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We Miss You, Dan Fogelberg

We Miss You, Dan Fogelberg

| December 16, 2013 | 63 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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Oz Anniversary: Behind Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Oz Anniversary: Behind Somewhere Over the Rainbow

| November 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

On November 3, 1956, The Wizard of Oz—a film made and released in 1939 by MGM—made its television debut. CBS paid MGM $225,000, a huge amount in ‘56, for the rights to televise the film and to re-broadcast it if the telecast was a success. And what a success it was, becoming the most-watched film […]

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Farewell, Lou Reed

Farewell, Lou Reed

| October 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Farewell to Lou Reed, who left this earth on October 27, 2013. What follows is a rare interview with one of rock and roll’s most prolific artists about songwriting, recording, The Velvet Underground and the low bar set by the entertainment industry. Rest in peace, Lou, and thank you for sharing your creative life with us.

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Happy Birthday, Tom Petty!

Happy Birthday, Tom Petty!

| October 20, 2013 | 0 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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