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Martin Luther King: Oh, You Beautiful Fool

Martin Luther King: Oh, You Beautiful Fool

| January 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Performing Songwriter celebrates the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. today with “Beautiful Fool,” a song of hope and dreams by Don Henry.

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David Bowie’s Stories Behind His Songs

David Bowie’s Stories Behind His Songs

| January 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

David Bowie shares the stories behind his songs “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel” and “Fame” in this interview with Performing Songwriter.

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Happy Birthday, Stephen Stills!

Happy Birthday, Stephen Stills!

| January 3, 2014 | 7 Comments

Stephen Stills shares his passion for songwriting and approach to the guitar in this interview from Performing Songwriter’s archives.

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We Miss You, Dan Fogelberg

We Miss You, Dan Fogelberg

| December 16, 2013 | 64 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, 2013 | 2 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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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!

| December 9, 2013 | 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, 2013 | 5 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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Happy Birthday, Randy Newman

Happy Birthday, Randy Newman

| November 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dancing bears, racist rednecks, junkies in love, prodigal sons, chauvinists, homophobes, theologians, politicians, little criminals, good old boys and God. These are just of few of the fascinating characters in Randy Newman’s richly populated musical world. His songs can be frightening or funny, absurd or heartfelt. But his characters always present some flash of surprising, […]

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Beatles’ White Album Turns 45

Beatles’ White Album Turns 45

| November 22, 2013 | 2 Comments

On Nov. 22, 1968 the Beatles released their 9th official album, the 2-record, 30-song masterpiece known as the White Album.

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Sesame Street Turns 44

Sesame Street Turns 44

| November 10, 2013 | 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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