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Behind The Song

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The story behind Bob Mays’ beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a story written to comfort his daughter and was turned into a best-selling Christmas song.

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The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand”

On October 17, 1963, the Beatles were in Abbey Road studios to record “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” a song written by Lennon and McCartney in response to their manager, Brian Epstein, asking them to write something for the American market which they had yet to break into.

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I Love Lucy Theme Song

I Love Lucy Theme Song

On October 15, 1951, the very first episode of the I Love Lucy show aired on CBS and became the most watched TV show in the U.S. for four of its seven-year run. Here’s the story behind the theme song.

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Legends of Songwriting

Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein

Performing Songwriter looks back at the creative life of Shel Silverstein, a beloved poet, author, artist and songwriter.

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Harlan Howard

Harlan Howard

A tribute to the legendary Harlan Howard, the songwriter behind such hits as “I Fall to Pieces,” “Busted,” “Tiger by the Tail,” and hundreds more.

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The Sherman Brothers

The Sherman Brothers

Richard and Robert Sherman tell the stories behind working with Walt Disney and writing the classic songs for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats and more.

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Recent News and Features

Filling Our Cup

Filling Our Cup

| December 11, 2014 | 8 Comments

Simply by being alive, most of us live in service to those around us. And as we give of ourselves, we have to remember to fill our cups back up so we don’t run dry.

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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

| December 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

On Dec. 9, 1965 ‘Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown’ became synonymous with the holiday when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and its Vince Guaraldi soundtrack aired for the first time.

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Happy Birthday, Tom Waits!

Happy Birthday, Tom Waits!

| December 7, 2014 | 6 Comments

Quotes and quips from Tom Waits, who is as much of a character as any of the hundreds of freaks, carnies and salvation seekers populating his songs.

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Happy Birthday, Randy Newman

Happy Birthday, Randy Newman

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Interview with Randy Newman on his approach to songwriting and the stories behind his songs Political Science, Redneck, Short People, God’s Song, and more.

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Beatles’ White Album Turns 46

Beatles’ White Album Turns 46

| November 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

On Nov. 22, 1968 the Beatles released their 9th official album, the 2-record, 30-song masterpiece known as the White Album.

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