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Lydia Hutchinson

Lydia founded Performing Songwriter magazine in 1993 and served as the publisher and editor until folding the print version in 2009. She now oversees Performing Songwriter Enterprises, the website, and produces creative workshops with hit songwriters.

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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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The Girl From Ipanema

The Girl From Ipanema

| January 23, 2016 | 24 Comments

The story behind “The Girl From Ipanema,” the second-most recorded song in history by composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and the poet Vinícius de Moraes.

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Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz

Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz

| January 19, 2016 | 30 Comments

It’s Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Sunset Sound recording studio in Los Angeles. Janis Joplin asks producer Paul Rothchild to roll tape. She has a song she’d like to sing.

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Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

| January 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

Dolly parton talks about her favorite subject—songwriting. Included is the story behind “I Will Always Love You” and turning down Elvis Presley when he wanted to record it.

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The Beatles: ‘A Day In the Life’ 49 Years Ago

The Beatles: ‘A Day In the Life’ 49 Years Ago

| January 19, 2016 | 5 Comments

In January 1967 the Beatles went into EMI’s London studio to record “A Day In the Life.” Here’s the story behind the writing and the making of it.

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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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Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

| January 10, 2016 | 8 Comments

On Jan. 10, 1956, Elvis Presley went into Nashville’s RCA Studio to record “Heartbreak Hotel” which went on to become his first #1 hit. Here’s the story behind the song written by Mae Axton and Tommy Durden.

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Stories From Elvis Presley’s Band

Stories From Elvis Presley’s Band

| January 8, 2016 | 5 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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We Miss You, Dan Fogelberg

We Miss You, Dan Fogelberg

| December 16, 2015 | 67 Comments

On December 16, 2007 Dan Fogelberg left this earth. I still have a hard time accepting it.

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Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”

Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee”

| September 25, 2015 | 78 Comments

Inspired by a Fellini film, Kris Kristofferson wrote a classic road story that became a chart-topper for Janis Joplin, who recorded it days before her death.

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