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The wonderful harmonies of The Mamas and The Papas. The smooth tones of Nat King Cole. The innovative country of Hank Williams. (Not Junior, though. Because the theme to Monday Night Football only takes you so far.)


Blake Shelton

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Featured, Singer | 1 comment

It took The Voice to bring Blake Shelton to the top of the entertainment industry. Which is strange, because few performers have dominated...

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Whitney Houston

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Featured, Singer | 1 comment

I had to let some time pass after Whitney’s ignominious death, to be able to remember all the good things and not the sad end of her...

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Judy Garland

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Actor, Featured, Singer | 1 comment

Need an object lesson on what the tawdriness of Hollywood can do to a person? Read a biography of Judy Garland. Multiple affairs,...

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Johnny Rivers

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Singer | 0 comments

Okay, Johnny Rivers was the King of Covers. Granted. But does every recording act have to only sing original songs? What about the...

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Mariah Carey

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Featured, Singer | 0 comments

Somewhere in America, there’s a little kid who’ll see Mariah Carey on some talk show, won’t know that she’s sold...

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Jackson 5

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Featured, Singer | 0 comments

The Jackson 5 (later just The Jacksons) recorded or performed together, with various family members in the group, for more than 25 years....

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Sly and the Family Stone

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Featured, Singer | 0 comments

Sly and the Family Stone made some great music. They were trend setters both in the multiracial and multigender composition of the band....

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Garth Brooks

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in Featured, Singer | 2 comments

It’s unusual for anyone to quit while at the very top of their profession. Sandy Koufax did it in baseball. Barry Sanders did it in...

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Jimmy Buffett, Singer

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Featured, Singer | 0 comments

Are you a Parrothead? You know you’ve found your planet in the popular music galaxy when your fans have their own name. To me, Jimmy...

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Rosemary Clooney

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Featured, Singer | 0 comments

Yes, she’s the aunt of George Clooney. But Rosemary Clooney was a huge success in her own right, as both an actress and a singer....

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