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Censored Songs In American History

Censored Songs In American History

| October 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

Censorship is nothing new. In fact, it was 1735 when the first song was banned in America. Here’s a look at 8 songs that were considered too dangerous or immoral to be heard.

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Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis: The Musician’s Village 6 Years After Katrina

Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis: The Musician’s Village 6 Years After Katrina

| August 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

It takes more than five hours to make the 350-mile trip from New Orleans to Houston. On Sept. 7, 2005, that proved to be plenty of time for old friends Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis to start imagining a way to help get their hometown back on its feet. That journey really began a […]

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Farewell, Phoebe Snow

Farewell, Phoebe Snow

| April 26, 2011 | 4 Comments

Phoebe Snow left the earth this morning after complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January, 2010. She was only 59. In that too-short life she helped define the ’70s singer-songwriter movement, and in 1972 gave us “Poetry Man,” the sultry Top 5 hit single that won her a Grammy nomination for Best New […]

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Salute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Salute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

| March 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Tonight is the 26th annual induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and some of our favorite people are being honored: Alice Cooper (inducted by Rob Zombie); Neil Diamond (inducted by Paul Simon); Dr. John (inducted by John Legend); Darlene Love (inducted by Bette Midler); Tom Waits  (inducted by Neil Young); Jac […]

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Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

| March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

For those who delight in stories of what it was like to live a creative life during the golden eras of our musical heroes, you have a four-star treat in store. Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, a documentary that centers around a West Hollywood venue that provided a nexus for the ’70s singer-songwriter movement, […]

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Buddy Holly’s Final Ed Sullivan Appearance

Buddy Holly’s Final Ed Sullivan Appearance

| January 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

On January 26, 1958, Buddy Holly and the Crickets made their second and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show—this time earning the well-known wrath of the host. They were scheduled to perform their hit “Oh, Boy!,” but Sullivan told them to substitute it because he felt it was too raucous. You can imagine how […]

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Paul McCartney: Nine Days In a Tokyo Jail

Paul McCartney: Nine Days In a Tokyo Jail

| January 16, 2011 | 4 Comments

On Jan. 16, 1980, Paul McCartney and his wife Linda arrived at Tokyo International Airport for a week-long Japanese tour with Wings. But the tour ended before it began when a customs officer rummaging through their carry-on luggage lifted out a fist-sized bag of marijuana. “When the fellow pulled it out of the suitcase, he […]

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The Rolling Stones & Ed Sullivan

The Rolling Stones & Ed Sullivan

| January 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

On January 15, 1967, the Rolling Stones made their fourth of six appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. Even though Sullivan threatened that each time would be their last—whether it was because of the raucous audience or the band’s “untidy appearance” before insisting they wash their hair—this performance sent both Mick Jagger and poor Ed […]

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Jim Morrison, a Pardon and the FBI

Jim Morrison, a Pardon and the FBI

| December 9, 2010 | 1 Comment

Today, over 40 years after the fact, Jim Morrison was posthumously pardon by Florida’s Clemency Board after being pushed on the matter by outgoing Governor and Board member Charlie Crist.  At the hearing, Crist called the convictions a “blot” on the record of an acomplished artist for “something he may or may not have done.” […]

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Dancing Raisins “Heard It Through the Grapevine”

Dancing Raisins “Heard It Through the Grapevine”

| November 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

Who’d have ever thought that a beloved Motown classic would be brought back to life by a bunch of animated dried fruit? But in 1986, that’s just what happened when the California Raisin Advisory Board launched a series of ads by the California Raisins, a group that existed only in Claymation. Like the Archies before […]

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