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This Week in Music History

Posted to Music News on June 21, 2016

June 20
1942 - Brian Wilson's (Beach Boys) birthday June 21
1981 - Brandon Flowers (The Killers) b'day
2001 - John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist died in his sleep at the age of 83 June 22
1936 - Kris Kristofferson's birthday 
1953 - Cyndi Lauper's birthday
1963 - 13-year old Stevie Wonder first entered the US singles chart as Little Stevie Wonder
2008 - Coldplay made history with their “Viva La Vida” single. &n…

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Happy Birthday, Sir Paul

Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to Artist Spotlight on June 17, 2016

It doesn’t sound right, but on June 18, Paul McCartney turns 64. Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? When I’m 64? Plus ten. That’s right. The perpetually youthful Macca was born in 1942 in Liverpool, England. And, as you well know, he’s still rocking. Like a couple of his peers, including Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart, he’s dipped into the American Songbook of standards, but unlike them, he continues to mount full concerts of songs his fans…

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This Week in Music History

Posted to Music News on June 14, 2016

June 13
1995 - Alanis Morissette released her studio album, Jagged Little Pill. June 14
1995 - Rory Gallagher died
2002 - Mick Jagger  became a Sir when he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
2006 - Shakira kicked off her 99 date Oral Fixation world tour in Zaragoza, Spain. June 15
1933 - Waylon Jennings birthday
1989 - Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach' was released in the US.
1996 - US jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald…

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Hank Williams, Tom Hiddleston & Me

Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres

Posted to Center Stage on June 10, 2016

This week in rock history, Hank Williams made his debut on the live radio show, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. That was on June 11, 1949, and it says somewhere that he got an unprecedented six encore calls from the audience at the Ryman Auditorium. Must’ve thrown the radio show clear off its schedule. But wait a minute: “Rock history?” Yes indeed. Many rockers point to Williams, a live wire who wrote great, lived hard and died young, as a prime influence. Check out B…

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