy Blues”

From the opening notes of trombone, piano, trumpet and clarinet, this sounds like a Jazz record. But when the vocalist comes in, the music takes a turn. “I can’t sleep at night, I can’t eat a bite because the man … Continue reading

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On This Day… me

What’s a celebration without a song?!? “Candles” words & music, guitar & vocals by: efsinclair Click on the link to listen and, I hope, enjoy.

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On This Day In Music History: “Dust My Broom”

Robert Johnson wrote it and recorded it in 1936 as “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom.” Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup revived it in 1949. On August 5, 1951, 33-year-old singer and electric slide guitarist Elmore James cut his first recording of … Continue reading

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On This Day In Music History: Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was born on this day, August 4, in 1901 to William and Mary Armstrong in New Orleans, LA. For many years, when I thought of Louis Armstrong, I thought of the man I saw on TV when I … Continue reading

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