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The Mysterious Death of Sam Cooke

The Mysterious Death of Sam Cooke

| December 11, 2016 | 101 Comments

Sam Cooke was shot to death on Dec. 10, 1964 outside an L.A. Motel under mysterious circumstances. With many questions left unanswered, Performing Songwriter takes a look at that fateful night.

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Stories From Elvis Presley’s Band

Stories From Elvis Presley’s Band

| January 8, 2016 | 4 Comments

Rare stories from the band who backed Elvis Presley in his final years: Glen D. Hardin, James Burton, Ronnie Tutt and Jerry Scheff.

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Alan Freed and the Radio Payola Scandal

Alan Freed and the Radio Payola Scandal

| August 20, 2015 | 5 Comments

On Nov. 20, 1959, DJ Alan Freed was fired from WABC radio when the pay-for-play scandal erupted. Here’s the story behind that era of pay-for-play, when the ’50s music scene was the convergence of a number of seismic factors.

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The Mysterious Death of Jim Morrison

The Mysterious Death of Jim Morrison

| July 8, 2015 | 56 Comments

Paris. July 2, 1971, early evening. Jim Morrison and his girlfriend Pamela Courson went to the cinema to see Pursued, a western starring Robert Mitchum. At another theater, Jim Morrison sat alone, watching a documentary called Death Valley. Across town, at the Rock ’n’ Roll Circus nightclub, Jim Morrison scored some heroin and OD’d in […]

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Remembering Jeff Buckley

Remembering Jeff Buckley

| May 29, 2015 | 36 Comments

Buckley’s legacy is one of a beautiful free spirit who left his promise unfulfilled. As Bono from U2 said, “Jeff Buckley was a pure drop in an ocean of noise.”

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John Lennon and the FBI

John Lennon and the FBI

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In March 1972 John Lennon’s visa was revoked and deportation proceedings were filed after President Nixon decided the most dangerous man in America was a singer-songwriter with bad eyesight and a British accent.

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Duke Ellington at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival

Duke Ellington at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

When he brought his orchestra to the Newport Jazz Festival on July 7, 1956, 57-year-old Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington revitalized his career with an inspired performance.

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The Mysterious Death of Kurt Cobain

The Mysterious Death of Kurt Cobain

| April 5, 2014 | 49 Comments

The death of Kurt Cobain on April 5, 1994 left unsolved questions, inconclusive evidence and lingering suspicions, and each year the mysteries are re-examined and new theories hatched.

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Casablanca Anniversary: “As Time Goes By”

Casablanca Anniversary: “As Time Goes By”

| November 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

Seventy-one years ago, on November 26, 1942, the classic film Casablanca premiered at Hollywood Theater in NYC to coincide with the Allied invasion of North Africa and the capture of Casablanca. The film, staring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried, focuses on a man torn between love and virtue—Bogart’s character must choose between his […]

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Elvis’ Manager, Colonel Tom Parker

Elvis’ Manager, Colonel Tom Parker

| June 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

These aren’t your garden variety rock managers. They are the bigger than life, Svengali-meets-Al Capone figures. The ones who can turn a great band into world-conquering icons, or conversely, ruin them. Step inside the bilking parlor and meet Colonel Tom Parker, Allen Klein, Peter Grant and Don Arden.

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