Monthly Archives: November 2010

This Historic Day In Music: Jimi Hendrix

When I was a teenager, I belonged to a record club. Not just any record club, mind you, but the Record Club of America. And though I’m sure that I bought a number of records from them, there’s only one that I … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader. I hope this finds you well and enjoying this day. If I may, here is a bit of music for your holiday. “Thanksgiving Eve” by Bob Franke. The story, as I know it, is that at one time … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: November 23, 1936, The Gunter Hotel, Rm.414, San Antonio, Texas

They had travelled from Mississippi to Texas, the young black man with a guitar and the older, white buisness man. Years later, people along their route would still remember this unusual sight. The business man was Ernie Oertle, a talent scout … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: November 20, 1961, Columbia Records’ Studio A, N.Y., N.Y.

The recording session started at 2:00 pm. The 20-year-old Folk singer/guitarist/harmonica player/songwriter was Columbia Records producer John Hammond’s latest find. As the session progressed, Hammond must have had second thoughts. He found the young musician to be: “In a word… … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Neil Young

Boom boom strum strum strum strum strum strum | strum….. strum strum….., by-um bum dum. Can you name that tune? I’ll give you a clue. It’s the guitar intro to a Neil Young song. Every student who starts learning how … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Bonnie Raitt

Thanks to Bonnie Raitt, I’ve learned to play and sing some great songs. Not too long after I got my first job (teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grade music in the public schools of Exeter, NH), I started trying to … Continue reading

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This Historic Day… My Son

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday toooo yoooou, Happy Birrrthdaaaaay, dear Son of mine, HAP-PY  BIRTH-DAY  TOOO–OO-OO-OO–OOO… YOU!!!!! Let the party begin! “November 7th” by Eric Sinclair T.C., H.F., E.W., D.T.A.W.N. and M.M.L. P.S.: If, dear reader, you would like … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Guy Clark

In September, 1995, author Joyce Maynard published her new novel, Where Love Goes, with something extra: a CD. The hardcover first edition of the book came with a 19-track mix CD of Maynard’s favorite songs from the albums and artists … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Guitar Blues”/”Guitar Rag”

On November 2, 1923, African-American Blues guitarist Sylvester Weaver sat in front of the large horn/”microphone” of the acoustic recording machine in the New York City studios of OKeh Records. He played and recorded two original instrumental guitar pieces that day: “Guitar Blues” and “Guitar Rag.” The … Continue reading

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