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Happy Birthday, Tom Waits!

Happy Birthday, Tom Waits!

| December 7, 2014 | 6 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, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Interview with Randy Newman on his approach to songwriting and the stories behind his songs Political Science, Redneck, Short People, God’s Song, and more.

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Beatles’ White Album Turns 46

Beatles’ White Album Turns 46

| November 22, 2014 | 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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Happy Birthday, Neil Young!

Happy Birthday, Neil Young!

| November 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

Neil Young’s interview with Performing Songwriter magazine accompanied by classic photos by Henry Diltz and the stories behind them.

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Sesame Street Turns 45

Sesame Street Turns 45

| November 10, 2014 | 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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Happy Birthday Bonnie Raitt!

Happy Birthday Bonnie Raitt!

| November 8, 2014 | 8 Comments

To celebrate Bonnie birthday, songwriters John Prine, Karla Bonoff, Richard Thompson, Chris Smither, Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin tell us how she has impacted their lives.

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Happy birthday, Joni Mitchell!

Happy birthday, Joni Mitchell!

| November 7, 2014 | 4 Comments

November 7, 1943 gave the world one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th Century when Roberta Joan Anderson was born in Alberta, Canada. A few years later her family moved to the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she attended public schools and lucked out in having what she called “one radical teacher who drew out […]

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Oz Anniversary: Behind Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Oz Anniversary: Behind Somewhere Over the Rainbow

| November 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

The story behind The Wizard Of Oz’s classic theme “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harbug, and performed by Judy Garland.

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Happy Birthday, Tom Petty!

Happy Birthday, Tom Petty!

| October 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

Years ago when his friend Bob Dylan told him he was a poet, Petty was flustered. “I couldn’t help feel it was like being told you’re an archer,” he said, “and you know you don’t even own a bow.” His reluctance to consider himself a poet is probably one of the reasons he endures as such an extraordinary and prolific songwriter.

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Remembering Laura Nyro

Remembering Laura Nyro

| October 18, 2014 | 12 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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