Category Archives: Posts with Video

These posts contain embedded links to a YouTube video(s) with a musical soundtrack that is (somehow) related to the topic of the post.

This Historic Day In Music: “Crazy Blues”

From the opening notes of the introduction, “Crazy Blues” sounds like a Jazz record. But when Mamie Smith starts to sing, the music takes a turn. “I can’t sleep at night, I can’t eat a bite because the man I … Continue reading

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The Past Five Historic Days In Music

Day One. John Smith Hurt was born in Teoc, Mississippi, on July 3, 1893. He grew up to be the singer, finger-style guitarist, recording artist and performer know around the world as Mississippi John Hurt. Here is a recording that … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Capitol MAS-2653 (Mono LP), SMAS-2653 (Stereo LP)

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles was released in America on June 2, 1967. (It had been released in the United Kingdom the day before.) It was the thirteenth Beatles’ LP released in the United States. (#8 … Continue reading

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Wrestling With The Angel, Chapter 12

If you’re a new visitor to this blog, the purpose of my Wrestling With The Angel series (or category) is to highlight and share individual songs that are on a list of mine entitled: Devastatingly Great Songs. The title phrase, … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger was born in Patterson, New York on this day, May 3, in the year 1919. Pete performed in public for the first time on Sunday, March 3, 1940 on the stage of the Forrest Theatre in New York … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: The Kansas City Five

On Friday, March 18, 1938, record producer John Hammond gathered five Jazz musicians in a New York City recording studio for a recording session. The musicians were: Buck Clayton, trumpet; Eddie Durham, trombone & electric guitar; Freddie Green, rhythm guitar; … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Nina Simone

The 4th Annual Boston Globe Jazz Festival was held the weekend of January 31 and February 1, 1969. The festival’s venue was the War Memorial Auditorium in the Prudential Center on Boylston Street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. (Tickets were $5.50, … Continue reading

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(Going, Goin’) Home (Coming, Again)

I was born in Exeter, New Hampshire. Over the course of the sixty-something years since, I’ve lived in a handful of locations around the Granite State. Besides Exeter, I’ve taken up residence in North Conway, Raymond, Dover and Hampton Beach. Well, my wife and … Continue reading

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Moving Day

That it is: the day that my wife and I say “Farewell!” to our house and home of 36 1/2 years. I’ve known and loved Jim Kweskin’s recording of “Moving Day” for way longer than that. I can think of … Continue reading

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A Somewhat Recent Rediscovery

James McMurtry’s debut album, “Too Long In The Wasteland,” came out in August of 1989. After hearing “Painting By Numbers,” “Talkin’ At The Texaco” and the title song on the radio, I soon added a copy of this intriguing singer/songwriter/guitarist’s record … Continue reading

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