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The Mysterious Death of Sam Cooke

The Mysterious Death of Sam Cooke

| December 11, 2016 | 94 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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Beatles’ White Album Turns 48

Beatles’ White Album Turns 48

| November 22, 2016 | 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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Behind the Songs of John Prine

Behind the Songs of John Prine

| October 10, 2016 | 56 Comments

Legendary songwriter John Prine tells the stories behind such classics as “Sam Stone,” Hello In There,” “Paradise,” “Dear Abby,” and more.

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The Sgt. Pepper’s Album Cover: Faces in the Crowd

The Sgt. Pepper’s Album Cover: Faces in the Crowd

| June 1, 2016 | 16 Comments

As the definitive snapshot of ‘60s pop culture, artist Peter Blake’s Sgt. Pepper cover was unlike anything the world had ever seen—and almost half a century later it’s still iconic Beatles.

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Musical Moments from 2015 PS Creative Workshops

| January 24, 2016 | 1 Comment

Video highlights of Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops with teachers Mary Gauthier, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Gretchen Peters, Jonatha Brooke and their guests.

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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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ASCAP SCORES Portland Video With Dave Berg & Tony Esterly

ASCAP SCORES Portland Video With Dave Berg & Tony Esterly

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Video Premiere for Songwriters Dave Berg, Tony Esterly and Students from America SCORES Portland Co-Write “The Best Me I Can Be.”

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Alan Freed and the Radio Payola Scandal

Alan Freed and the Radio Payola Scandal

| August 20, 2015 | 5 Comments

On Nov. 20, 1959, DJ Alan Freed was fired from WABC radio when the pay-for-play scandal erupted. Here’s the story behind that era of pay-for-play, when the ’50s music scene was the convergence of a number of seismic factors.

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John Lennon and the FBI

John Lennon and the FBI

| March 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In March 1972 John Lennon’s visa was revoked and deportation proceedings were filed after President Nixon decided the most dangerous man in America was a singer-songwriter with bad eyesight and a British accent.

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