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The Beatles: ‘A Day In the Life’ 49 Years Ago

The Beatles: ‘A Day In the Life’ 49 Years Ago

| January 19, 2016 | 4 Comments

In January 1967 the Beatles went into EMI’s London studio to record “A Day In the Life.” Here’s the story behind the writing and the making of it.

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Farewell, David Bowie

Farewell, David Bowie

| January 11, 2016 | 7 Comments

To celebrate the life of David Bowie, who left this earth on January 10, here are stories behind a few of his songs that he shared with us during an interview. This brilliant, creative soul left us a beautiful legacy, and will be missed.

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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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We Miss You, Dan Fogelberg

We Miss You, Dan Fogelberg

| December 16, 2015 | 67 Comments

On December 16, 2007 Dan Fogelberg left this earth. I still have a hard time accepting it.

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Frank Sinatra: The Stories Behind His Songs

Frank Sinatra: The Stories Behind His Songs

| December 12, 2015 | 4 Comments

Frank Sinatra was the best friend a song ever had. We have the stories behind some of his greatest hits— like “Nice ‘n’ Easy,” “My Way,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “All the Way,” and “The Best Is Yet to Come”—told by the songwriters.

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The Mysterious Death of Sam Cooke

The Mysterious Death of Sam Cooke

| December 11, 2015 | 93 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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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

| December 9, 2015 | 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, 2015 | 8 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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Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”

Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”

| September 25, 2015 | 72 Comments

Inspired by a Fellini film, Kris Kristofferson wrote a classic road story that became a chart-topper for Janis Joplin, who recorded it days before her death.

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Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein

| September 25, 2015 | 2 Comments

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

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