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Light Amidst Dark – “Six Feet Apart”

My son turned me on to this song by Luke Combs in August. He asked if I could teach him how to play it and, over the course of a couple of Sunday afternoon FaceTime guitar lessons, I did. “Six … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Buddy Holly

If asked, I could easily put together a list of my ten favorite Buddy Holly songs. In no particular order… “That’ll Be The Day” “Not Fade Away” “Oh Boy!” “Everyday” “Word Of Love” “Peggy Sue” “Maybe Baby” “Well…All Right” “It’s … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: The Last Hard Day’s Night

The Day: Monday, August 29, 1966 The Location: San Francisco, California, USA The Venue: Candlestick Park (Opened: 1960, Demolished: 2015) The Event: A Beatles’ Concert     The Significance: The Beatles’ Final Public Performance  Members of The Beatles: George Harrison … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Shufflin’ The Blues” by T-Bone Walker

This is the seventh installment of this category featuring recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or – outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances.  That introduction used to include this explanation: It was inspired by whatever god oversees the shuffle … Continue reading

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“Crazy Blues” – The Centennial

One hundred years ago today – August 10, 1920 – Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds recorded “Crazy Blues.” The recording was made in the New York City studios of OKeh Records. Ralph Peer, the recording director for OKeh in … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: The Carter Family

In the evening, on August 1, 1927, The Carter Family – Alvin Pleasant Carter, his wife Sara Dougherty Carter and Sara’s younger cousin, Maybelle Addington Carter – made their first recordings. The recording session took place in a make-shift recording … Continue reading

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The First Record With A Fender

It was a Country record on the Capitol label. Released in July of 1950, Capitol Record #1124 was available in two formats: a 78 rpm 10″ shellac disc and the more modern 45 rpm 7″ vinyl “single.” “I’ll Never Be … Continue reading

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Opening Day 2020

Baseball – at least for now – is back! Yesterday – Thursday, July 23, 2020 – was the Official Opening Day of the 2020 American Major League Baseball Season. But today – Friday, July 24, 2020 – is Opening Day … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Woke Up With The Blues In My Fingers” by Lonnie Johnson

This is the sixth installment of this category featuring recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances. So, Ladies and gentlemen! Let me introduce to you… “Woke Up With The Blues In My Fingers” … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: John & Alan Lomax Meet Huddie Ledbetter – Take 3

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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