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Remembering Laura Nyro

Remembering Laura Nyro

| October 18, 2014 | 9 Comments

A 1993 discussion on songwriting with Laura Nyro, who gave us such classics as “And When I Die,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Eli’s Coming” and more.

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Favorite Paul Simon Quotes

Favorite Paul Simon Quotes

| October 13, 2014 | 5 Comments

In celebration of Paul Simon’s birthday today, I thought you’d enjoy a few of his most memorable quotes from the last three decades. Happy birthday, Paul! “I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called ‘Mother and Child Reunion.’ It’s chicken and eggs. And I said, ‘Oh, I love that title. […]

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Dylan Plugs In: July 25, 1965

Dylan Plugs In: July 25, 1965

| July 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

Bob Dylan stepped on stage July 25, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival with an electric band in tow, which many folk purists in the crowd considered a heresy.

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Bono’s Defining Moment at Live Aid, July 13, 1985

Bono’s Defining Moment at Live Aid, July 13, 1985

| July 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

The 1985 Live Aid event is the perfect example of how U2 frontman Bono masterfully understands the emotional heft that can be communicated by just the right gesture.

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Amy Ray: Goodnight Tender

Amy Ray: Goodnight Tender

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Goodnight Tender is Amy Ray’s first country album, and testifies to her range and virtuosity as an artist who is always game to follow a thread of melody into new and rugged territory.

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Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson!

Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson!

| April 30, 2014 | 5 Comments

In celebration of Willie Nelson’s birthday, Performing Songwriter has a few quips, quotes and videos from the Red Headed Stranger himself.

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Marian Anderson’s April 9, 1939 Lincoln Memorial Performance

Marian Anderson’s April 9, 1939 Lincoln Memorial Performance

| April 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

On April 9, 1939, celebrated African-American contralto Marian Anderson performed for 75,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after being denied use of a D.C. Hall over segregation rules.

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Herb Alpert’s “Whipped Cream” Cover Girl

Herb Alpert’s “Whipped Cream” Cover Girl

| April 1, 2014 | 11 Comments

Forty-eight years ago this month Herb Alpert’s landmark ‘Whipped Cream & Other Delights’ was released with an iconic cover of a whipped cream-covered Dolores Erickson.

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Happy Birthday, Chaka Khan!

Happy Birthday, Chaka Khan!

| March 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

For the past 40+ years Chaka Khan has crossed and blurred the borders between rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, fusion and funk with ease, refusing to be categorized.

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Nancy Wilson’s Guitar Magic

Nancy Wilson’s Guitar Magic

| March 16, 2014 | 5 Comments

From the moment she saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, Nancy Wilson knew the guitar was the key to her future. A decade later she and her sister Ann stormed the stage as Heart and landed a blow for female equality in a rock and roll world.

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