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Behind The Song

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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Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”

Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”

Otis Redding had never seen anything so peaceful. The California sunlight sprinkling diamonds on the calm water of the bay, the seagulls circling overhead in an azure sky, the old fishermen hauling in their nets near the docks. While on the West Coast for an engagement at the Fillmore in June 1967, Redding and his […]

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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

Happy Birthday, Neil Young!

Happy Birthday, Neil Young!

| November 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

Neil Young’s interview with Performing Songwriter magazine accompanied by classic photos by Henry Diltz and the stories behind them.

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Sesame Street Turns 45

Sesame Street Turns 45

| November 10, 2014 | 3 Comments

Performing Songwriter picks 12 favorite musical guest spots to celebrate Sesame Street’s anniversary since the first episode aired on PBS on November 10, 1969.

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Happy Birthday Bonnie Raitt!

Happy Birthday Bonnie Raitt!

| November 8, 2014 | 8 Comments

To celebrate Bonnie birthday, songwriters John Prine, Karla Bonoff, Richard Thompson, Chris Smither, Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin tell us how she has impacted their lives.

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Happy birthday, Joni Mitchell!

Happy birthday, Joni Mitchell!

| November 7, 2014 | 2 Comments

November 7, 1943 gave the world one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th Century when Roberta Joan Anderson was born in Alberta, Canada. A few years later her family moved to the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she attended public schools and lucked out in having what she called “one radical teacher who drew out […]

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Oz Anniversary: Behind Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Oz Anniversary: Behind Somewhere Over the Rainbow

| November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

On November 3, 1956, The Wizard of Oz—a film made and released in 1939 by MGM—made its television debut. CBS paid MGM $225,000, a huge amount in ‘56, for the rights to televise the film and to re-broadcast it if the telecast was a success. And what a success it was, becoming the most-watched film […]

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